Five Unlikely Men who Won the US Open

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Whatever happens in New York this weekend, there will be a new king of the city, or at least its most prestigious tennis court, the Arthur Ashe Stadium. One from Alexander Zverev, Pablo Carreño Busta, Daniil Medvedev or Dominic Thiem will win the US Open Men’s Singles title, and in the process they will become […] READ MORE


WATCH: Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Hits Insane Volley at US Open

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (or ADF as he will surely come to be called) may just have invented a new tennis shot: the “holley,” or “hotdog volley.” On his way to defeating the last remaining Briton at the US Open, Cameron Norrie, in four sets in their delayed second round match, he produced a reaction volley […] READ MORE


US Open Proving a Struggle for Brits

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During the long coronavirus lockdown, British tennis players, like the tennis players of most countries, largely had to settle for playing each other, first in a men-only “Battle of the Brits” tournament and then in a team equivalent that featured both male and female players. Those phony battles are now over and competitive tennis has […] READ MORE


The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 8 – Helen Wills

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The great Don Budge, one of only two men to complete the Calendar Grand Slam, said Helen Wills was the greatest female tennis player ever. The director and actor Charlie Chaplin went even further, claiming that watching her move around a tennis court was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. Haig Patigian, the […] READ MORE


The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 7 –John McEnroe 84

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This installment of “The Greatest: The Men And Women Who Made Tennis” is a twofer, or two for the price of one, as it not only looks at statistically the single greatest season in tennis history – John McEnroe’s remarkable 1984 campaign – but at the best visual record of that season, Julien Faraut’s superb […] READ MORE


Brits Battle Shows UK Men’s Tennis Finally Has Some Depth

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Britain’s National Tennis Centre at Roehampton in south-west London may be no substitute for Wimbledon, but once upon a time a “Battle of the Brits” in men’s tennis could have been held in a phone-box or newspaper kiosk, such was the lack of contenders for the title. Indeed, for many decades (roughly between the mid-1970s […] READ MORE


The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 6 – Pete Sampras

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As the Coronavirus crisis continues to prevent any elite professional tennis from being played, one of the few ways in which tennis lovers can indulge their obsession is to stage imaginary tennis matches in their mind, pitting the greatest champions of the past against the greatest contemporary players. In particular, fans of men’s tennis might […] READ MORE


The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 5 – Mike Davies

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Mike Davies might just be the most important figure in tennis history who even tennis fans have never heard of. That is because he wasn’t one of the sport’s great champions, or even one of its greatest broadcasters or writers. Instead, he was an administrator, but he was not just any old administrator. Indeed, he […] READ MORE


The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 4 – Althea Gibson

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Althea Gibson’s story may just be the greatest in the history of tennis. Even today, more than 60 years on from her last Grand Slam triumph, the tale of how a poor black girl from Harlem overcame heinous racism to triumph on the finest tennis courts of New York, London and Paris is so powerful […] READ MORE


The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 3 – Björn Borg

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Björn Borg was the man who made tennis sexy. In the second half of the 1970s, he generated the kind of obsessive fan behaviour, even mania, that tennis had never really seen before. That was not only because of his domination of the men’s game, especially on the utterly contrasting surfaces of Roland Garros and […] READ MORE