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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 […]


Wimbledon: Lost Luggage and Found Opportunities—Milos Raonic’s Homage to Canada

By Bill Simons Tuesday, July 1st was Canada Day, and it’s been Canada Week at Wimbledon, with Eugenie Bouchard marching to her first Slam final without dropping a set, and Milos Raonic advancing to the men’s semis. With all of that in mind, Inside Tennis recently spoke to Raonic about his adopted homeland: Can you […]


Wimbledon: All in the Family—How Bouchard’s Defying Gravity

AN INTERVIEW WITH GENIE BOUCHARD’S MOM, JULIE LECLAIR By Bill Simons What went through your head as your little girl was out there on the greatest court in the world? It’s the temple of tennis. Obviously, I’m proud, and I was hoping she would hold her nerves and close it out. You know, it’s tough […]


Wimbledon: The Nick Saviano Interview—Genie Will Not Be Overwhelmed

By Bill Simons After Genie Bouchard defeated Simona Halep 7-6(5), 6-2 to reach the finals of Wimbledon, Inside Tennis spoke with her coach, Nick Saviano: What did Genie Bouchard show you out there today on Wimbledon’s Centre Court? You know this, Bill, it’s nothing that I haven’t seen before. I felt that she played really […]


Wimbledon: Murray Loses—Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears the Crown

By Bill Simons Competition is part and parcel of sports, even, believe or not, in sports journalism. So, the question is this: What sentiment best captures today’s shock loss by Wimbledon’s defending champion, Andy Murray? Shakespeare‘s penetrating insight about the powerful told us that, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” After all, this […]


Wimbledon: Serena Ill, Rafa and Sharapova Out—Chaos Reigns on Tumultuous Tuesday

By Bill Simons Last year, it was Wacky Wednesday, when Federer and Sharapova were knocked out of the tournament early, and Azarenka, Tsonga, and Isner and more went fell prey to injuries. And like the Isner-Mahut marathon, everybody knew nothing would ever top that. Exactly! But, then again, maybe we need to rethink this. After […]