James Murphy (formerly of LCD Soundsystem) has built an algorithm to musically interpret live data from the US Tennis Open
which will create around 400 hours of music
All previous games can be listened to and each has a different flavour - it can get a little glitchy but try Djokovic vs Querry
or Brengle vs Lisick
for starters. Or have a play with the algorithm
The Academy, by Monica Seles.
Yes, that Monica Seles
has written a young adult romance series
Grantland writer Brian Phillips provides "62 scalding takeaways from The Academy, by M. Seles,1 Books 1 and 2."
Getting relevant data first is a gambling advantage. Thus the controversial practice of courtsiding
Yo, Richard Sherman, I'm real happy for you and I'm gonna let you finish, but Li Na
at the Australian Open gives the best postmatch victory interviews of all time. OF ALL TIME.
| 2013 Semifinal
| 2014 Champion
lifted the FA Cup as skipper of Oxford University, represented them at five different sports ranging from athletics to real tennis, and once shared a 150-run partnership with WG Grace in the highest level of cricket.
His most notable achievement was captaining England in the first ever international football match though. About 4,000 spectators, including a "large number of ladies", gathered to watch the historic game against Scotland at the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick on 30 November 1872."
Dynamic target tracking camera system keeps its eye on the ball
- motorized mirrors track a moving object of interest every thousandth of a second, reflecting its image into a camera
Roger Federer in Shanghai Federer is inescapably beautiful, but most of the time he does nothing extraordinary. Then there is a shot that makes people let out sounds and imitate, with imaginary rackets, what they just saw. In a way, Federer is like a good novel—it does not try to achieve genius in every line, that would be amateurish; it is unafraid of the lull, accepts the importance of the ordinary, and then there is a sudden moment of greatness.
16 year-old Taylor Townsend
, currently the top ranked junior American tennis player, was recently bested
by Anett Kontaveit in the quarter-finals of the US Open 2012, but won in the doubles tournament. However, she spent most of the week answering interview questions about her weight. [more inside]
In January 2003, Esther Vergeer, a 21-year old Dutch wheelchair tennis player lost her singles match to Daniela Di Toro in the quarter-finals of the Sydney International. What no one knew at the time was that this was the end of an era. Now 31, Vergeer hasn't lost a singles match since. The world's most dominant athlete
in an individual sport, she's going for her 470th consecutive victory
today, in the gold medal match at the Paralympics. [more inside]
"It's time for us to drive excessive grunting out of the game
[of Tennis] for future generations," WTA chairman and chief executive Stacey Allaster said. Sexist
? Or not
How Jean Borotra
won 19 Grand Slams, escaped a Nazi prison, and stole a Davis Cup.
Tomorrow at Roland Garros
, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play in their fourth consecutive grand slam final
, making them the first pair of men to dominate the majors for an entire year. [more inside]
Venus Williams, learning to live with a chronic illness. [NYTimes.com]
"Singing replaced swinging; karaoke became her way to cope. Williams said this Monday, in a quiet moment at the French Open, inside a windowless room beneath the courts. Since doctors told her she had Sjögren’s syndrome
, an incurable autoimmune disease, last year at the United States Open, everything has changed. Williams says she wakes up each morning unsure of how she will feel."
Ball Boy's Quick Catch steals attention from Nadal-Federer Aussie Open semifinal match.
''I didn't have much time to think about it. I just stuck my hand out and the ball just stayed there. I couldn't believe it myself but then I just had to get straight on with the match."
Dylan Colaci's catching skills were compared to those of Australia's master of close fielding Ricky Ponting
Rafael Nadal went on to beat Roger Federer in four sets and will meet Novak Djokovic in tonight's men's final.
Tennis player and coach Bob Hewitt is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame
who has held all the men's doubles and mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. Hewitt, who was born in Australia
but became a South African citizen by marriage, also captained the 1974 South African Davis Cup champion team. The Boston Globe reports
that Hewitt's lengthy coaching career in the US and South Africa has long been accompanied by allegations that Hewitt sexually abused his female students
, mostly adolescents but one as young as 10. Hewitt denies the charges.
Fun While It Lasted
is a blog that details the histories of long-dead sports franchises, including the Hawaii Leis/Sea-Port Cascades/Seattle Cascades
, the Portland Lumberjax
, the Columbus Minks
, the Denver Comets
, and the Phoenix Fire
-- a professional soccer team that never actually played a game. [more inside]
Now, in 2011, in his endless middle-sunset as a player, [Roger] Federer has become something mysterious, an all-time great whose career feels increasingly fragile.
Brian Phillips on Federer's long autumn
. DFW, five years ago, on Federer as a religious experience (previously)
. Riffing on DFW, Phillips on Pele as comedian
- Tennis Greatest Entertainer
Perhaps doing a live to camera
from Andy Murray's local pub on the day he loses the Australian Open was not such a great idea. Especially since said pub had been open since 8am. (SLYT)
(1944 - 1992) is often cited as one of the greatest film critics. After joining the legendary film magazine Cahiers du cinéma
(which he would eventually edit) at age 20, Daney wrote extensively on the changing place of movies in culture, on directors new and old and on television, war and even sports. He founded the film magazine Trafic
before dying of AIDS in 1992.
Though some of his essays have been officially translated
and a small book of his writings
has been published in English, the vast majority of his work remains untranslated into English
That hasn't stopped a devoted group of cinephiles from taking matters into their own hands. [more inside]
Women's Pro Tennis Turns 40.
Women's professional tennis was launched by World Tennis
magazine publisher Gladys Heldman
40 years ago on September 23, 1970, with a tournament that had nine entrants and $7,500 in prizes. The original nine
were Billy Jean King and Rosemary Casals along with the lesser known Peaches Bartkowicz, Judy Dalton, Julie Heldman, Kerry Melville, Kristy Pigeon, Nancy Richey and Valerie Ziegenfuss. A year later, King became the first female athlete to earn six figures in her sport. In the '80s, Martina Navratilova became the first to earn $1 million. Today the WTA Tour
is an $85 million-a-year sport. "We wanted to make sure that any young girl, if she was good enough and if she wanted to, would have the opportunity to make a living playing tennis," King said.
“I was thinking about those cow paths while watching Wimbledon this year.”
—What the grass begins to tell us about how the game of tennis has changed in the past 30 years.
Bounce bounce bounce bounce/ thwackety wackety zingety ping/ hittety backety pingety zang/ wack, thwok, thwack, pok. There's an official tennis poet
Right now, John Isner
of the USA and Nicolas Mahut
of France are engaged in the longest professional tennis match of all-time [live blog]
. As of this posting, they are into the fifth set of their first round match at Wimbledon, where the score is knotted 37-37. The match has been going for more than seven hours and has broken all previous records of tennis match length.
A playable version of Eschaton!
Inspired of course by the beloved game
of the students of the Enfield Tennis Academy in Infinite Jest.
[via mefi projects
] [more inside]
"Lunch is really nice again, not mentioning a few battles with foods that were calling me like sirens called Odysseus
. I had some salad some pasta and some fish and we had a nice chat with some Russian girls at an “All-Russian” table. Catching up on all the gossip, laughing, and in general making fun of people! By the way I forgot to mention that this is a men’s and women’s tournament so if you lose early and you are lacking confidence there is a good chance to challenge one of the girls to a match." Russian-American tennis player Dmitry Tursunov
blogged his experiences at a 2006 tourney in Estoril, Portugal
with hilarious results. [For best results, read from the bottom of the page up!] [more inside]
Two slimes. One circle. Infinite addiction. Welcome to the world of Slimeball
. [more inside]
"The women's tennis team at Grand Canyon University in Arizona has an unusual player this year — a 60-year-old named Sheila Johnson. She played for three years at Arizona State in the '60s, but still had one year of eligibility left."
. Newspaper Article
. Sports Illustrated Article
. Picture of the team and Stats
. [more inside]
Arthur Ashe's words and legacy. Arthur Ashe
(1943-1993) was the first (and only) black man to win Wimbledon
, the Australian Open
and the US Open
tennis tournaments and a very vocal civil rights activist and leader
. Last week on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show
, Brian had on Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe[embedded audio player]
and they were remembering a moment on Martin Luther King Day 1993, when Arthur called into the show from his hospital room (he died three weeks later). His views from Martin Luther King
, Malcom X
, Muhammad Ali
and the 1966
Los Angeles riots are at once eloquent and riveting.
Did the Victorian police overreact
in spraying capsicum spray into spectators
at the Australian open tennis on Tuesday night? The officers say they were protecting themselves
, it seems not all agree
and legal action might ensue. Is the Australian Open (or any international sporting contest in Australia)
still a family friendly environment
Head-to-head graphic artist competition!