In place of a regularly scheduled column, I present "Backboard Banter," a friendly debate with tennis writer Benjamin Snyder. Follow Ben on Twitter @WriterSnyder and leave your feedback; this might become a more regular occurrence. Maria Sharapova won her second Indian Wells title on Sunday without the loss of a set, capping off the terrific fortnight with an emphatic victory … [Read more...] about Backboard Banter: Is Indian Wells Winner Maria Sharapova Boring?
Growing up as a tennis fan in the mid 2000s, I remember staying up past 3AM watching matches played in Australia. I remember matches I’ve seen in person around, from New York to New Haven. But if there has been one constant through my tenure in tennis fandom, it has been the omnipresent Live Scoreboard. Like most who have followed a tournament in the last decade, I cannot tell … [Read more...] about Nadia Petrova Goes Back to the (Live Score)Board
The year was 1994. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) had just been established. Groups like Weezer and Green Day dominated the airwaves. The Lion King was released and quickly became the highest grossing animated film of all time. Oh, and a pair of 14 year olds, Martina Hingis and Venus Williams began their careers as professional tennis players. Snuck onto the … [Read more...] about I Love the 90s: A Reflection on Two Teen Phenoms
There is something fitting about two of the WTA’s most dramatic personae triumphing on Oscar weekend. From Dubai to Bogota, spectators were treated to two comeback stories. One may have had a bigger budget, but both protagonists, Petra Kvitova and Jelena Jankovic, provided compelling drama throughout their title runs. Amidst a star-studded cast of characters in Dubai (even … [Read more...] about Jelena & Petra: Best Actresses
Patient. Poised. Polite. Few who have watched the “delightfully offensive” Yulia Putintseva Show would use any of those words to describe the demonstrative Kazakh’s on-court demeanor. But as the 18-year-old calmly broke Laura Robson to serve for the match in the final set, many were wondering where the drama had gone. One day earlier, a shuddering tennis world braced itself for … [Read more...] about A Low Roar: Putintseva Steels Past Robson in Dubai