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  1. Say it ain't so, Jennifer Capriati

    Matt Wilansky,

    Jennifer Capriati proudly took three or four steps from the front row of luminaries to the podium where she would get to tell her story. On a near-perfect Newport afternoon, Capriati tearfully delivered her enshrinement speech into the International ...

    Blog | March 21, 2013
  2. What knee issues? Rafa rules again

    Matt Wilansky,

    The story started with his knee. It ended with his racket. For nearly a year, we questioned and cross-examined what fraction of Rafael Nadal would be left when he eventually made his way back to the circuit. On Sunday, that interrogation finally cam...

    Blog | March 17, 2013
  3. Rafa-Fed rivalry renewed, but for how long?

    Matt Wilansky,

    Where were you the first time you saw Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play? For me, it was my final day at my previous job here at ESPN. I was sitting at my desk, packing boxes and glued to the final of the 2005 NASDAQ-100 Open in Key Biscayne (now t...

    Blog | March 14, 2013
  4. Andy Murray gets the big trophy this time

    Matt Wilansky,

    NEW YORK -- The 50-year-old-looking guy sitting behind me in Arthur Ashe Stadium said it best: "When the first set started, I was still in college." An hour and 27 minutes later, with winds whipping in every direction, Andy Murray successfully ended...

    Blog | September 10, 2012
  5. John Isner's disappointing Slam season

    Matt Wilansky,

    John Isner planted his feet, turned and uncorked an angry forehand -- high into the nose bleeds of Arthur Ashe Stadium in frustration. Yes, it was that kind of day for Isner, who lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a battle that...

    Blog | September 03, 2012
  6. What's Rafa without his knees?

    Matt Wilansky,

    Something seemed just a little more off than usual when Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Olympics a few weeks ago. Nadal has a long history of knee ailments, but when he decided his game wasn't fit enough to play in the London Games, it had to mak...

    Blog | August 15, 2012
  7. It all came together for Jennifer Capriati

    Matt Wilansky,

    NEWPORT, R.I. -- It's a little frightening how life can get in the way of a great tennis career. That's what I always thought anyway, when any mention of Jennifer Capriati came up. We all know her backstory, the one that stretched all the ...

    Blog | July 15, 2012
  8. You'll never believe what they're saying

    Matt Wilansky,

    WIMBLEDON, England -- The hours are counting down before the granddaddy of them all kicks off. So the players are feeling a sense of excitement, optimism and, of course, some trepidation. As you can imagine, the rhetoric runs rampant as the stars lin...

    Blog | June 23, 2012
  9. Nothing quite like championship rainouts

    Matt Wilansky,

    For two weeks, the French Open dished out some good tennis and even greater storylines. From Andy Roddick's opening-day loss to the under-the-radar American women surprisingly filling the void left by the Williams sisters to a men's final w...

    Blog | June 12, 2012
  10. Djokovic's movement too much for Federer

    Matt Wilansky,

    Roger Federer has spoken quite candidly about that YouTube-worthy shot Novak Djokovic hit against him in the U.S. Open semifinals last year. Federer, to summarize, said he couldn't believe Djokovic had the backbone to unleash such an inexplicabl...

    Blog | May 19, 2012
  11. A bizarre week on the blue courts

    Matt Wilansky,

    You'd think after hearing a week's worth of complaints, the Madrid Open courts were played on an ice-hockey rink adorned with blue food coloring for a little pizazz. Novak Djokovic said players were tripping, slipping and sliding. Rafael Na...

    Blog | May 14, 2012
  12. Can you hear me now, Maria and Andy?

    Matt Wilansky,

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The mission in Miami was straightforward: Show up and play exceptionally well. Two players did that better than anyone. And not by coincidence, they happened to also win the respective singles titles. So mazel tov, Novak Djokovi...

    Blog | April 02, 2012
  13. The dizzying state of American tennis

    Matt Wilansky,

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- That perpetual cycle of on-again, off-again American tennis success. It's vicious, isn't it? Kind of drives you a little bonkers. One day we're doing cartwheels over the return of Andy Roddick. The next, we'...

    Blog | March 28, 2012
  14. John Isner, marathon man no more

    Matt Wilansky,

    This past Saturday, a sudden bout of hunger overcame me. I know this because my belly rumbled. So while waffling on a few refreshments, I finally decided on a good, old standby, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, to satiate this growing void. You kn...

    Blog | March 19, 2012
  15. Breaking down Djokovic, Murray

    Matt Wilansky,

    It simply was one of those matches you won't soon forget. Breaks. Defense. Chokes. Brilliance. Punishment. When all was said and done, Novak Djokovic finally beat Andy Murray in 4 hours, 50 minutes in this cat-and-mouse war of attrition. Djokov...

    Blog | January 27, 2012
  16. Breaking down Nadal, Federer

    Matt Wilansky,

    There's something about the anticipation alone in Rafa-Roger that's unparalleled in the tennis circle. It goes beyond the storied rivalry and the indelible matches we speak of with such zeal to this very day. There's also a much more s...

    Blog | January 26, 2012