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30-Love: The end of the beginning for Novak Djokovic

3 months agoSports / Tennis : Concrete Elbow

The second installment of our 30-Love series contemplates the future of another May-birthday baseliner, Novak Djokovic. We began with an examination of Andy Murray, 30 years after he was born. These are trying times for Novak Djokovic,...Show More Summary

30-Love: Andy Murray crosses tennis' so-called rubicon at his peak

3 months agoSports / Tennis : Concrete Elbow

Over the next 30 days, we'll examine one of tennis' most important numbers from a variety of perspectives. First, an assessment of world No. 1 Andy Murray, who turns 30 today. It doesn’t take much imagination to come up with some gag birthday gifts for Andy Murray, who turns 30 today. Show More Summary

Sharapova's immediate return is a signature move, and a warning shot

4 months agoSports / Tennis : Concrete Elbow

Maria Sharapova’s decision to play her first WTA tour match following a 15-month doping suspension on her very first day of eligibility is a signature move, and a warning shot to anyone who cares to listen. That includes the tournament...Show More Summary

Gone like Jamestown, the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort was a treasure

5 months agoSports / Tennis : Concrete Elbow

Welcome to Florida Week! As the tours head southeast for the Miami Open, and Baseline will feature all things Sunshine State. You’ll learn about the personalities, stories, teams and venues that have made Florida one of the tennis capitals of the world. Show More Summary

Federer, Rafa have reset their expectations; Can they live up to them?

6 months agoSports / Tennis : Concrete Elbow

If you were a hopelessly romantic tennis fan in January, you might have envisioned a day this year when Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer—perhaps even together—would once again appear on a Grand Slam podium for a singles trophy presentation. Wouldn’t...Show More Summary

London didn’t call these 10, but they made plenty of progress in 2016

9 months agoSports / Tennis : Concrete Elbow

Given the abundance of talent that commands our interest at or near the top of the ATP, it’s easy to overlook just how loaded the tour’s Top 50 is these days. To that end, let’s take a look at 10 players who failed to make the cut for...Show More Summary

What does Nick Kyrgios want, and will the punishment benefit him?

10 months agoSports / Tennis : Concrete Elbow

What can be done about Nick Kyrgios? If that isn’t the question on everyone’s mind, then this one is: Was the punishment levied upon the tantrum-and-match throwing, ultra-talented wild child of the ATP tour for his outrageous actions...Show More Summary

As tennis officials try to keep millennials watching, massive changes could be coming to tennis

11 months agoSports / Tennis : Concrete Elbow

Millennials.  It isn’t a particularly frightening word, but in some ways it’s an intimidating one. At least it is to the movers and shakers in tennis. The generational concept has made them very nervous lately. The noun applies to an enormous, very loosely defined group of people who were born in the 1980 and 90s. Show More Summary

Ten years ago, Andre Agassi left an indelible mark on the U.S. Open

12 months agoSports / Tennis : Concrete Elbow

Andre Agassi delivered the speech at a dire time. At the onset of 2006, he was ranked No. 7. He had a bum ankle and a failing back. By the U.S. Open the 36-year-old was unseeded and living in a world of pain. At Flushing Meadows, Agassi managed to beat two quality opponents before losing to 112th-ranked Benjamin Becker. Show More Summary

U.S. Open Pressure Points: No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and an unexpected turn of events

12 months agoSports / Tennis : Concrete Elbow

A few years ago, Janko Tipsarevic sat across a table at the Miami Masters and said one of the wisest things this reporter has ever heard. Tipsarevic, fellow countryman and good friend of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, said that his primary goal in most matches was to win his first three or four service games. Show More Summary

With a history of highs and lows, what is Rafael Nadal’s New York state of mind this year?

12 months agoSports / Tennis : Concrete Elbow

Rafael Nadal’s New York state of mind can be summed up in one word: Unsettled. The much-loved Spanish star has always said the right things, the polite things, the nice things, about his experiences in New York City. But while the U.S. Show More Summary

Hall of a Contrast

This year’s two most notable inductees into the International Tennis Hall of Fame represent a latter-day tale of sinner and saint. There’s Marat Safin: dissolute, sybaritic, a cavalier underachiever—yet still accomplished enough to merit enshrinement alongside the sport’s icons. Show More Summary

The Future of Tennis

Tennis has changed radically since the game went Open in 1968. One moment, Rod Laver is swinging a Dunlop Maxply Fort on the green lawn of an exclusive country club. He’s dressed all in white, wearing a matching bucket hat. Less than...Show More Summary

Not a perfect March for Djokovic, who was blindsided after Indian Wells

“This year, the start of the season has been probably even better than 2015 in terms of results, and in terms of how I feel,” Novak Djokovic said immediately after he won the Miami Open last week. But his March wasn’t perfect, despite...Show More Summary

WTA has become a tour with plenty of stars, but almost no champions

Angelique Kerber played her first official WTA match as a Grand Slam champion in Doha earlier this week, and a fan expecting a spectacular show could be forgiven for asking for her money back. Kerber, the top seed, lost to Zheng Saisai of China—a woman ranked 71 spots below her, at No. Show More Summary

Rafa Déjà Vu: It's an ideal time for snakebit Nadal to make a move

You can hardly blame Rafael Nadal if he’s feeling like his career has turned into a Vine clip—and wishing that it was a different, earlier stage of his career being endlessly replayed. As Nadal has tried to gain traction and rebuild his once-formidable reputation, he’s come afoul of the same treacherous obstacles, over and over. Show More Summary

Believe In The Sleeve?

The pool of colorful, interesting characters in tennis—something for which the sport once was justifiably famous—has gradually diminished over the years. That’s been the downside of the spartan developmental process that has turned tennis...Show More Summary

We're Not in Paris Anymore

It seems like just yesterday that we were in Paris celebrating the “Serbian spring”—those heady days in 2008 when Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, and Jelena Jankovic were fresh faces and the talk of the tennis world. That May, all three players burst through to the semifinals at Roland Garros, and the women in some ways overshadowed Djokovic. Show More Summary

The Bull, Gored

Given the year Rafael Nadal has had, his great rival and friend Roger Federer did him an enormous favor in the second half of 2015. Toting a gleaming new SABR as the centerpiece of his re-tooled offense, Federer stole all the headlines. Show More Summary

Does Better Start Now?

Tennis is not just the sport of a lifetime, it’s also the sport of swank watch commercials. So if you’ve tired of watching Roger Federer, dressed in a suit that costs more than your car, gazing at giant, museum-grade pictures of himself...Show More Summary

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