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 Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 7 –John McEnroe 84

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This installment of “The Greatest: The Men And Women Who Made Tennis” is a twofer, or two for the price of one, as it not only looks at statistically the single greatest season in tennis history – John McEnroe’s remarkable 1984 campaign – but at the best visual record of that season, Julien Faraut’s superb […] READ MORE


What’s a Tennis GOAT, anyways?

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You’ve thought long and hard over this. Some days you couldn’t be more sure. Other days you have no idea. Though one thing is for certain: as a new decade begins, the debate has never been more debatable. Who is the GOAT of men’s tennis? But just one second, ladies and gentlemen of the court. […] READ MORE


Is Federer Still The GOAT?

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For many tennis fans, Roger Federer is indisputably the greatest of all time. With an all-time record 20 Grand Slam titles, six wins at the ATP Finals, as well as the longest reign as world #1, his achievements speak for themselves. But in recent years, Federer’s claim to being the greatest of all time has […] READ MORE


Is Sampras Still The GOAT?

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It may seem outrageous to many to suggest that Pete Sampras is still the greatest of all time. After all, his 14 Major titles is now only good enough for fourth placed in the list, behind the Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. And perhaps more importantly still, whilst the three […] READ MORE


What Records are Roger Federer Playing For?

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Roger Federer would tell you he continues the exhausting exercise of playing tennis at age 38 because he still loves tennis. Fair enough. But as the current GOAT sits out a few months to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery, the Tennis Twitteratti is obsessing over legacy. Here’s a look at the records Federer holds by […] READ MORE


Five Famous (Or Infamous) Tennis Feuds

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Nadal-Kyrgios has all the makings of a classic tennis feud, or at least the beginnings of one. Rafael Nadal’s furious reaction to Nick Kyrgios serving under-arm at the end of their match in the Mexican Open this week, saying that the young Australian “lacks respect for the public, the rival and himself”, was met almost […] READ MORE


The Five Finest Displays In Men’s Grand Slam Finals

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Novak Djokovic certainly played exceptionally well in the Australian Open Men’s Singles Final. Djokovic himself thought that it was a virtually “perfect” performance and numerous tennis commentators and writers, including John Lloyd (a former Australian Open finalist himself), thought that it was the best performance they had ever seen and indeed had taken men’s tennis […] READ MORE


Ivo Karlovic and Steve Darcis Contest ATP Semifinal at Combined Age of 74

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The ATP Chennai event is a victory for age over beauty so far. Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic, who turns 40 next month, put Ernests Gulbis to the sword–using two tiebreaks to do so, of course. He is joined in the semis by Belgium’s Steve Darcis, who turns 35 in March. Darcis beat Malek Jazri in straight […] READ MORE


The Five Finest US Open Men’s Champions

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Countdown to the US Open: In the fourth and final part of our series building up to the US Open, Last Word on Tennis looks back at the finest US Open Men’s Champions. Every Grand Slam event is unique. The Australian Open, having been shunned for most of the 20th century by non-Australian players, has […] READ MORE