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  1. Victor Victoria: The Return of the Inimitable, Deafening, and Del...

    Brian Phillips

    Victoria Azarenka has an astonishing scream. Should we talk about that? Should we try to get specific? Women's tennis, as you probably know, is a profession in which killer screams are not exactly upside-down airplane stamps in terms of scarcity...

    Blog | January 23, 2015
  2. Dear Novak, Love Roger: Two Tennis Greats Trade Emails During the...

    Brian Phillips

    From: Roger Federer <rogerfederer1@me.com> To: Novak Djokovic <serbianwaterpolo@info-net.rs> Date: September 8, 2014 5:03 PM Subject: :( Dear Novak, You watching this? xRF --- Roger Federer "What is wanted is not the will t...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  3. Fire Walk With Nick Kyrgios

    Brian Phillips

    Nick Kyrgios plays tennis like someone who knows he is made of fire. He knows it so completely, is so certain of it even when other people aren't, that he is willing to burn himself alive every now and again to make the point. When things are g...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  4. Broken at Love

    Brian Phillips

    Did you know that former world no. 1 tennis player and nine-time major champion Monica Seles has written the first two volumes of a young-adult romance series? It's true! The series is called The Academy. It's set in a boarding school for a...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. The U.S. Open, night tennis, and Lleyton Hewitt's win over Juan M...

    Brian Phillips

    Discovering the magic of U.S. Open night tennis — with the help of meth-grade cold medicine.

    Story | Conversation | September 02, 2013
  10. The U.S. Open and Waldorf Astoria

    Brian Phillips

    A trip to the U.S. Open and a stay at the Waldorf Astoria. What could go wrong? (Everything. Everything could go wrong.)

    Story | Conversation | August 30, 2013
  11. Wimbledon's wild first week

    Brian Phillips

    Surveying the carnage at the most terrifying tennis tournament in recent memory.

    Story | Conversation | July 01, 2013
  12. Court surfaces and the golden age of men's tennis

    Brian Phillips

    How big a role has court technology played in tennis's current golden age?

    Story | Conversation | June 27, 2013
  13. Rafa Nadal and the French Open

    Brian Phillips

    What did Rafael Nadal prove by winning his eighth French Open? Everything and nothing at the same time.

    Story | Conversation | June 10, 2013
  14. Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and the French Open semifinals

    Brian Phillips

    A running diary of an instant tennis classic.

    Story | Conversation | June 07, 2013
  15. Rafa Nadal returns to the French Open

    Brian Phillips

    After a seven-month hiatus from tennis, Rafael Nadal returns to Roland Garros.

    Story | Conversation | May 31, 2013
  16. An ode to Russian and Eastern European tennis players

    Brian Phillips

    An ode to Russian and Eastern European women's tennis players you've vaguely heard of but can't entirely keep straight.

    Story | Conversation | January 18, 2013