The New ATP Rankings Change: What It Means

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The ATP has shaken up its rankings points system as a way to transition out of the pandemic and, as anyone who has read their explanation of the changes will tell you, it’s complicated. But is it fair? The announcement about rankings points was part of a package that includes raising prize money in steps, […] READ MORE


Alexei Popyrin’s Stock Rising Fast

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Alexei Popyrin charged past Andrei Bublik in Singapore to capture his maiden ATP Title, just the latest in a string of good-news gems for the 21-year-old Australian. The kid nicknamed “Popy” is rising fast on the coattails of a massive serve and unusually balanced all-court game. If you like to see points finished at the […] READ MORE


The Real Star of the 2021 Australian Open

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This year’s Australian Open featured a sterling gold star, and it’s not Naomi Osaka, Novak Djokovic or Daniil Medvedev. It’s a certain type of serve that stood out as sneaky-effective. The hubbub over Covid-19 and quarantines made a change in Melbourne fly slightly under the radar. In 2020, a new court surface was installed by […] READ MORE


How To Make the Australian Open Quarantine More Fair

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As Tennis Australia considers a plea from Novak Djokovic for better treatment of Australian Open players in hard quarantine, the “Happy Slam” needs a happy medium. The Australian public, with a sterling track record managing the pandemic, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams–to have the ability to train leading up to the Australian Open when others […] READ MORE


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