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Ruckmann-by Kubota!Dear Readers,

Happy Kamehameha Day!

My goal for this blog when I began it a year ago was to write every day except weekends and holidays. No one in my family is headed off to school today! In Hawaii, we honor Kamehameha The Great, the monarch who established the kingdom of Hawaii.

So my post will be brief, but I need to ask the question that has popped into every tennis aficionado’s mind since yesterday’s mammoth letdown of a French Open final between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka.

Given the considerable time difference between Hawaii and Paris, I wasn’t sure how much of the match I would see live. When my daughter joyfully — and loudly — began her day around 5:15, I turned on the TV. I saw the last three points of the match!

For those of us who think Stan the Man has given professional tennis a much needed boost with his playing style and personality, yesterday was a letdown.

Rafael looked reborn as he claimed his 10th French Open in three quick sets and his 15th major title, just three behind Roger Federer against whom he has won nine more matches in their head-to-head rivalry (24 to 13).

Is Rafael the true emerging G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time)? We’ll know better after Wimbledon. Grass courts favor Federer, but if Rafael can continue his golden winning streak into the summer and defeat Roger, like Kamehameha, he will have a great case for G.O.A.T.-dom!