Feliciano Lopez has quietly found a way to stand out on grass
There’s almost as many dangerous floaters in the draw at the Fever-Tree Championships in London this week as there are seeded players: Andy Murray, who’s planning to make his return to competition; Novak Djokovic; and Nick Kyrgios are just some of the accomplished grass-court stylists that can make a... Read more
Federer, Nadal & the Greatest Match Ever—An Oral History, Part 1 of 12
Few tennis matches have seemed as fated to be classics as the one that was played on Wimbledon’s Centre Court on July 6, 2008. The skies over southwest London were ominous that afternoon, but anticipation had rarely run higher. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were about to face off in... Read more
What four small but strong grass fields may tell us about Wimbledon
The weeks just after Roland Garros are some of the most understatedly enjoyable in tennis. With the end of spring, clay turns to grass, and over the course of 24 hours, the sport is transformed. Sliding is out, serving is in, and there’s a new, clipped, quiet cadence to... Read more
Federer tops Raonic for Stuttgart title, 18th on grass & 98th overall
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3) to mark his return from three months off with the Stuttgart Open title on Sunday. The Swiss great, who is assured of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal on Monday, broke at 1-1 in the... Read more
Konta is trying not to worry about national pressure this summer
Johanna Konta, Britain’s top-ranked player, says that she will not allow extra pressure to affect her at Wimbledon. Konta reached the semifinal in 2017, beating Simona Halep in the quarters before falling against Venus Williams. But the then-No. 7 did not go deep at a tournament again for the next 11 months, until this past weekend, when she lost to Ashleigh Barty... Read more
Stories of the Open Era: Martina Navratilova
This week, Tennis Channel’s Stories of the Open Era features one of the most decorated athletes in all of sports, Martina Navratilova. The former world No. 1 accumulated an astonishing 59 Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles—the most in Open Era history. While Navratilova was a threat on all surfaces,... Read more
Tomic still has a lot of work to do if he wants to play Davis Cup
Bernard Tomic got to an ATP semifinal for the first time since 2016 but has a lot of work to do, according to Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt. Tomic scored wins against Top 50 players for the first time since 2017, with victories over Robin Haase and Fernando Verdasco on his... Read more
Muguruza preps for Wimbledon title defense in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza isn't lacking confidence as she starts the buildup to defending her Wimbledon title. "I believe I can win the trophy again," said the 24-year-old Spaniard, despite playing on grass — a surface she hasn't always liked. "The tricky part... Read more
Dan Evans receives a wild card to make his ATP return at Queen’s Club
Dan Evans has received a wild card into the tournament at Queen’s Club, which will be his first ATP event since returning from an anti-doping suspension for cocaine use. Evans is 16-4 in Challenger play in his comeback, including a loss to Alex de Minaur in the final of this past... Read more
Roger Federer is one win away from taking back the No. 1 ranking
There were a few tense moments at the end, but Roger Federer moved safely into the semifinals of the MercedesCup in Stuttgart on Friday, serving up a 6-4, 6-4 quarterfinal victory over Guido Pella. If Federer reaches the final of the 250-level grass-court event this week, he’ll return to No. 1. Two... Read more