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  By Bill Simons Every year we go to Paris. Every year we’re inspired. Time and again we find ourselves musing on its mystery. Paris is poetry. Now, again, the great capital has been struck a brutal blow. Chaos and horror. Still, amidst the insanity, the Seine flows quiet, free of blood. While ruinous rubble […]

Justine Time: Remembering the Great Henin

The petite Belgian Justine Henin was nominated today along with Marat Safin and Helena Sukova for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Here’s our appreciation of the stylish and fierce competitor, which we wrote when she retired in June 2008.  By Bill Simons Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men […]

Simon Says: The New Man for the Women’s Game

AN INTERVIEW WITH NEW WTA CEO STEVE SIMON By Bill Simons Just after being named to succeed Stacey Allaster as the WTA Tour’s CEO, industry veteran Steve Simon spoke with IT Publisher Bill Simons. The humble and widely-respected Simon – who was a teaching pro, shop owner, shoe promoter and then the BNP Paribas Open’s […]

A Presidential Interview

INSIDE TENNIS TALKS WITH THE NEWLY ELECTED ITF PRESIDENT DAVE HAGGERTY – THE MAN WHO LEADS TENNIS ORGANIZATIONS By Bill Simons  Dare we note that the first President of the International Tennis Federation actually went down in the Titanic and, to sustain the theme, critics complained that of late the group has moved with a […]

Serena Williams — An Unsparing Autopsy

WHAT HAPPENED WITH SERENA, AND WHERE WILL SHE GO? By Michael Mewshaw   Autopsies are ugly affairs.  But after a disaster, there’s no better way to assess the damage and avoid it in the future than to take a hard look at what happened.  Although nobody died when Roberta Vinci beat Serena Williams to […]

Tennis Along the Silk Road – Of Money Launderers, Minesweepers and a Mind-Boggling Journey to Uzbekistan

By Michael Mewshaw This weekend the US Davis Cup team will be competing in Uzbekistan in America’s most exotic Davis Cup encounter since John McEnroe led Andre Agassi and our team to Zimbabwe in 2000. In 2007, Inside Tennis published this classic report on Uzbekistan by the intrepid tennis reporter and novelist Michael Mewshaw. […]

US Open: Gluten-Free, Adoration-Free Djokovic Captures Tenth Slam

By Bill Simons Novak Djokovic is not only gluten-free, he’s adoration-free. “C’mon!” “You cannot be serious!” This guy is a humanitarian. He’s a family man with a loving wife and cute kid. He’s beloved by those who know him. He’s survived brutal bombs and silly brouhahas. He’s a Renaissance guy who grew up listening to […]

US Open: Pasta Matters – Italy’s Pennetta Gives Us Permission to be Human

By Bill Simons Flavia Pennetta shocked the tennis world. At 33, she became the oldest player to reach a first Grand Slam final. And then she won. Then she retired. Go figure. Never before had women’s tennis felt such back-to-back shocks. Reporters were still debating whether Roberta Vinci’s win over Serena Williams was the most […]

US Open: “You’ve Got a Friend” – James Taylor Talks Tennis

Before the 23,700 fans at the US Open went crazy over the triumph of Flavia Pennetta, they went crazy over a friend. That would be James “You’ve Got a Friend” Taylor. Years ago, just after a US Open final, Inside Tennis editor Bill Simons tried to interview Robin Williams, Lance Armstrong and James Taylor. He […]

US Open: History Wins as Serena Fails to Crack the Roberta Vinci Code

By Bill Simons The quest – so grand and noble – is over. Long live the quest. Never before had there been a tennis journey like this. The greatest player of all time, the singular Serena, vs. history. And history had been kind. Eleven times this year Serena had shown her nerve and fight and […]