Roger Kaplan

Roger Kaplan, a Washington-based writer, covers the Middle East and Africa (and tennis) for The American Spectator.

Gaël_Monfils_(8972868914)

Old Men With Big Serves

 

There was a moment at the final of the Washington Open when I thought the spectators should be reprimanded for biggism. If the six-eleven guy hit long or out of bounds, they cheered. If he netted, they cheered. If he hit a spectacular return of serve, quick as a whip across the court and unreachable, […]

Continue Reading

Ryan_Harrison_(7420176282)

Southern Gentlemen

 

Nashville’s Brian Baker went down with class and honor yesterday at the Washington Open tournament, a clutch return of serve giving the match to Ivo Karlovic of Zagreb in a tie break and dashing the American’s hopes to take the match to a third set. Earlier on the same Grandstand 2 court at the Rock […]

Continue Reading

1024px-Dont_touch_the_ground

Footwork in the Blistering Heat

 

It never pays to complain about the weather, but we complain anyway. In competitive sports, if you do not like the conditions, you can quit, or you can tell yourself the other fellow has to deal with the same ones and get on with it. This is the traditional attitude at the Washington Open, which […]

Continue Reading

1024px-Forget-Fleming_vs_Bahrami-Leconte

Doubles Thriller at CitiOpen

 

Fifteen minutes into the match, with the score 5-0, you might be forgiven for thinking that at least you would not be sitting on a bleacher on a 90-degree day without any shade in sight for much longer. It was about two-thirty in the afternoon. There was no breeze. But there was fight in the […]

Continue Reading

1024px-2009.05.26_Roland_Garros_Novak_Djokovic-4

Rain and Strain

 

It was a dark and stormy night. In fact, it was a dark and stormy fortnight in France, with flooding across the northern half of the country and alerts in Paris as the Seine flowed over its banks. This brought havoc to the tight French Open program, with rescheduled matches dismaying fans and damp conditions […]

Continue Reading

Credit: Gage Skidmore creative commons

Narrowing The Options

 

Before crunch time in the fall, remember the basics. Earlier this week, front-page Wall Street Journal: TRUMP IN CONTROL AFTER CRUZ EXITS The New York Post (same company) screamed: THE NOMINEE, subhead: “Can you believe it?” The Journal ran a piece saying the Republican Party had only itself to blame. However, it also editorialized that […]

Continue Reading

Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 11.19.35 PM

The End Of A Party

 

The Jacksonian tradition lives — will the GOP? Let us posit for a moment that a certain class of doomsday scribes is correct: if Donald Trump wins the nomination, the Republican Party is finished. Does this mean the end of civilization? Or the end of the American Century, which for all practical purposes is the same […]

Continue Reading

The End of a Party

 

Let us posit for a moment that a certain class of doomsday scribes is correct: if Donald Trump wins the nomination, the Republican Party is finished. Does this mean the end of civilization? Or the end of the American Century, which for all practical purposes is the same thing? Consider the more limited doom, the […]

Continue Reading

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 9.54.05 PM

Boris And Barack

 

Obama’s advice to Britain is not always welcome. From an American perspective, President Barack Obama traveling to England to wish Queen Elizabeth a happy 90th birthday, play a little golf with Prime Minister David Cameron, contribute a somewhat condescending editorial piece on British foreign policy in the distinguished Daily Telegraph, and be on his merry […]

Continue Reading

Boris and Barack

 

From an American perspective, President Barack Obama traveling to England to wish Queen Elizabeth a happy 90th birthday, play a little golf with Prime Minister David Cameron, contribute a somewhat condescending editorial piece on British foreign policy in the distinguished Daily Telegraph, and be on his merry way, is not terribly big news. In Britain, […]

Continue Reading