Vasek Pospisil: “That’s the biggest issue of all, probably, the amount of money that the Grand Slams earn, and [yet] tennis only has a 100 players who are making a living. Everybody else is suffering. It should be very easy for at least 300 players [on both the ATP and WTA tours] to at least have a nice living and be profitable with their tennis careers. That’s currently not the case. And the money’s there!”
An uncertain Australian summer of tennis, Ash Barty finishes as #1, and remembering an agile Russian—Ti #28
“Since Australia has handled the coronavirus pandemic relatively well compared to other nations around the world, I know that many tennis fans were hopeful that we’d all get to witness an amazing Australian summer of tennis. That idea seems to be in peril now…”
“Say what? Does Kyrgios want interviewers to ask him questions about how to achieve world peace and end world hunger instead? I don’t get it. Does Kyrgios want to be thought of as a Miss Universe contestant or a tennis player?”
“One thing that gets lost in the tennis commentary world is that professional tennis players are human beings, too (amazingly gifted, talented human beings). They’re not automatons who can consistently provide performances based upon the flick of a switch in their minds.”
“So will the global pandemic cause the WTA to reconsider its ties to China? All tournaments there have been cancelled after all. Will we see a different 2021 calendar? Unlikely. If there’s anything I’ve learnt from observing how sporting organizations operate, it’s that money and funding controls what is and what isn’t acceptable activism.”
Is Federer idolized too much? And today’s players are racking up more mileage on their bodies at a younger age—Ti #24
”Federer’s style of play probably gets more attention because of how aesthetically pleasing it is. In contrast, Djokovic almost plays like a robot (a killer robot). Is it really the case, though, that kids will be—and are being—forced to play like Roger? I don’t think so.”
A lack of consistency in the women’s game, learn from coaches from all over the world, and the GOAT debate gets more complicated—Ti #23
Promising juniors need to put away their iPhones. Iga Swiatek wants to change the lack of consistency at the top of the WTA. And remembering when we thought that tennis was done for in 2020.
”One wonders how much of this worry—that of wondering what will happen to the sport once our famous athletes retire—has to do with the myth-making that we engage in as tennis fans… Once a new crop of players starts replacing those faces and names on our screens and publications, will we eventually get used to them, think of them as the big names, and then start worrying that we’ll lose them too?”
A tale of two bubbles. A dreary week in Paris. Is the ATP changing its tune? And why taking it one day at a time was the key to Eric Butorac’s rise from Division III champion to top 20 in the world in doubles.