Roger Kaplan

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

The Old Guard Triumphs in New York

 

It was the most wide-open U.S. Open in living memory but Rafael Nadal slammed the door shut on all new applications, assuring that the Big Four are not ready to post any vacancies. Their ranks slashed in half by injuries, the old guard’s two towers, the first and, at present, the last member of the […]

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Sloane Beats Venus!

 

Down 0-30, Venus lets go an ace, a perfect serve-plus-one shot into the corner, a service winner on the T, and clinches with a big baseline shot that Sloane shanks back, long. 1-1. It looks like it’s going to be a ball game. Miss Williams, if you please, and Miss Stephens. Are these the two […]

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Is Next Already Now?

 

The old guy started his second service game with a double, then the kid set him up to put a winner past him. He lost the one after that when his serve was zipped back to the baseline and he netted a backhand. Triple break point and the match is just beginning, the final of […]

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Jared Donaldson and Other Savvy Contenders

 

Of young American tennis players, it can be said the most aesthetically pleasing game belongs to Jared Donaldson, who advanced to the third round yesterday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Marc Polmans. The shock news from the William H. G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Washington’s Rock Creek Park was the knock-out of Gael Monfils […]

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Away From Capitol Hill

 

The kids who benefit from the Washington Open Tennis Tournament, called (money talks) the Citi Open, after many years as the Legg Mason and before that the Washington Star, are not much in evidence at the William H. G. FitzGerald Tennis Center where the event takes place, though there may be a few ball boys […]

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Trump Throws Sessions Under the Bus?

 

Trump throws Sessions under the bus? But does he really? He tells the Times he is disappointed the A.G. recused himself from the Russian affair and would not have chosen him had he known he would. This is far from the buck-stops-here-lead-from-the-front you would expect of a president. But by now Mr. Sessions surely knows […]

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Paris Pals — and the Mysterious Jim

 

The AP released a story where it says that President Trump’s guide to Paris is Jim (NLN). The wire claims no one has got any dope on this person, even whether he is an American ex-pat who hosted Mr. Trump when he used to pass through on the lookout for deals, or a pal from […]

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Emmanuel Macron: Best Since De Gaulle?

 

Emmanuel Macron, freshly elected to the presidency of France, was on his way to gaining an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly on Sunday, so we decided to hold the virtual presses at least for this one, you know? What’s the rush? It’s not as if PARAGUAY, BOLIVIA MASS TROOPS ON BORDER, or AMERICAN WINS […]

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Only Man Standing

 

Paris They did their best to give it drama. They — I should say we, because the working press was in on the game — tried everything to turn the men’s draw into a gripping drama at the Internationaux de France, the year’s second Slam. We said, well, he lost at Rome, you know, lost […]

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Timea Stops Kiki’s Run at Roland Garros

 

Paris The French girl was good, but the Swiss girl was better. Sweet, too, nice, friendly, best nature on the women’s circuit. In the quarter-finals at the French Open, Timea Bacsinszky stopped the Cinderella run by the tournament darling, Kristina Mladenovic, in two tightly fought sets, 6-4, 6-4. Mr. Pleszczynski and I go strictly by […]

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