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Press Credentials from a Simpler Time

September 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Golf, Sports Journalism, Tennis, The Sun, World Cup

For all I know, journalists covering major sports events these days have an ID chip in their arms. Nobody gets into the media areas unless the sensor picks up your biometric data. At minimum, credentials for an Olympics or World CupĀ  or French Open, over the past decade or two, have featured increasingly sophisticated and […]

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All Hail Roger Federer

July 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Tennis

Complimenting Roger Federer is as easy as rolling out of bed and hitting the floor. So skilled! So classy! So durable! So clever! So reliable! So eternally youthful — in that he does not seem to have gained or lost a pound since he took over the men’s game in 2003 and still has (nearly […]

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Recapping: How Big Would Venus Have Been without Serena?

July 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Tennis

Venus Williams. Hell of a career. Seven major tennis championships. Five Wimbledon championships. Former world No. 1. Playing professionally since age 14, in 1994. And Wimbledon finalist today at the age of 37, with a chance to become the oldest women’s singles champion at the All England Club. She had an opportunity to pull a […]

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Hurrah! A Yank in a Slam Semifinal!

July 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Tennis

OK, maybe it has been about homerism. I have a fairly strong recollection of a time when I was more interested in men’s tennis than I am now. A decade-plus ago. Which would coincide with what turned out to be the end of American significance among the world’s elite male tennis players. U.S. men’s tennis […]

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Wimbledon: The Dreary Fortnight

July 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Golf, Sports Journalism, Tennis

I was going to do this as a list. “The five dreariest assignments in sports journalism.” Down from the normal 10, when I do lists. (And I ought to do some sort of list soon, just cuz.) Then I realized I would have trouble coming up with even five events that felt like drudgery, while […]

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Imagining Venus’s Career without Serena

January 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Tennis

Serena Williams won the Australian Open today, defeating her sister, Venus, 6-4, 6-4. Serena has won more women’s grand slam singles titles in the open era (23) than anyone. And her victory, at age 35, makes her the oldest woman to win a major championship. A strong case can be made that she is the […]

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Roger Federer Not Quite Finished, Thank Goodness

January 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Tennis

There were times, more than a few, when I wished Roger Federer would go home to Switzerland and take up yodeling. This would have been during the zenith of his career, which went on for most of a decade, when he hardly gave anyone else in the game room to breathe. It got to be […]

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In Praise of Ana Ivanovic, Women’s Tennis Outlier

January 8th, 2017 · No Comments · Tennis

With only marginal fanfare, one of the most interesting players in modern tennis history retired two weeks ago. Ana Ivanovic, 29, had twice been ranked No. 1 in the world and won the 2008 French Open as well as 14 other WTA titles. How the willowy Serbian managed to do that seems almost beyond explanation, […]

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Williams Sisters: Longevity May Be Their Most Impressive Successes

July 6th, 2016 · No Comments · Tennis

Serena and Venus Williams have reached the singles semifinals at Wimbledon, which is a remarkable event, for siblings. It gets more remarkable. This is the 11th time the two of them have reached the semifinals at a grand-slam tournament. On the previous 10 occasions, one of them went on to win the championship, contributing to […]

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Novak Djokovic Loses … to an American!

July 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Tennis

Ranked No. 1 in the world and carrying streaks of four grand slam championship and with 30 consecutive major-tournament match victories, the notion of Novak Djokovic losing at Wimbledon to an American — any American, unless maybe John McEnroe came out of the announcer’s booth — seemed ridiculous. But there was Sam Querrey yesterday, celebrating […]

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