US Open Qualifying is Back–But Without Fans

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After a one year Covid induced hiatus, the US Open Qualifying Tournament returns to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center starting Tuesday, August 24th. 128 men and 128 women, world class players ranked outside the top 100 as of mid-July, will play to grab one of the 16 available qualifying spots in their respective […] READ MORE


Western & Southern Open Presents Big Opportunities

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Casual tennis fans know the 2021 US Open is looming. Scheduled to start on Monday, August 30, arguably the world’s biggest tournament draws attention from around the world. However, for many world class ATP Tour players, this week’s Western & Southern Open may be more important for their careers.  Contrasting Two Events More serious tennis […] READ MORE



Qualifiers vs Seeds in First Round at Wimbledon

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Among the 128 players in a Grand Slam singles event–like Wimbledon, the 32 top entrants are seeded. Tournaments organizers seed these stars so the best players avoid each other in the early rounds. The #1 and #2 seeds are placed in opposite halves of the draw to ensure they do not meet until the final […] READ MORE


American Men Go 4-2 on Day 4 of the French Open

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American men entered Day 3 of the French Open with high hopes. Six American men, all playing in the same quarter of the draw, looked to advance to the third round.  With some quality play and one near miss, American men went a very respectable 4-2 in their matches. American Men on Day 4 of the […] READ MORE


An American Quarter in Paris

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Are any American men ranked in the Top 25 in the world? No. American males expected to reach the semis of any Grand Slams in 2021? No. American male Grand Slam winners? It has been almost 20 years. American men dominating one quarter of the 2021 French Open draw? Um, yes. Seven American men, six […] READ MORE


Rafael Nadal Should be Seeded #2 at Roland Garros

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Tournament organizers made a mistake in seeding 13-time champion Rafael Nadal #3 at this year’s French Open. While world #2 Danil Medvedev holds a ranking ahead of Nadal, he does not deserve his placement as the #2 seed. The Rulebooks A subtle change of wording may have led to this mistake. The 2020 ITF Grand Slam […] READ MORE


Adjusted Rankings Mean Little Change in Men’s Top 10

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Well, sort of. Since the end of 2019 and the onset of the global pandemic, men’s professional tennis faced unprecedented upheaval. Tournaments have been canceled, moved, and frequently played with only a TV audience. Now, 17 months since the end of the last full season, much […] READ MORE


Shapovalov Outlasts Sinner in Thriller – The Kids Are Alright

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While much of the sports world focused on 43-year-old Tom Brady winning his seventh Super Bowl on Sunday, a few hours later two kids played the best match of the day at Day 1 of the Australian Open. 21-year-old Denis Shapovalov outlasted 19-year-old Jannik Sinner 3-6 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-4 to advance to the second round […] READ MORE


Pablo Carreno Busta, Grigor Dimitrov, and the Luck of the Draw

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#16 seed Pablo Carreno Busta and #19 seed Grigor Dimitrov likely could not help but sigh after seeing the draw for the 2021 Australian Open. Finally, travel, quarantine, practice, and lodging rules are at least settled and the time has come for play. After all the hurdles to get to Day 1 with the protection of […] READ MORE