10 reasons why tennis is better than the NFL

The 2014 NFL season is upon us!

Now before you guys get on me for being a football-bashing-tennis-fanboy, I want to let you know that like most red blooded Americans, I am pumped! I’m probably more excited than the average enthusiast. I love watching it, playing it, drafting for my fantasy football teams (I’m in 3 leagues this year!), going to games up in San Francis, er, Santa Clara. I love me some football!

But I want to take some time to give tennis some due props. Because I love me some tennis too! If football is #1 on my list, then tennis is 1A. But football and the NFL are doing just fine without my endorsement (they made over $9 billion in revenue last year).

Football and the NFL are awesome but so is tennis, and in some ways, tennis is even more awesome:

1. Way More Action
If you’re watching tennis on TV, chances are good that you are actually watching a point being played out. According to an article by the Wall Street Journal, the average NFL game features only 11 minutes of action. That is 11 minutes in about a 3 hour broadcast. 11 minutes!

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Brad Gilbert & Darren Cahill preview Murray vs. Djokovic Quarterfinal

Brad Gilbert and Darren Cahill (from ProTennisCoach.com) give us an exclusive preview of the round of 16 match up between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

BG & Killer break down the epic battle to come between Murray and Djokovic in what feels like a semi or final at a major! Between first serve percentages and backhands, see who they pick to come out on top and who gets the edge going into this quarterfinal match.

Who’s your pick?!

Play with heart,

Michelle

Andy Murray hires Mauresmo for Wimbledon!

2013 Wimbledon Champion, Andy Murray announced last weekend that he has officially hired Amelie Mauresmo as his coach for the grass court season.

Former number 1 in the world, Mauresmo not only has some coaching experience up her sleeve, but a Grand Slam or two as well going into this new partnership! Currently the French Fed Cup Captain, she has a Wimbledon and Australian Open title on her resume, a Silver Medal from the 2004 Olympics and helped coach 2013 Wimbledon Champion, Marion Bartoli, to her first Grand Slam title before retiring from the WTA.

Andy was quoted, “I have a very strong coaching team already in place, but I think Amelie brings with her experience and tactical expertise and will push us all to improve.  Everyone I know talks very highly of Amelie, as a person and coach, and I’m convinced that her joining the team will help us push on – I want to win more grand slams.”

Not to sound like a feminist, in my opinion, this is a huge step forward for women. In a world where more men are coaches for not only male athletes, but female athletes at every level, this creates a good discussion topic. Can a former WTA player, or female in general, successfully coach an ATP player? Will this open the door for more female coaches to make gains in their career?

What do you think?

All I know is I’m excited to see these two interact on court and see what Murray can do now that he has added Amelie to his team!

Play with heart,

Michelle