Friday, April 26, 2019

Ben Stevens

2019 Q1 Report Card: Who Makes the Grade Through April?

I might be the only one, but it certainly doesn't feel like we're just three months into the 2019 tennis season. Between "Serena v Roger" at the Hopman Cup, the Australian Open, Federer handing the baton to the next...

Australian Open 2019 Men’s Singles Final Preview: Djokovic vs. Nadal

A week before the Patriots and Rams face off, the real "big game" is set to take place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic LIII is upon us. Officially bringing them even with the number of American...

2019 Australian Open Women’s Final Preview: Osaka vs. Kvitova

One hundred and twenty-eight women have tried, one hundred and twenty-six have failed. The title of 2019 Australian Open Champion, will go to either Petra Kvitova or Naomi Osaka – and with it, the distinction of being the number...

Australian Open 2019: Men’s and Women’s Semifinals Preview

Close enough to the ultimate prize you can dare to dream. Far enough away that it's dangerous to do so. Welcome to the AO 2019 semifinals. Two final fours befitting a tournament that can best be described as "going largely...

Australian Open 2019 Day 10 Quarterfinals Preview: Serena, Djokovic, Osaka and Svitolina

Between Stefanos Tsitsipas, Danielle Collins and Petra Kvitova, quarterfinal Tuesday at the Aussie Open was nothing if not a day for fairy tales. In contrast, Wednesday is set to provide us with less of the unknown, and much more...

Australian Open 2019 Day 9 Quarterfinals Preview: Nadal, Tsitsipas, Kvitova and Collins

After eight days and 240 matches, we've finally reached the money rounds of AO 2019: the quarterfinals are upon us. The stage at which the stakes become readily apparent for all involved, the eight players left in each draw are...

2019 Australian Open Day 8 Preview: Serena vs. Simona Takes Center Stage

To quote legendary philosopher Keanu Reeves, "woah". Roger Federer, two time defending champion, is out of the 2019 Australian Open. Sent on his way by 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. A match that through two sets looked Federer's lose,...

2019 Australian Open Day 7 Preview: Federer vs. Tsitsipas

In professional sports, "sportsmanship" can be a hard thing to come by. The stakes are high, and that often means emotions are too. Certainly this year's Aussie Open hasn't been immune to bad sportsmanship either, what with Stefanos Tsitsipas'...

2019 Australian Open Day 6 Preview: Can Shapovalov Test Djokovic?

Having seen a relatively straightforward start to this year's Australian Open, it's safe to say the women's draw exploded into life on Friday. Seeing both current 17-year-old phenom Amanda Anisimova and former 17-year-old phenom Maria Sharapova make waves with wins...

Australian Open Day 5 Preview: Sharapova vs. Wozniacki on Deck

Oh boy. A day that saw Dominic Thiem sent packing, tough tests for Simona Halep and Sascha Zverev, epics for Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori, another exceptionally late finish... and yet the biggest story of day 4 by far had...

Contact Point

Fognini Wins Rolex Monte Carlo Masters over Lajovic

Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters—Monte Carlo, Monaco Italian Fabio Fognini won the biggest title of his career on Sunday in Monte Carlo, Monaco, defeating inform Serbian Dusan...