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  1. Time for the little people

    Peter Bodo,

    So, is this going to be the start of something big for Alize Cornet? How about for Victor Hanescu, Juan del Potro or Sara Errani? All of those obscure players (and a few others) won tournaments on Sunday, although you wouldn't necessarily know it if ...

    Blog | Conversation | July 14, 2008
  2. Nadal shows courage

    Peter Bodo,

    It was, conceivably, the most well-earned breakthrough tournament we've seen in the Open era, and the accolades and rewards were commensurate with the achievement. John McEnroe and Bud Collins both called it the best tennis match they'd ever seen at ...

    Blog | Conversation | July 06, 2008
  3. Tone set for 2008 season

    Peter Bodo,

    If the first Grand Slam tournament of 2008 is an accurate indicator, we'll be in for a terrific if turbulent ride through the rest of the year. Here are the five most significant developments to emerge from the Australian Open, and how they may shape...

    Blog | Conversation | January 29, 2008
  4. Freaky Slam

    Peter Bodo,

    Wimbledon is the traditional Grand Slam event, Roland Garros is the iron (wo)man major and the U.S. Open is the grueling jewel in the lineup. That leaves the upcoming Australian Open, which is the freaky Slam. The tournament took a quantum leap when...

    Blog | Conversation | January 11, 2008
  5. Dumbest move of the year

    Peter Bodo,

    This year's award for Dumbest Idea by a Major Sports Organization goes to the ATP Tour for its plans to dismantle the tournament tier structure that gave us, among other things, the entity known as the Master Series. Starting in 2009, the ATP propos...

    Blog | Conversation | December 17, 2007
  6. Last woman standing

    Peter Bodo,

    Given that the WTA Championships is the last official women's tournament of the year, it's no stretch to say that the theme is, "Last Woman Standing." And while Justine Henin is playing great tennis (she's already qualified for the knock-out semifina...

    Blog | Conversation | November 08, 2007
  7. Russians deliver for home fans

    Peter Bodo,

    If the tournament directors of Australian Open, Roland Garros or Wimbledon were watching the Kremlin Cup finals Sunday, you just know they were scratching (or banging) their heads, asking, "Why can't that be me?" Elena Dementieva and Nikolay Davyde...

    Blog | Conversation | October 15, 2007
  8. What's in a name?

    Peter Bodo,

    We all know tennis is the sport that people, including legions of media folks, love to hate, but even if you're a certified tennis nut, you've got to admit that the names under which tournaments travel are not just remarkably off-putting, they are of...

    Blog | Conversation | August 17, 2007
  9. Service with a style

    Peter Bodo,

    There was something so fitting about John Isner's breakthrough at the Legg Mason tournament in Washington, D.C. last week that you could almost call it tragicomic. At the height of the debate about the plight of American tennis, what do we throw out ...

    Blog | Conversation | August 10, 2007
  10. Proud to be an American

    Peter Bodo,

    Gee, Sunday felt just like old times again! Two Americans (Andy Roddick and John Isner) in the final of the big summer hard-court tournament in Washington, D.C. and a faux American, Maria Sharapova (but she's a true-blue Russian to the bone, honest!...

    Blog | Conversation | August 06, 2007
  11. Sampras defined greatness

    Peter Bodo,

    Pete Sampras will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this weekend, and with Wimbledon -- the tournament he won 7 times -- just concluded, it's as good a time as any to compare him to Roger Federer. After all, they seem to be engag...

    Blog | Conversation | July 12, 2007
  12. Clay-court myth

    Peter Bodo,

    So Roger Federer got bounced out of the Italian Open, the clay-court tournament at which the dry, hot conditions speed up the clay to the point where bold and inventive players can ride their strokes to victory. Why is it that as time goes on, fewe...

    Blog | Conversation | May 10, 2007
  13. Clijsters calls it quits ... finally!

    Peter Bodo,

    It was a great weekend it was for the warrior athletes. Pete Sampras played an authentic, prize-money tournament for the first time since he won the U.S. Open of 2002 (thereby establishing a new Grand Slam singles title record of 14), and he looked a...

    Blog | Conversation | May 07, 2007
  14. Rome: Almost a major

    Peter Bodo,

    One of the most frustrating things about tennis -- especially when it comes to the game's aspirations to be more of a "mainstream" sport -- is that it's awfully hard to tell the gold from the dross. Is the current BMW tournament in Munich more import...

    Blog | Conversation | May 03, 2007
  15. Missing in action at Indian Wells

    Peter Bodo,

    The Pacific Life Open, the first major American tournament of the year, starts today at Indian Wells, Calif., with a women's draw that is more noteworthy for who isn't playing than who is. Only two of the top five women (No. 1 Maria Sharapova and No....

    Blog | Conversation | March 05, 2007
  16. Two plots about to thicken

    Peter Bodo,

    The next time the tribes of tennis gather in a significant way will be at the two great U.S. hard-court tournaments, the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, Calif., and the Sony Ericsson Open on Key Biscayne, Fla. These back-to-back combined (men and ...

    Blog | Conversation | February 23, 2007