In tennis, the hammer — the weapon that can take the racquet out of an opponent’s hand — is the serve. In the face of a hammer, it is up to the opponent to show enough steel to get serves back and create attritional baseline tennis with extended rallies that wear down the quick-strike artist.
This is the clear contrast, the clash of colors which will visit the green lawn of...
The following list is sure to raise some pointed questions and spirited disagreements, but it is based on the simple contention that a significant match and a great match aren’t one and the same thing. Many far greater and more memorable matches have been staged at Wimbledon, but only a few other men’s matches can rival the following 10 as far as raw significance is concerned...
The summer of 1989 began in Beijing. College students in China’s capital protested a hardline government that had thwarted populist political and economic reforms. The government responded with tanks and assault rifles, killing and wounding a still unknown number of civilians.
Seventeen-year-old Michael Chang was in Paris playing a tennis tournament: The French Open. It was only...
NEWPORT, R.I., March 3, 2014- Tennis fans around the globe celebrated World Tennis Day at a huge array of special events on March 3, and a highlight of it all was the World Tennis Day Showdown in London, featuring Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, and Pat Cash. Between matches, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum hosted a special ceremony to present official...
World Tennis Day – London
By Chris Power
(March 3, 2014) LONDON – Monday March 3rd brought us the Second Annual World Tennis Day, with marquee events in Hong Kong, London and New York. Designed to showcase and promote the sport of tennis from the grassroots to the very top of the professional game, this year, off the back of a successful inaugural event...
Surfaces provide variety and challengesTennis is played on a variety of surfaces. The most common is the hard court, sometimes known as har-tru, also seen in other iterations such as DecoTurf, Plexicushion, and plain old concrete. Then there’s clay, which also takes a number of forms, though the most common are the green that you see in most country clubs and the red of Roland...
(February 24, 2014) The ITF’s member National Associations will join some of the world’s leading tennis stars in celebrating the second World Tennis Day on Monday 3 March. World Tennis Day aims to promote tennis and increase participation among players around the globe, with over 60 nations already confirmed to take part.
This year’s World Tennis Day will be centred around...
Former No. 1 Pete Sampras says Roger Federer could play for another ''two, three, four more years'' and add to his tally of 17 Grand Slam titles.
Speaking ahead of an exhibition match against Andre Agassi in London on March 3, Sampras said on a conference call that he is ''amazed'' by Federer's longevity.
Asked if Federer could win another Grand...
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February 19, 2014
(February 17, 2014) DUBAI – World No. 18 Sloane Stephens is now winless (0-2) in non-major events this year following a 6-3, 7-5 loss to Lucie Safarova in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday. Last year Stephens also lost in the opening round of Dubai and last week, the American also fell in her first match in Doha last week.
Stephens told media...
Pete Sampras doesn't understand how Roger Federer does it. When he reached the age of 31, he was burned out from the grind of the tour, the constant travel. It was difficult to stay motivated.
That's why Sampras decided to walk away on top - after winning his 14th Grand Slam title at the 2002 U.S. Open.
''I was fatigued the last couple years,'' he said Friday...
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January 24, 2014
Pete Sampras spoke of the life lessons of sports – saying “Nothing is given to you, you have to go out there and earn it” – this week in a radio interview with Grant Napear of KHTK Radio in Sacramento, Calif., where he will be competing in the PowerShares Series tennis circuit event February 26 at the Sleep Train Arena.
“In life, in a lot of ways, you see a lot of people...
Former Utah Jazz ball boy, Preston Truman made some headlines recently by stating that he will be selling the sneakers he got from Michael Jordan in the 1997 NBA Finals. This game was nicknamed the Flu Game since MJ was battling a terrible cold that night. Jordan was still able to put up 38 points along with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in 44 minutes.
(October 31, 2013) LONDON – Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Pat Cash and Ivan Lendl will return to London to recreate two historic Wimbledon finals when they play in the World Tennis Day Showdown at Earls Court on Monday, 3 March 2014. Cash will play Lendl to open the evening followed by Agassi renewing his rivalry with Sampras.
Agassi, Sampras, Cash and Lendl combined to win 224...
Roger Federer took the guesswork out of tennis from 2004 through 2007. Serena Williams is doing just the same thing nowadays. In contrast, Pete Sampras was money in the bank at Wimbledon and a good bet to make a run at the US Open year in and year out. But he was far less reliable down under, and never mounted anything of a serious run at the French Open, thanks to his style of play...
Andre Agassi had some revealing comments about how he views some of the all-time greats, including himself, in an online interview published Tuesday.
"I think (Roger) Federer is a class above (Pete Sampras), quite frankly," Agassi told Huff Post Live. "You're talking about a guy that dominated on every surface, minus one guy on clay."
That "one guy...
Andre Agassi will admit that the competition for greatest tennis player of all-time is still going on — but that’s just because Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are still active, and the competition is merely between them.
While Agassi will give a racket tap to the player he calls the greatest of his generation, Pete Sampras, he says Federer and Nadal are far beyond Sampras and...
By James A. Crabtree
With the U.S. Open fast approaching now seems as good a time as any to look back on the greatest tie-breakers ever.
There is no better place to start than with the only slam to play a tie-break in the deciding fifth set. From one angle it’s a shame the Americans get to miss out on a possibly endless epic that might stretch on for days, like the 1080 points...
Pete Sampras isn't worried.
He thinks the Wimbledon men's singles record he shares with Roger Federer is safe for the foreseeable future.
''I don't know if someone in the next 10 years will be able to win five or six Wimbledons,'' the retired tennis great said during a conference call Monday leading to next month's induction into the Rogers Cup Hall...
Pete Sampras thinks the Wimbledon men's singles record he shares with Roger Federer is safe for the foreseeable future.
Sampras is coming to Toronto next month to be inducted in the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame and to play in the Rogers Legends Cup.
The retired tennis star and Federer have both won seven singles titles at the All England Club.
Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon...
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July 22, 2013
by James A. Crabtree
Roger Federer’s switch to a new racquet has made more news stories worldwide than a lunar landing. And so it should. When the world’s most successful assassin changes his most trusted weapon, this is big news.
Federer has made minor adjustments over the years, from the Pro Staff 85 6.0 he used in 2001 to defeat Sampras (the same racquet Sampras used). He...
2013 - Andy Murray
2012 - Roger Federer
2011 - Novak Djokovic
2010 - Rafael Nadal
2009 - Roger Federer
2008 - Rafael Nadal
2007 - Roger Federer
2006 - Roger Federer
2005 - Roger Federer
2004 - Roger Federer
2003 - Roger Federer
2002 - Lleyton Hewitt
2001 - Goran Ivanisevic
2000 - Pete Sampras
1999 - Pete Sampras
1998 - Pete Sampras
1997 - Pete Sampras
1996 - Richard...
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July 07, 2013
What a stark statistic for the nation of Bill Tilden and Don Budge, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi: Led by top-seeded and defending champion Serena Williams, the U.S. women still are represented in singles at Wimbledon this year. Williams extended her winning streak to 33 matches, the longest on tour since 2000, by eliminating 100th-ranked qualifier...
“Bet I serve em up like my name Pete Sampras”
In 1985-’86 the Celtics finished the season with a record of 50-1 at the Boston Garden. They captured the NBA title while establishing a gold standard for home dominance in professional sports. On Sunday Rafael Nadal won the French Open by improving his career record at Roland Garros to 59-1.
Here’s the list of French champions dating back to 2005: Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, Nadal...
The winner of the 2013 French Open is … Rafael Nadal.
Overall, it was a straight forward three-set victory for the No. 3 seeded Nadal over fellow Spaniard and the No. 4 seed, David Ferrer (6-3, 6-2, 6-3), but it may have been the most historic victory of his great career.
Rafa’s win was his eighth at Roland Garros, which is more than any other man at a single Grand Slam event...