When the Williams sisters played in four straight Slam finals

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Between 2002 and 2003, Serena Williams and Venus Williams faced each other in four successive Grand Slam finals. Here, Last Word on Tennis is recounting their encounters at the highest level. French Open 2002 By the time Serena Williams arrived in Paris in 2002 she had yet to add to her maiden slam title of […] READ MORE


Serena vs Venus Williams: 1999 Miami Open Final

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Serena and Venus Williams are two of the best ever players and have faced each other. The pair have contested plenty of  memorable matches since their first meeting in 1998. Here, Last Word on Tennis recounts their first meeting in a final–at the Miami Open in 1999.  Background The Williams sisters were both still teenagers […] READ MORE


How the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy Shaped a Generation of Greats

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What do Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles and Maria Sharapova all have in common? Well, for one thing, all four won multiple Grand Slam titles and reached the #1 ranking. For another, all four trained at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. In fact, those four are just a handful of the stars […] READ MORE


The Rise and Fall of Eugenie Bouchard

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Eugenie Bouchard showed her talent at an early age, winning the Canadian Under-18 Indoor Championship in Toronto aged just 15. She then reached back-to-back Australian Open junior semifinals in 2011 and 2012, before claiming her first junior Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2012. That made her the first Canadian, junior or professional, to win a Grand […] READ MORE


Best players who never completed the career Grand Slam

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Completing the career Grand Slam and winning the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open is no mean feat with the varying surfaces of hard court, clay and grass.  Only the very best achieve this with some surprising names not managing it so Last Word on Tennis has decided to look at the […] READ MORE


The Five Best Women’s Grand Slam Finals of the 2000s

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Tennis fans are still eagerly awaiting the return of the sport after the suspension of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. But with that return now on the horizon, what better time is there to look back at some of the great matches of yesteryear. The 2000’s saw some particularly thrilling women’s finals at […] READ MORE


Andre Agassi’s Career Golden Slam

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Andre Agassi is seen as one of tennis’ best ever players, winning eight Grand Slams and managing to win every Slam during his career. The American became the first player to complete a Career Golden Slam when he won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open along with an Olympic Gold medal […] READ MORE


Steffi Graf’s Golden Slam

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Steffi Graf is seen as one of tennis’ best ever players, winning 22 Grand Slams but 1988 was the year that will never be beaten.  The German star competed a Calendar Golden Slam when she won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open along with an Olympic Gold medal. Last Word on […] READ MORE


The French Open dominance of Justine Henin

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If Rafael Nadal is known as the ‘King of Clay’ then, for a period in the mid 2000s, Justine Henin was almost certainly the Queen.  She won three straight titles from 2005, the only person to achieve that feat apart from Monica Seles in 1992.  French Open 2005 Embed from Getty Images The Belgian star […] READ MORE


Yannick Noah – The last Frenchman to triumph at Roland Garros

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With the French Open meant to have taken place currently, Last Word on Tennis decided to fill the void by revisiting some famous matches at Roland Garros. Our second trip down memory lane is to the 1983 tournament when Yannick Noah became the first Frenchman to win his home Slam in 37 years.  Background Noah […] READ MORE