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  1. Small events need a chance to shine

    Ed McGrogan

    Last week, I saw firsthand what small tournaments mean to worldwide tours and local communities when I visited the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport. Bellevue Avenue was bustling as cars filled parking spaces and fans filled cash registers...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  2. The Big Four is not going away soon

    Ed McGrogan

    As Novak Djokovic awoke from a slumber that helped Ernests Gulbis steal a set in their semifinal at Roland Garros, reality began to reemerge. The Big Four's third-most senior member closed out the Latvian interloper in four sets, then headed off the ...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  3. Will Almagro be the next to break through?

    Ed McGrogan

    Stanislas Wawrinka has owned one of the most lethal one-handed backhands for years. But it was only this season, in his late 20s and after so many painful defeats, that he punctuated his slow and steady climb up the rankings with a signature breakthr...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  4. Charleston sets good example for Miami

    Ed McGrogan

    Miami likes its heat, both in the air and on the basketball court, but could probably do without the criticism its tennis tournament has recently received. The Sony Open gave us two No. 1 vs. No. 2 singles finals (along with two men's semifinal w...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  5. A lesson tennis can take from the Olympics

    Ed McGrogan

    Three weeks ago, Noelle Pikus-Pace and John Daly -- the skeleton racer, not the golfer -- were relative unknowns. They are now household names in the United States thanks to their performances in Sochi, Russia, and their sport helps represent the max...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  6. A glimpse into the future of tennis

    Ed McGrogan

    They say February is one of the slowest months in tennis, but with 12 ATP tournaments, seven WTA tournaments and rounds of Davis and Fed Cup for good measure, it seems pretty fast-paced to me. What I'd compare February to is the first week of a Grand...

    Blog | February 05, 2014
  7. Here's how to improve the year-enders

    Ed McGrogan

    I have a problem with the names of tennis' season-ending championships. It's not that I don't think "WTA Championships" accurately conveys the importance of the event or that the former "Tennis Masters Cup" sounds so much cooler than today's "ATP Wor...

    Blog | November 04, 2013
  8. On any given day, Nalbandian unstoppable

    Ed McGrogan

    Can you imagine what it will be like when Roger Federer calls it a career? Or when Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray decides to put away his racket for good? Or even when Juan Martin del Potro, the only player besides the aforementioned fou...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  9. Timing right for Sharapova, Connors

    Ed McGrogan

    Maria Sharapova and Jimmy Connors. Stop and think about it: It sounds like a shotgun mixed-doubles team at an exhibition, not a formal arrangement between player and coach. But in the aftermath of Wimbledon, where Sharapova suffered a second-round lo...

    Blog | July 16, 2013
  10. Who can bust through the Miami bracket?

    Ed McGrogan

    It's a sign of the times that only two of the ATP's big four reached the semifinals at Indian Wells. Next up is Miami, the second leg of tennis' monthlong, cross-country hard-court tour; two-time champion Roger Federer and newly crowne...

    Blog | March 20, 2013
  11. Unlikely tennis happenings in 2013

    Ed McGrogan

    Of all the tournaments Rafael Nadal could have made his return at, the VTR Open in the Chilean resort town of Vina del Mar is one of the least likely, based on the Spaniard's scheduling history. Nadal's South American sojourn got me thinki...

    Blog | February 07, 2013
  12. Setting the right priorities

    Ed McGrogan

    The past few days could not have been easy for John Isner. On Saturday night, with a spot in the national title game on the line, his beloved University of Georgia football team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Alabama. If tennis players ever introd...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  13. Is Novak Djokovic an all-time great? Hmmm

    Ed McGrogan

    In the past 24 months, Novak Djokovic has won a Davis Cup, four Grand Slam titles and an ATP World Tour Final. He's also made his mercurial happy-go-lucky days when he was wearing adidas shirts and swinging Wilson rackets seem like ancient histo...

    Blog | November 14, 2012
  14. Could tennis' Hawk-Eye help the NFL?

    Ed McGrogan

    If the National Football League doesn't want to pay up and bring back its experienced referees, maybe it should invest the money it's saving in Hawk-Eye. After all, tennis' instant-replay system is the ultimate arbiter; it's alway...

    Blog | September 25, 2012
  15. David Nalbandian's last big chance

    Ed McGrogan

    He's been to a Wimbledon final and is arguably the most talented player never to win a Grand Slam title. He is also well-known for his temper. Andy Murray, you say? That's one choice, but he's not the only right answer. We're tal...

    Blog | July 25, 2012
  16. Three of a kind is the winning hand

    Ed McGrogan

    Does Wimbledon feel a bit marginalized this year? I can understand if you think it does. Any chances of a Grand Slam were dashed at the French Open, the Olympics are looming -- and are being contested at the same venue as Wimbledon -- and we just ...

    Blog | June 11, 2012