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By Bill Simons Our sport, our lives are but a compilation of moments inspired and forgettable, wretched and grand. Yes, the song lyric tells us, we are nothing but “dust in the wind.” But such rich, wonderful dust it is. Each of us who loves tennis can recall a delicious mix of moments. The first […]

US Open Preview: The Serena Interview—’My Destiny’

En route to seeking the Grand Slam, Serena Williams spoke about her toughness, her vulnerability, her coach, her nerves, her humor, her race, her sister and her mother. Did you ever think about winning a calendar-year Grand Slam? When I was younger that was definitely a goal … [Now] it’s become more of a dream […]

US Open Preview: Rafa Sells Underpants

AN OVERVIEW OF UNDERGARMENTS By Bill Simons It’s a long tradition in tennis. No, it’s not strawberries and cream or that eternal question, “Tennis anyone?” It’s undergarments. In 1932, a  long-forgotten Brit, Bunny Austin, pointed things in a modern direction when he actually dared to wear shorts. In 1949, the naughty but nice California girl […]

The Buzz: US Open Top 10

1. DON’T YOU DARE BLOW IT: Serena has the Serena Slam and owns her top foes. But playing for history and under “don’t you dare blow it” pressure, can she four-peat to tie Steffi Graf for the most Slam wins in the Open era (22) and become the first player since 1988 and the sixth […]

What Would Arthur Do? A Recent Book Brings Ashe Front and Center

By Michael Mewshaw Had he not died tragically of AIDS, Arthur Ashe would be 72. Still, many of his contemporaries are active in the game. Naturally, one wonders whether Ashe would be involved in pro tennis were he alive. But before considering what he might have become, it’s heartening to recall what he was, and […]

Le Coach: Patrick Mouratoglou—The Man Behind the Serena Miracle

By Bill Simons Serena Williams‘s move to hire Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou as her coach has been the most successful mid-career move by any player in history. With Patrick in her corner, Serena has won 8 of the last 13 Slams. So what’s the secret French sauce? To find out, Bill Simons spoke with Le Coach […]

Serena: The Lightning Road

• Serena’s biggest travel nightmare was a 13-hour flight from Russia to Chicago. She advised, “You probably shouldn’t eat chili in Moscow.” • Serena has almost twice the ranking points of No. 2 Maria Sharapova, whom she’s beaten 17 times in a row. She’s 35-5 against her two prime rivals, Maria and Vika Azarenka. In […]

The Buzz: The Davis Cup or the Murray Cup?

THE MURRAY CUP? The Davis Cup may be morphing into the Murray Cup. Andy Murray, with a little help from his bro Jamie, could lead Britain to the title. Forget that he’s a Scot who called for independence for his homeland and is the only truly elite player who’s been playing Davis Cup so far […]

The Buzz: The DIfference Between Leo and Lenny

OF LEO AND LENNY: Roger Federer‘s two young twin sons are named Leo and Lenny. To us, Leo is short for Leonard, and for that matter, isn’t Lenny also short for Leonard? Federer says yes, but that he and his wife Mirka just like the names. ROGER’S WAY: Federer, 34, said “being happy” is a […]

Bank of the West Classic: Kerber’s Quiet Storm Subdues Pliskova’s Lightning

By Bill Simons STANFORD—Lightning always seems to strike at the Bank of the West Classic. Sometimes not just twice but even three times, as in Serena‘s trio of wins over the last five years. Other times, appealing Grand Slam finalists like Aga Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova have struck. Early in this year’s Classic, the skies […]