Unmuting tennis commentators can be as dangerous as reading trite tennis writers. Their goal is completion, match and deadline, not the museum of thought. Their prose can't be mistaken for poetry. They traffic in dreaded clichés, tropes and narratives, delivering formaldehyde to our collective sport brain. We have gone from three channels to digital boxes guaranteeing information overload. … Continue reading Clichés, Tropes and Narratives Oh My!
Bud Collins is the father of tennis journalism; Sports Illustrated described him as the tennis historian and the American voice of the sport in print and on TV for decades. With his passing on March 4, 2016, it is unlikely that we will ever have a tennis journalist with his panache and skills. Let's take a … Continue reading Unmuting Tennis Commentators
On February 4, 2016 Andy Roddick dazzled fans at the Ebix Charity Challenge at the University of North Carolina. Playing with John Isner against the Bryan Brothers, he served and volleyed like he never left the tour. In one nineteen rally point he bested the Bryans showing just why he is so missed. Roddick retired … Continue reading Tennis Needs Andy Roddick!
When I started writing this piece, I planned it as a single column examining the sport's lack of popularity in America. After many weeks, I began to wonder if the sport was satisfied with its niche status or if it was willing to address core issues to achieve popularity, mass appeal. This five-part series will … Continue reading Fan Series: Game, Set and Match
At six feet, she is tall and imposing as she saunters onto the terre battue court. You know her mind is racing. She must be trying to breathe, focus, think about her game plan, think about anything except playing HER. Instead she must think, "this is clay. I know how to play on clay. I can beat … Continue reading UP NEXT: Serena’s Heir Apparent is…
Venus Williams' career has never followed a predictable or traditional tennis trajectory. Still when she announced her Sjogren's syndrome diagnosis in 2011 most began drafting her tennis obituary. They shook their heads or laughed as she said time and again that she would play until Rio 2016, at a minimum. It has taken years for her to … Continue reading Venus: Resurgence, Convergence or Destiny?
Many were tuned-in to Serena Williams' Calendar Slam run as a historic cultural and sporting moment. If she had won the US Open, it would have been her fifth consecutive slam and 22nd career slam. It was not to be. Serena lost to the pressure and nerves of the moment not to opponent Roberta Vinci in … Continue reading Tennis’ Love-Hate Relationship with the Revolutionary Serena Williams