With her arms flailing and feet knocking cans off the low shelves, she threw herself on the floor. She was screaming loudly in the midst of the most outrageous tantrum I’d ever witnessed. She was a spectacular spectacle. Her antics slowed cart traffic and nearly time … Continue reading Playing Like A Girl…
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Three Generations of Black Tennis, Yes We Can!
The Obama Presidency rested on democratic ideals of equality and justice for all. It reinforced a liberal utopia put forth by the constitution, where race, gender, sexual identity were embraced, not constantly challenged. Eight years later Trump’s win and white supremacy agenda prompted President Obama … Continue reading Three Generations of Black Tennis, Yes We Can!
What I Learned From the Montreal Final
This tournament had levels of importance far beyond its Premier 5 designation. As the No. 1 player, this was Halep’s first tournament since her third round Wimbledon lost to Su-wei Hseih and No. 3 Stephens warmed-up at the Washington DC tournament last week with a … Continue reading What I Learned From the Montreal Final
Is American Women’s Tennis Devolving?
I can’t mask my upset. Pure frustration. Rogers. Keys. V. Williams. All ousted removing the possibility of four Americans in the quarterfinals and more importantly an all-American final at the French Open ’16.
Clichés, Tropes and Narratives Oh My!
Unmuting tennis commentators can be as dangerous as reading trite tennis writers. Their goal is completion, match and deadline, not the museum of thought. Their prose can’t be mistaken for poetry. They traffic in dreaded clichés, tropes and narratives, delivering formaldehyde to our collective sport brain. We have … Continue reading Clichés, Tropes and Narratives Oh My!
Top Five Tennis Moments This Week (9-7-15)
5. With his 4+ hours win over Murray, Kevin Anderson has arrived and put the top 4 on notice!
4. Donald Young has had a very successful Slam. He pulled a two sets down win in the first round against Simon and the third against Troiki. Unfortunately, he fell to Wawrinka in the fourth round. He also played doubles and mixed doubles. He’ll be joining the Davis Cup.
3. Venus Williams is into the second week and will play Serena Williams on Tuesday in the quarter finals. Though her first (Puig) and second round (Falconi) wins were not clean and required three sets, she won her third round with clean and beautiful tennis, especially in the first set over Bencic 6-3 6-4.
2. Mid-match Interviews. Coco Vandeweghe was the first player to give a mid match interview. While she won the match over Stephens in straight sets, she did go out the next round to Bethany Mattek Sands 6-2, 6-1. The interview, at the end of the first set was jarring and added nothing of value.
1. US Open Week 1 retirements and injuries were many! No fewer than 14 ATP and 2 WTA players have retired, most notable Jack Sock who all but collapsed on the court and Vitalia Diatchenko, Serena’s first round opponent, who took the court with what appeared to be an ankle injury before retiring 6-2 2-0. As the last slam of the year, no doubt players are weary and many may need the funds that this slam would provide, but the number of ATP retirements highlights the lack of a Heat Ruling and the Five Set Slam. More than anything, this has shown how untenable the tennis calendar is. .
What was your top tennis moment this week?
Top Five Tennis Moments This Week (8-30-15)
The tennis calendar is the longest in sports. From January to November players traipse across the world accumulating points and hopefully titles while they avoid injury and fatigue. So much gets lost among the countless tournaments. Every week I’ll list the top five tennis moments.
Top Five Tennis Moments This Week
The tennis calendar is the longest in sports. From January to November players traipse across the world accumulating points and hopefully titles while they avoid injury and fatigue. So much gets lost among the countless tournaments. Every week I’ll list the top five tennis moments. This … Continue reading Top Five Tennis Moments This Week