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WIMBLEDON: THE GLORY OF OPENING DAY—AND KING OF GRIT LLEYTON HEWITT

WIMBLEDON’S TRADITIONS HAVE TRADITIONS LONDON—”Monday, Monday, can’t beat that day.” Across the globe, it’s the most grim of days. Monday. It’s all about getting back into the rat race. From Tokyo, where workers are packed into trains, to the clogged roadways of LA and New York, it’s intense. Yes, in Paris some pause for a […]


Wimbledon Preview: Top 10 Questions (and a Whole Lotta Observations)

By John Huston 1. CAN SERENA WILLIAMS COMPLETE ANOTHER SERENA SLAM AND BRING HER OVERALL SLAM COUNT TO 21 ON THE GREEN LAWNS OF ENGLAND? If she does, she’ll be one Slam away from Steffi Graf heading into the US Open. Grass can be a slippery surface for Serena, and last year’s Wimbledon debacle isn’t fully […]


Being Different: On the Struggle for Change inTennis

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”—Martin Luther King (On the occasion of the Supreme Court decision in favor of gay marriage nationwide, we’re rerunning a May 2013 reflection on tennis and gay rights.) By Bill Simons Thirty-two years ago, when Inside Tennis had published only two issues, word […]


The Buzz—Wimbledon Warmup: Ample Faith in Her Own Inadequacy

By Bill Simons AMPLE FAITH IN HER OWN INADEQUACY: Christopher Clarey reported the fact that only 8% of British wildcards win their matches at Wimbledon, while 35% of American wildcards win their US Open matches. This not-so-wonderful British stat brought to mind Sue Mott’s 2008 commentary, which observed, “Only us. Only Britons interpret the umpire’s opening […]


French Open: American Report Card

SERENA WILLIAMS: A+ Her 20th Slam win was another dramatic comeback story—even more ‘heroic’ than her storied 2007 Aussie Open campaign? Next up: aiming for another ‘Serena Slam’ at Wimbledon. Could tie Steffi Graf’s 22-Slam mark at the US Open. BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS: A+ One slam title is not enough—how about two? The colorful Mattek-Sands teamed […]


French Open: The Ambience at Roland Garros

By Michael Mewshaw It’s doubtful that Samuel Beckett, the Nobel Prize-winning Irish expatriate to Paris, was referring to Roland Garros when he wrote: “From things about to disappear I turn away in time. To watch them out of sight, I can’t do it.” But it is of these lines from his novel Molloy that I’ve […]


French Open: Respect, Redemption and Triumph—Stan is the Man in Paris

RESPECT AND REDEMPTION—WAWRINKA PREVAILS By Bill Simons This was to be the Serb’s moment. The man who was raised as bombs fell was supposed to lift the French Open’s Coupe de Mousquetaires. But a Swiss player not named Federer wasn’t so sure. Novak Djokovic, the child of war who had became the man of the […]


French Open: Dare We Ask—Is Serena the Most Clutch Performer in Sports History?

WILLIAMS CAPTURES FRENCH OPEN By Bill Simons Something was wrong. There were few wheezes or wobbles. There were no implosions, no collapses, no blank stares, no startling recoveries and virtually no angst. Earlier at the French Open, Serena Williams had found herself in an almost perpetual turmoil as she fell behind one foe after another: […]


French Open: Djokovic Again Downs Murray, in Two-Day Five-Setter

By Bill Simons Captivating, scintillating, explosive, mind-boggling. Those words will do. The fifteen-game stretch at the end of Friday’s Novak Djokovic/Andy Murray semifinal was off the charts. Simply put, it was tennis and, dare we say sports, at its best. Up two sets and in total control, the Serb was showing the “best in class” […]


French Open: Wawrinka to Final, Same Old Song for Tsonga

By Bill Simons On a spring evening in Paris in 1983, a Frenchman dashed across an orange court and embraced his father. The touching man-hug between the freshly minted French Open champion, Yannick Noah, and his dad, from the Cameroons, was the most magical moment in modern Roland Garros history. Ever since, France has yearned […]