Novak Djokovic Not a Big Favorite, According to Wimbledon Website

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Wait, what? Novak Djokovic only has a 57% chance to win his 4th round match at Wimbledon against Cristian Garin, if the tournament’s website is to be believed. It’s worth a double-take. The reigning World #1, a 19-time Grand Slam winner and defending champion at Wimbledon faces the Chilean, a clay-court specialist ranked 20 in […] READ MORE


Should Wimbledon Ditch Grass?

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The logistics at Wimbledon have now forced the question: Which is more powerful–the living surface or the living legends? Slippage on the Wimbledon grass prematurely determined the outcomes in both the first round matches of Serena Williams and Roger Federer. Novak Djokovic also slipped quite a bit in his first round victory. Tennis Twitter is asking […] READ MORE


Coco Gauff’s Game Is Starting To Look Like Novak Djokovic’s

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The superlative 2021 clay campaign of Coco Gauff–highlighted by dual singles-doubles titles in Parma— has showcased the 17-year-old’s latest developmental look. In fact, Gauff’s game is starting to resemble another great clay-court champion. No, it’s not who you’re thinking. It’s not 13-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal–his game has no counterpart on clay. The way […] READ MORE


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