Roger Kaplan

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

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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Stan Stands Up

 

Stan Wawrinka, 2015 singles champion at the Internationaux de France, represents maturity in tennis professionalism. He has a calm demeanor on court, without the adolescent body language that persists in many athletes, and tennis players in particular, well into their careers. Nothing wrong with this, it is who they are and you could even say […]

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Polish Lasses at Roland Garros

 

Paris Agnieszka Radwanska seemed to find her the combination of grace and grit that has made her immensely popular with tennis fans over the past several years, breaking Alize Cornet at 15 in the first game of the second set. She made two of her impossible saves from the baseline and closed with a soft […]

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American Girls

 

The Japanese girl falls behind right away, on serve at 15-40 in the first game of the opening set, visibly uncertain and, admit it, kind of awed. She is hitting her vigorous long groundstrokes and it is clear right away what she is trying to do, keep the ball in play as deep as possible […]

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Ladies First

 

For a set and a half, there was no doubt who was going to win the afternoon’s first match on court six at Roland Garros stadium. The tall lithe girl with the breathtaking combination of power and shot-making accuracy was a cinch. Whenever she needed a point, she set up a sequence wherein she got […]

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Kids Look Good, Fail to Make Cut

 

Paris At the end of their matches, the kids were tired, frustrated, mumbling and yelling at themselves. One kid even threw his towel on the ground in frustration. He had the crowd with him — a French kid, in France, against an Argentine — but he got so mad it was not sure he had […]

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A Frenchman by Any Other Name

 

France will have a new president by the beginning of next week, following a dignified ceremony at the Elysée Palace in central Paris, as retiring President François Hollande formally hands over the office (and the house) to his ex-Minister of the Economy, Emmanuel Macron. The Republican Guard will be there in resplendent outfits and the […]

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