Hey Tennis, Do Something Like This

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with hundreds of millions quarantined around the world, sports fans are starving for live sporting events. Tennis fans are amongst those missing their favorite sport. Enter news of a masterstroke from golf. Organizers have announced plans for a made-for-TV live event featuring Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady […] READ MORE


Maria Sharapova Set Trends

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Maria Sharapova was a style icon and announced her retirement, fittingly, in Vogue and Vanity Fair. But it was her playing style that really set trends in the sport of tennis. Ditching the traditional volley like yesterday’s fad, Sharapova’s treatment of choice on short balls was a ferocious swinging volley. Copycats followed suit. Now the […] READ MORE


What Records are Roger Federer Playing For?

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Roger Federer would tell you he continues the exhausting exercise of playing tennis at age 38 because he still loves tennis. Fair enough. But as the current GOAT sits out a few months to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery, the Tennis Twitteratti is obsessing over legacy. Here’s a look at the records Federer holds by […] READ MORE


Australian Open Must Act Now: Men’s Best-Of-3

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After the mess that has unfolded at the Australian Open qualifying, where players were faced with hazardous air-quality, it’s time to get out in front of this crisis. Tennis Australia should move– and move right now– to make the men’s draw best-of-three sets for the 2020 Australian Open. Let me raise my hand as someone […] READ MORE


Nadal and Djokovic: The Matrix for ATP Finals, Year-End #1

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They’ve won two Grand Slams apiece, slogged through all the surfaces and the long grind of the pro tennis calendar, but whether it’s Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic to end the year on top depends squarely on one tournament: This week’s ATP Finals. “Squarely” is the perfect word– because we’ve got the bang-up matrix of […] READ MORE


The Geometry of Gael Monfils at the US Open

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What’s stopping Gael Monfils from winning a Grand Slam, like the 2019 US Open, which is underway this week? It could be simple geometry. He’s the current World #13, the same as his seeding at this US Open, and yet, he’s not a popular pick to win in Flushing Meadow, even as an outside shot. […] READ MORE


Is This A Problem? Roger Federer Is Not Hitting As Many Aces

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Roger Federer is serving fewer aces than he was a year ago at Wimbledon, according to data from IBM. This year, through the quarterfinals, he has 42 aces. At the same point in 2018, he had 64. He has played the same number of sets– exactly 17 sets through the quarterfinals in each of the […] READ MORE


Roger Federer Sharpens the Sword in Round 3 at the French Open

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PARIS– Roger Federer experimented with some of his lesser-used plays and tactics in a match where he hit a staggering 52 winners en route to victory over Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-1, 7-6. 52 winners (which includes 11 aces– it’s the way official stats are kept here at Roland Garros) in a 3-set match. On clay. […] READ MORE


Barty Slice Backhand Settles Into Roland Garros Clay

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PARIS– Watch Ash Barty play tennis for five minutes, and you notice something something about her game that’s different than any female player on the WTA Tour. Barty has a low, cutting, wicked, powerful and tactical ball of fire for a backhand slice. “It’s something I was taught when I was very young, and it […] READ MORE


Azarenka Must Address Her Serve

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PARIS– Victoria Azarenka only needed to hold serve twice to knock world #1 Naomi Osaka out of the French Open and bring her tennis comeback onto legitimate ground. Instead, she double-faulted. Azarenka would go on to lose the set and the match, 6-4 5-7 3-6. She committed five double faults in the match compared with Osaka’s […] READ MORE