Learning to cheer for Cilic

  Many fans don’t like Marin Cilic for the same reasons they used to revile Novak Djokovic. He’s too good. He can beat their hero, Roger Federer. He’s a workaholic dedicated to improving.… Continue reading

Maturing Muguruza wins Wimbledon 2017

  Before their Wimbledon final, Garbine Muguruza, 23, praised the experience and precision under pressure of her older rival, Venus Williams, 37. But Muguruza was the more mature player on the day, saving… Continue reading

Breaking Point for Andy, Nole

  A few hours before his loss to Fabio Fognini in Rome, I saw Andy Murray in the tunnel amid photographers scurrying to get to court-side positions. Tied to some type of wiring,… Continue reading

For Venus, age is strength

  Whether she wins Wimbledon 2017 or not, Venus Williams remains the most polished, complete player on a WTA tour rich with improving young players. In the eyes of many reporters and fans,… Continue reading

As luck would have it ….

Are there special forces at work on a tennis court? Does luck have anything to do with who wins or loses? You say you don’t believe in such things. Fair enough. Gilles Muller… Continue reading

Generous Djokovic isn’t Tiger Woods

In a sport of nice guys, Novak Djokovic stands out as being exceptionally open and generous with the press and fans. He enjoys joking with the press and giving long, thoughtful answers in… Continue reading

All about the Strike Zone

Why do players such as Stan Wawrinka or Kei Nishikori succeed on clay or hard-court but falter on grass? It’s often about strike zone. Some guys like it high, others low. Wawrinka, Nishikori… Continue reading

Novak needs rhythm early at Wimbledon

Preparation is key ahead of a grand slam, where free-swinging underdogs are hungry to catch top seeds on a bad day. Stan Wawrinka paid this price, losing his first round match at Wimbledon.… Continue reading

Wimbledon Preview: Nadal to beat Federer in final

Sometimes it depends on who wants it more. Returning from injury, Roger Federer wanted it more in the Australian Open final, where he stormed back from 1-3 down in the fifth set to… Continue reading