Views & Opinion

First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon

June 22, 2014

Early round upsets aren’t all that unusual at Wimbledon, which opens its two-week run tomorrow. Last year, Rafael Nadal, fresh off his eighth French Open title, was bounced in the opening round by unheralded Steve Darcis of Belgium. Roger Federer fell several days later in a second-round upset at the hands of Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. […]

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Time to Stick a Fork in Federer to See if He’s Done?

September 3, 2013

Perhaps not yet, but soon. Tommy Robredo might not have said it, but he must have thought it: “Nobody beats me 11 times in a row.” So true. The 31-year-old Spaniard knocked out former world No. 1 Roger Federer 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Monday night, improving to […]

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Nadal Goes for Eight at French Open

May 26, 2013

It’s springtime in Paris. Strolls along the Seine. Cafe and baguettes. Roland Garros and terre battue. And the most physically demanding tournament of the four tennis majors. Welcome to the French Open, which starts today. Defending champion and seven-time title holder Rafael Nadal, winner of six tournaments and 36 of 38 matches this year, is […]

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Jimmy Connors Reveals All in New Memoirs

May 12, 2013

I first heard rumblings about Jimmy Connors’ new memoirs, “The Outsider,” last Sunday. The snippets weren’t flattering. Connors hinted in a story in the New York Post three days before that former fiancée, America’s on-court sweetheart Chris Evert, got pregnant and then had an abortion as they became the biggest stars and the most popular […]

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Djokovic Looking for Three-Peat at Australian Open

January 13, 2013

  It’s already mid-summer Down Under and two weeks into the new year. For anyone who follows tennis, that means the Australian Open is about to begin. The Aussie kicks off its two-week run tomorrow at Melbourne Park, where the fans are often raucous and a party atmosphere generally prevails. This year’s men’s tournament features […]

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Top Three Men’s Tennis Matches of 2012

December 30, 2012

Time to flip the last page on the calendar tomorrow. So some thoughts on the three best matches of 2012 as the year is about to expire. The choices weren’t easy since there were clearly more than three that merited top accolades. In reality I had to halve six, which was reduced from at least […]

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Top Three Upsets of 2012 in Men’s Tennis

December 2, 2012

  Upsets in men’s tennis, especially early round shockers in Grand Slams or Masters events, are what make the men’s game so compelling. Anything can happen. Nothing is for sure. Even among the top players, nerves often contribute to opening round jitters and tentative play. Advancing to the second round invariably brings about a deep […]

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Djokovic Slammed by Weather in 2012

September 24, 2012

But for the curse of Mother Nature, Novak Djokovic could have won three Slams this year, just like he did last year. Yep, and I don’t think that’s really a stretch. Rain and wind plagued the finals at both Roland Garros and Flushing Meadows big time in 2012. And it was Djokovic who got the […]

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Murray Ready to Win First Major in New York

August 27, 2012

Two of the Big Four have lots to prove when the U.S. Open begins today at Flushing Meadows in New York. Defending champion and No. 2-ranked Novak Djokovic would certainly like to win his second major of the year to affirm that the success he had in 2011 — three Grand Slam titles — wasn’t […]

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Groth and Olivetti Top Guns of Fast Serve

August 11, 2012

Australian Sam Groth (left) and Frenchman Albano Olivetti (right) share more than adjacent rankings on the ATP computer. Groth, No. 257, and Olivetti, No. 258, merely happen to have the two biggest serves in men’s professional tennis, but that fact remains largely unknown except by tennis aficionados. Both are journeyman, competing for the most part […]

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