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Resolving Your Rules Questions & Quarrels
I was serving to the ad side of the court, and the deuce player called the serve out. I asked the player on the ad side if she saw the ball. She said, “I’m not sure. I didn’t see the ball.” I said that when there is a difference between partners, or
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Steady and Slow
> Jennifer Brady has a long list of strengths, but the 25-year-old American also knows her limitations. “I’m one of the worst storytellers, and that’s a known fact,” Brady says. As if fact-checking herself, she proceeded to tell one. “I was not
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Aces & Faults
September 27: Marion Bartoli celebrates Simona Halep’s 29th birthday by singing to her at Roland Garros. September 29: Apostolos Tsitsipas ups his support game by donning a mask with a cartoon image of son. October 10: Iga Swiatek prevails in Par
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Five Women’s Stories to Follow in 2021
> Venus and Serena Williams will be 41 and 40 years old, respectively, at the end of 2021, both having spent over two decades atop the tennis world. While it’s nearly impossible to imagine the WTA tour without them, their career clocks are undeniably
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Five Minutes With… Elise Mertens & Aryna Sabalenka
> IN just their second tournament as a doubles team, at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka won the title. Two weeks later, the spirited duo completed the rare Sunshine Double in Miami, cementing themselves as
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Once Upon A Time In Sydney
THE GOOD NEWS was that Australia’s players ruled the world. Rod Laver had closed out the 1960s by winning all four majors. Margaret Court had her own calendar-year sweep in 1970—the same year John Newcombe captured the first of two straight Wimbledon
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The Atp Finals Champion And Playful Perfectionist Talks Favorite Foods, Mythic Matches And More
Last season was a difficult one by any measure. What were you thankful for, though? You always search for the positives. So I give thanks to spending more time at home, with my family and my wife, which was very fun and very relaxing. Also, I give t
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Distance Learning
“We’re not physical, the tennis players,” Roger Federer said with a laugh a few years ago, when he was asked who would win a boxing match between himself and Rafael Nadal. “We don’t like to touch each other.” Federer didn’t know his joking response
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Summer Down Under
Three little words that stir up emotions like no others? At press time. The coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the 2020 tennis calendar. Unfortunately, the change of a single digit isn’t some kind of silver bullet—even with the players scheduled
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Rankings Forecast: Australian Open
The ATP and WTA rankings underwent an unprecedented transformation due to COVID-19. After the tours were suspended last March, their respective rankings were frozen. Then, when the sport restarted in August, the rankings were unfrozen, and a best-of-
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Remember When: Djokovic Hits Different
When Novak Djokovic’s career is complete, he’ll own at least 17 Grand Slam singles titles, 36 ATP Masters 1000 trophies and five season-ending championships. We’ll remember some of his 900-plus victories more than others, many of which took place in
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Hidden Gem: Brisbane
Last year, the WTA’s Brisbane International featured six of the tour’s Top 10. Clearly, this tournament held in Queensland’s capital hasn’t gone under the radar amongst pros. But with all eyes fixated on the Australian Open as a new year begins, othe
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Array of Sunshine
Just as the game can provide a comforting escape, Florida is a perennially perfect spot for a winter getaway, especially for tennis lovers. Glorious weather and an abundance of facilities are a natural pair, and the state’s beaches, trails and nation
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Ashe to Ashe, Dustin to Dustin
TENNIS IS A FUNNY SPORT. For starters, what’s up with the scoring? 15, 30, 40, love? Seriously? How are we supposed to remember which is the ad court and which is the deuce court? Where else can two athletes battle it out for 11 hours over three days
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Man For The Moment
He thanked the organizers for staging a tournament that had once seemed certain to be canceled. Other than the fact that Nadal was speaking through a pink mask, it seemed like business as usual for the King of Clay. But as he reflected on what winnin
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Five Men’s Questions to Consider at the Australian Open
1 / HOW WILL THE TOURNAMENT’S CORONA-VIRUS PRECAUTIONS AFFECT THE PLAYERS? > Melbourne may be among the safest places in the world for a tennis tournament at the moment. Unlike Europe and the U.S., where cases rose this fall, the city largely conta
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Staying Power
Tennis, we’re told, is a solo sport, a loner’s sport, a sport where it doesn’t pay to make friends. Those who play it must learn to celebrate their wins, mourn their defeats, and shoulder the pressures of competition all by themselves. Judging by r
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Five Women’s Questions to Consider at the Australian Open
1 / WHO MIGHT BENEFIT, OR BE HURT, BY AUSTRALIA’S COVID RULES? > Everything surrounding this year’s Australian Open is in flux because of the novel coronavirus. But if the tournament goes off as planned, with the players quarantining for two weeks
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Unsatisfied
> He describes himself as someone who was “born to compete”—hardly a surprise when you understand just how much he appreciates wielding a tennis racquet. He sends back strikes that can disarm opponents, warns Roger Federer, who has experienced it fir
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A Challenged System
The only certainty of the 2021 tennis calendar is that it’s filled with uncertainty. Concerns over the lingering pandemic have forced early-season tournaments, including the Australian Open, to juggle various staging scenarios. Positive news of a pot
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Five Men’s Stories to Follow in 2021
> Retirement is a personal subject many athletes prefer to keep private, though in 2021, several beloved ATP superstars will be closely monitored. Roger Federer, due to return from a pair of right knee surgeries, turns 40 in August. Andy Murray playe
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Opening The Door
“Be careful what you wish for.” Dominic Thiem learned the wisdom of those words at this year’s US Open. For the better part of a decade, the 27-year-old Austrian had looked forward to the moment when he would play for a Grand Slam title without hav
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Vika Shifts Gears
For so long, Victoria Azarenka’s persona revealed itself in a desire to treat time as if it existed to be swiftly conquered. Over a decade ago, barely out of her teens, Azarenka lived for the chance to get behind the wheel of a new car she’d obtaine
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Distance Learning
> Azarenka’s new coach, Dorian Descloix, had never worked with a pro before. “We talk a lot,” says Descloix. “Sometimes, you know, I do the session on the court with her, we talk, and then she say to me, ‘No, Dorian, maybe we can go this way on the p
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A Good Sweat
I’ll never forget my first tournament as a ball girl. I was 14 years old, and I loved every minute of it. From chasing balls to collecting trash, I soaked it all in—much like the towels I eagerly delivered to the players. Little did I know that, acco
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Tennis Goes Electronic
“We Will Rock You” was blaring from the loudspeakers. Luke Jensen was waving his arms and firing up the crowd. The socially-distanced fans were cheering through their masks. After nearly a month inside a coronavirus-free bubble at The Greenbrier in W
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Tennis’ Lessons Learned
> The USTA did a magnificent job creating a bio-secure environment in which the “double in the bubble,” consisting of the Western & Southern Open and the US Open, was played in Flushing Meadows. Though fans were not allowed on site, and the events to
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Talking a Good Game
Commentators are our guides to the game, the soundtracks to our tennis-viewing lives. Their voices fill our ears every day. So it’s hardly a surprise that fans love to discuss their relative merits. But while we’re familiar with many of them from the
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Watch + Learn
“When I watch guys play Stan Wawrinka,” Arias says, “I think, ‘Why not serve to his backhand, which is a block, and come in? Even if you’re not a great volleyer, it still gives you a better chance than staying back.” Your Turn: “Play your own game”
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Progress, Not Perfection
Perfectionism is rampant in tennis. It starts with thinking one’s performance is awful. Then, distracted by this thought, performance drops rapidly. Has this happened you? Players often tell me they are perfectionists like it is a badge of honor: Y
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