Can Jannik Sinner Emerge From The Enormous Shadow Of Carlos Alcaraz?

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Jannik Sinner would not be human if he did not occasionally feel like the John the Baptist to Carlos Alcaraz’s Jesus, or, to use less potentially heretical imagery, The Stone Roses to Alcaraz’s Oasis. That is to say that although the 20-year-old Italian prodigy broke through earlier than the 19-year-old Spaniard and even reached the […] READ MORE


Can Daria Kasatkina Return To The Top Ten Of Women’s Tennis?

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Daria Kasatkina is one of the great artists of women’s tennis, a player with multiple shots and skills that stand in direct contrast to the “monogame” of so many other players (both female and male) from Russia and the old Soviet Bloc. Now, four years on from first reaching the top ten of women’s tennis […] READ MORE


Five Great Changing Of The Guard Battles In Men’s Tennis

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In time, “Madrid 2022” might become short-hand for the type of great, genuinely historic, changing of the guard battle between one era of men’s tennis and another. In becoming the first man ever to beat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on consecutive days on clay, Carlos Alcaraz has surely proved that all the hype about […] READ MORE


Despite Defeats, Britons Excel At The Madrid Open

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For British tennis players and fans alike, the start of the European clay court season is always a time of mixed feelings. On the one hand, it is arguably the most glamorous and spectacular part of the entire tennis season, as it is effectively a tour of Europe’s cultural and sporting capitals, including Monte Carlo, […] READ MORE







A Brief History Of Ukrainian Tennis

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In the past week or so, the world has changed. The Russian invasion (or reinvasion, or expanded invasion) of Ukraine threatens the very existence of the country, such that Ukrainian sportspeople, including tennis players, are now literally putting down their boxing gloves, goalkeeping gloves and tennis rackets to take up arms to defend their homeland. […] READ MORE