Friday, February 15, 2019

Steve Tignor

Do we really need to destroy Davis Cup to save it? On the ITF’s...

To say that opinions have varied over the ITF’s latest proposal to revamp—or destroy, depending on your point of view—Davis Cup would be a gross understatement. One camp of players has looked on the changes as nothing less than a...

Five Story Lines to Help You Make Sense of this Year’s Australian Open

So far this year, when we’ve said “ready or not, the Australian Open is here,” the emphasis has been on the “not.” Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and Kei Nishikori all thought about declaring themselves ready, before finally deciding against it....

Rafa or Roger? Nick or Sascha? Garbiñe or the field? Previewing a very open...

As the final major of 2017 approaches, the biggest story isn’t about who is playing well. It’s simply about who is, and isn’t, playing. Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka, Kei Nishikori—all US Open champions or finalists in recent years—will...

Can Karolina Pliskova break the curse of the Slamless No. 1?

This year’s Wimbledon was, as always, an entertaining event. Unfortunately, our final memories from the fortnight were anti-climactic. In the women’s title match, Venus Williams ran out of gas in the second set and lost it at love; in...

Is Roger Federer really the Favorite? Plus 4 other essential questions about this year’s...

Once upon a time, grass was the odd surface out. Ivan Lendl said it was for cows, and Lindsay Davenport claimed that everyone was just winging it when they got to Wimbledon in the summer. By the start of...

What Novak Djokovic can learn from Rafael Nadal’s latest comeback

It was the most highly anticipated quarterfinal of the French Open. During the first set, the match lived up to expectations, as the two players traded momentum, and a service break or two, back and forth. But when that...

At the French Open, the men look to the past while the women search...

As the players gather in Paris, the ATP and WTA tours appear set to move in opposite directions. While the men will be led by a familiar face from the recent past, the women will look for someone new...

Why Roger Federer’s surge at 35 is good news for fans of Rafael Nadal,...

The first quarter of 2017 has been a bittersweet one for Rafael Nadal. He has had his best sustained run on hard courts since 2013. He reached the finals of the Australian Open and the Miami Open for the first...

Contact Point

Tsonga Wins Montpellier Title; Medvedev Captures Sofia Crown; Londero Claims First-Career...

Open Sud de France—Montpellier, France Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga captured the 17th title of his career on Sunday in Montpellier, France, defeating countryman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4,...