Sugita stuns Thiem on Gerry Weber grass in Germany

—-For players on tour, it’s a short hop between clay and grass. On grass, it’s also all about playing short hops. Dominic Thiem, who likes positioning himself deep on clay, would have to… Continue reading

King of Tears

  — As Rafael Nadal held the trophy in his hand for the 11th time, the crowd kept cheering. They didn’t stop. Rafa was transfixed. The moment hit him. It was something beyond… Continue reading

Simona Halep finally wins 1st slam

— The WTA’s best player the past few years, Simona Halep has long been a great champion, gracious in defeat, even after blowing leads at slams. She finally broke through and won her… Continue reading

Cecchinato stuns Djokovic at Roland Garros

Many tennis fans, and even players such as Genie Bouchard, didn’t know the name Marco Cecchinato before his French Open quarter-final with Novak Djokovic. But Djokovic knew who he was, because he said… Continue reading

Shapovalov swinging in the rain of Roland Garros

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Portraits of the King of Clay

  Rafa Nadal doesn’t like playing in dark, damp, muddy conditions. An islander from Mallorca, he’d rather play in the hot sun with wind blowing up dust and spin. But the gloomy light… Continue reading

Sharapova sharp coming into Roland Garros

  There’s no clear favorite on the women’s side of the French Open. It’s easier to find reasons why someone won’t win than why they will. Simona Halep should be the favorite at… Continue reading

Rafa on Rampage in Rome

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