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The Backboard: The Big Five that never was, Remnants of Greatness, and the Friendly Battle Royale

The Backboard: The Big Five that never was, Remnants of Greatness, and the Friendly Battle Royale

We could’ve had a Big Five, Rusty’s last few crumbs of greatness, Nadal and Djokovic, and Thick as a Brick.

The Backboard: Offseason Thoughts on Boris and Fedberg

The Backboard: Offseason Thoughts on Boris and Fedberg

The Backboard returns with some thoughts about the recent celebrity coaching hires by Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

A Modest Proposal To Improve the Challenge System

A Modest Proposal To Improve the Challenge System

It’s time to turn a good system into a better one.

The Backboard: The Things I Love…and the Things I Love to Forget About the Grand Slams

The Backboard: The Things I Love…and the Things I Love to Forget About the Grand Slams

This week on The Backboard: I realize I feel the same way about flying than I do about some aspects of the Grand Slams. Also, Doug Robson writes about potential rule changes regarding the use of cell phones on court, and Javier Frana witnesses a potentially historic meeting of Davis Cup captains. Musical guests: Once again, The Smashing Pumpkins!

The Backboard: 2013 Masters 1000 Power Rankings: The Good, The Bad, and the Random (So Far)

The Backboard: 2013 Masters 1000 Power Rankings: The Good, The Bad, and the Random (So Far)

This week on The Backboard: I do a Power Ranking of the first 5 ATP Masters 1000 of the 2013 season. Also, Douglas Perry writes a great piece on Rafael Nadal, Miguel Seabra tells a revealing story of a past ATP CEO, and I write an essay about how my habit of listening to full albums has evolved. Musical guest: Toro Y Moi!

The Backboard: A Tweet Extravaganza Featuring: A “Get Off My Lawn” moment, Too Many Left-Handers, and More

The Backboard: A Tweet Extravaganza Featuring: A “Get Off My Lawn” moment, Too Many Left-Handers, and More

This week on The Backboard: A fantastic week of tennis tweets, featuring an angry and annoyed Neil Harman and a concerned Sorana Cirstea. Plus: Brodie has a perfect tweet, ESPN tries to take the US Open from CBS, and Svetlana Kuznetsova’s unforgettable Madrid kit. This week’s musical guests: the Smashing Pumpkins!

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