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LAKE NONA – A HOME FOR THE FUTURE OF THE GAME

A Gathering for the Game: Left to right – Cathy Williams (Broker, Lake Nona Realty), Pat Anderson (USPTA Florida Division Executive Director), Conrad Cowan (USPTA District President), Joe Crowley (Senior Director, Facility Operations USTA National Campus at Lake Nona) Tennis is changing. The landscape of the American game is shifting, and in the years to […]


THE ELOQUENCE OF BILLIE JEAN KING: IT’S NOT A ‘HE’ THING, OR A ‘SHE’ THING – IT’S A ‘WE’ THING

Millions heard about Raymond Moore’s comment that women should “go down on their knees and thank Federer and Nadal…[who] have carried the sport.” But Moore also said, “The WTA…has a handful of very attractive prospects…Muguruza, Genie Bouchard…And the standard in ladies tennis has improved unbelievably…They’re physically attractive and competitively attractive.” And he said, “In my […]


CORPORATE PROFILE: FILA – BORN IN TENNIS

  It’s one of the most iconic images in all of tennis: Bjorn Borg, with his golden locks, gracefully sprints around Wimbledon’s Centre Court wearing a snug cream-colored Fila shirt and a distinctive headband. Fila, the born-in-Italy shoe and apparel company, was at the heart of tennis’s boom years, and it’s still a vital player […]


STEVE SIMON: ON SHARAPOVA, GAMBLING AND WOMEN’S TENNIS

Never has an incoming tennis official faced more tumult than Steve Simon, who became the executive director of the WTA last October. Simon has had to face controversies relating to gambling, Maria Sharapova, the departure of Ray Moore, and Novak Djokovic’s reopening of the equal-pay issue. Shortly after the Sharapova incident, Inside Tennis publisher Bill […]


THE MOORE NIGHTMARE: REFLECTIONS ON WOMEN AND TENNIS

There’s always banter in tennis press rooms, and just minutes after the infamous “Breakfast With Raymond” press conference ended, I got into a squabble with a leading East Coast tennis journalist. I had muttered that Ray Moore’s repugnant “They should get down on their knees” comment was a product of the same mindset that kept […]


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: MOORE’S OTHER REVEALING THOUGHTS FROM YESTERDAY’S BREAKFAST

We knew it was coming. Still, the departure of Raymond Moore is shocking. In yesterday’s breakfast news conference Moore said Larry Ellison had asked him to make a five-year plan of the future of the BNP Paribas Open. Moore joked that he told his wife that there would be no more vacations for them for a […]


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: MOORE TENNIS CONTROVERSY – “WOMEN SHOULD GET DOWN ON THEIR KNEES”

We were supposed to wrap it up in a little box and put a bow on it. All the controversy in tennis was supposed to be over. In triumph, Serena Williams came back to Indian Wells last year. A beaming Venus returned this year. Now Serena had reached the final against Vika Azarenka. After 15 […]


BNP Paribas Open: RAYMOND MOORE EXCLUSIVE APOLOGY TO IT

    In his annual breakfast press conference before the BNP Paribas Finals popular tournament director Raymond Moore said, “In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA, (laughter) because they ride on the coattails of the men. They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They […]


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: THE DJOKOVIC ERA IS ALIVE & WELL IN THE DESERT

Emotion. Raw and furious. Rafa’s got it. His muscles ripple. His fist-pumps are fierce. Precision, torque and speed – the master craftsman Novak Djokovic stretches – then blasts like no other tennis warrior. The fluid Serb has taken his sport to powerful, corner-to-corner peaks that the Samprases and Federers of the world could have only […]


BNPPO: BRAINY AND NOT-SO-BRAINY MOMENTS IN THE GAME

A BRAIN IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE This isn’t exactly brain science. Still, let’s get serious about brains. In “The Wizard of Oz,” the endearing Tin Man sings, “If I Only Had a Brain.” As for our sport, Jay Berger once said that “the biggest weapon in tennis was Mats Wilander’s brain.” But after […]