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  1. Clay intrigue for women, not for men

    Peter Bodo

    The clay-court swing is officially underway, the first blow struck by Andrea Petkovic of Germany, who won on the green clay of Charleston last Sunday. There are WTA events underway this week in Katowice, Poland, and Bogota, Colombia, where top se...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  2. Indian Wells crowns up for grabs

    Peter Bodo

    The most refreshing thing about the Indian Wells tournament that is taking place in the California desert is that both titles appear to be up for grabs in a way they haven't been for a long time, particularly on the ATP side of the pro fence. Now ...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  3. Masters mini-Slam sweep a daunting task

    Peter Bodo

    The Indian Wells Masters 1000 is underway, and Miami follows immediately on its heels. Sweeping the two events is a major accomplishment (among the Big Four, only Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have done it). Call the accomplishment a Masters mini-...

    Blog | March 07, 2014
  4. Rafael Nadal to be tested early in Oz

    Peter Bodo

    The Australian Open has been very kind to Novak Djokovic, and at first glance, it seemed to get even more magnanimous. The defending champion, Djokovic is poised to become the first man in the Open era to carry off the title five times, and he appear...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  5. Serena still Serena; Federer still Federer

    Peter Bodo

    We could be wise and resist reading too much into the first week of ATP and WTA tour play for 2014, but what fun would that be? Besides, since the offseason in tennis is short, we can expect the players to be in pretty good fighting trim for the s...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  6. LeBron took honor that belonged to Rafa

    Peter Bodo

    The honors continued to roll in for Serena Williams last week, the latest one bestowed upon her by the Associated Press news service. The AP named Williams its Female Athlete of the Year for 2013. Her male counterpart was LeBron James of the NBA's Mi...

    Blog | December 30, 2013
  7. Naughty or nice? Santa's gifts to the players

    Peter Bodo

    Santa is making his rounds again in this space, with gifts for ATP and WTA pros great and small. So let's take a sneak peek into that overloaded sleigh: Rafael Nadal: A pair of tennis shoes that are actually the right size. You've all heard or rea...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  8. If not Nadal, then who would win PoY?

    Peter Bodo

    It's the awards season in tennis, and there isn't a more coveted title than Player of the Year. It's an individual sport's answer to the Most Valuable Player award in team sports but, regrettably, it's rarely the horse race that it sometimes is in th...

    Blog | December 09, 2013
  9. Busta's barnstorming paid off in 2013

    Peter Bodo

    The reports that top-ranked Rafael Nadal made some $10 million for a comfortable week of exhibition work in South America recently makes you wonder how much the Spaniard with the most wins on the tour in 2013 might have pulled down for the same amoun...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  10. Our 2013 Duds of the Year

    Peter Bodo

    This wasn't a very good year for the crowd that hands out year-end awards. The male Player of the Year and the Comeback Player of the Year were one and the same guy: Rafael Nadal. On the WTA side, Serena Williams dominated even more thoroughly than N...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  11. More exhibition than Armageddon?

    Peter Bodo

    It isn't supposed to end this way. The World Tour Finals was conceived to finish things, settle arguments and determine a crystal-clear pecking order dictated by a big computer humming away in some climate-controlled basement. It's designed to produc...

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  12. Get ready for Nadal-Djokovic grudge match

    Peter Bodo

    The ATP World Tour Finals won't boast a "dream final" this year (that is, a winner-take-all battle for the year-end No. 1 ranking), but it has what might be the next best thing: A spectacular grudge match between two men whose rivalry already has his...

    Blog | November 11, 2013
  13. Juan Martin del Potro this close to stardom

    Peter Bodo

    Although some tennis fans might like to hunt down Juan Martin del Potro and fling him off a bridge for getting in the way of yet another clash between ATP No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic, it would be a mistake to write off the hulking, sh...

    Blog | October 14, 2013
  14. Being the hunter what Djokovic needs

    Peter Bodo

    Novak Djokovic's 6-3, 6-4 win over Rafael Nadal in the Beijing final did absolutely nothing to diminish the notion that this week was all about Nadal. Specifically, it was about the 27-year-old conquering injury and self-doubt to recapture the world ...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  15. A tricky situation for Rafael Nadal

    Peter Bodo

    Novak Djokovic is no longer the only thing standing in the way of Rafael Nadal reclaiming the No. 1 ranking. As of Friday, that honor goes to the No. 5, Tomas Berdych. Given the blood, sweat and tears that Nadal has expended to get back to this point...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  16. The true rivalry: Djokovic-Nadal

    Peter Bodo

    Don't look now, but the big four whom everyone has been jabbering about for a couple of years now has suddenly shrunk to a big two, which is rivalry as it was meant to be in the gospel according to Pete and Andre or Chris and Martina. Just a few m...

    Blog | September 27, 2013