Serena (and Venus) Makes Black America Proud

Serena Williams made history last weekend, becoming the first female tennis player to win 23 Grand Slam titles in the Open era (Margaret Court won 24 such titles).  Unfortunately, Serena had to beat big sister Venus and deny her her eighth such title.  There are several things that I found noteworthy about Serena’s latest achievement. …

Why Serena Is Not Celebrated More

Congrats to Serena Williams on winning her 20th Grand Slam title.  Congrats goes to her on winning her third French Open title. Most of all, congrats goes to Williams on moving into second all-time for most Grand Slam ladies’ singles titles in the Open Era. And that’s the most you’ll hear of it. After Saturday’s…

Once Again, Rafa Is Better than Federer

Rafael Nadal accomplished a lot of things in winning the 2014 French Open. Nadal is the first dude to win nine titles at the same major tournament.  He won his fifth French Open title.  He has won 66 out of his last 67 matches at Roland Garros.  Oh, and he has won his 14th Grand…

Serena Is Carrying Women’s Tennis

Serena Williams rallied for a three-set victory over top-seeded and top-ranked Victoria Azarenka (who?) to win the U.S. Open.  If you’re scoring at home, that’s major title #15 for Williams. Could you imagine if Serena didn’t have outside interests that caused her to step away from tennis for a while about a decade ago? Williams…

Roddick: a Victim of Circumstances

Andy Roddick lost the last tennis game of his career earlier today to Juan Martin del Potro in four sets 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4.  He used the US Open as his swan song, partly because it is the site of his only major tournament title. Now the question we must ask of Roddick,…

An Apology from Me to Federer

I owe Roger Federer an apology. In beating Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to win his 7th Wimbledon title earlier today, Federer became the first player at least 30 years of age (he will be 31 next month) to win there since Arthur Ashe in 1975!  This was after many people (including yours truly)…