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By John Huston WILL SERENA BREAK THE 2014 SLAM CURSE? World No. 1 Serena Williams arrives in New York with a lot more than her ranking on the line. This has been a topsy-turvy year for Serena—while she’s won titles in Rome, Miami, and more recently Cincinnatl, she has yet to reach even a quarterfinal […]

Robin Williams on Federer, Freud, and Andre: The Inside Tennis Interview

By Bill Simons We’ve lost a treasure, a comedic genius like no other, who we loved dearly. Such joy and free-form laughter—a dancing, inventive spirit. Pure magic, yes? Mercurial zaniness unleashed, a storm of laughter, unrestrained glee. And the late, so great Robin Williams had tennis in his blood. Williams’ mom Laurie was a tennis […]

She’s Back: Strong and Solid Serena Wins Third Bank of the West Title

Was this the best Bank of the West Classic ever? Maybe so. The tennis world was waiting to see how Serena Williams would recover after Wimbledon—was she okay? Sister Venus Williams, at 34, seemed to drink from the fountain of youth, hitting an incredible 10-stride sprint shot during a straight-set victory over a former No. […]

Winning Shots: Venus and Serena at the Bank of the West Classic

The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running event on the WTA tour, and Venus and Serena Williams have a long and strong connection to the tournament—in fact, this year marks the 20th anniversary of Venus making her pro debut at the Bank of the West, back when it was held in Oakland, Both […]

Serena Speaks: Williams Holds Forth on Wimbledon and Bouncing Back

Today at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Serena Williams gave her first interview since her much-discussed appearance at Wimbledon this year, where—having lost in the third round of singles—she appeared listless and disoriented, double-faulting four successive times before retiring from a second-round doubles match. (She was diagnosed as having a “viral illness.”) […]

The Buzz: Basking in the Rays of Genius and Other Enchanting Summer Diversions

By Bill Simons PRETTY GOOD RACKET: In three Grand Slams this year, Croatian Petra Martic has won one game and earned about $100,000. TALKING POINT: After Aussie Nick Kyrgios beat Rafa Nadal, Jon Wertheim wrote: “What would US tennis do (pay?) for a charismatic 19-year-old who could beat Nadal on Centre Court? Already had Canada Envy. Now […]

Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic—The Man Who Beat God

By Bill Simons We media folk adore scoops. It makes us feel all puffy. So, here’s a dandy one from this correspondent. *** Based on reliable sources, it’s safe to say that God—long ago out of the firmament, after he lit up the universe with lightness, crafted the depths of the oceans, shaped many a […]

Wimbledon: Boris Becker on Djokovic Win

By Bill Simons Novak Djokovic‘s coach Boris Becker was elated after his man prevailed in one of the great Wimbledon finals of all time. Emerging from the Friends Box, near a descending Centre Court stairwell, he spoke with Inside Tennis publisher Bill Simons and the AP’s Sandra Harwitt: What is the very best quality Novak […]

Wimbledon: Petra Posterizes Poster Girl Bouchard

By Bill Simons For decades, the WTA brand was built on change; fresh flowers and teen darlings who blew kisses, blasted forehands, and charged (despite ample pimples) fearlessly into a dazzling world of possibilities. You know the poster girls—Chrissie, Tracy, Monica, Steffi, Martina H., Lindsay, Venus, Serena, Maria. So many blooms, a bouquet of delights! […]

Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic—An Opportunist, a Winner, and a Wimbledon Finalist

By Bill Simons “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”—Winston Churchill We’re always told to appreciate what you have. Take advantage of every opportunity. Your treasure can go in a flash. After all, on this blue-sky, breezy English afternoon, all seemed perfect for Novak Djokovic. With a […]