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By Bill Simons In the 134-year history of the USTA, no one under 50 has ever been president. No athlete, let alone a broadcaster, has ever headed the organization. And in a sport that has given us Serena, Venus, Arthur Ashe, Althea Gibson, James Blake, Zina Garrison and Michael Chang, no person of color has […]

BNP Paribas Open: Super Final Sunday—Djokovic Wins His Fourth Title and Simonamania Bolsters Halep to Victory

Sometimes sense just triumphs over sentiment. Novak Djokovic is No. 1 in the world. He’s won two of the last three Grand Slams, including January’s Australian Open. He’s 27 and in his prime—focused and confident. He has fabulous movement, core strength, a best-in-the-business backhand return of serve, and tremendous flexibility. He’s the epitome of the […]

BNP Paribas Open: Hot Shots

As final Sunday approaches, it’s time for another installment of Hot Shots at the BNP Paribas Open. All photos below by Brent Bishop, unless otherwise noted. Roger Federer Novak Djokovic Serena Williams (photo by Michael Weinstein) Rafael Nadal Milos Raonic. More Hot Shots after the jump:

BNP Paribas Open: The Buzz—Notes on the Big Four, the Top Two, and a Tournament of Tears

ALWAYS TRYING TO GET AN EDGE: Once in a while we get a hint of Fed‘s gamesmanship, like the time he first played Murray in a Slam final and remarked that a Brit hadn’t won a Slam in 150 years or so. Today, after Djokovic said he would be prepping for the final by changing […]

BNP Paribas Open: Serena’s Fairytale Return to Indian Wells Comes to an Abrupt End

By Bill Simons Once again, Billie Jean King got it right. Years ago, she claimed the Williams sisters provide “more drama, more bang for the buck, than anyone else in the sport.” No kidding. Simply put, these two can’t avoid controversy. Many in tennis sensed that some how, some way, Serena  would not get through […]

BNP Paribas Open: The Buzz—Of Fame, Frogs and Forehands

LUCKY SEVEN: Going into this year’s BNP Paribas Open, German grass stalwart Sabine Lisicki hadn’t won a match at Indian Wells in six attempts. Now she’s in the semifinals after a dramatic marathon win over 2014 champ Flavia Pennetta, in which Pennetta fought off a match point in the second set and Lisicki fought off […]

BNP Paribas Open: The Buzz—Big Bans, Big Toolboxes and Flying Cars

STRIKE UP THE BIG BAN: American pro Wayne Odesnik has been hit with a 15-year ban after the second doping violation of his career. Odesnik was ranked No. 267 in the world, but the question of the day for the top men’s players at the BNP Paribas Open was what they thought of the news. […]

BNP Paribas Open: The Buzz—Intense Verbal Volleys, and Tears of Victory

IS MOHAMED TOO AGGRESSIVE? Attention Islamists—this item is not meant to offend: After chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani made some overzealous calls during the Thanasi Kokkinakis-Juan Monaco match, Paul Annacone asked, “Is Mohamed too aggressive?” WATCHING TV WITH DAD: When Serena Williams was asked about her next opponent Timea Bacsinszky—who’s won all of her matches here […]

BNP Paribas Open: The Buzz—Twitter Tactics, Djokovic the Dancer, and What Makes Maria and Vika Special

VIKA—STRAIGHT OUTTA BELARUS: Going into their third-round match, Vika Azarenka was asked what makes Maria Sharapova special. “I don’t know. You have to ask her parents,” Vika answered, to some laughter. But IT followed up by noting that Sharapova’s father, Yuri Sharapov, has said Maria was born to be a champion. We asked if Vika’s […]

BNP Paribas Open: Hot Shots

Photographers Brent Bishop and Michael Weinstein are on site working with Inside Tennis at this year’s BNP Paribas Open. Below (and after the jump), we share some of our favorite shots so far at this year’s tournament: Maria Sharapova. Photo by Michael Weinstein. Marin Cilic. Photo by Brent Bishop. Photo by Brent Bishop. Photo by Michael Weinstein. […]