Rafa’s Move

A year ago, Rafael Nadal was on top of the tennis world. He’d just polished off Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open final, capping off a spectacular year in which he also won the French Open and Wimbledon and secured the number one ranking. Fully recovered from the knee injuries which plagued him in 2009, he distancedContinue reading “Rafa’s Move”

Jimbo’s Magical Run: 20 Years Later

by Paul Knepper Tennis can be a lonely sport. You’re all alone on the court. There’s nobody there to share the joy of victory or burden of defeat. There’s no one to lean on when you’re tired or to commiserate with on the road. That was especially true for Jimmy Connors who made a point of distancing himself from the other members of the tour. Such isolation lendsContinue reading “Jimbo’s Magical Run: 20 Years Later”

Another Side of Serena

by Paul Knepper We’ve seen many different sides to tennis great Serena Williams: exulted champion, sore loser, controversial superstar, celebrity fashionista, sarcastic diva, feisty competitor and devoted sister, to name a few. But we’d never seen the vulnerable woman beneath it all, until her first round victory over Aravane Rezai of France on Centre CourtContinue reading “Another Side of Serena”

The Greatest Show in Sports

by Paul Knepper Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal doesn’t have the pageantry of the Super Bowl, the tradition of Michigan vs. Ohio State or the rancor of Red Sox – Yankees; what makes their matches so spectacular is the quality of play. Theirs is a rivalry built on brilliance and artistry, desire and power, spins andContinue reading “The Greatest Show in Sports”