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When Roger Federer Says "Jump," The Tennis World Says "How High? And Can We Pay You?" When Roger Federer Says "Jump," The Tennis World Says "How High? And Can We Pay You?"

French journeyman Julian Benneteau, who peaked at world No. 25 in 2014, retired from tennis this year, freeing him up get candid about how favors actually work on the professional tour. Tennis is hush-hush about its rampant conflicts of interest and less than transparent about the benefits afforded to its biggest…

This Tennis Ball Passing Through A Racket Is A Blessed Sports Moment

The Oddly Satisfying video might be the great viral genre of our time, and it has the potential to make serious inroads into sports. There’s free fodder everywhere, what with all the synchronized movement, strangely curving projectiles, scalp-tingling bat sounds, and so on. So here’s a good one, from a doubles matchup…

Novak Djokovic Says His Saudi Arabia Exhibition Match Against Rafael Nadal Is Off Novak Djokovic Says His Saudi Arabia Exhibition Match Against Rafael Nadal Is Off

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were widely criticized for their scheduled participation in a reputation-laundering exhibition match in Saudi Arabia, amid the kingdom’s war in Yemen, the ongoing inquiry into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the usual slew of human rights abuses. The match, conducted…

Bjorn Borg's Teen Son Loves Tennis And Roasting His Father Bjorn Borg's Teen Son Loves Tennis And Roasting His Father

The New York Times’ Andrew Keh has a nice profile of Leo Borg, son of legend Bjorn and one of Sweden’s most promising tennis prospects. As the article makes abundantly clear, Bjorn and his wife Patricia are concerned that their 15-year-old son has opted to follow his 11-time-major-winning father into tennis,…

Roger Federer Put This Serve Directly Into The Garbage Can

Roger Federer has cut an unusual path into the fourth round at Paris: he played just two sets of tennis to get there. He had a first-round bye, then second-round opponent Milos Raonic withdrew from the tournament, and then he defeated the sleepy pirate Fabio Fognini, 6-4, 6-3. So all of a sudden, a slightly creaky,…

Borna Coric Leaves Skid Marks Everywhere

In terms of tennis, Borna Coric takes after his stylistic predecessor, Novak Djokovic. One of the aspects he can imitate pretty well is his quick movement, as well as his willingness to slide his sneakers across ridiculous stretches of hardcourt:

What More Details Do Rafael Nadal And Novak Djokovic Need To Cancel Their Saudi Arabia Exhibition? What More Details Do Rafael Nadal And Novak Djokovic Need To Cancel Their Saudi Arabia Exhibition?

As of now, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic are still slated to play in a December exhibition in Saudi Arabia, and have yet to decline the invitation even as details about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi continue to emerge. Nadal and Djokovic cited the duration of their commitment and the…

This Tweener Lob Is Devious And Perfect

It’s hard to pinpoint why Robin Haase, a journeyman ranked No. 47, stars in so many unusual highlights for a player of merely solid status. But the bendy Dutchman has a taste for loose, weirdo shot-making, and today, without warning, he briefly turned a first-round Basel Open match against Sascha Zverev into an…

Wimbledon Weenies Finally Make A Little Progress With New Fifth-Set Tiebreak Rule Wimbledon Weenies Finally Make A Little Progress With New Fifth-Set Tiebreak Rule

In order to solve the problem of damagingly long and pointless marathon men’s matches at Grand Slams—like this year’s men’s semifinal between Kevin Anderson and John Isner, which lasted a painful six and a half hours, including a three-hour fifth set which Anderson eventually took 26-24—Wimbledon brass took a baby…

After U.S. Open Debacle, Serena Williams's Coach Says Coaching Rules Should Be Changed  After U.S. Open Debacle, Serena Williams's Coach Says Coaching Rules Should Be Changed 

Serena Williams’s long-time coach Patrick Mouratoglou—who, during the U.S. Open final in September, was deemed by the chair umpire to have coached Williams from his seat in the stands, thereby earning her a code violation, which set off one of the weirdest and most controversial sports meltdowns ever—today posted a…

Ellen DeGeneres, Drunk With Power, Tries To Set Up Naomi Osaka With Michael B. Jordan Ellen DeGeneres, Drunk With Power, Tries To Set Up Naomi Osaka With Michael B. Jordan

Life came fast at Naomi Osaka. After she skipped the hype machine of the junior circuit, went pro, and won some local fame in Japan, Osaka won her first professional title of any kind at Indian Wells this year, and her second at (sheesh) the U.S. Open. Within days of hoisting that second trophy, she found herself on …

Ukrainian Tennis Twins Banned For Life And Fined $500,000 For Match-Fixing Ukrainian Tennis Twins Banned For Life And Fined $500,000 For Match-Fixing

Two 35-year-old low-level professional tennis players you’ve never heard of, Ukrainian twins Gleb and Vadim Alekseenko, have been banned for life and fined $250,000 each, after being found guilty of match-fixing over an eight-month period in 2015 and 2016, the Tennis Integrity Unit said in a statement today. The…

Novak Djokovic Is On A Blistering Tear Novak Djokovic Is On A Blistering Tear

At Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic reascended, and he’s more or less stayed there ever since. It took awhile to fully jar himself out of his blue period, but the Serb is back to dominating in all in the old ways, barely leaving so much as a scrap for anyone else. When Novak Djokovic is in full flow, he takes the air out of…

Rafael Nadal And Novak Djokovic Look Forward To Being Pawns In Saudi Arabia's Shameless Image Rehab Rafael Nadal And Novak Djokovic Look Forward To Being Pawns In Saudi Arabia's Shameless Image Rehab

On Oct. 7, one day after Reuters first reported the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who Turkish officials later said was tortured and dismembered by Saudi agents in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Head of Saudi Arabia’s General Sport Authority Turki Al-Alshaikh announced Rafael Nadal and…

Kei Nishikori Shows That Sometimes It Pays To Play Dead

Like all games when played at the highest level, tennis often requires managing and toying with an opponent’s expectations. Do you think they’ll hit the ball cross-court? Ready yourself for that ball. But maybe they think you think they’ll hit it cross-court? Stay vigilant for the down-the-line. What if they think…

No Man Under 30 Has Won A Tennis Major No Man Under 30 Has Won A Tennis Major

Happy birthday to Marin Cilic, who turns 30 today, and thanks for making tennis history. As of Sept. 28, no men’s tennis player under the age of 30 has won a major. This has never occurred before in the sport. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin Del Potro, and now Cilic…

Reddit Founder Logs On To Defend His Wife Serena Williams, Wrestles With His Own Creation Reddit Founder Logs On To Defend His Wife Serena Williams, Wrestles With His Own Creation

Reddit’s co-founder Alexis Ohanian has been steadily posting online in support of his wife, Serena Williams, after her well-documented spat with an umpire in the U.S. Open final. One recent tweet by Ohanian called attention to an infamous Roger Federer outburst at the 2009 U.S. Open final, drawing an implicit…

This 84-Shot Rally At The Davis Cup Is Tennis Hell

Over the years and across dozens of blogs, Deadspin has tried to make a case for watching and enjoying tennis, the sport being played in last weekend’s Davis Cup rubber between France’s Nicolas Mahut and Spain’s Marcel Granollers.

Umpire Who Gave Nick Kyrgios Pep Talk Gets Suspended For Two Tournaments Without Pay Umpire Who Gave Nick Kyrgios Pep Talk Gets Suspended For Two Tournaments Without Pay

During a second-round U.S. Open match on Aug. 30, umpire Mohamed Lahyani descended from his chair to give a mopey Nick Kyrgios a pep talk that included the words “I want to help you,” raising questions as to whether he overstepped boundaries as a neutral party. Lahyani has now been punished for his unusual foray into…

Tennis Umpires Aren't The Enemy Here Tennis Umpires Aren't The Enemy Here

The Times of London reported Tuesday that some anonymous tennis umpires had considered boycotting Serena Williams’s matches after her spat with umpire Carlos Ramos derailed her U.S. Open final against Naomi Osaka. As this story has been picked up, shorn of context, and redeployed in unfamiliar contexts and epochal…

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