Roger Kaplan

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


American Triumph at Wimbledon


American tennis covered itself in Old Glory over the weekend at Wimbledon. The doubles team of Mike Bryan and Jack Sock, playing together for the first time, out-lasted and out-shot and out-clutched Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in a five-set beaut at the Championships. It was the second trophy for Nebraskan Jack Sock, who won […]

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On English Grass


Serena wins the ladies’ draw, Roger the gentlemen’s. Or so the unstoppable momentum of the best players of the 21stcentury would suggest. But it ain’t over till it’s over, and Miss Williams next faces a Camila Giorgi who is enjoying the run of her career and, as one of the most unpredictable players on the […]

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Roger’s Return


Roger Federer holds his first serve against Milos Raonic, who held his own first game rather more handily. It is the second set of the Stuttgart Open final, the surface is grass. The top player of the century is back in action following a great start (winning the Australian Open) and a two and a […]

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Nadal Wins Again in an Orderly French Open


Rafael Nadal won his eleventh French Open on Sunday, and Simona Halep her first. As both champions were seeded No. 1 in their draws, it was an orderly way to mark the 50th edition of the storied Internationaux de France held since 1928 at Paris’s Roland Garros stadium. It is a grand old tournament, in a fine […]

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The Open Era


You see where the line is between a good tennis player and an Immortal in the first round match between former No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Rogerio Dutra-Silva on the Philippe-Chatrier Stade at Paris’s Roland Garros the other day. The Brazilian, a veteran player ranked in the top 100 won some excellent points and broke […]

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Roth, et al.


AP story on Philip Roth’s passing on the internet: standard newswire, fine as such, touches the bases quickly, even if it goes way over the conventional 21-word-max lede. He was “prize-winning,” “fearless”; his novels looked at “sex death assimilation fate” with “comic madness”; in the end it was “heart failure.” Excellent, I hear someone saying […]

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Take Down the Gaza Criminals


Many fatalities among demonstrators on the Israel-Gaza border, horror, outrage. Two thousand or more wounded, with substandard, inadequate medical facilities to treat them, so many will die of infections or live with broken limbs, chronic illnesses, shock, trauma. This is more than public opinion should tolerate. It behooves, especially in the free and democratic societies […]

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Speaking Well of the President


A fine article by Conrad Black suggests the anti-Trump factions lost rounds last week. While the Mueller investigation has yet to produce any evidence of illicit campaign “collusion” with the treacherous Russians, one of the leaders of the disputationists, former FBI director James Comey, appears to be caught in a credibility gap of his own making, and […]

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Winning in Miami


John Isner went deep and gritty to take the Miami Open title yesterday, defeating Alexander Zverev in three close sets after losing his lead in the first-set tiebreak. With Sloan Stephens hoisting the trophy on the women’s side after a no-nonsense two-set win over Jelena Ostapenko, American players put their signatures on what has been […]

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A Note on Guns and Violence


Don’t get me wrong, I am not opposed to gun regulations. We have gun regulations. We always have had gun regulations, gun control if you want to use the despised term. When Wyatt Earp told Ike Clanton to leave his guns at the town line and, while he was as it, to drive his dern […]

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