Tennis Fit For A Holiday: The WTA And America Shine In Australia

Monday in Melbourne, the host nation for the Australian Open celebrated its foremost national holiday. In the past, Australia Day has marked the day during the Australian Open when play would be interrupted during the night session for a fireworks display. This has been the source of great controversy and angst, given the reality that […]


Making Anger An Advantage: Nick Kyrgios Talks With His Game As Well As His Mouth

Sports psychologists will tell their clients — or any athletes they might have the chance to speak to in a professional context — that anger must be channeled into more positive emotions. Anger cannot consume. It cannot be nurtured or protected or perpetuated. It will eventually swallow up concentration, devour energy, and hijack the peak […]

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Federer Stunned In Australia: It’s All Andreas’s Fault

Andreas Seppi, one of those players who constantly flies below the radar at major tournaments, seemed consigned to a career in which he’d never be able to remember a match on tennis’s biggest stage for all the right reasons. Seppi took a two-set lead on Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros in 2012, but he couldn’t […]


Authoritative And Emphatic: Azarenka Makes A Statement Against Wozniacki

The Australian Open isn’t just the first major tournament (the first important event) of the tennis calendar. It is the one major tournament which exists far removed from the other three. The Australian Open really does exist on an island, an appropriate reality for a country which is in fact geographically isolated from other continents. […]

Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Smyczek of the U.S. during their men's singles second round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne

Australian Open Affirmations: Nadal And Sharapova Do What They Do Best

If a single theme can be gleaned from the first three days of the 2015 Australian Open, it is this: For anyone who has played professional tennis for an appreciable length of time, the cauldron of major-tournament pressure reveals the essence of that player — not always in a career-long context, but often enough to […]

The two ATP hardcourt major champions in 2014 were Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nad---------
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Australian Open Men’s Draw Analysis

When a major-tournament draw is announced, the attention of the tennis world usually gravitates to the quarters and beyond: Which player seeded 5 through 8 ended up in Novak Djokovic’s quarter? Rafael Nadal’s? Roger Federer’s? Oh, and what about Stan Wawrinka? This was unavoidably going to be a point of interest, but in light of […]


Australian Open Women’s Draw Analysis

The draws are out for the 2015 Australian Open. In both the women’s and men’s events, the first few days of the tournament offer the promise of a few main-event matches, which is not always something you get at a major. It can take time to stumble upon the kind of centerpiece which pushes other […]


The 5 Most Significant Australian Open Men’s Matches

What is true for women’s tennis is also true for men’s tennis. Through 1987, the Australian Open was not so much a fourth major as a major in lighter clothing. Without a full 128-player draw, seeds received byes into the second round. On plenty of occasions, top pros didn’t make the trip Down Under to […]


The 5 Most Significant Australian Open Women’s Matches

Before 1988, when the Australian Open moved to its current (and gleaming) facilities at Melbourne Park, the event simply didn’t exist on par with the other majors. Before 1988, the Australian Open lacked 128-player draws, meaning that all players in the tournament did not have to play or win the same amount of matches to […]


That Kind Of Year? Federer And Nadal Get Tested Out Of The Gate

The 2015 tennis season is just getting started, and in the span of just two matches, tennis fans have had reason to freak out… or make the far more rational decision to accept the fact that after the offseason, rust is going to skew plenty of results in the warm-up tournaments before the main event, […]


ATP World Tour Finals Wrap-Up: Djokovic Wins, No Final Is Played, And Team Switzerland Is A Mess On The Eve Of Davis Cup

The ATP’s season-ending championship (before the International Tennis Federation puts the capper on the tennis year with the Davis Cup Final) is called the World Tour Finals. The acronym for the event, as you can plainly see, is WTF. This year in London, “WTF” was the universal reaction to the showcase singles tournament held in […]