Andy Murray is the star, but the Davis Cup celebrates everything about tennis

Yes, the 2015 Davis Cup Final will have a superstar on stage, and that will be the foremost point of focus when Great Britain visits Belgium in tennis’s fabled and prestigious international championship. However, when this main event unfolds on a late-November weekend, you’ll be able to partake of a tennis feast in which everyone […]


Novak Djokovic: the greatest in 2015, with the gates of history opening wide

One set all. 4-4 in the third set. The U.S. Open final. The two best ATP stars in the world, playing their hearts out before 23,000-plus spectators (many of them poorly behaved, but that’s another story). This is the moment every professional tennis player dreams of. It’s the moment every tennis pro tries to reach. […]

NY 29Aug2015 Roof scaffolding Ashe Stadium wide angle view from top on Art Ashe Day with shadows.

10 big stories from the 2015 U.S. Open

BLOGUIN NOTE Before we begin, a reminder for readers: Attacking The Net is a major-tournament tennis blog, not (yet) a full-service year-round tennis blog. You’ll get coverage of the Davis Cup semifinals and finals; the WTA Finals; and the ATP World Tour Finals, with perhaps a wrap-up of the Masters 1000 events in Shanghai and […]

Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, holds up the championship trophy after beating Roberta Vinci, of Italy, in the women's championship match of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ORG XMIT: USO190

20 for 2015: 20 Notable Players At This Year’s Major Tournaments

We did this last year, and we’re going to do it again right now. Without commentary or analysis, here’s how 20 notable WTA and ATP players performed at the majors in 2015. Review the year at the majors solely through the lens of results. Commentary can be found in our other U.S. Open wrap-ups and […]


Italy’s cup overflows on Flavia Pennetta’s big day

Italy is a nation known for a number of things, vineyards being near the top of the list. Italian tennis has featured four industrious professionals in the 21st century, all of them players who have been able to reach a major-tournament singles final. In 2012, Sara Errani reached the French Open final. This Saturday afternoon […]


Veni, Vidi, Vinci: Serena is conquered in an all-time sports upset

On the sprawling canvas of life itself, one day blends into the next. We get up, we work, we aspire, we do what we need to do. We enjoy — if we’re lucky — some escapist evening entertainment in a comfortable room with ample food and drink. We might find a few hours per week […]

Simona Halep of Romania celebrates after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their quarterfinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Simona Halep and an allowance for the unexpected

It was supposed to be Victoria Azarenka’s time again. At least, it felt as though the one nicknamed “Vika” was in great position to record a victory on Wednesday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Azarenka has stood up to Serena Williams better than anyone else on the WTA Tour over the past three years, certainly […]

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Serena Williams (L) of the United States hugs Venus Williams of the United States after defeating her in their Women's Singles Quarterfinals match on Day Nine of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Serena defeats Venus, saying more about us than her tennis

Just a few days before September 11, 2001 — when the world and America’s perception of it were quite different — Serena and Venus Williams met in their first major final. That meeting, in the 2001 U.S. Open final, was significant enough in its own right and on its own terms. More than 40 years […]


Glorious suffering, screaming ironies, and Simona Halep’s classroom

Anyone who has played tennis with at least some desire to win a match — no matter how relaxed or recreational the setting — could relate to what Simona Halep was going through on Monday afternoon at the U.S. Open. No one who has played tennis in a purely recreational context could possibly relate to […]

Serena Williams Inches Closer Towards History, Prepares For Battle With Older Sister Venus In Next US Open Match

As this year’s U.S. Open approaches its highly-anticipated conclusion, everything points to a historic ending that seems destined for the record books. And, not too surprisingly, Serena and Venus Williams find themselves immersed right in the middle of it all. When the two sisters meet Tuesday night in quarterfinal round action, younger sister Serena will […]


Best of 5: If you take it away, you take away the heart of ATP tennis

Our story begins not with a review of the first week of the U.S. Open, but with a story about the evolution of American college football. Europeans and other international readers, you’re not going to get an explanation about the innards of Yankee-style football, merely a note about the culture of this sport and how […]