20 for 2015: 20 Notable Players At This Year’s Major Tournaments

We did this last year, and we’re going to do it again right now. Without commentary or analysis, here’s how 20 notable WTA and ATP players performed at the majors in 2015. Review the year at the majors solely through the lens of results. Commentary can be found in our other U.S. Open wrap-ups and […]

Italy’s cup overflows on Flavia Pennetta’s big day

Italy is a nation known for a number of things, vineyards being near the top of the list. Italian tennis has featured four industrious professionals in the 21st century, all of them players who have been able to reach a major-tournament singles final. In 2012, Sara Errani reached the French Open final. This Saturday afternoon […]

Veni, Vidi, Vinci: Serena is conquered in an all-time sports upset

On the sprawling canvas of life itself, one day blends into the next. We get up, we work, we aspire, we do what we need to do. We enjoy — if we’re lucky — some escapist evening entertainment in a comfortable room with ample food and drink. We might find a few hours per week […]

Simona Halep and an allowance for the unexpected

It was supposed to be Victoria Azarenka’s time again. At least, it felt as though the one nicknamed “Vika” was in great position to record a victory on Wednesday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Azarenka has stood up to Serena Williams better than anyone else on the WTA Tour over the past three years, certainly […]

Serena defeats Venus, saying more about us than her tennis

Just a few days before September 11, 2001 — when the world and America’s perception of it were quite different — Serena and Venus Williams met in their first major final. That meeting, in the 2001 U.S. Open final, was significant enough in its own right and on its own terms. More than 40 years […]

Glorious suffering, screaming ironies, and Simona Halep’s classroom

Anyone who has played tennis with at least some desire to win a match — no matter how relaxed or recreational the setting — could relate to what Simona Halep was going through on Monday afternoon at the U.S. Open. No one who has played tennis in a purely recreational context could possibly relate to […]

Serena Williams Inches Closer Towards History, Prepares For Battle With Older Sister Venus In Next US Open Match

As this year’s U.S. Open approaches its highly-anticipated conclusion, everything points to a historic ending that seems destined for the record books. And, not too surprisingly, Serena and Venus Williams find themselves immersed right in the middle of it all. When the two sisters meet Tuesday night in quarterfinal round action, younger sister Serena will […]

Best of 5: If you take it away, you take away the heart of ATP tennis

Our story begins not with a review of the first week of the U.S. Open, but with a story about the evolution of American college football. Europeans and other international readers, you’re not going to get an explanation about the innards of Yankee-style football, merely a note about the culture of this sport and how […]

Bracketology for tennis: Change for its own sake, or needed reform?

Tennis fans might not resist change as a regular inclination. Plenty of fans (and commentators as well) are entirely comfortable with the idea of on-court coaching during the four major tournaments. That’s not allowed at the present time, but if the sport moved in the direction of more on-court coaching, you’d find plenty of support […]

Fabio Fognini, Rafael Nadal, and the exceptional moment

Before those of us who write about sports made the decision (or were granted the opportunity) to write about sports, we were fans first. Whether as a writer or a fan, anyone who follows sports — for pleasure or for a living — remembers where s/he was when something truly remarkable happened. Truly remarkable. Epic. […]

The US Open Commands Top Dollar On Secondary Market

Tennis action at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York is taking center stage as summer comes to a close, while the game’s top players all come out to compete for the U.S. Open Championship. Simply put, two players have undoubtedly dominated this season — Novak Djokovic on the men’s side and Serena Williams […]

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