1. Tennis: The Best Male Clay Courters of the Open Era

    Heading into the French Open, the second major of the season, most players prepare diligently for their final hurrah on clay. It is probably the least understood and least appreciated of the court surfaces players endure each year...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about over 1 year ago 5,189 reads 37 comments

  2. Putting Novak Djokovic's Defeat by Grigor Dimitrov in Perspective: What's Next?

    The Madrid Match: Grigor Dimitrov 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 If you watched the match on Tuesday between world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov , currently ranked world No...

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  3. 10 Immediate Changes Needed to Enhance the Tennis Experience

    We need to start from scratch without worrying about tennis tradition, status quo and favoritism—factors which historically interfere with change...

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  4. Ranking the Greatest U.S. Tennis Players by Decade

    The history of tennis began in Europe, more specifically, France. It was a game—an amusement—for the European trend-setters, the rich and the privileged...

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  5. 2012 WTA Championship: Ranking the Elite 8 Women's Field in Istanbul

    The WTA Year-End Championship will begin on Oct. 23 in Istanbul at the Sinan Erdem Dome. The tour moved the event to Istanbul in 2011 where it is slated to remain until 2013...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about almost 2 years ago 3,669 reads 10 comments

  6. Rafael Nadal's Limitations Will Force Changes in His Game

    Rafael Nadal typically bursts onto a tennis court like a bull down a chute—leaping and snorting, ready to destroy the man across the net. The Spaniard leaves nothing to chance once the match gets under way...

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  7. 10 Records Roger Federer Will Never Equal or Break

    It seems that every time Roger Federer takes the court these days, he sets a new record for this tennis milestone or surpasses another tennis great for that long-held record...

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  8. Roger Federer and the Most Dominating Players of the Open Era

    Tennis used to rank like college football before the BCS. Players were judged by the media and by so-called experts in the field. What is more, players were generally ranked only at the end of the year...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about almost 2 years ago 18,704 reads 56 comments

  9. Comparing Roger Federer's Year at Age 30 to Other All-Time Greats

    In the long and storied history of tennis, there have been many players whose game and whose fame rose and fell quickly. A few, however, have hung on to play top-notch tennis into their 30s...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about almost 2 years ago 7,161 reads 26 comments

  10. Novak Djokovic Will Begin Rise Back to No. 1 at the 2012 China Open

    This has been an “OK” year for former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic , now idling in second place. The lean and lithe Serb began the year winning the 2012 Australian Open in an epic final over then-world No...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about almost 2 years ago 2,749 reads 22 comments

  11. Is David Ferrer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga the Bigger China Open Threat to Djokovic?

    David Ferrer : No. 2 Seed For all appearances, World No. 5 David Ferrer is playing tennis like a madman in 2012...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about almost 2 years ago 2,196 reads 9 comments

  12. The Williams Sisters and the Rise of the Women's Power Game

    Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova met 80 times during their long and storied rivalry. The two battled on the tennis court from 1973 to 1988, with Navratilova slightly edging Evert 43-37...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about almost 2 years ago 3,389 reads 3 comments

  13. Greatest Clay Court Players in Tennis History

    After surveying hard-court and grass-court champions, thoughts turn naturally toward the clay. While grass courts had a long run, being in place since the time tennis began, hard courts have a very broad one based on their popularity today...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about almost 2 years ago 6,850 reads 29 comments

  14. Zultan's Fearless Football Forecast: Iowa, the Big 10 & Other Primo Matchups

    No way Zultan wanted to wake up for this season. The Big Ten is spiraling down the proverbial drain and leading the way are Mom’s Iowa Hawkeyes, who tripped and fell ...

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  15. Greatest Grass Court Players in Tennis History

    The truth of the matter is that tennis began on grass. It was known in the early day as "lawn tennis." Clay courts came along primarily in the 1920s when Stade Roland Garros was ...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about almost 2 years ago 5,909 reads 16 comments

  16. Breaking Down Why US Men's Tennis Has Struggled Since Sampras and Agassi Left

    From the time the ATP began the modern ranking system in 1973 until Roddick became world No. 1 in 2003, 21 men held the top spot in men’s tennis. Roddick would become the 22nd and the sixth American to ascend to the No...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 2 years ago 1,639 reads 26 comments

  17. Power Ranking the Most Shocking Outcomes from This Season's Tennis Slams

    Now that the Grand Slam finals for 2012 are safely in the books, it is time to look back and judge what we witnessed. Many newcomers made their presence known by advancing through the draw, while some seasoned pros fell in unexpected places...

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  18. Ranking the Best Ever Teams in Davis Cup History

    The Davis Cup competition has been in existence since the start of the 20th century. Today, it is a function of the ITF (International Tennis Federation), but its beginnings were not nearly so formal...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 2 years ago 3,424 reads 2 comments

  19. The Top 20 Tennis Breakthrough Performances of the Year

    So far 2012 has been remarkable season in tennis for many reasons. After Andy Murray won his first major at the 2012 U.S. Open, it meant that each of the top four men in tennis had won a Grand Slam title...

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  20. Andy Murray: 5 Steps Needed to Win a Grand Slam

    Winning a Grand Slam title in tennis is not easy. That is why relatively few men accomplish it. Getting over the hurdle of capturing your first is often only accomplished after many tries...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 2 years ago 2,129 reads 7 comments

  21. Ranking the 10 Best Story Lines of the 2012 US Open

    The 2012 U.S. Open is written with the results already tallied and entered into the record books. The tournament was remarkable in many respects, including stellar play, poignant good-byes and the rise of some apparent new stars...

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  22. 2012 U.S. Open: A Grand Slam Final Without Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal

    Long time rivals Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras battled each other on tennis courts around the world from 1990 until Sampras retired in 2002. They met in Grand Slam finals five times in 12 years...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 2 years ago 6,651 reads 12 comments

  23. U.S. Open 2012 Prediction: Novak Djokovic Will Win Second Consecutive Title

    The U.S. Open championship match is finally settled after a Saturday of gale-force winds and the shut-down of the U.S. Tennis Center...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 2 years ago 1,138 reads 17 comments

  24. Where Will Iowa and the Rest of the Big Ten Rank After Week 2?

    Finally, college football rocked last Saturday with a full-blown schedule offering some major-hyped games—a few of which lived up to expectation...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 2 years ago 1,272 reads 3 comments

  25. Where Andy Roddick Ranks Among the Top U.S. Men of All Time

    Throughout the history of the game, there have been many U.S. champions who have won on both the amateur and professional stages...

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