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Beyond the bounce: Different tennis balls mean varied player preparation

Some bounces come fast. Some balls, though, hang in the air just a little bit longer. Because of these slight differences in the way the ball …

Marat Safin: ´Level was higher when I was playing. Federer the most talented player of all time´

Interviewed by Tennis Podcast, <b>Marat Safin</b>, former World No. 1 in 2000, analyzed his career ended in 2009 in Paris Bercy, spoke about his most …

Novak Djokovic Is Now Chasing History

“Are we getting drinks?” Novak Djokovic asks a couple of friends — including the actor Gerard Butler — outside the U.S. Open locker room late Sunday …

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Flavia Pennetta wins the U.S. Open and then announces she’s retiring from tennis

The prime minister of Italy canceled his plans for Saturday and flew to New York to watch the first-ever Grand Slam final featuring two Italian …

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What's wrong with Rafael Nadal? And can he get back to his best?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rafael Nadal has suffered head-shaking upsets at Wimbledon before, so in isolation his defeat to Dustin Brown in the second round last month wouldn't seem overly problematic.<p>The most recent loss at the All England Club, however, came on the heels of the Spaniard losing at the French Open …

Rafael Nadal’s biggest loss is the aura of invincibility that has defined him | Les Roopanarine

In losing from two sets to love up at the US Open, Rafael Nadal offered further encouragement to locker room rivals who once feared him<p>In a year punctuated by more upsets than a toddler’s tea party, Rafael Nadal’s US Open defeat to Fabio Fognini marked a series of new lows. He lost a five-set match …

US Open Tennis 2015: Updated Storylines, Analysis for Top Contenders

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have all thrilled fans throughout the first week of the 2015 U.S. Open, and the good news is the action's just getting started.<p>To date, each member of that esteemed trio has flaunted a unique flair out on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows, with …

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Inside Wilson's tennis ball factory

<i>This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Aug. 31 Issue. Subscribe today!</i><p>Since May, Wilson has been hard at work creating 98,000 balls for this …

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US Open 2015: Bracket, results and schedule for men's draw

Novak Djokovic added a third Grand Slam title to his remarkable 2015 resume, taking down Roger Federer in a spectacular men's US Open final.<p>Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in a tense, delirious late-night men's final to cap the 2015 US Open in fitting form. The Grand Slam title was Djokovic's …

Nick Kyrgios: ‘I apologised. Whether he accepted it or not, it’s not my problem’

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, billed as the new <i>enfant terrible</i> of men’s tennis, says he has learned his lessons after the unsavoury on-court incident that has led to him being fined and handed a suspended ban from the ATP Tour. On the eve of the US Open, in his first interview since the extended …

New technology changing traditional game of tennis

The game of tennis is steeped in tradition but at the Bank of the West Classic, happening this week at Stanford, there's something decidedly …

Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova Reveal US Open Outfit!

News ATP WTA INSIDE TENNIS TENNIS READS INTERVIEWS EDITORS THOUGHTS TENNIS STORIES RAFAEL NADAL ROGER FEDERER NOVAK DJOKOVIC ANDY MURRAY SERENA …

Why did Serve & Volley die out at Wimbledon?

It's the stroke of champions - so why is the single-handed backhand on the way out?

At Wimbledon this year, one thing is certain: single-handed backhands won't be that easy to spot. There are some (very) high-profile exceptions: …

Wimbledon's top 50 male players in the Open Era

Infographic: The essential guide to Wimbledon

With Wimbledon 2015 just around the corner fans are getting ready to enjoy another fascinating fortnight of action at the oldest and most historic of …

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Wimbledon 2015 Men's Bracket Is in Desperate Need of a New Star or Rivalry

Wimbledon has always been the standard of tennis tradition, but in 2015 it could use a little life. Unlike the anticipation to several compelling French Open storylines ranging from Rafael Nadal’s dynasty, Novak Djokovic’s Holy Grail quest and Stan Wawrinka’s enormous big-match play, Wimbledon does …

Will Roger Federer End His Grand Slam Drought at Wimbledon 2015?

The one undefeated force in our universe is time. No matter how hard we may try to stave off the cumulative effects, it eventually catches up with everyone.<p>Even a transcendent athlete like Roger Federer isn't immune to this inevitably.<p>The soon-to-be 34-year-old is firmly entrenched in the twilight …

French Open 2015 Top 100

1 of 100<p>Rafael Nadal<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 100<p>Stan Wawrinka<p>3 of 100<p>Andy Murray<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 100<p>Lucie Safarova<p>Advertisement<p>5 of 100<p>Rafael …

2015 French Open: Best and Worst Dressed at Roland Garros

The easiest way to spot superstars at the 2015 French Open is by their attire. The biggest names, such as Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, have outfits designed specifically for them.<p>Consider their kits haute couture, one-of-a-kind designs. …

Does The French Open Make Serena Williams The Greatest Tennis Player Of All Time, Male or Female?

It wasn’t quite as easy as it seemed like it would be, but Serena Williams defeated Lucy Safarova in three sets to win her 20th major championship. And maybe, secure GOAT status, as the game’s Greatest of All Time. Let’s do a thought experiment. What if Serena simply decided that enough was enough, …

What your favorite tennis player says about you

Are you self-obsessed or simply charming?<p>The calendar finally hit June, which means not only do we have to deal with waiting for the NBA Finals to start, but we also can pretend to enjoy the French Open.<p>With all those personalities flying around on -- and off -- the court, it is extremely easy to …

Here Are Tennis Top Five Best Backhands of All Time!

After having decided <b>the best forehands of all time</b>, <b>the best net players of all time</b>, <b>the best servers of all time</b>, the best returners of all time Mats …

Rafael Nadal: Can French Open king win 'La Decima' in Paris?

<b>As a Real Madrid fan, Rafael Nadal knows all about the significance of 'La Decima'.</b><p>One year after the team he has been known to build his training sessions around won a 10th European Cup, Nadal himself now has the opportunity to become the first man in history to win the same Grand Slam title 10 …

Sony Smart Tennis Sensor Tracks Youd Play Data

Sony has released <b>Smart Tennis Sensor</b>, an advanced <b>wireless tracker</b> for tennis lovers. Want it to track your play data in real time and offer detailed …

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French Open 2015: 10 Players with the Most to Prove

The 2015 French Open is the ultimate proving ground for slow-court and baseline tennis. It's also a unique title opportunity for different players who have different kinds of motivations. Whether it's Rafael Nadal looking to continue his dominance or Novak Djokovic looking to finally claim that …

French Open 2015: Analysing Novak Djokovic's Draw

Everything has changed and nothing has changed. Ahead of the 2015 French Open, there is, as usual, an overwhelming favourite. He's just not the usual candidate at this time of year.<p>Analysing Novak Djokovic's draw in Paris might carry with it a degree of the inevitable; anyone who doesn't expect the …

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