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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. History against Novak Djokovic in 2012

    Stephen Tignor,

    We know that the calendar-year Grand Slam is the Holy Grail of men's tennis. It's such a rare feat, having been accomplished just once during the Open era. Forty-two years ago, Rod Laver pulled off the remarkable accomplishment, and since t...

    Blog | December 21, 2011
  13. Tennis goes beyond the majors

    Stephen Tignor,

    The ATP's 2011 "year-end" championships have just concluded in London, but the year isn't quite over -- that would make a little too much sense for tennis and its schedulers. There's still the real year-end event, the Davis Cup final, ...

    Blog | November 30, 2011
  14. Why Istanbul is the right home

    Stephen Tignor,

    It's not often that you hear professional athletes tell the press how surprised and impressed they are that so many people have come out to watch them. But you could kind of understand why Vera Zvonareva and Maria Sharapova did just that Tuesday...

    Blog | October 26, 2011
  15. Decrease in the production of prodigies

    Stephen Tignor,

    Tennis was once, like chess and gymnastics, the province of the child genius. The money that flooded into the sport when it went professional in the 1970s inspired a wave of teen prodigies -- and, eventually, their parents -- to devote their lives an...

    Blog | October 04, 2011
  16. French stars continue to disappoint

    Stephen Tignor,

    The French know their tennis. Or, at the very least, they think they do. At Roland Garros, the crowds feel free to cheer and boo and whistle and stomp and chant as if they own the place -- no audience enjoys getting in the middle of a match and affec...

    Blog | August 17, 2011