ATP World Tour Finals Wrap-Up: Djokovic Wins, No Final Is Played, And Team Switzerland Is A Mess On The Eve Of Davis Cup

The ATP’s season-ending championship (before the International Tennis Federation puts the capper on the tennis year with the Davis Cup Final) is called the World Tour Finals. The acronym for the event, as you can plainly see, is WTF. This year in London, “WTF” was the universal reaction to the showcase singles tournament held in […]

WTA Finals: Serena Wins, Halep Takes Her Place, And Wozniacki Steals The Show

The Women’s Tennis Association moved its end-of-the-year showcase event from Istanbul to Singapore this year. The time difference put a lot of matches on American television in the middle of the night. The sport is bigger than one country or continent, and Li Na — who retired before the 2014 WTA Finals began — had […]

China Open WTA Wrap-Up: Maria Sharapova And The Mysteries Of Tennis

The just-concluded China Open in Beijing is not quite a crown jewel on the Women’s Tennis Association’s annual calendar. Yet, it owns the distinction of being the last main-stage event before the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, which begin on Oct. 20. You can identify this event as part of the “Asian swing” on the […]

Covering The Coverage: TV At The 2014 U.S. Open

American television’s coverage of major-tournament tennis is never less complicated than at the Australian Open each January. ESPN2 has to work around its college basketball programming at times, but Tennis Channel picks up the early window of coverage on most if not all days, and deep into the night, ESPN2 and ESPN are all too […]

The Year At The Majors: 20 WTA And ATP Players Of Note In 2014

No editorial commentary here. We’ll save that for the end of the 2014 tennis season. Here are the results for 20 notable players on the WTA and ATP Tours from the four majors this year. Feel free to bookmark this link and reference it when the 2015 majors begin at the Australian Open in Melbourne […]

The Top 10 Stories Of The 2014 U.S. Open

The last major tennis tournament of the year is over. The Davis Cup semifinals begin this Friday, and there are a lot of points to be won (or defended, depending on the player) in the Asian swing and the fall indoor portions of the tennis calendar. Both the WTA and ATP will unfurl their year-ending […]

Marin Cilic And The Discovery Of Joy

It was not a day anyone who follows tennis — as fan or chronicler — expected to see two very long weeks ago, when the 2014 U.S. Open began. It was, however, a one-day window into the future of tennis… not next year or the year after that, but six years into the future, when […]

The Constant Star

The U.S. Open’s trophy presentation ceremonies are usually the tackiest in tennis, even worse than the Australian Open’s prolonged affairs. The U.S. Open ceremony becomes something of a game show, with the CBS emcee rattling off the prizes and money totals for the champion and runner-up. This time, though, the U.S. Open ended with an […]

A Performance for the Ages: Marin Cilic upsets Roger Federer at the US Open

One has to wonder what was going through Roger Federer’s mind when Kei Nishikori completed his improbable upset of top-ranked Novak Djokovic on a blistering hot Saturday afternoon at the US Open. Roger’s biggest obstacle to an impossible 18th major title seemed to have just been removed from his path. Federer had never lost against […]

Kei Bien: The Ambush At Ashe Stadium

We kept waiting. We, the global community of tennis reporters, bloggers and fans alike, kept waiting for the moment when Novak Djokovic — tired, listless, dragging, generally lacking answers — would do what he’s done dozens upon dozens of times in the past, including and especially in the U.S. Open men’s singles semifinals. In the […]