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Novak Djokovic went undefeated at the ATP Finals.
Martin Keady - Nov 22, 2022

Novak Djokovic ultimately won the 2022 ATP Finals with such ease, beating Casper Ruud in the final to ensure that he won every match he played and thus won nearly $5 million in prize money (the biggest ever pay-out in tennis history), that it was hard to believe he had not won the tournament for […]

Was the Trivalry the greatest rivalry in sport's history?
Martin Keady - Oct 2, 2022

In a new four-part series, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, considers the end of the great “Trivalry” between Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, which has come with Federer’s retirement, and argues that it was the greatest rivalry ever in any sport.   In all the understandable commemoration and celebration of the end of Roger Federer’s […]

Which of the Big Three will win the GOAT debate?
Subhadeep Roy - Sep 24, 2022

The great Roger Federer has announced his intention to retire after the Laver Cup and the tributes from all over the world have been fulsome to say the least. However, at this moment, many tennis fans are also pondering which of the Big Three – Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – is the GOAT, […]

Roger Federer Artwork
Anish Joshi - Sep 18, 2022

As Roger Federer announces retirement from the sport, it truly signifies the end of an era. It will only be a little exaggeration to say that Federer was tennis itself. His retirement leaves a void that will never be really filled by anyone else. Here’s my little tribute to the great champion. Larger than Tennis […]

Roger Federer was arguably the most graceful player of all time.
Martin Keady - Sep 17, 2022

For much of the 20th century – so, for most of the history of professional sport – art and sport were widely regarded as being almost mutually exclusive. Indeed, it was a commonly held belief, especially in the West, that it was almost impossible for someone to love both equally. Much of the British education […]

Wimbledon 2017 day thirteen
Jack Edward - Sep 15, 2022

Roger Federer has announced he will retire from professional tennis. After over 40 years on the planet and two knee surgeries, the Swiss Maestro has finally decided to hang up his racket. He’s brought the tennis world heaps of entertainment, tears of joy, tears of heartache, moments of artistry and immortal matches that will go […]

Serena Williams Venus Williams 2002 Wimbledon final
Vithun Illankovan - Aug 28, 2022

Serena Williams, (one of) the greatest female tennis players of all time, is set to retire. In a career spanning across four decades, the American has had many iconic rivalries. In this article, I have undertaken the challenge of whittling them down to the top five. To do this, I shortlisted all the players Serena […]

Mats Wilander 1982 French Open
Ewan West - May 21, 2022

Since 2005, the French Open men’s singles event has been won by just four different players: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Stan Wawrinka. Prior to then, though, there had been a number of surprising male champions at Roland Garros since the Open started in 1968. Here, we look at five unexpected French Open […]

Carlos Alcaraz Rafael Nadal ATP Madrid
Martin Keady - May 10, 2022

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 […]

Carlos Alcaraz in action at the ATP Miami Open.
Martin Keady - Apr 9, 2022

Ahead of the start of the men’s European clay court season this Sunday in Monte Carlo, the biggest question in tennis is whether this year’s breakout star, 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, can compete on clay against what might now be called (in the continuing absence from the ATP Tour of Roger Federer) “The Big Two”, namely […]

Ashleigh Barty Uluru
Laurie Burnette - Apr 2, 2022

As a sport, tennis has had its fair share of shocks over the last number of years. And last week we had another one, with the sudden retirement of Ashleigh Barty despite being clear number 1. On the “shocks” scale this was quite a big one, superficially up there with Bjorn Borg in 1981 and […]

Carlos Alcaraz has burnished his star credentials at the 2022 Miami Open.
Martin Keady - Apr 1, 2022

Before the 2022 Miami Open began, there were some concerns that the men’s event might lack a little star power. That was because of the top 40 male players in the world, the only ones not appearing in Florida were the Big Three – Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer – who have dominated […]

Rafael Nadal defeated in Indian Wells.
Martin Keady - Mar 21, 2022

Perhaps it is the rarefied air that Rafael Nadal is now breathing as statistically the most successful male player ever that caused him such problems in the Indian Wells Final, to the extent that he ultimately succumbed, relatively meekly, to Taylor Fritz. But whatever the cause of those problems, they are a reminder of Nadal’s […]

Rafael Nadal in action at the ATP Indian Wells Masters.
Martin Keady - Mar 13, 2022

As the last few weeks have reminded us, history, which usually unfolds so slowly, can also happen quickly. The last three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, which had seemed to represent an unending march towards globalisation, now appear, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, to have been a phoney peace […]

Daniil Medvedev Acapulco
Jakub Bobro - Feb 24, 2022

Daniil Medvedev will become the new World No. 1 of the ATP Tour on Monday, becoming only the 27th player to hold the top spot in the Open Era. This comes after Novak Djokovic failed to defend the title in Dubai, dropping 410 points after a shock quarterfinal exit, courtesy of qualifier Jiri Vesely. Medvedev […]

Rafael Nadal 2022 Australian Open
Yesh Ginsburg - Jan 30, 2022

Since last year’s Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal has been tied with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles apiece, the all-time men’s record. At the following US Open, Daniil Medvedev denied Djokovic a record 21st Major title. Now, the Russian was tasked with doing the same to Rafael Nadal. He looked up to […]

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Djokovic and Tsitsipas have already qualified for the ATP Finals.
Laurie Burnette - Jan 30, 2022

The 2022 tennis season proved a rather strange one. A season which started in January with Novak Djokovic getting sensationally expelled from the Australian Open. Women’s #1 Ash Barty retired completely out of the blue. Alexander Zverev was disqualified for cursing out an umpire and repeatedly smashing his chair with his racquet in the Mexican […]

Linda Fruhvirtova at the US Open.
Nurein Ahmed - Jan 30, 2022

What is so special about Linda Fruhvirtova? The 17-year-old began the 2022 season as a virtually-unknown teenager on the senior tour, but soon became the talk of the town. Fruhvirtova gave us a glimpse of her potential and talent in her run to a maiden WTA title in Chennai, India, just after the US Open. […]

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Glenys Furness - Jan 30, 2022

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Yosuke Watanuki Citi Open
Damian Kust, Editor - Jan 30, 2022

Both Leandro Riedi and Yosuke Watanuki managed to claim back-to-back titles in what is the penultimate week of Challenger Tour action in 2022. Meanwhile, Oleksii Krutykh claimed the win in Valencia, while Guido Andreozzi was a shocking champion at Temuco. The Argentinian became the lowest-ranked player to win a Challenger since Guillermo Canas, who was […]

Canada with the Davis Cup trophy.
Martin Keady - Jan 30, 2022

Nearly a whole year after winning the ATP Cup in Australia right at the start of the season, Canada’s men ended the season with a unique team tennis double by winning the Davis Cup for the first time ever. In so doing, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov and their doubles specialist Vasek Pospisil, who won key […]

Felix Auger Aliassime Celebrates
Devesh Bubna - Jan 30, 2022

Eight finals played. Eight finals lost. For a player considered the next big thing, the mentality seemed to be missing for Felix Auger-Aliassime. The 2022 season promised great things for the next-gen players. The Top 3 were finally, with a combination of injuries, Father time, and some very questionable stance on the vaccine had suddenly […]

Ben Shelton UF
Damian Kust, Editor - Jan 30, 2022

Time to recap another thrilling week of ATP Challenger Tour action. Leandro Riedi grabbed his maiden title in Helsinki, while Yosuke Watanuki proved how much he enjoys the courts in Kobe. Vasek Pospisil and Juan Pablo Varillas were the big names claiming trophies, while the story of the week was definitely Ben Shelton. The 20-year-old […]

Novak Djokovic celebrates his win over Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Jakub Bobro - Jan 30, 2022

The 2022 ATP season has come to its grand finale, the final of the ATP Finals in Turin between two players with very interesting seasons. As always, we here at LWOT will preview and predict every match. Who do you think will take the title? ATP Finals Final Prediction Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud Head-to-head: […]