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What just happened? Carlos Alcaraz in Madrid

Carlos Alcaraz had a remarkable week in Madrid even by the teenager’s current lofty standards.

His year started at the Australian Open, where Matteo Berrettini beat him in the third round in a tight five-setter, 6-2 7-6(3) 4-6 2-6 7-6(10).… continue reading

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Best Cinderella Story Take 2 – Goran Ivanišević, 2001 Wimbledon

Tens of thousands of tweets elected the Iconic Moments in Tennis History, across seven decades of the sport, for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Winners will feature in a new exhibition in the ITHF Museum.

The popular vote for … continue reading

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Internazionali BNL d’Italia…Un Po’ di Storia del Torneo (A Bit Of Tournament History)

Had it not been for Count Alberto Bonacossa, it would be safe to say that the inaugural Internazionali d’Italia (Italian International Championships) would not have taken place at the Tennis Club of Milan in early May 1930.

The Count was … continue reading

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The Young Stars Take Miami

This year saw the third edition of the Miami Open to be played at Miami Gardens, after the tournament’s 32 year residency at Key Biscayne.

There was no Federer, who won in 2019 as the oldest champion; no Djokovic, who … continue reading

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BNP Paribas Open 2022…Świątek, Fritz And A Different Tennis Paradise

Having taken place last October because of the competitive schedule adjustment brought about by the pandemic in China, the BNP Paribas Open returned to its normal calendar date in March 2022. Though proof of vaccination was required to enter the … continue reading

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Tennis Players…War Now And In The Past

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has become a practitioner of Spanish philosopher George Santayana’s maxim – “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. On February 24th he launched a “Special Operation” in Ukraine purportedly to protect people … continue reading

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The Untold Story…Tennis Players At War – Part 4

Vivian McGrath, whose name is pronounced “McGraw” and like Bromwich played with a then unusual two-hand backhand, served in the Royal Australian Air Force during the war, but regularly received permission to participate in the fund-raising exhibitions.

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The Untold Story…Tennis Players At War – Part 3

One’s understanding of history often depends on interpretations derived from a variety of sources. This statement could be used to summarize opinions about Oscar Gustaf Adolf, better known as King Gustaf V. He was the towering (6’4”), pince-nez wearing autocrat … continue reading

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The Untold Story…Tennis Players At War – Part 2

Before the world fully realized the level of inhumanity this flag would come to represent, it was displayed, in tournament results, next to the names of Henner Henkel and Gottfried von Cramm. (Between 1936 and 1938, they enjoyed success at … continue reading

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The Untold Story…Tennis Players At War – Part 1

Tennis has long been touted as the game for a lifetime. Over the years, it has proven to be that and more for many. It offers excitement and can be physically demanding, humbling and at the same time defining. The continue reading