From the time Maria Sharapova lifted the Wimbledon trophy nearly a decade ago, fans have been smitten and her every move documented. And there’s plenty to detail as she juggles tennis, modeling, romance, charity work and, relatively new to her list, business.
The sky is the limit and the possibilities endless at the first major of the season. In theory, each of the leading contenders in the ATP and WTA starts 2014 with a clean slate. In reality, some will arrive at the 2014 Australian Open with much to gain and little to lose, while others seek simply to protect their territory.
Tennis gave us some of the expected, some of the unexpected and much of the memorable in a 2013 filled with twists. here are tennis view’s choices for some of the most compelling storylines of the year.
Amy Eddings hates tennis. Her loathing compels her to push her body to the limit in lessons and match play, with the goal of one day ending her husband’s ability to return serve with a snaky drop-shot winner.
An exclusive interview with Rafael Nadal’s Uncle and coach, Toni Nadal, offers insight into the making of a champion.
Camila Giorgi is a ball-striker capable of generating venomous power off both wings, enough to overwhelm even the most dogged counter-punchers on tour.
As any professional tennis player will tell you, every tournament is a new tournament, every match is a new match, every day is a new day. But even the greatest champions cannot erase memories altogether, allowing elation or heartbreak to glow or fester.
At 40, Lisa Raymond enters her third decade on tour, changes doubles partners, and continues tour success
Grigor Dimitrov’s place among the stars has been mapped out since he won the Wimbledon junior title in 2008. With his brooding good looks and effortless game, he appeared made for the spotlight, and journalists hungry for a headline swiftly anointed him as “the next big thing” in men’s tennis.
For two weeks during the U. S. Open, the spotlight shines especially bright on both the veterans and the rising stars of U. S. tennis. John McEnroe says many years of American success during his era may have spoiled tennis fans.