Canada’s Milos Raonic, fast-rising at Wimbledon, still has room to improve

Rod Laver asked the Australian media to go easy on Nick Gyrgios and let him grow. The same can be said about Milos Raonic. Raonic is already the greatest male singles player ever… Continue reading

Raonic-Nishikori rivalry could be the next Sampras-Agassi, Federer-Nadal

In the decisive fourth set of the Wimbledon round of 16, Kei NIshikori got all returns back. He pinned Milos Raonic into the corner. But Raonic rifled a forehand winner down the line,… Continue reading

Milos Raonic: a Giant Awakens in Asia

When Milos Raonic came to the Rakuten Japan Open in 2010, few tennis fans knew about him. With his “big game” of booming serves and forehands, he surprised Rafael Nadal in an early… Continue reading

Juan Martin del Potro: The King of Cool

—text and photos copyright Christopher Johnson Globalite Media — Juan Martin del Potro is sort of like the Elvis of tennis. He’s really cool, on the court and in the press room. He’s… Continue reading

Fighting spirit: despite bad back, Kei Nishikori refuses to back down

—- Kei Nishikori comments after losing Rakuten Japan Open quarterfinal to Nicolas Almagro: “In the end, my back was so bad I felt I like I couldn’t hit anymore.” “My back was in… Continue reading

The Acrobatics of Air Kei — Nishikori soars at Rakuten Japan Open tennis

  Kei Nishikori is a joy to watch. He soars through the air like a Japanese manga hero. But he also wears his emotions in his pained expressions of struggle. A photo gallery… Continue reading

Petra Kvitova wins Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan over Angelique Kerber

Genie Bouchard, age 19, battles Venus Williams in 3-hour slugfest in Japan

For three hours, Canada’s fast-rising Genie Bouchard, 19, played like a future champion. The only problem was that she was playing against an all-time great champion, Venus Williams, who has 44 singles titles,… Continue reading

Genie-mania in Japan: Canada’s Bouchard wows crowds in Tokyo

Star quality. Some athletes — like musicians, actors or ordinary folks — have it, and others don’t. Canadian tennis sensation Genie Bouchard, 19, seems to have it. She has the type of personality… Continue reading

TENNIS: Nishikori vs Nishikori, portrait of an athlete’s internal struggle

Kei Nishikori is Japan’s best male tennis player ever, and he’s capable of challenging the world’s top players. He also breaks the stereotype of the typical stoic Japanese athlete, by wearing his emotions… Continue reading