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By Bill Simons Years ago, when Donald Trump peered down from his US Open suite, heads turned. Sports Illustrated wrote that the tournament was “all about Donald Trump.” These days the connection between tennis and the Presidential candidates isn’t all about Donald Trump—it just seems that way. After all, Rick Santorum, the runner-up in the […]

Image Is Not Everything: Serena and Body-Shaming

By Bill Simons You’re out there by yourself, a lone figure in a modest outfit, playing for hours in front of thousands, and millions on TV. Issues of body image are central in our culture and just below the surface in tennis. People—well, especially women—are assessed, sometimes brutally, on their bodies. Body-judging, which is so […]

Wimbledon: Djokovic’s Tale of Two Cities—From Defeat in Paris to Victory in London

By Bill Simons LONDON—Yes, Roger Federer lost the Wimbledon final. Still, there is reason they call him the genius, the maestro, a magician. Attention: It’s a treacherous business to limit Federer’s future. Before a 2007 fourth-round Aussie Open meeting with Roger, a young Novak Djokovic boldly crowed, “I have only three words for Federer: ‘He’s […]

Wimbledon: Churchill, Confucius and the Key to Beating Serena Williams

By Bill Simons LONDON—Winston Churchill said, “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” And on a bright Wimbledon day, Serena Williams grabbed history by the throat to write some stunning history. The 6-4, 6-4 victory by the Prime Minister of woman’s tennis gave her a second Serena Slam. Simply put, […]

Serena’s Man and Mentor: A Patrick Mouratoglou Interview

LONDON—After Serena Williams‘s Wimbledon victory, Inside Tennis editor Bill Simons went to the Friends Box on Centre Court. There was Venus Williams, who had stayed on in London to support her little sister. There was the war-weary Oracene Price, Serena’s mother, who has seen it all. Vogue editor Anna Wintour told IT what she likes […]

Wimbledon: A Game for the Gods

By Bill Simons LONDON—Wimbledon gives greatly—glory and triumph. And today on Centre Court, Wimbledon gave us the greatest game in history. Yes, it was astounding when Pete Sampras beat Andre Agassi in 1995 amidst fierce New York roars. There was a definitive 22-shot rally. In 2013, Andy Murray took twelve heart-wrenching minutes to beat Novak […]

Wimbledon: Trump Was Wrong, Serena Is Right

By Bill Simons LONDON—Donald Trump was wrong. The savvy businessman—and questionable tennis analyst—claimed Serena Williams lost the 2004 Wimbledon final to Maria Sharapova because she was intimidated by the Russian’s supermodel good looks. But Sharapova was right. After winning the the 2004 title, the beaming 17-year-old turned to Williams and said, “I’m sorry Serena, I […]

Wimbledon Buzz: The Battle of the Beautiful Backhands and Assorted Other Dances Through the Hors D’oeuvres

DANCING THROUGH THE HORS D’OEUVRES—THE NICK KYRGIOS-JIMMY CONNORS CONNECTION: The London Times’s Alyson Rudd noted that when Nick Kyrgios faced the media, he “was all moody and misunderstood. He ran his hand through his hair over and over, his eyes glinting in distaste that his behavior was being analyzed … [After all, he] was able […]

Wimbledon: Moses Parted the Sea, Serena’s Not Bad at Turning Tides

By Bill Simons LONDON—Under the bright New York lights, in distant Melbourne, on Paris’s sticky clay and against a young wonder-Brit in London, Serena Williams has prevailed. Five times in Paris, she cheated defeat, scoring astounding comebacks. And then she saddened an entire island when she beat the English cutie Heather Watson. But Victoria Azarenka […]

Wimbledon: The Leopard of London Pounces

By Bill Simons LONDON—Six-foot-eight Kevin Anderson, with a multicolored assortment of gear, strides out onto a packed Court One. The man looks like an oversized South African version of Huck Finn. In contrast, Novak Djokovic emerges for the renewal of their key fourth-round match with a certain calm—a hint of “been there, done that” zen. […]