China Open WTA Wrap-Up: Maria Sharapova And The Mysteries Of Tennis

The just-concluded China Open in Beijing is not quite a crown jewel on the Women’s Tennis Association’s annual calendar. Yet, it owns the distinction of being the last main-stage event before the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, which begin on Oct. 20. You can identify this event as part of the “Asian swing” on the […]


Covering The Coverage: TV At The 2014 U.S. Open

American television’s coverage of major-tournament tennis is never less complicated than at the Australian Open each January. ESPN2 has to work around its college basketball programming at times, but Tennis Channel picks up the early window of coverage on most if not all days, and deep into the night, ESPN2 and ESPN are all too […]

nadal wins french

The Year At The Majors: 20 WTA And ATP Players Of Note In 2014

No editorial commentary here. We’ll save that for the end of the 2014 tennis season. Here are the results for 20 notable players on the WTA and ATP Tours from the four majors this year. Feel free to bookmark this link and reference it when the 2015 majors begin at the Australian Open in Melbourne […]


The Top 10 Stories Of The 2014 U.S. Open

The last major tennis tournament of the year is over. The Davis Cup semifinals begin this Friday, and there are a lot of points to be won (or defended, depending on the player) in the Asian swing and the fall indoor portions of the tennis calendar. Both the WTA and ATP will unfurl their year-ending […]


Marin Cilic And The Discovery Of Joy

It was not a day anyone who follows tennis — as fan or chronicler — expected to see two very long weeks ago, when the 2014 U.S. Open began. It was, however, a one-day window into the future of tennis… not next year or the year after that, but six years into the future, when […]


The Constant Star

The U.S. Open’s trophy presentation ceremonies are usually the tackiest in tennis, even worse than the Australian Open’s prolonged affairs. The U.S. Open ceremony becomes something of a game show, with the CBS emcee rattling off the prizes and money totals for the champion and runner-up. This time, though, the U.S. Open ended with an […]


A Performance for the Ages: Marin Cilic upsets Roger Federer at the US Open

One has to wonder what was going through Roger Federer’s mind when Kei Nishikori completed his improbable upset of top-ranked Novak Djokovic on a blistering hot Saturday afternoon at the US Open. Roger’s biggest obstacle to an impossible 18th major title seemed to have just been removed from his path. Federer had never lost against […]


Kei Bien: The Ambush At Ashe Stadium

We kept waiting. We, the global community of tennis reporters, bloggers and fans alike, kept waiting for the moment when Novak Djokovic — tired, listless, dragging, generally lacking answers — would do what he’s done dozens upon dozens of times in the past, including and especially in the U.S. Open men’s singles semifinals. In the […]


A Friday Of Friends, Fear, And The Future

One match didn’t even last two whole sets. The other match felt over well before two whole sets had been completed, and although it tightened up, it ended without an abundance of suspense. Yet, the U.S. Open women’s semifinals on Friday afternoon at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., […]


When Mediocre Tennis Doesn’t Matter

Every single human person brings his or her perspective to an event he or she covers. It is true that when a person’s job is to provide a straightforward match recap (which is not what this or any Bloguin site is meant to do — not centrally, anyway), there’s less room for commentary, so in […]

Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka

Big Wins, Small Losses

One of the subtle nuances of sportswriting — a nuance that is hard to grasp from the outside, if you’re not used to the process of churning out content after watching yet another sporting event — is that wins and losses are not created equal.  Some clusters of successes and failures can be thrown into […]


The Soul Of Tennis

Tuesday — not counting the 2:26 a.m. finish from Monday’s order of play between Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic, written about here by Juan Jose Vallejo for Rolling Stone magazine — was not an exciting day at the U.S. Open. Three men’s fourth-round matches were decided in straight sets. The fourth match was a drawn-out […]


The Professionals

On Labor Day at the 2014 United States Open, the men finally decided to join the women in producing compelling tennis. Without any weather delays, the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium lasted until 2:26 a.m., tying the mark for the latest night-session close in tournament history and making Todd Martin jealous.  This night session started […]