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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

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A Unique 2021 Perspective…

The tennis year was a mishmash of highs, lows and a good deal of pandemic rules, quarantining and testing in between. Some topics were covered to the point where multiple new ball changes were justifiably neglected. Other story lines were … continue reading

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Halle…Now The Terra Wortmann Open

What a way to kick-off the holiday season. On December 1st good cheer resonated when it was announced that Wortmann AG had become the new title sponsor of the ATP 500 series grass court tournament in Halle, Westphalia, Germany. … continue reading

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Rolex Paris Masters…Djokovic Est Le Seul (Is The One)

This year is the thirty-sixth version of the Rolex Paris Masters, which is the only Master series event to be played indoors. Taking place, November 1-7,  at the AccorHotels Arena in Bercy, on the right bank of the Seine in … continue reading

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BNP Paribas Open…Fortunately It Wasn’t Shanghaied

The BNP Paribas Open, a combined ATP and WTA 1000 Masters showcase, kicked off October 5th, 933 days after the last ball was struck at the 16,100 seat center court at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, in the … continue reading

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US Open…As It Was

After a year with COVID-19 directed fan absence, the 141st version of the US Open was wild and crazy, perhaps from leftover energy that had been absent because of last year’s emptiness. The excitement fanned the cheering that was … continue reading

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US Open…Virtual Version

During the pandemic, life has become one big Zoom call. Circumstances have made it the communication “go to…” Virtually everyone has been relying on the app. Tennis journalists have gone even further, taking full advantage of the crisis enhanced “modernizations”. … continue reading

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Olympics…Money, IOC Control, And There Was Some Tennis

After a yearlong delay thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 17-day athletic gala that showcases 33 sports and 46 disciplines kicked off in mid-July. It is Tokyo’s most humid, and then moving into August, the city’s hottest month of the … continue reading

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The Hamburg European Open – The Men’s Turn

This year’s version of the Hamburg European Open became the only joint women and men’s tournament in Germany. According to its patron Alexander Otto, with the new 12 day format, “a touch of Grand Slam is emerging”.

One notable difference between … continue reading