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Roger Kaplan
Roger Kaplan
Roger Kaplan, a Washington-based writer, covers the Middle East and Africa (and tennis) for The American Spectator.
by | Jul 29, 2019

American hope Cori “Coco” Gauff qualified for the main draw at the Washington Open, cruising past beat Hiroko Kuwata 6-1, 6-2 yesterday. The 50th edition of one the most durable tournaments in the sport’s Open era enters a new phase led…

by | Jul 15, 2019

Roger Federer on serve. One point to close and he wins the match. It is hardly any point, and it is scarcely any match, but Federer has won on this court — Centre Court at the All England Club, in the…

by | Jul 8, 2019

Comebacks make great stories, and when they are combined with Cinderella moments in athletic competition, they make great copy. On the most revered stage in tennis, the show courts at the All-England Racquet Club, Cori Gauff, age 15, has been…

by | Jun 19, 2019

Certain media report that the president is considering roundups of non-citizen illegals, with deportation en masse to follow. These reports lack credibility. Until it happens, on the issue of clandestine residents we have played the Charlie-Brown-and-the-kickoff often enough, so forget it….

by | Jun 12, 2019

Energy, intellectual property, guns and jet fighters: when you get right down to it, the elements needed to keep the Iron Curtain from shredding, bringing on another great European war, are quite similar to those that obtained when the line…

by | Jun 10, 2019

Serving at 0-30 and down 0-40, the young challenger hits two aces and a perfect forehand winner on the next serve-plus-one to even the score. He goes on to hold; then the rout begins. In less time than it takes…

by | Jun 3, 2019

As Stan Wawrinka and Stefanos Tsitsipas approached the fifth hour of their round of 16 matches at the French Open in the Suzanne Lenglen Stadium of Paris’s storied Roland-Garros, it was like this: who’s going to blink? They play a…

by | May 28, 2019

In the European Parliament elections, held last week, parties critical of the direction of the European Union made substantial, but not decisive, gains. For the first time since 1979, when direct election of deputies by party lists was introduced, neither…

by | May 27, 2019

The program on Memorial Day ought to be — well, it ought to be whatever you want it to be, after all, this is a free country and the whole idea is that we are remembering those who gave all…

by | May 21, 2019

Rafael Nadal won his ninth Italian Open, commonly called the Rome Masters, on Sunday, with a convincing demolition of Novak Djokovic. Demolition may sound inflationary, with even a whiff of hype, but the fact is that despite conceding the second…

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