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Mar 31, 2020 at 03:25.

Tennis Has A Coronavirus Problem And You Can Be Certain The Solution Will Make Everyone Miserable

Tennis Has A Coronavirus Problem And You Can Be Certain The Solution Will Make Everyone Miserable

While tennis will always be regarded as an upper-echelon pursuit, full of soft applause and a pastoral attitude as the fans stroke their beards, cluck their tongues, and wonder what’s to be done with the rabble outside the walls, in reality, it’s always a gentle breeze away some kind of disagreement with itself. That’s not just John McEnroe disproportionately yelling at a chair umpire merely...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 15, 2019. 4 comments

Now 15-Year-Old Coco Gauff Has Won Her First Title

Now 15-Year-Old Coco Gauff Has Won Her First Title

Even as Coco Gauff made her runs at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open runs this summer, the prodigy did not actually beat any player ranked higher than No. 44 in the world. (Venus Williams just so happened to be No. 44 at the time.) What the 15-year-old Gauff accomplished by winning a title Sunday at the Linz Open is, in its own way, more impressive than those earlier feats.

Gauff’s runs at...

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Oct 02, 2019. 4 comments

Joel Embiid Crushes Tennis Balls At The Public Courts In Philly

Joel Embiid Crushes Tennis Balls At The Public Courts In Philly

The NBA will start its season soon, and its behemoths are running rampant across the nation. Boban Marjanovic is busy flipping-a-chick at the State Fair of Texas, and Joel Embiid is back on the public playgrounds of Philadelphia .

A tipster saw the Sixers center at Schuylkill River Park this weekend, with girlfriend Anne De Paula, a trainer, and “some other dude who was not in shape,” as well...

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Maitreyi Anantharaman Maitreyi Anantharaman Sep 08, 2019. 9 comments

19-Year-Old Bianca Andreescu Wins The U.S. Open, Fearlessly

19-Year-Old Bianca Andreescu Wins The U.S. Open, Fearlessly

If Bianca Andreescu was at all humbled or overwhelmed by the circumstances before her in Saturday afternoon’s U.S. Open final, she had a funny way of showing it.

Her match against Serena Williams had been billed as a clash of generations: 38-year-old Williams, the accomplished veteran; 19-year-old Andreescu, the rising star. This was Andreescu’s first Grand Slam final appearance, Williams’s...

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Maitreyi Anantharaman Maitreyi Anantharaman Sep 05, 2019.

Delightfully Messy Quarterfinal Nearly Kills Matteo Berrettini, Gael Monfils, Everyone Watching

Delightfully Messy Quarterfinal Nearly Kills Matteo Berrettini, Gael Monfils, Everyone Watching

Asked afterward how he’d managed to outlast a practically inextinguishable Gael Monfils in their U.S. Open quarterfinal match Wednesday evening, Matteo Berrettini had no answer. “I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know. Actually, right now, I don’t remember any points, just the match point.”

He could be forgiven for that. The match—mostly a weird, sweaty, exhilarating blur—ended with an...

Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 04, 2019. 8 comments

Old And Broken-Down Roger Federer Still Refused To Retire From A Match For The First Time

Old And Broken-Down Roger Federer Still Refused To Retire From A Match For The First Time

Roger Federer has done it all on the tennis court, except one thing: retire from a match due to injury. If he were ever going to do that, however, Tuesday night in Queens was the time and the place. After the fourth set of his U.S. Open quarterfinal match against 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov, Federer had to go to a medical timeout before continuing on.

Unfortunately for Federer and the masses...

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Maitreyi Anantharaman Maitreyi Anantharaman Sep 04, 2019. 8 comments

Serena Williams Won Her 100th U.S. Open Match Like It Was Nothing

Serena Williams Won Her 100th U.S. Open Match Like It Was Nothing

Serena Williams, without breaking a sweat, obliterated Qiang Wang 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Tuesday night. She’s now just two match wins from the 24th major title she needs to tie Margaret Court’s record. The first of those will have to come in Thursday’s semifinals, where she’ll face No. 5 Elina Svitolina.

Williams began the U.S. Open with a breezy first-round...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Aug 26, 2019. 12 comments

Nice Forehand, Dude

Nice Forehand, Dude

Maybe a little close to the body, but his head stayed down, and the weight is transferring nicely. Looks like Dominic Thiem’s old racket.

h/t Wade

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Aug 03, 2019. 14 comments

True Weirdo Nick Kyrgios Serves Match-Winning Ace After Consulting A Fan

True Weirdo Nick Kyrgios Serves Match-Winning Ace After Consulting A Fan

Here’s another one for the Nick Kyrgios Files.

During Friday night’s Washington Open quarterfinal against Norbert Gombos, Kyrgios took advantage of a replay break to ask a fan in the front row where he should place his potentially match-winning serve. Ever the showman, the 24-year-old Australian followed her advice, and zoomed an un-returnable serve past Gombos to clinch a spot in the...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Jul 13, 2019. 16 comments

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan May 01, 2019. 5 comments

Justin Gimelstob Steps Down From ATP Board

Justin Gimelstob Steps Down From ATP Board

Justin Gimelstob, the highly connected tennis figure with a long history of alleged violence , is resigning from his post on the ATP board of directors. Gimelstob felt he had become “too much of a distraction and a liability,” he told the New York Times from Madrid, where he had flown to personally disclose his decision to his ally and ATP player council president, Novak Djokovic.

Here’s part...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Apr 24, 2019. 13 comments

New York Times Washes Justin Gimelstob's Balls, Sees No Issue With Balls-Washer's Conflict Of Interest

New York Times Washes Justin Gimelstob's Balls, Sees No Issue With Balls-Washer's Conflict Of Interest

The New York Times publishing public-relations material serving the interests of Justin Gimelstob—a powerful figure in tennis whose conduct has over the years ranged from overtly misogynistic to violent and deranged, and who most recently made news by pleading no contest to charges that he hit a man in the head dozens of times in front of that man’s wife and 2-year-old child—would in any...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Apr 18, 2019. 12 comments

Every Photo From The Monte-Carlo Masters Is Comically Decadent

Every Photo From The Monte-Carlo Masters Is Comically Decadent

Tennis, on clay, on the waterfront, in Monte Carlo, is about as decadent as sports get. It’s also about as photogenic as this particular sport gets, thanks to the play of light, sea, court, and loud tennis apparel. Courtesy of Getty photographer Clive Brunskill, below are some highlights from this year’s tournament.

Even the rain delays are beautiful.

A one-legged Stan Wawrinka slides into a...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Apr 15, 2019.

Get A Load Of This Spatially Ambitious Rafael Nadal Shot

Get A Load Of This Spatially Ambitious Rafael Nadal Shot

Rafael Nadal is doing some doubles work at the BNP Paribas Open with Fernando Verdasco, and he hit one of the cooler shots I’ve seen in a while. The two Spaniards lost to Bob and Mike Bryan last night, but not before Nadal hit a series of increasingly difficult backwards lobs to eventually take this point.

Meanwhile, Nadal has denied allegations made by former French secretary of...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Apr 11, 2019. 9 comments

Tennis Player Goes Down 0-6, 0-5, Then Completes One Of The Greatest Comebacks Ever

Tennis Player Goes Down 0-6, 0-5, Then Completes One Of The Greatest Comebacks Ever

World No. 479 Tara Moore was losing about as badly as it is possible to lose to No. 201 Jessika Ponchet at the ITF event Tuesday in Sunderland, England. One bagel had been served and the other was nearly done cooking. At 0-6, 0-5, 30-40, Ponchet had a match point to put Moore away. But in that rally, Moore backpedaled to hit an overhead, clipped the net cord, and watched the ball drip just...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Mar 29, 2019. 7 comments

Tennis Wunderkind Félix Auger-Aliassime Is Ready To Face The Best

Tennis Wunderkind Félix Auger-Aliassime Is Ready To Face The Best

Ah, to be 18 again. A skeleton with no aches, the ability to deplete whole pantries of food without adverse effect, the optimism of seeing all your best years before you, and a lifetime 5-0 record against top-20 players in professional tennis. Fine, maybe that last trait is unique to Félix Auger-Aliassime, the lank prodigy chopping up the competition in effectively his first full season at...

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Greg Howard Greg Howard Mar 22, 2019.

Australian Open Ball Boy Takes 121-MPH Serve Straight To The Dong

Australian Open Ball Boy Takes 121-MPH Serve Straight To The Dong

Feliciano López was facing Adrian Mannarino in the Australian Open yesterday. López advanced when Mannarino succumbed to the heat in the fourth set. Good for López! Now let's talk about this dong shot.

López fired a 121-mph serve that flew past Mannarino, skipped, and set a course straight for some poor ball boy's crotch. Tennis tournaments have all these rules about The Help not...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Mar 19, 2019. 9 comments

Bianca Andreescu Blew Up Tennis

Bianca Andreescu Blew Up Tennis

Eighteen-year-old Bianca Andreescu started out the 2019 season at 152nd in the world. At Indian Wells, as big a tournament as exists outside the majors, she came in as a wild card. Like so many promising young players, she was granted entry to a huge event she wouldn’t have qualified with just her ranking.

Admission alone was its own thrill. But after seven wins, which included upsets of the...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Mar 14, 2019. 24 comments

Get To Know The Rich Assholes Charged With Paying Millions In Bribes To Get Their Kids Into College 

Get To Know The Rich Assholes Charged With Paying Millions In Bribes To Get Their Kids Into College 

Parents obsessing over their kids getting into good colleges is nothing new, but committing actual crimes to make it happen would seemingly require a particular mindset and financial position. When the Justice Department announced yesterday charges and indictments in an absolutely batshit college admission cheating scandal , in which wealthy parents are accused of paying tens of millions of...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Mar 01, 2019. 14 comments

Nick Kyrgios Got Under Rafael Nadal's Skin In Front Of A Jeering Crowd

Nick Kyrgios Got Under Rafael Nadal's Skin In Front Of A Jeering Crowd
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First it was the upset stomach, then it was the wrapped knee, then it was the taped-up back. Ordinarily just one of these is a sufficient reason for Nick Kyrgios to pack it in and retire from a match, especially if it’s some rando across the net who doesn’t fully capture his fickle attention. But against Rafael Nadal ...

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