Alexander “Sascha” Zverev always comes into view all arms and legs. He’s lanky and seems not to have grown into his body quite yet. At 6”6’ and supposedly close to 200 pounds, he’s like an unfinished sculpture with some of … continue reading
To begin at the beginning…the Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT) has, for some time, used Roland Garros, as the name of the second major of the year, instead of the French Open.
The distinction is much more than the French … continue reading
The Internazionali BNL d’Italia began in 1930 at the Tennis Club of Milan. It was contested there each spring until 1934 when Mussolini moved the championships to Foro Mussolini (now known as Foro Italico) in Rome. The “ambiente spettacolare” (spectacular … continue reading
After more than a year of dealing with the ravages and ever present questions relating to COVID-19, the world, along with tennis, is trying to return to a semblance of normal. In truth, it will be a “new normal”. Because … continue reading
A year ago, the 108th Australian Open, the first played on the GreenSet acrylic hardcourt surface at Melbourne Park, survived bushfires that made the air almost toxic. That, along with one of the hottest fortnights in recent memory, was … continue reading
From almost any perspective 2020 will stand alone as a year to remember, and not so fondly. There has never been a comparable twelve months. The world was swept by an upgraded version of the plague. The headliner was a … continue reading
In a year of pandemic pandemonium, the men’s tennis season came to an end at the Nitto ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London. Daniil Medvedev slipped past Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
With the title, he gave Russia … continue reading
Usually, Roland Garros takes place the last week of May and ends the first week in June. This year, in truth “The Year of COVID-19”, usual doesn’t apply to very much of anything. Because of the pandemic, the key has … continue reading
Dominic Thiem of Austria, the No. 2 seed, survived two sets of brilliant play by his opponent, and battled through leg cramps at the end of the US Open Men’s final to win his first major championship, defeating Alexander Zverev … continue reading
Extreme weather regularly visits the Australian Open. But this year was almost apocalyptic. The peak temperature of 43°C happens often enough to require the tournament’s extreme heat policy. But this year from the qualifying event onwards, nature threw up a … continue reading