by | Sep 9, 2019

Rafael Nadal gestures to show the tall, slim Russian at the other end of center court in Arthur Ashe Stadium that he is holding new tennis balls. The man opposite, standing so far behind the baseline he is almost next…

by | Sep 7, 2019

There have been no allegations of Russian machinations and American gullibility or complicity in the annual drama called the U.S. Open. There will be an American in the ladies’ singles draw, Serena Williams, going for her 24th Grand Slam trophy,…

by | Aug 28, 2019

Americans were fresh and happy as a sunny day at Flushing Meadows, and a sunny day it was for the U.S. Open’s first day. They earned places into the second round of the last Grand Slam of the year, with…

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 | Sep 13, 2018

Commenting on our U.S. Open coverage, a reader observes that a penalty is not the same as a warning during match play and we spun the beginning of the drama in the women’s final, when the queen of Queens —…

by | Sep 10, 2018

In a major boost for American tennis in the year’s last Grand Slam, it was Yankee Doodle Dandy in the three doubles draws. Mike Bryan won in the men’s doubles, ably aided by Jack Sock standing in for injured brother…

by | Jul 10, 2018

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…

by | Mar 19, 2018

You can’t ask for much better than Del Potro vs. Federer, two of contemporary tennis’s best known faces, in the men’s final, and Osaka vs Kasatkina in the ladies’. The desert tennis paradise of Indian Wells owned by Oracle’s Larry…

by | May 1, 2017

A ten-time winner at any tournament is rare; to pull it off at two tournaments in a fortnight is almost certainly — you can look it up — unprecedented. But Rafael Nadal — the 30-year-old tennis genius from Manacor, Spain…

by | Sep 9, 2016

You expect upsets at big tournaments, but how often do you get two of the biggest possible upsets two days in a row? Heavily favored Serena Williams got knocked out of the U.S. Open in a semifinal match by a…

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