Or: why is quality control so bad in new tennis racquets? I spoke to three racquet technicians to find out.
Articles & Interviews
“Murray needs to evolve and add other layers to his game—like his greatest rivals Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have.”
A way to stay present and play your opponent—instead of their reputation.
If a small child were asked what [Ernest] Gulbis was trying to do, you wouldn’t blame them for saying “Looks like that man’s trying to flap his wings and fly!”
Gear nerds rejoice: A podiatric surgeon—and ex-tennis professional—shares his knowledge on tennis shoes, their evolution, and what you should look for when buying.
“These are professional tools which are used to make livings—not playthings to be gotten rid of and switched frequently whenever your corporate overlord insists that you jump.”
“I was like, ‘Holy shit, this is going to be such a grind.’ But I asked myself: where are the most Futures played? And they’re in Europe. So I decided to play every week on clay.”
Life on tour: from selling clothes and cleaning boats to playing in Grand Slams. Chris O’ Connell’s rise, struggles, and his resurgence to #116 in the world
“Up until that point mum and dad had funded me and helped me travel. But I just got to a stage where I got sick of ringing up my parents and asking them to wire me money. It didn’t feel right.”
From a simple concept in the mind of a teaching pro, to a global pillar of the international tennis community.
“It seems you can’t go a day or two without some self-development guru or wanna be Simon Sinek telling you that ‘you have to get out of your comfort zone to improve!’ It’s a tried and tested truism in the space of self-improvement. But how does this idea work when it comes to playing tennis matches and competing?”
“Tennis Australia consequently announced that all matches scheduled on Thursday would be postponed a day to give casual contacts—which could be up to 600 people (players, coaches, support staff, etc.)—a chance to get tested. The postponement of play will also give Tennis Australia and the Victorian government a chance to get a handle on just how bad the situation is.”
A sneaky loophole to beat the bookies, UTR might have some competition, and an altered schedule for Australian tournaments—Ti #36
A changed Australian tournament calendar, looking for old umpires around the world, Andy Murray out of the AO, and the ITF unveils its global rating system.
Criticism of Novak Djokovic often veers from legitimate and measured into personal and excessive.
“The best players agree that the mind is the most important factor when it comes to playing well in matches and winning. I’d like to see mindset as a serve. We know it’s the most important shot in the game. Imagine if you’ve never hit a serve because you don’t know how to train it or because it feels uncomfortable. You’d lose a lot of matches because you would be extremely underdeveloped.”
What’s coming, Sam Querrey’s side of the story, and the best way to keep up with results around the world—Ti #33
Tennis galore, draws, a different side of the escape story, and an app to keep up with scores around the world.
Why juniors can burn out, ATP and PTPA struggles, Australian Open details, and tournaments around the world.
“Nadal proved the doubters wrong, dismantling Novak Djokovic 6–0, 6–2, 7–5 in the final. In doing so he achieved a number of things: 1) he tied Roger Federer for total Grand Slams 2) he won 13 Roland-Garros titles and 3) he went 100–2 at the French Open.”
New names for WTA tournaments, Australian Open quarantine details, and UTR gives hope to aspiring tennis players—Ti #30
“Tennis has long been a sport that has only been able to support a small percentage of its players who consider themselves professionals.”