The Last Word: Dec. 27, 2013

Baker out, the Magnificent One™ in Oz main draw

American Brian Baker’s misfortune is Frenchman Michael Llodra’s fortune.

The veteran didn’t get the French reciprocal wild card for the Australian Open, and was four or five spots out of the main draw when the entry lists first came out.

But with Baker still not ready to return, Llodra is now straight in. Continue reading

Poll: Coach-player partnerships you WANT to see

The list is already getting long:

Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl
Richard Gasquet and Sergi Bruguera
Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker
Kei Nishikori and Michael Chang

And – not to be outdone – Roger Federer’s announcement Friday that he’ll work with Stefan Edberg for multiple weeks in 2014.

Which had us thinking: what pairings of current players and former greats would you, in your perfect world, LIKE to see? Continue reading