1. Roger Federer: Closing in on Greatness Once More

    Record, records—all made to be broken. As the days tick by towards the summer of 2010, so we edge closer to two particularly significant mileposts in tennis. And both are within touching distance of the king of the record books, Roger Federer...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 4,799 reads 70 comments

  2. Men's Tennis Power Rankings: Rafael Nadal Is King Of the Spanish Armada

    It’s April, and it’s the red clay of the European swing. So it has to be Rafael Nadal. Though some players fitted in tournaments on the red stuff in Latin America in February, ...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 207 reads 25 comments

  3. Top Dog Roger Federer and Queen Bee Serena Williams Make Roman Return

    Roger Federer and Serena Williams bestride their respective tennis worlds rather as Everest and K2 dominate the Himalayas. They may be just two amongst many world-beating champions, yet they remain the standard against which those others are measured...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 3,357 reads 59 comments

  4. Tennis Turns Terracotta: The Sunny Swing of the Clay Season

    There’s something about the burnished, shimmering heat rising from the deep rust of a clay court that warms the spirit...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 797 reads 18 comments

  5. No Excuses: Martina Navratilova Vows to Battle Breast Cancer Head On

    Her achievements on the tennis court are almost without parallel. Her energy in supporting the rights of others has been a constant. Her passion for the sport that she says “gave her a soul” is unquestioned...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 61 reads 12 comments

  6. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: Two Parallel Paths to Greatness

    With thanks to Tim Ruffin for permission to explore a different view of Rafael Nadal’s and Roger Federer’s "Paths to Greatness." I’m in the opposite camp from Tim when it comes to allegiances...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 7,105 reads 56 comments

  7. Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters: Two Champions Face Off For Miami Glory

    Two Grand Slam champions: two former world No. 1s: two of the most likeable women on the WTA tour. And both Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams will be hoping to reclaim the Sony Ericsson Open title...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 763 reads 20 comments

  8. Miami Masters Sun and Storms Bring First Tennis Season To Its Climax

    The Florida Keys, at the height of spring, simply burst with weather in all its drama. Hot sunshine alternates with breezy outbursts...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 672 reads 8 comments

  9. Something Is Rotten in the State of British Tennis, But It's Not Andy Murray

    It’s been a shameful few weeks for British tennis. Since the Davis Cup defeat by Lithuania, barely a day has passed without one media outlet or another revealing a new twist in the story...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 647 reads 27 comments

  10. Men's Tennis Power Rankings: Ivan Ljubicic Tops Andy Roddick To First Masters

    Indian Wells promised to be one of best tournaments of the year so far. And sure enough, the first Masters of the season, and the biggest tennis event outside the Grand Slams, delivered in spades...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 1,330 reads 15 comments

  11. Hot Shots, Big Shocks, and Rafa's Shorts: Indian Wells Tennis Has It All

    Thrills and spills, big wins and surprise losses, seeds falling and new faces shining. Indian Wells has lived up to its billing as one of the biggest and best tennis events in the tennis calendar...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 2,640 reads 34 comments

  12. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Dreams of an Indian Wells' Cocktail

    We wait. We anticipate. We hope. For Roger and Rafa. It’s been just 10 months, but it seems like an eternity. Twenty matches since 2004, and now the longest gap between matches since 2004...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 2,126 reads 25 comments

  13. Stars Align In Indian Wells As Rafa, Roger, Kim, and Justine Return

    Not one but two Masters tournaments, the first of the year. The only ATP events of the month, both centered in the sunshine of the United States. These are the last hard courts before spring ushers in the clay...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 1,660 reads 9 comments

  14. Kim Clijsters in Conversation: On Comebacks, Laureus, and Motherhood

    In the week that Martina Navratilova recalled the “heroic performance” of Kim Clijsters in winning the U.S. Open last year, the charming Belgian made time for an altogether more low-key performance back in the United States...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 927 reads 7 comments

  15. Ferrer and Ferrero Play 24-Carat Tennis in Latin America's Golden Swing

    Everything about the climax of the tennis’s “Golden Swing” glowed. It was played out in the Mexican heat, under brilliant floodlights, on the deepest of orange backgrounds...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 359 reads 9 comments

  16. Women Tennis Power Rankings: Venus Williams Tops Justine Henin in Titles Race

    The headlines in women’s tennis have, for the last six months, focused squarely on a certain Belgian duo and on Serena. In one fell swoop, the elder Williams sister has this week reclaimed the limelight with back-to-back titles...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 1,902 reads 12 comments

  17. Dubai’s Curse: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, and Andy Roddick Desert the Desert

    Dubai is one of the pivotal 500 tournaments of the year: a hot, outdoor, hard-court launch-pad for the first big Masters events of the year in North America...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 4,636 reads 22 comments

  18. The Oloroso of Tennis: The Maturing of the “Fragrant” Fernando Verdasco

    Spanish sherry is a sorely undervalued wine. Tainted by associations with the syrupy brown tipple of yesteryear, its variety, delicacy, subtlety, and vitality is one of the revelations of travels through Spain...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 751 reads 10 comments

  19. Into the Unknown: Del Potro And Nadal Injury Could Be Gift For Davydenko

    Just how worried are the “big cheeses” in charge of the first Masters events of 2010? As the men’s Tour heads towards the climax of the early hard court season in North America, the window of preparation is closing fast...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 1,237 reads 10 comments

  20. Men's Tennis Power Rankings: Roger Federer's Statement of Intent for 2010

    Just as 2009 ended with Roger Federer atop both the ATP rankings and the B/R Power Rankings, so it is after the first month of the 2010 season...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 1,953 reads 25 comments

  21. Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man: And It's Roger Federer Once Again

    Early Sunday morning, and the Great British public has risen early, as one, in the expectation of witnessing something special. It is the growing burden that Andy Murray has borne since he strode into battle in the Australian Open two weeks ago...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about almost 5 years ago 1,617 reads 71 comments

  22. Andy Murray Rules the Head, But Roger Federer Thrills the Heart

    Well it all comes down to this: the time to nail colors to the mast; the moment to cast the vote; the decision on who will carry the favors. It’s the young Scottish pretender against the Swiss king...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about 5 years ago 918 reads 53 comments

  23. Rafael Nadal's Sunshine Feels the Cruel and Chilly Wind of a New Decade

    It seems barely possible that, in this very week just one year ago, the tennis world was predicting that Rafael Nadal could become only the third man in history to complete the tennis Grand Slam...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about 5 years ago 1,825 reads 39 comments

  24. Justine Henin and Roger Federer: Australian Reflection in Blue and White

    It was the first weekend of June 2009, and little more than a year after her dramatic retirement from tennis. Justine Henin did not watch the women’s event at Roland Garros, for she ...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about 5 years ago 1,573 reads 14 comments

  25. Marcos Baghdatis, The Beaming Magician, Lights Up Melbourne Again

    It must be something about the Australian sun that helps Marcos Baghdatis to burst into bloom in the first month of the tennis year...

    Marianne Bevis Written by Marianne Bevis about 5 years ago 295 reads 9 comments