Serve and Volley
by | Aug 6, 2019

American teens Cori Gauff and Caty McNally won the ladies’ doubles at Washington’s storied Citi Open on the weekend, while a New York native Jessica Pegula took the singles trophy, her first in a Tour-level event. The men were not…

by | Aug 3, 2019

Frances Tiafoe was sure he had the break as he made a great save, catching a deep cross court ball on his deuce side, if memory serves, that he was sure the Russian would not retrieve. They were playing on…

by | Aug 1, 2019

There was a moment about midway through the first set when you might have thought Hurkacz had a chance. He double faulted to give the American a break point, but the tall Georgian failed to convert. Instead, he netted the…

by | Jul 30, 2019

Bjorn Fratangelo beat Ivo Karlović as the Citi Open got under way at the William H. G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center on the edge of Washington’s Rock Creek Park. And to close out the opening night of the first round at…

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 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 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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