U.S. Open

Murray Loosens Up

The Wall Street Journal (9/12/2012)
What do you give the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles title in 76 years? Piles of junk food. Read more...


Murray Wins the U.S. Open

The Wall Street Journal (9/11/2012)
It was never going to be simple for Andy Murray, who until Monday was the best tennis player in the world—and maybe ever—to never win a Grand Slam title. There would be groans. Moans. Hangdog looks, self-loathing, thigh slaps, "jelly" legs (his words) and much limping. His hair, everyone knew, would be an absolute mess. And of course, the swearing—lots and lots of swearing. Read more...


The Queen of Queens Is Serena Once More

The Wall Street Journal (9/10/2012)
Serena Williams has broken her U.S. Open losing streak. Read more...


Why the USTA Benched America's Best Junior

The Wall Street Journal (9/7/2012)
As the U.S. Tennis Association continues its struggle to reverse the declining fortunes of American tennis, it seems fair to assume that 16-year-old Taylor Townsend would be welcome to play anywhere she likes. Read more...


Tennis Legends 'Livid" Over Townsend Decision

The Wall Street Journal (9/7/2012)
On Friday, the Journal spoke with Lindsay Davenport and Martina Navratilova, two former No. 1 players and Grand Slam champions who struggled with their weight as teenagers and as pros. Davenport and Navratilova were sharply critical of the USTA’s decision. Read more...


Roddick Serves Up a Final Surprise: Retirement

The Wall Street Journal (8/31/2012)
Andy Roddick, the last American man to win a Grand Slam title, stunned the tennis world Thursday by announcing that he would retire after the U.S. Open. It was his 30th birthday. Read more...


The Sport That Forgot About Scouting

The Wall Street Journal (8/31/2012)
When Ernests Gulbis meets Steve Johnson on Court 13 this morning at the U.S. Open, he will not have a plan. He won't care that Johnson, the two-time NCAA singles champion at Southern California, is quick and agile and hits inside-out forehands at all costs. Or that he tends to hit too many slice backhands when pressured. Or that his forehand can become erratic in long rallies in the center of the court. Read more...


Roger Federer Actually Likes Tennis

The Wall Street Journal (8/27/2012)
There's no shortage of emotional baggage in elite tennis. Overzealous parents. Towering egos. Self-righteousness. Persecution complexes. A tendency to fixate on absurd grievances. The sport beats up the body and tortures the soul, makes rational people scream, swear and smash rackets into the ground. All great players, it seems, hate it at one time or another, even despise it—just ask John McEnroe or Andre Agassi.

And then there's Roger Federer, whose talent and temperament have produced something tennis has never seen: an eternally happy mega star. Read more...


Roger Federer Interview

The Wall Street Journal (8/27/2012)
Roger Federer, the world’s No. 1 tennis player, spoke with The Wall Street Journal on Saturday before the start of the U.S. Open. Read more...


Don't Try This at Home

The Wall Street Journal (8/24/2012)
You worship Roger Federer's grace, his style, his exquisite timing and technique. You want to serve like Andy Roddick, smash swinging volleys like Serena Williams and hit running down-the-line winners like Novak Djokovic.

Well, you can't—and it's a bad idea to try. Read more...


2011


Tennis’s Djokovic Complex

The Wall Street Journal (9/13/11)
Men's tennis has had kings who might be described as princes, stoics, tyrants, even Zen masters, but never has it had anyone at the top as impenetrable—or as close to unbeatable—as Novak Djokovic. Read more...


Now Everyone Is a Racket Diva

The Wall Street Journal (9/1/11)
Like musicians, sculptors, painters and sommeliers, the stars of the U.S. Open have exquisitely fine-tuned senses when it comes to the implements of their trade. Professional tennis players can be extremely finicky when it comes to choosing their weapon of choice.

This is a polite way of saying they can be total divas about their rackets. Read more...


The Worst Job in Sports?

The Wall Street Journal (9/4/10)
They stroll around the grounds at the U.S. Open and pack the player's lounge. They chat up big-name stars and agents, eat at four-star restaurants and sit in the best seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the marquee matches.

To outsiders, the life of a full-time tennis coach seems glamorous, even glorious. Tennis insiders know the truth: It might well be the worst job in sports. Read more...