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Neale Fraser: A Davis Cup devotee like no other

When Neale Fraser took over the Australian Davis Cup captaincy in 1970, it was a daunting task. He was taking over the reins at a historic moment in the event.  

Under the captaincy of the legendary Harry Hopman, Fraser had … continue reading

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Rolex Paris Masters…Has Aged Well

Going into the forty-fourth and last ATP tournament of the season, there was a great deal at stake for several of the Rolex Tennis Masters singles participants. When play began on October 29th for the thirty-sixth time at the … continue reading

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Jimmie McDaniel…Before Althea and Arthur

August 28, 1950 was a historic date in tennis. Althea Gibson defeated Barbara Knapp 6-2, 6-2 becoming the first African American to participate in the US National Championships.

In her next encounter, she came up short against Louise Brough, who was … continue reading

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Diabetes…Dealing With A Game Changer

Watching the pros makes it seem that tennis is easy to play. They flow across the court and hit shot after shot while their bodies are often stretched to the limit. Exchanges appear to be crafted by skilled sculptors using … continue reading

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A Different Honour for Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has claimed 21 Grand Slams and the Davis Cup with his Serbian teammates.

Having just won the Tel Aviv Open and after progressing to the semi-finals in Astana after a straight sets win over Karen Khachanov, he learned … continue reading

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The 2022 Australian Blind and Low Vision Championships

“Ready? Play.” Usually these words are spoken by an umpire. But in Blind and Low Vision Tennis, it’s the server letting the receiver know they are about to serve.

Featuring players from around Australia, the inaugural 2022 Australian Blind and … continue reading

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US Open…Carlitos’ First, Iga’s Third…And Serena

Stating the obvious, a tennis event that is 142 years old has a sizeable library indexing its past. Nonetheless, the US Open, held August 29–September 11, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, Queens, New … continue reading

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US Open…Big Apple Slices

Because of its world status, New York City has a collection of resplendent nicknames. Among them is Gotham. The phrase – “The City That Never Sleeps” – is regularly used to describe all that is going on. But its standalone, … continue reading

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US Open…Playing For Peace And The Qualies

Playing For Peace…Poetic After A Rewrite

The USTA touted “Tennis Plays for Peace” as a fundraising event at Louis Armstrong Stadium which is on the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Fittingly the exhibition benefitting Ukraine was … continue reading

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Citizen Ashe – exploring the life and legacy of Arthur Ashe

“Champions are people who want to leave their sport better than they found it” – Arthur Ashe

This month the US Open will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Arthur Ashe Stadium, the world’s largest tennis venue.

So it’s a … continue reading