Tennis United: Ready, –P–l–a–y– Stay

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Tennis United, a new weekly show hosted by Grand Slam doubles champions Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States and Vasek Pospisil from Canada, debuted Friday on both the ATP and WTA Tours digital […]

A Stay-At-Home Challenge For All Players And Fans

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Following in the footsteps of Roger Federer’s wildly successful “hat trick” volley challenge and in the spirit of camaraderie during the global pandemic, Andy Murray and his wife Kim created a volley challenge of […]

L’Equipe Names Its Most Influential Tennis Figures

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) On Thursday, French sports daily L’Equipe published its list of the 20 most influential tennis figures. Toping the list was none other than Roger Federer followed at number two by Serena Williams. The […]

Wimbledon: ‘We Cheer For A Different Kind Of Champion’

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Eight-time Wimbledon gentlemen’s singles champion Roger Federer addressed tennis fans worldwide in a video posted on the All England Club’s website and through its social media channels Thursday afternoon. “Play is suspended, but […]

Patrick Mouratoglou: An Open Letter – ‘Tennis Needs Change’

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) On Tuesday evening, Patrick Mouratoglou, who has coached Serena Williams since 2012 and also counts Stefanos Tsitsipas and Coco Gauff among his pro pupils, wrote an open letter to the tennis community to […]

Days Of Grace In Pandemic Times

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Twenty-eight years ago this week, Arthur Ashe, Jr., publicly announced he had contracted HIV. While Ashe initially blamed USA Today for forcing him to go public with the news, which he had kept […]

Vania King Goes Quietly Into Retirement, Now Serving Up Hope

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) American doubles specialist Vania King was supposed to retire this week at the WTA Premier Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina, playing alongside her longtime Russian-born doubles partner Yaroslava Shvedova from Kazakhstan. The […]

Andreescu Reaches Out To Younger Canadians

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) A year ago, Bianca Andreescu of Canada was beginning to make a name for herself on the WTA Tour, first by winning the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and later by capturing […]

Watch A Serena-Venus Final Like It’s 1999, Again

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Imagine not too long ago, if somebody told you that your Saturday night entertainment would comprise of watching vintage tennis matches via YouTube videos, you probably would have laughed. However, pandemic times caused […]

Angelique Kerber: ‘There Will Be Brighter Days’

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) In a week of challenging circumstances facing tennis, Wednesday’s announcement that this year’s Wimbledon Championships had been cancelled by the All England Club has brought out many thoughtful responses. On Wednesday, 2018 Wimbledon women’s […]