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  1. Venus knows what its like to be an outsider

    Stephen Tignor

    "This is the first time I've ever played here that the crowd has been behind me like that. Today I felt American, you know, for the first time at the US Open. So I've waited my whole career to have this moment, and here it is." These words were sp...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  2. The somber state of the States

    Stephen Tignor

    "You've got to create a positive atmosphere." That was the advice that Sloane Stephens' hitting partner and traveling coach, Andy Fitzpatrick, gave her during a changeover last week in Doha. Stephens, ranked No. 18, had just lost an error-filled f...

    Blog | February 18, 2014
  3. From tweeters and tweeners

    Stephen Tignor

    The World Tour Finals is the most important men's-only event of the season, a showcase for the best the ATP has had to offer over the past 11 months. But it isn't just forehands and backhands that are on display; as the week progresses, we get a sens...

    Blog | November 14, 2013
  4. Tennis -- What to expect from the final weeks of 2013

    Stephen Tignor

    For all intents and purposes, the 2013 tennis year is over, but tennis will be played and what happens indoors just might have an effect on what happens in Australia in January, Stephen Tignor writes.

    Story | Conversation | September 22, 2013
  5. Nadal, Djokovic heeding new time policy

    Stephen Tignor

    The ATP, as you probably are aware, decided to crack down on slow play this season. The tour has had a 25-second time limit between points for years, but in the past it was very loosely enforced. Its edges have been pushed and often overrun for years...

    Blog | April 25, 2013
  6. Esther Vergeer: More than a number

    Stephen Tignor,

    Great athletes often become known by a number. Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game. Hank Aaron hit 755 home runs. Jack Nicklaus won 18 majors; Roger Federer has won 17. The movie about Roger Maris was called -- what else? -- "61*." But Esthe...

    Blog | February 13, 2013
  7. Still a disconnect between U.S. Open, ATP

    Stephen Tignor,

    It all seemed to be going to so well for the U.S. Open, at least for a minute or two. The tournament has been heavily criticized by players and media in recent years on at least two fronts: (1) for not having a roof in place, even as rain has forced...

    Blog | December 20, 2012
  8. Things not thankful for in 2012

    Stephen Tignor,

    There's Thanksgiving, and there's the thing that happens right before it: the turkey shoot. I'm thankful for a lot of things in tennis, but today I'm going in the opposite direction. It's time to recall five things I could ha...

    Blog | November 20, 2012
  9. Can Rafa be Rafa again?

    Stephen Tignor,

    The long wait for Rafael Nadal's return is, as of today, over. He is tentatively scheduled to begin his comeback from his latest round of knee troubles at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, starting Dec. 27. If all goes as planned...

    Blog | October 03, 2012
  10. Can del Potro get a boost from the bronze?

    Stephen Tignor,

    The biggest beneficiary of the Olympic Games in men's tennis was obviously Andy Murray. Just below him in the breakthrough department, though, was his fellow medalist Juan Martin del Potro. Much of the tennis world has wondered, for the last yea...

    Blog | August 08, 2012
  11. When will Tsonga finally break through?

    Stephen Tignor,

    The ruling class of men's tennis continues to shrink. Last year, we talked about the big four -- Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. In 2012, after Murray's up-and-down spring, we've drifted toward the big thre...

    Blog | June 20, 2012
  12. Can tennis' tin man find his heart?

    Stephen Tignor,

    Did you know there is a Berdych Army? It's sort of like Arnold Palmer's Army, except younger, better-looking and funnier. And Australian. That's right, Tomas Berdych, the pale-eyed Czech giant, has a fan club that follows his every mov...

    Blog | May 17, 2012
  13. U.S.'s loss is tennis world's gain

    Stephen Tignor,

    The tennis week is still young, but we've already had a couple of newsworthy developments. On Tuesday, Wimbledon announced that, at the urging of the ATP's top four players, the tournament has increased total prize money 10 percent, and pro...

    Blog | April 24, 2012
  14. Pressure building for Djokovic, Nadal

    Stephen Tignor,

    It's time for liftoff again on the men's tour. In this golden era of the ATP, no section of the season has run quite as hot as the clay-court season. Tension always builds as the players slide and grind their way across Europe, from Monte C...

    Blog | April 04, 2012
  15. No reason to rationalize Federer's losses

    Stephen Tignor,

    Age 30 is a Rubicon for tennis players. Pass through that point of no return, the conventional wisdom has it, and your career can only decline. As anyone who even remotely follows the game knows, Roger Federer reached that milestone last August. Not ...

    Blog | March 07, 2012
  16. Nadal-Djokovic: A look at the rivalry

    Stephen Tignor,

    By the time I got back to the press room outside of Rod Laver Arena, the discussion was well underway: "Was this the greatest tennis match of all time?" Reporters from all over the world asked each other that as we stood milling around our desks, wai...

    Blog | February 15, 2012