Maria Sharapova's determination to overcome both her awkwardness on clay and major shoulder sugery paid off with a career-defining French Open title last year.
From the language in Paris to the clay at Roland Garros, American tennis players -- with the possible exception of Serena Williams -- are out of their element at the French Open.
It's easy to bemoan the decline of Roger Federer, but with some assistance, there's no reason he can't make another lasting impression in Paris.
If you can't beat 'em, don't join 'em. That's the case for many Americans who have decided to stay home and play instead of tackling the European clay events.
Dealing with clay is the only way. The top players don't like the dirt, but that doesn't mean they don't win on it.
Novak Djokovic will get more support this week in Rome as he, Roger Federer and Andy Murray try to bounce back after their Madrid shortcomings.
If you're looking to figure Ernests Gubis out, don't bother. Every time he seems to have it together, he falls apart. And then he puts it back together.
How is Rafael Nadal's knee? That's always the question with him. All he wants is to play tennis.
David Ferrer can win and win and win -- until he meets one of those fearsome big four players. But perhaps he can break through on the clay, eh?
The U.S. might not be reeling in many accolades these days, but its northern neighbors in Canada are picking up the slack. Just ask Milos Raonic.
The tennis season always seems to revolve around Serena Williams, but is she the biggest gainer through the season's first quarter?
Each of the big four has had a big-four moment this year -- except Roger Federer. How concerned should we be through the season's first quarter?
Because we all dubbed her the best player in the world anyway, no one really did any cartwheels when Serena Williams finally did become No. 1.
If there is one particular aspect of Roger Federer's game that may explain his lackluster results thus far in 2013, it just may be his serve, which is not living up to its usually high standards, Kamakshi Tandon writes.
Same venue, same tournament. Yes, Rafael Nadal's return means the big four will reunite (finally!) at Indian Wells.
If you've missed the sweet shot-making early on in the season, we have a treat: Check out these memorable points that'll get you off your seat.