French Open: Post-Draw Men’s Preview

The men’s draw for the 2015 French Open has been announced. A one-word summary of the draw: KABOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! The doomsday scenario arrived for legions of Spaniards and Serbs on Friday in Paris. Rafael Nadal, seeded sixth at this tournament due to his struggles over the past few months, was slotted to play Novak Djokovic, the […]

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French Open: Post-Draw Women’s Preview

The women’s singles draw for the 2015 French Open has been announced. What stands out about a bracket that features so many delicious (or perilous, depending on your viewpoint) uncertainties? You can debate which item is the second most important one on your list, but there should be no discussion about the top story to […]

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French Open Men’s Preview, Part I: Before The Draw

In the Southwestern United States, Cox Communications has been running a series of commercials for a number of years. The point is rather simple: Cox guarantees its products in ways that competitors are prohibited from making certain statements: This is what a lot of tennis journalists and commentators (though not all of them) are doing […]


French Open Women’s Preview, Part I: Before The Draw

It is a basic reality of any bracketed tournament: It’s generally best to wait until the draw comes out to make more finite assessments of what’s at stake, who has a profound opportunity to create a lifelong memory, and which performers are uniquely vulnerable. With this in mind, we don’t yet need to delve into […]

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Rome ATP Review: Novak Djokovic’s Numbers Game

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. Then again, numbers — while often telling falsehoods and being eternally subject to manipulation — can also reveal powerful truths. As the Roman road becomes the path to Paris, and the clay Masters 1000 series gives way to the year’s second major tournament, the numbers tell the story […]


Rome WTA Review: Cloudy With A Chance Of Everything

In 2012, Maria Sharapova conquered Rome and then Paris. Being able to win the last prominent lead-up tournament to the French Open, and to then claim Roland Garros itself, represented one of the more substantial clay-court achievements in recent women’s tennis history. Sharapova has once again lifted a trophy in Italy’s ancient city, but as […]


Madrid WTA Review: Opposite Days, Exceptionalism, and Azarenka

The 2015 Mutua Madrid Open — like the ones before it — is a point of intrigue and fascination, because this tournament has an inconsistent relationship with Roland Garros, the crown jewel of the clay-court season each year. On one hand, Madrid’s higher elevation lends itself to a more aggressive style, one in which quality […]

Andy Roddick Can Coast Through Final Three Events In PowerShares Series

The 12-city tour of one-night tournaments played during March and April is coming to a close, as there are only three events left, all of which are taking place this week. The 2015 PowerShares Series is a competitive tennis circuit featuring legendary tennis icons and world-renowned champions Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, […]

Roddick Looks To Continue PowerShares Success On East Coast

The PowerShares Series, the 12-city tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30, continues Wednesday, April 22 in Boston at the Agganis Arena at Boston University. Andy Roddick will go for his seventh straight title and will be joined by John McEnroe, Todd Martin and James Blake, among others. Roddick remains in […]

PowerShares Series Returns This Week With Two of Three Events In Texas

The 2015 PowerShares Series is a competitive tennis circuit featuring legendary tennis icons and world-renowned champions such as Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, James Blake, and Mark Philippoussis. The 12-city tour of one-night tournaments is played in major arenas during March and April 2015 and so far to […]

Only ATP World Tour Clay Event On U.S. Soil Resides In Houston

The 2015 ATP World Tour stops in Houston this afternoon, with sets to begin at 12:00 noon.  The victor of last seasons singles, Fernando Verdasco, will look to repeat again as he is seeded No. 6. This historic venue is home to the only ATP World Tour event on U.S. soil that is played on […]