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Roland Garros…Rafa, Iga Et Autres Friandises (Rafa, Iga And Other Treats)

The 126th Internationaux de France de Tennis (or as the tournament prefers – Roland Garros – rather than the French Open) filled the May 22nd–June 5th calendar. The play at Stade Roland Garros updated the celebrated saying “There was something … continue reading

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Roland Garros…Then There Was Léolia Jeanjean

Around the US, college/university graduation ceremonies were taking place while Roland Garros was underway. Few, if any of those parading across the campus stages to accept their diplomas, came close to earning the accolades Léolia Jeanjean received.

The 26-year-old wild … continue reading

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Roland Garros…Kids’ Day Returns

On May 21st, the day before the tournament began, Kids’ Day made a comeback.

Having not taken place for the past two years because of the pandemic, more than 25,000 people sauntered around Stade Roland Garros participating in … continue reading

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Roland Garros…Mon Dieu

“We Can Always Hope…” as former French standout Fabrice Santoro said in a May 19th Reuters feature about men’s tennis in France “…but having anyone reach the second week of Roland Garros would not be logical…”

Gaël Monfils, who … continue reading

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Roland Garros…Their Own Path

Some Grand Slam participants are touted when they are still in “nappies…” as future stars. There are those who are “launched” by tennis clubs and academies.

Many become members of federation training programs and as a result receive significant financial … continue reading

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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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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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Australian Open…Eventually, There Was An Epic Tournament

The 110th version of the Australian Open actually did take place at Melbourne Park this year. Yet, with so much attention focused on what was happening off and around the courts, it was almost as if, initially, the event … continue reading