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  1. 2010 French Open: Nine Americans who will always have Paris

    Joel Drucker

    Americans aren't known for their facility on clay, but a handful of U.S. men and women left indelible marks in the Grand Slam record books and the soft courts of Roland Garros.

    Story | Conversation | May 19, 2010
  2. 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal leads...

    Joel Drucker

    Men's tennis has witnessed some remarkable matches in the past decade. And it starts with the crowning of the all-time Grand Slam champ.

    Story | Conversation | December 22, 2009
  3. Joel Drucker: Majors are the Beatles of tennis

    Joel Drucker

    Whether it's spiritual, mythical or inspirational, the four Grand Slams are the Beatles of tennis. Though each major sings its own tune, the combined gold standard is unmatchable.

    Story | Conversation | May 18, 2009
  4. Joel Drucker: Pete Sampras can relate to Roger Federer's sorrows

    Joel Drucker

    If Roger Federer has a kindred spirit, it's Pete Sampras. The Grand Slam king not only appreciates Federer's dedication to greatness, but also painfully shares his tribulations.

    Story | Conversation | February 11, 2009
  5. Irascible Gonzalez's resolve to win came at a price

    Joel Drucker

    Richard "Pancho" Gonzalez epitomized power, pinpoint accuracy and vengeance on the court. But a persistent struggle for recognition, personal struggles and discrimination left one of the most influential players of his era enraged.

    Story | Conversation | September 23, 2008
  6. More questions than answers coming off the Slam season

    Joel Drucker

    Now that the Grand Slam season is behind us, what have we learned? And what does it mean for the rest of the season and beyond? Joel Drucker knows.

    Story | Conversation | September 10, 2008
  7. Aussies nurtured some of tennis' greatest champions

    Joel Drucker

    It laid the foundation for much of today's circuit, fostered the all-time men's Grand Slam champ and defied conventional wisdom, but the U.S. is not the greatest tennis country of all time.

    Story | Conversation | August 05, 2008
  8. The distress of a root canal easier than facing Santoro

    Joel Drucker

    A wily 20-year veteran, Fabrice Santoro has the same passion and determination he had as a 16-year-old neophyte. Wielding a textured mix of spin and tactics, the Frenchman is still more than capable of putting his opponents through agony.

    Story | Conversation | July 23, 2008
  9. He's got game, but Sampras content with new life

    Joel Drucker

    His world-class mechanics propelled him to a record 14 Grand Slam titles and six straight years ranked No. 1. Today, Pete Sampras can still strut his stuff, but don't be fooled -- retirement is that much better.

    Story | Conversation | February 20, 2008
  10. Behind every good man is an even better woman coach

    Joel Drucker

    Novak Djokovic is now part of the creme de la creme of men's tennis, having clinched his first Grand Slam title. But little known is that the foundation of his pristine shotmaking was carefully crafted by a female coach.

    Story | Conversation | February 12, 2008
  11. Federer's loss to Safin was his last defeat Down Under

    Joel Drucker

    On the eve of the year's first Grand Slam, Joel Drucker looks back on five of the best men's matches in the Open era at the Australian Open.

    Story | Conversation | January 09, 2008
  12. New approach needed for player development?

    Joel Drucker

    Save for the Williams sisters, the United States has endured somewhat of a drought, especially in Grand Slams. Is it time to take a slightly different approach to developing players who will be able to compete with the growing international powers in the

    Story | Conversation | September 25, 2007
  13. Still plenty of tennis to be played after U.S. Open

    Joel Drucker

    The U.S. Open may represent the end of the Grand Slam season, but there are still two months left on the schedule. For many players it's a chance to get ready for next year ... and earn more money.

    Story | Conversation | September 13, 2007
  14. Open could be Federer's toughest test yet

    Joel Drucker

    With the year's final Grand Slam set to get under way next week, is there any reason to suspect the usual suspects won't be in contention? Joel Drucker looks at the players who are hot -- and those who are not -- heading into the U.S. Open.

    Story | Conversation | August 21, 2007
  15. Laver's brilliance and work ethic made him one of the greatest

    Joel Drucker

    The only fair way to accurately describe Rod Laver is "tennis genius." He had the ability to smother opponents with power and finesse. And even with two calendar Grand Slams, statistics don't begin to tell the story of the sizzling Aussie.

    Story | Conversation | April 30, 2008
  16. Lingering injuries or limitations coming to light for Sharapova

    Joel Drucker

    She's won 80 percent of her matches, but 2007 has been a down year for Maria Sharapova. This year might be a wash, but don't discount her in 2008.

    Story | Conversation | October 02, 2007