New faces, playing styles on full display at Australian Open
WATCH—What happens when the world’s best are no longer around?   The living eulogies being given for Andy Murray this week in Melbourne are early warning signals of tennis mortality. Many other greats who have given us a dazzling 15 years will soon enough end their careers too. A... Read more
Age overcomes youth as Sevastova beats Andreescu at Australian Open
WATCH—TC Live speaks with USTA Player Development General Manager Martin Blackman:   MELBOURNE—Though in the end, 13th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova would beat 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, this was a case where the journey was less the reward and more a form of punishment. Consider this two-hour and 14-minute generational... Read more
More often than not, Dimitrov had the answers in his win over Cuevas
WATCH—Martina Navratilova talks Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal at Australian Open:   MELBOURNE—Grigor Dimitrov is eminently likeable. Kind and devoted, earnest in the manner of a prep school lad gearing up for the SAT, this 27-year-old man from Bulgaria has many qualities that have made him a fine ambassador for... Read more
Ringleader of huge European match-fixing ring identified and arrested
PARIS (AP) — The crooked tennis players knew him as "Maestro." To European investigators, the Armenian based in Belgium is emerging as the suspected ringleader of an organized gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches and paying off more than 100 players from around Europe. As Roger Federer... Read more
Which Jack Sock—now 2-8 in his last 8 Slams—will show up this year?
One World Trade Center, in New York City, is lit in Australian colors:   American tennis fans are surely bewildered by the wild inconsistency and fluctuating fortunes of Jack Sock, who must rank right up near the top of the list of the most enigmatic players in his profession.... Read more
Sloane Stephens wins her first Australian Open match since 2014
WATCH—Jon Wertheim talk with Sloane Stephens after her first-round win at the 2019 Australian Open:   MELBOURNE—That notion about the pivotal seventh game played out in a topsy-turvy manner in fifth-seeded Sloane Stephens’ 6-4, 6-2 first-round win over 93rd-ranked Taylor Townsend. In the first set, Townsend served at 3-all,... Read more
‘I’d be okay with that being my last match:’ Andy Murray gives his all
WATCH—After his five-set loss to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open, Andy Murray acknowledges the Melbourne crowd:   MELBOURNE—Five words surfaced in the second set. Already down a set versus 22nd-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, Andy Murray had just been broken to go down 3-2. In that prior game, a... Read more
Think and act for the better: What I tried to learn from Andy Murray
WATCH: Players leave video messages to a retiring Andy Murray:   Andy Murray went out at the Australian Open the way he came in: by pushing a Spanish opponent to the limit, and thrilling an appreciative crowd, before eventually falling in five sets. I can still vividly remember waking up... Read more
The Coaching Question: What is the future of on-court coaching?
Garbine Muguruza and her coach, Sam Sumyk, have a testy exchange at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai:   Call it the hand signal that rocked the world. It was the briefest and most innocuous of gestures. Patrick Mouratoglou, coach of Serena Williams, had sat in Arthur Ashe Stadium... Read more
Andreescu, qualifiers enter Australian Open main draws battle-tested
Australian Open qualifier Bianca Andreescu starts of 2019 with a win over Venus Williams:   As the Australian Open gets ready to begin, 32 players between the men’s and women’s draws will enter the tournament already battle-tested, having earned their berth in the main event through the qualifying rounds.... Read more