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By Bill Simons During a teleconference interview for the PowerShares Series this week, Inside Tennis had the following exchange with former No. 5 player in the world James Blake, who has done extensive work in New York’s Harlem community: INSIDE TENNIS: Obviously, the events in Ferguson, New York, and other cities rekindle our national debate […]

Season’s End: Federer and Wawrinka Team Up to Win Davis Cup for Switzerland

by Michael Mewshaw  And so another season ends, for once with a punctuation point rather than a whimper. It was the often maligned Davis Cup tie which provided 2014 with a fitting conclusion. What began with Stan Wawrinka’s breakthrough win at the Australian Open, neared the end with him getting Switzerland off to a 1-0 lead […]

The Buzz: Musings on Mr. Tennis, Ms. Serena and More

By Bill Simons GOING BIBLICAL: Jon Wertheim said, “[Kimiko] Date-Krumm is so old, if she mentions having played mixed doubles with Noah, she’s not talking about Yannick.” IS IT ‘GRUNT THEN HIT,’ OR ‘HIT THEN GRUNT’? On Letterman, Marin Cilic offered a dandy Top 10 list of the thoughts which were going through his mind […]

Vic Braden: 1929-2014

“The moment of enlightenment is when a person’s dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.”—Vic Braden By Bill Simons The late, great Vic Braden began coaching Tracy Austin when she was two, and went on to advise Muhammad Ali. He pioneered the concept of a tennis college, and cooked up more scientific research than a […]

US Open: Monday, Monday—Marin Cilic Storms to His First Slam Win

LIKE HIS BELOVED COACH, CROAT MARIN CILIC CLAIMS HIS FIRST SLAM ON A MONDAY By Bill Simons Sometimes it just comes down to numbers. 100: The Bryans get their 100th title, no problemo. 18: Serena wins her 18th Slam, but Federer falls short. Age, a tall Croat, and our heartfelt expectations got in the way. […]

US Open: Legal and Legendary—Serena Grabs Hold of the Elusive Number 18

By Bill Simons This cannot be. Serena Williams, the most turbulent figure in tennis since a man named Johnny Mac, brought order back to the game. In a tournament with wild bees and painful cramps, up and comers cramped the style of the Big Four. None of them—Federer, Djokovic, Nadal or Murray—made it to the […]

US Open: Top 12 Wildest Moments of Williams Sisters Lore

By John Huston In just a few hours, Serena Williams will be playing for her third consecutive US Open women’s title and 18th Slam singles win. On the eve of the match, here’s a tour through 12 of the wackiest, wildest moments in Williams family lore. While Serena hasn’t won a Slam yet this year, […]

US Open: The Day Tennis Changed—Nishikori Downs Djokovic, Cilic Stuns Federer

By Bill Simons and John Huston The new is always hard to deal with. It just doesn’t feel right. What comfort is there in the unknown domain, such uncharted territory? And at this US Open, it is a new day, the feeling odd. The middle didn’t hold. Tennis’ Big Four have been vanquished. Rafa Nadal, […]

US Open: Of Cramps and Champs, Woz and Williams, Wonders and Blunders

THE RIVERS RUNS DEEP: The late, great Joan Rivers was famous, among many other things, for her tennis bracelets, sold on QVC. She is also from Larchmont NY, the home of legendary USTA woman’s pioneer Barbara Williams, the late umpire Jack Stahr, and many other tennis figures. ASIA SPECIFIC: This year’s Open is the first […]

US Open: The Mighty Fed’s Heroic Comeback—”Tonight Was Emotional for Me”

By Bill Simons and John Huston The 23,000 most boisterous yuppies in sports were ecstatic. They were in full voice, their drinks were cold, their passions hot. And why not? Tonight, in the most electric, sizzling arena a gentleman’s game has ever concocted, the greatest player in history, Roger (“Do allow us to worship you”) […]