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The French Open’s tradition of unlikely winners

The French Open’s tradition of unlikely winners

May. 26 | By Charles Bricker Of the four Grand Slams, the French, which begins Sunday, is the one that seems to inspire the most unlikely winners. Like Al Costa in 2002, Iva Majoli in 1997, and Anastasia Myskina and Gaston Gaudio in 2004. One-Slam...

A French perspective on USTA’s 10-and-Under Mandate

A French perspective on USTA’s 10-and-Under Mandate

May. 21 | By Charles Bricker There it was, or rather there “they” were,” the dreaded foam balls – at least 50 of them squished into a shopping cart on court 9 at the Antibes Racquet Club, where they were awaiting the love taps of scores of children learning...

Michael Yani’s tennis journeyman dream

Michael Yani’s tennis journeyman dream

Apr. 25 | There is indeed a tennis bucket list out there, and I can tell you what’s at the top of Michael Yani’s, even if you never heard of Michael Yani or mistake him for that wild-haired Greek guy who plays the pan flute, or whatever they call...

Without “emotional energy” Novak Djokovic falls to Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo

Without “emotional energy” Novak Djokovic falls to Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo

Apr. 22 | You didn’t need to sit in on Novak Djokovic’s post-final press conference to know that he had, as he phrased it, “no emotional energy left.” The world’s best service returner, and maybe the best-ever service returner, was...

Introducing “The Nick Bollettieri Discovery Open”

Introducing “The Nick Bollettieri Discovery Open”

Apr. 12 | Nick Bollettieri wanted to try something a little different, and the 1st Annual Nick Bollettieri Discovery Open tennis tournament, June 1-4, definitely is different. It’s for juniors only, it’s unsanctioned and you’re not guaranteed...

A dip in tennis TV viewership, but with platinum linings

A dip in tennis TV viewership, but with platinum linings

Apr. 7 | There was a significant drop-off in daily TV viewership for the Sony Ericsson Open, which ended last week, but it’s not related to the declining fortunes of U.S. tennis players and, as bad as the numbers look at first blush, there’s some...

Roddick’s masterpiece over Federer harkens back to 2003

Roddick’s masterpiece over Federer harkens back to 2003

Mar. 27 | Suddenly, it was 2003 again for Andy Roddick, slashing and hustling and playing with extreme confidence, just as he did as he torched his way through a series of tournaments leading to the U.S. Open title that year. His clothes bore a Reebok logo instead...

A different Serena avenges US Open Loss to Stosur without hindrance

A different Serena avenges US Open Loss to Stosur without hindrance

Mar. 26 | It wasn’t the U.S. Open final, so you could hardly call it a straight shot at revenge, but this was a very different Serena Williams this afternoon at the Sony Ericsson Open as she served her way past Sam Stosur, and, thank goodness, we didn’t...

$15.7 Million Yearly Player Development Expenses for the USTA — What is the Return?

$15.7 Million Yearly Player Development Expenses for the USTA — What is the Return?

Mar. 24 | Patrick McEnroe It has now been almost exactly four years to the day that Patrick McEnroe was named general manager of Elite Player Development for the USTA, charged with the responsibility of finding successors to Andy Roddick and the Willliams sisters...

Charlie Bricker: “Laughable” That Bollettieri Not In Hall of Fame

Charlie Bricker: “Laughable” That Bollettieri Not In Hall of Fame

Mar. 9 | I’m having a difficult time getting exorcised by the continual snubbing of Nick Bollettieri by the International Hall of Fame. Not because I’m numbed by the succession of petty rejections of Bollettieri over the years, but because, frankly,...

Roger Federer: The Apologist

Roger Federer: The Apologist

Feb. 15 | Roger Federer spent much of Monday putting out statements of apology and asking the Swiss public to forgive his choice of words after he appeared to lay the blame for a 5-0 Davis Cup loss to the U.S. on his teammate, Stan Wawrinka. “If I have...

Djokovic’s Return of Serve – Unsurpassed Magnificence

Djokovic’s Return of Serve – Unsurpassed Magnificence

Jan. 29 | “Is something unbelievable how he returns, no?” Rafa Nadal asked, rhetorically of course. He wasn’t looking for an answer and no one needed one. Winner: Novak Djokovic It has been evident for more than a year now how Novak Djokovic’s...