Roger Kaplan

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

Zimbabwe: Shake-Up Among the Shonas

 

According to various news sources, including the Voice of America, Army spokesman General Sibusiso Moyo stated categorically that the deposition of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was “not a coup.” Thus thanks to one pithy line by one of the country’s top soldiers regarding the country’s top pol, Zimbabwe will have stayed true to its vocation […]

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Jumpin’ Jack Socks It to ’em in Paris.

 

Jack Sock holds at love with a blazin’ ace to take the second game of the first set in less than a minute. Sock, who looks exactly like the all-American varsity athlete he is, is favored to win the Paris-Bercy tournament, the last Masters 1000 on the men’s tour, but ya never know. His opponent […]

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Where Is Niger?

 

The Niger capital of Niamey was the scene of street clashes the other day, as demonstrators opposed to the government’s proposed 2018 budget reportedly got rowdy. One side evidently claims the tax plan will hurt the poor, the other side says that is not so, it will put pressure on the rich. Dunno. The government […]

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Federer Saves the Day

 

Roger Federer faced match point in what is called “super” or “champions” tie-break: first to ten rather than the seven points needed to close a set. It has been used mainly in ATP doubles tournaments as the third or “decider” set, but until the new Laver Cup was played last week it never was used […]

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Repair the World

 

Washington When I heard the rabbi pronounce Charlottesville about midway through his Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon, my reaction was uh-oh. At a liberal service downtown, I reckoned this was going to be the standard anti-Nazi spiel, probably seguing into a criticism of the Republic’s top magistrate for being evenhanded regarding louts and thugs. Wrong. Once […]

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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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