Tennis brought chills, chuckles, scandal and awe to the world in 2014. The Russian Nikolay Davydenko announced his retirement. So did Asia’s beloved wonder girl, Li Na. Newcomers like Marin Cilic vied for a spot with the hallowed “Big Four,” and Novak Djokovic defended his precarious position against Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Here are
The Fed Cup, the national team competition in women’s tennis, has been taken home most often by our very own USA players (17 times). However, the USA’s last win was in 2000, and other nations have begun creating records of their own. Australia has pulled in an impressive 7 wins, along with the Czech Republic.
The Davis Cup, a competition initially conceived by members of the Harvard University team wishing to challenge British players, was founded in 1899. Initially called the “International Lawn Tennis Challenge”, it expanded in 1905 to include Austria, France, Belgium, and a combined team from Australia and New Zealand. It’s since been renamed “The Davis Cup”
The 2014 US Open tennis tournament is set to take place starting August 25 in New York. One of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, it’s also the last Grand Slam tournament of the 2014 season. The men's and women's tournaments should both be extremely exciting this year because almost every player has the
Beneath a steady strum of rain, the second week of wet Wimbledon is well under way. But with all American players eliminated before the 16th round of play, we might have to wait for the next tournament to heal our bruised sense of pride. While the American men have long struggled to make Wimbledon semi-finals,
Once again, Serena Williams has proven that she is the best female tennis player in the world. Serena swept through her competition in the round-robin stage before squeaking her way past Li Na in the finals 2-5, 6-3, 6-0. The win gave her an incredible 11 titles for the year. This is the second straight
The WTA has begun testing noise levels at tournaments in order to fina a proper way to curb grunting. USA Today reports that WTA began testing in the spring. “There is more data to be done, there’s more assessment to be done on the different audible levels,” WTA chief executive Stacey Allaster said. “There are
Seventeen-year-old Victoria Duval of the USA pulled the biggest upset of the US Open so far by defeating 2011 US Open champion, Samantha Stosur of Australia 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round of the 2013 US Open. After dropping the first set 5-7, Duval was able to overcome her young age and inexperience for
Martina Hingis got a win in her first match in her return to the WTA Tour. She teamed up with Daniela Hantuchova for an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Julia Goerges and Darija Jurak on Wednesday night in the Southern California Open. Hingis didn't touch the ball until the fifth point of the match but
World No. 1 Serena Williams of the USA won the Female Athlete of the Year award at the 21st annual ESPY Awards. Williams won two awards, defeating a pair of Olympians, gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmer Missy Franklin, and former Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner. Williams didn’t attend because she’s playing a tournament in Sweden.