Even Without Fans, O2 Arena Bows Out with a Bang

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It is rare for there to be a swan song without an audience, but that is exactly what is happening this week at London’s O2 Arena (or simply “the O2,” as it is usually called). As coronavirus restrictions continue to prevent tennis fans from seeing any live action, the final edition of the ATP Finals […] READ MORE


A Remarkable Run for Andrey Rublev Finally Ends In Paris

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Andrey Rublev must hate the sight of Paris. In the last six weeks or so, it is the only place where he has lost on tour, as he followed up his quarterfinal loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open with a defeat last night at the Paris Masters to a revitalised Stan Wawrinka. Outdoors […] READ MORE


Ugo Humbert Continues His Impressive Rise At The European Open

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2020 has been the most extraordinary and the most extraordinarily disrupted year in living memory, in tennis as in every other area of life. But Ugo Humbert is finishing it very much in the manner that he started it, playing superb tennis and scoring some memorable wins over higher-ranked opponents. A year ago, Humbert was […] READ MORE



Can Stefanos Tsitsipas Win In Paris?

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As we approach the end of the first week of the French Open, the favourites for the Men’s Singles title remain what might be very loosely called “The New Big Three (At Least On Clay)”: Rafael Nadal, the 12-time winner of the event; Novak Djokovic, the World No.1 and No.1 seed, who is still to […] READ MORE


Will Simona Halep Be Crowned the Queen of Clay in Paris Again?

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Fifty years on from the launch of the Women’s Tennis Association, it seems fitting that women’s tennis, at least at the elite level, is currently more competitive than the men’s game. While it is relatively easy to predict a winner of the French Open men’s singles title – one of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and […] READ MORE


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