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33 results for "olympic tennis"

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  1. Andy Murray, Roger Federer, and the oddness of Olympic tennis

    Louisa Thomas

    Andy Murray and the undeniable oddness of Olympic tennis.

    Story | Conversation | August 06, 2012
  2. Vive La Monf: The Revitalized Man Who Can Beat Roger Federer

    Louisa Thomas

    It's been a long time since Gael Monfils has been considered a "relevant" tennis player - three years since he was the seventh-ranked player, 11 years since he was a young pro with no. 1 talent. It's been a...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  3. Mind Games

    Louisa Thomas

    Simona Halep, the second-ranked tennis player in the world, uses a simple, fluid, matter-of-fact motion when she serves. There's nothing too unusual about it - nothing showy or special. Technically, it's excellent. But f...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  4. When All Men Doubt You

    Louisa Thomas

    When Roger Federer steps onto Centre Court for a Wimbledon men's final, he has an aura he has earned but seems born with, a grace and superiority that seems a birthright. On Sunday, he seemed a throwback in so many ways. During the first set, he...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  5. A Glimpse of Tennis Future: Rafa Goes Down

    Louisa Thomas

    Sure, you don't expect Rafa Nadal to lose in the fourth round only a few weeks after winning his 14th slam. Not to Nick Kyrgios, ranked 144th in the world. Not to a 19-year-old with a racing stripe shaved into his head. Even Kyrgios's mom s...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  6. In the Valley of the Gods

    Louisa Thomas

    Serena Williams was tired. Her shots were tentative, her feet passive, her serve weak. When she hit an error and raised her arms in dismay, her arms looked heavy. Afterward, when she tried to explain why she lost 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Alize Cornet...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  7. Ladies and Gentleman

    Louisa Thomas

    There was nothing more for Andy Murray to do. He had already changed history. He had already relieved, if only for a moment, an entire nation's sense of self-despair. He had won the only tournament he ever needed to win. He had dropped his...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  8. Everybody Suffers: A Pair of Painful Triumphs at the French Open

    Louisa Thomas

    The rivalry between Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic is the best in tennis right now, but sometimes a little part of me wants to wave the white flag and cry, "STOP!" The best of their matches have produced the most exquisite pleasure and pain:...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  9. The Crusader

    Louisa Thomas

    It has been easy to forget that Novak Djokovic is the best tennis player in the world. He finished 2013 on a 24-0 run. His record this year is 24-3; his winning percentage is the highest among players on the tour. He has won three titles this year...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  10. Match Striker: The Increasingly Unclassifiable, Increasingly Unst...

    Louisa Thomas

    Simona Halep used to walk onto the court and tell herself to win. Then she would try not to lose, with the predictable result that she often did. She was not totally unsuccessful. She had too much talent - she had won the French Open girls&...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  11. Nadal’s Land of Nod: Rafa Falls (Again) at the Barcelona Op...

    Louisa Thomas

    As a rule, if you're a top tennis player, you don't have a home. What you have is a residence, a training base, an empty house. You reside in Bottmingen and practice in Dubai. There is a place in Miami, a pied-a-terre in Pa...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  12. Big Bets

    Louisa Thomas

    Unofficially, it's called the fifth slam. Officially, it's called the BNP Paribas Open. Informally, it's called Indian Wells. If you don't get the Tennis Channel, you might not even know it exists. But it&r...

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  13. Stanislas Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet, and the Big Three at the U.S...

    Louisa Thomas

    Stanislas Wawrinka attempts a disruption of the Big Three at the U.S. Open.

    Story | Conversation | September 05, 2013
  14. On Marion Bartoli, a Perfect, Weird Wimbledon Champion

    Louisa Thomas

    The weirdest thing about this year's Wimbledon is that the tournament isn't like this more often. Yes, nine of the 10 top women's seeds lost before the semifinals. Yes, Nadal, Federer, Serena, Azarenka, Sharapova, etc. Yes, the women's winner didn't ...

    Blog | July 08, 2013
  15. Rafael Nadal Falls at Wimbledon to a Guy Named Steve

    Louisa Thomas

    Back when life made sense — up until a few hours ago — it was generally understood that there was a way to beat Nadal, or at least scare him, but the conditions had to be just right. It helped if he had never played you before. It helped ...

    Blog | June 24, 2013
  16. An American in Paris: Serena Williams's Dominance of Maria Sharap...

    Louisa Thomas

    Up a set in the women's final at Roland Garros, at 0-1 in the second, Serena Williams hit a hard serve down the T. Maria Sharapova whaled a backhand deep into the corner, the kind of return that only one of the best returners in the game can hit, the...

    Blog | June 10, 2013