Is Caroline Wozniacki the "Moneyball" of tennis? High, almost mathematically statistical tennis that gives her an amazingly consistent season but not with the big guns to win the big matches (majors or World Series)?
-- Patrick, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Interesting. I'm not sure the Moneyball analogy quite works, since it was more about using new metrics (and ignoring old ones) to find hidden value. But I could see how some of you find that there is something off-puttingly calculated and risk-averse about Wozniacki, both in terms of her scheduling and her actual game.
To repeat the position here: Don't blame her for the top ranking or her industriousness. If you feel the ranking is undeserved, blame the computer system. Yet if the knock on me is that I amass points at smaller events and don't win the matches/tournaments freighted with the most significance, I might think twice about, say, playing the week before majors.
I was just watching a rerun of the 1986 French Open final between Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. It states that, up until that point, Evert had reached the semis or better of 239 of 254 tournaments. Is this sick or what?
-- Joe Johnson, Allentown, Pa.
It's the opposite of sick. It's the epitome of healthy. All credit for Evert's consistency. But all credit, as well, for her ability to avoid injury.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Gelfmagazine.com tennis event last Thursday in New York. That was great fun. We'll do it again sometime.
Several of you mentioned this (including Brad Gilbert) and I wholeheartedly agree. It's great that Shanghai has found a title sponsor in Rolex, built a tennis venue capable of hosting a Slam and committed more than $5 million to this week's Masters event. But the absence of fans -- and thus absence of atmosphere -- is galling. Paper the town if you must. Anything to avoid the unseemly sight of all those empty seats.
Eric Yeung of Sunnyvale, Calif.: "A recent headline: 'Azarenka upset by noisy fans in Beijing.' Uh, really? Trust me, Vicky, I've been in a jam-packed dim sum restaurant in the heart of Hong Kong, and I'll bet you can drown that out."
How's this for a line score from the Sacramento Challenger:
RESULTS - OCTOBER 08, 2011
Men's Singles - Semifinals
 J Blake (USA) d A Kuznetsov (USA) 62 75
 I Karlovic (CRO) d  [WC] S Querrey (USA) 76(6) 36 64
In the final, Karlovic beat Blake. That's a decent ATP 500 Series final not long ago.
From the Tennis Channel: "Tennis Channel and the French Tennis Federation (FFT) have agreed to a multi-year extension of the French Open rights package that has been in place since 2007, keeping the network as the primary non-broadcast home of the world's preeminent clay-court championship [through 2022].
From Wimbledon: "The All England Club, Wimbledon, announced plans for a new, expanded and enhanced live radio and video broadcast service, Live@Wimbledon."
Repeat link: Thanks to Colette Lewis for the photo of Adam Sandler and the Georgia Tech women's team.
Ubaldo Scanagatta kicking data around.
An interesting perspective from India on the tennis labor issues.
My friend and colleague Kelvin Bias is screening his feature film directorial debut NOCTAMBULOUS at 10 p.m. Wednesday at Anthology Film Archives as part of the NewFilmmakers NY Fall Film Series.
Anthology Film Archives is located at 32 Second Ave at 2nd St. (Take the F to Second Ave and get off at the back end of the train). We will host a wine/beer reception in the lobby starting at 8:30 p.m.
Go here for more information on the film (you can view the trailer, read the production notes and more).
Billie Jean King on the speaking circuit.
Vera Zvonareva and Sam Stosur both qualify for the WTA Championships in Istanbul.
From the Champions Series: "Pete Sampras outlasted Jim Courier 8-7 (4) in the championship match of the CTCA Championships Saturday night in Surprise, Arizona. It was his third victory of the 2011 Champions Series, as Sampras increased his lead in the overall Champions Series points rankings with the victory. Sampras now leads Courier by 300 points at the midway point of the 2011 Champions Series, with six of the 12 events completed."
Going back in the archives, a reader found this piece on Steffi Graf.
Came across a reference to recent Wimbledon CEO Christopher Gorringe. Conundrum solved?
An anonymous reader sent me this interesting piece.
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