Australian Open set to be pushed back to February 8

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The 2021 Australian Open looks set to start on February 8–three weeks later than originally scheduled–the Victorian Government has confirmed. According to ABC News, players are likely to arrive in mid-January and complete their quarantine on January 31. During that time, they will be allowed outside their hotels for five hours a day–to go to […] READ MORE


Reseeding the US Open Men’s Quarterfinalists

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In a matter of days, the US Open will crown a new major champion. After Felix Auger-Aliassime’s loss and Novak Djokovic’s default in the round of 16, we are guaranteed a winner born in the 1990s. It took a knee injury, a worldwide pandemic and a sizable mental cramp for the Big 3 to temporarily […] READ MORE


What happened to CiCi Bellis?

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Catherine ‘CiCi’ Bellis announced her arrival onto the world stage at the age of just 15 by beating Dominika Cibulkova, then ranked inside the world’s top 20, at the US Open in 2014. She then went on to reach a career-high ranking of world #35. But Bellis’ path forward since has been anything but straightforward […] READ MORE


Novak Djokovic Illustrates Why the Blame Game Must Change

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Is there anything human beings enjoy more than apportioning blame? It is a phenomenon doubtless amplified by the advent of social media, but one rather suspects that it is as old as society itself. But it is also reductive. The ‘blame game’ has little to no interest in contrition, let alone taking a measured view. […] READ MORE


Novak Djokovic Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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World #1 Novak Djokovic has become the latest casualty of the Adria Tour, testing positive for coronavirus. Yesterday, world #19 Grigor Dimitrov, who played in both the Serbian and Croatian legs of the Tour, revealed that he had tested positive for the virus, raising concerns that the virus would spread amongst the rest of the […] READ MORE


Pandemic Stops Emil Ruusuvuori Just Short of Milestone

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When the coronavirus pandemic rocked the world, tennis season came to a grinding halt. Tournaments were stopped midway through their duration, players went off to their respective quarantines, and the return of tennis anytime soon seemed like a distant dream. The pandemic was particularly harsh on Emil Ruusuvuori. At 21 years old, the rising star […] READ MORE


ATP Announces Revised Calendar Starting August 14

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It’s official. The ATP Tour is set to return in Washington D.C. The organization that oversees professional men’s tennis issued a provisional, eight-week-long calendar that includes two Grand Slams, three Masters 1000, one ATP 500 and one ATP 250. The revamped tour will return on Friday, August 14 with the Citi Open, over five months […] READ MORE


Alex de Minaur Is Making Progress on Clay

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World No. 26 Alex de Minaur dominated a round robin competition on clay featuring three fellow Top 55 players. All Spaniards. I don’t think I ever envisaged leading an article with these words, but it’s 2020 after all. Expect the unexpected. Three-day tournament by the Mediterranean The Region of Valencia Tennis Challenge usurped the final […] READ MORE


After Covid-19 Tennis Has To Change. Here’s How

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Tennis may have experienced something of a golden age over the past decade-and-a-half, with prize money rocketing up, in no small part due to the presence of some of the greatest players of all time. But now tennis has to change. Because the suspension of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare, […] READ MORE


2021 Dreaming: The Australian Open

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Author’s Note: This article is pure fiction. An imaginary glimpse into the future, for distraction and entertainment during the current crisis. Tuesday, February 16, 2021: Some old things are new again; others are just new.  After fits and starts around the world, a major international sporting event ended successfully. “Back to the Fun in ‘21” […] READ MORE