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  1. A Belated Celebration of Wimbledon Doubles Champs: POPSOCK

    Corban Goble

    For good reasons, another Wimbledon final dominated the talk Monday. But on Saturday afternoon, something glorious happened. Jack Sock happened. A few notable threads to pull on here: * Jack Sock is an American tennis player, age 21, and is n...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  2. The Federer Shank: An Appreciation

    Rembert Browne

    On Sunday, at age 32, Roger Federer was a handful of points away from becoming the oldest Wimbledon gentlemen's singles champion in the Open era, which would have given him a record-setting eighth title at the All...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Countdown 2 ‘Sharknado 2’: Your 29-Day Warning, With ...

    Holly Anderson

    July is upon us, the thick of the most glorious time of the year in which to slough off work for personal watercraft activities, televised tennis or soccer, and breaking down newly released footage of the Sharknado sequel. A reminder: It is set to ai...

    Blog | July 01, 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. My Sister, My Rival

    Brian Phillips

    What does it matter what you say about people? After days of hype surrounding their probable third-round meeting in the French Open, Venus and Serena Williams both lost in the second round yesterday, Venus to the 56th-ranked Slovakian player Anna Sch...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  12. Grantland Dictionary: Tennis Edition

    Brian Phillips

    The word tennis is easy to define; it's a noun that means "an energetic leisure pursuit invented by the upper classes as an alternative to playing sports." Try to discuss the finer points of the game without a thorough grounding in its...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Today in Twitter Beefs: Andy Murray’s Mom vs. Yoko Ono

    Brian Phillips

    You're wrong about your mom, you know. You think she's thinking about you right now. You think she's staring out the back window at your old tire swing, remembering times gone by. You think she's sighing plaint...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  15. The End of Ivan and Andy

    Brian Phillips

    Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl are splitting up. If you follow tennis closely, chances are you're already deep in the grief cycle; if you're only a casual fan, I'm sorry to have to type words that will knock the bottom out o...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  16. 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