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“‘Only you can know how crappy that feels,’ Maya said, empathizing.”

The Academy, by Monica Seles. Yes, that Monica Seles has written a young adult romance series. Grantland writer Brian Phillips provides "62 scalding takeaways from The Academy, by M. Seles,1 Books 1 and 2."
posted by Tevin on Aug 28, 2014 - 59 comments

"...and Sampras was a different cat entirely."

Can U.S. Men’s Tennis Rise Again? [New York Times]
posted by Fizz on Aug 23, 2014 - 3 comments

Inside the Shadowy World of High-Speed Tennis Betting

Getting relevant data first is a gambling advantage. Thus the controversial practice of courtsiding.
posted by Chrysostom on May 30, 2014 - 28 comments

BBC Assessment of World Cup Groups

The BBC assesses the World Cup Groups: Group A/ Group B/Group C/Group D/Group E/Group F/Group G/Group H. [more inside]
posted by marienbad on May 27, 2014 - 76 comments

Gimme the ball throw the ball gimme the ball

A dog watches tennis on TV [SLYT]
posted by jamaro on Feb 1, 2014 - 13 comments

"Thanks a lot. You're a nice guy."

Yo, Richard Sherman, I'm real happy for you and I'm gonna let you finish, but Li Na at the Australian Open gives the best postmatch victory interviews of all time. OF ALL TIME.

2011 Semifinal | 2013 Semifinal | 2014 Champion
posted by Errant on Jan 25, 2014 - 19 comments

The Match Maker

Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse on Aug 25, 2013 - 44 comments

Cuthbert Ottaway - Englands First Captain (Foot-Ball, Association Rules)

"Cuthbert Ottaway lifted the FA Cup as skipper of Oxford University, represented them at five different sports ranging from athletics to real tennis, and once shared a 150-run partnership with WG Grace in the highest level of cricket. His most notable achievement was captaining England in the first ever international football match though. About 4,000 spectators, including a "large number of ladies", gathered to watch the historic game against Scotland at the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick on 30 November 1872."
posted by marienbad on Aug 21, 2013 - 4 comments

Ping pong will never be the same

Dynamic target tracking camera system keeps its eye on the ball - motorized mirrors track a moving object of interest every thousandth of a second, reflecting its image into a camera
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jul 16, 2013 - 23 comments

At home, there's no line for the bathroom, either

Some sports are better seen in person. Some are better seen on TV.
posted by Chrysostom on Dec 17, 2012 - 47 comments

And he looks pretty excited about it.

Novak Djokovic buys the world’s entire supply of donkey cheese.
posted by 256 on Dec 11, 2012 - 58 comments

Roger Federer in Shanghai

Roger Federer in Shanghai Federer is inescapably beautiful, but most of the time he does nothing extraordinary. Then there is a shot that makes people let out sounds and imitate, with imaginary rackets, what they just saw. In a way, Federer is like a good novel—it does not try to achieve genius in every line, that would be amateurish; it is unafraid of the lull, accepts the importance of the ordinary, and then there is a sudden moment of greatness.
posted by dhruva on Nov 24, 2012 - 16 comments

If-

Michael Caine plays If- straight. Robert Morley hams If- up. Dennis Hopper misses a line or two, Harvey Keitel misses a whole stanza, and Grampa Simpson misses the point entirely. Joni Mitchell sings sublime. KeyKrusher raps ridiculous. Federer and Nadal go head to head, with commentary. International cricket pundits celebrate the Indian Premier League, Des Lynam toasts World Cup 98, and a failing football manager addresses a press conference. A teenager learns from an angel, and seven year old Humza learns If- for himself. [more inside]
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth on Nov 1, 2012 - 18 comments

Too fit or too fat?

16 year-old Taylor Townsend, currently the top ranked junior American tennis player, was recently bested by Anett Kontaveit in the quarter-finals of the US Open 2012, but won in the doubles tournament. However, she spent most of the week answering interview questions about her weight. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 10, 2012 - 77 comments

"I just do love winning gold. I really do. That's the best colour."

In January 2003, Esther Vergeer, a 21-year old Dutch wheelchair tennis player lost her singles match to Daniela Di Toro in the quarter-finals of the Sydney International. What no one knew at the time was that this was the end of an era. Now 31, Vergeer hasn't lost a singles match since. The world's most dominant athlete in an individual sport, she's going for her 470th consecutive victory today, in the gold medal match at the Paralympics. [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble on Sep 6, 2012 - 10 comments

"...the key is sympathy and empathy"

My Boss Has Body Odour and I Have Sex with My Twin. Four advice columnists — Cheryl Strayed, Cary Tennis, Emily Yoffe and Lynn Coady — talk shop. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 28, 2012 - 58 comments

There won't be a "next Monica Seles"

"It's time for us to drive excessive grunting out of the game [of Tennis] for future generations," WTA chairman and chief executive Stacey Allaster said. Sexist? Or not?
posted by vidur on Jun 28, 2012 - 157 comments

The Bouncing Basque

How Jean Borotra won 19 Grand Slams, escaped a Nazi prison, and stole a Davis Cup.
posted by Chrysostom on Jun 14, 2012 - 3 comments

Djokovic v Nadal Episode IV: A New Hope

Tomorrow at Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play in their fourth consecutive grand slam final, making them the first pair of men to dominate the majors for an entire year. [more inside]
posted by pjenks on Jun 9, 2012 - 15 comments

“Sometimes I wonder if it’s something that I’m doing: did I do something wrong?”

Venus Williams, learning to live with a chronic illness. [NYTimes.com] "Singing replaced swinging; karaoke became her way to cope. Williams said this Monday, in a quiet moment at the French Open, inside a windowless room beneath the courts. Since doctors told her she had Sjögren’s syndrome, an incurable autoimmune disease, last year at the United States Open, everything has changed. Williams says she wakes up each morning unsure of how she will feel."
posted by Fizz on May 30, 2012 - 31 comments

Chapter 1. He adored tennis. He idolized it all out of proportion

The Awl sends correspondent Ben Worcester to the newest tennis hotspot in Manhattan: The Vanderbilt Tennis Club in Grand Central. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Feb 1, 2012 - 12 comments

Nice catch!

Ball Boy's Quick Catch steals attention from Nadal-Federer Aussie Open semifinal match. ''I didn't have much time to think about it. I just stuck my hand out and the ball just stayed there. I couldn't believe it myself but then I just had to get straight on with the match." Dylan Colaci's catching skills were compared to those of Australia's master of close fielding Ricky Ponting. Rafael Nadal went on to beat Roger Federer in four sets and will meet Novak Djokovic in tonight's men's final.
posted by sweetkid on Jan 28, 2012 - 21 comments

Adorable

Ball girl saves Cedrik-Marcel Stebe from gigantic bug at the Australian Open (SLYT). [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Jan 20, 2012 - 91 comments

"I just want him to know"

Tennis player and coach Bob Hewitt is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame who has held all the men's doubles and mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. Hewitt, who was born in Australia but became a South African citizen by marriage, also captained the 1974 South African Davis Cup champion team. The Boston Globe reports that Hewitt's lengthy coaching career in the US and South Africa has long been accompanied by allegations that Hewitt sexually abused his female students, mostly adolescents but one as young as 10. Hewitt denies the charges.
posted by catlet on Aug 29, 2011 - 13 comments

Fun While It Lasted

Fun While It Lasted is a blog that details the histories of long-dead sports franchises, including the Hawaii Leis/Sea-Port Cascades/Seattle Cascades, the Portland Lumberjax, the Columbus Minks, the Denver Comets, and the Phoenix Fire -- a professional soccer team that never actually played a game. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 10, 2011 - 21 comments

It Takes Balls

Tennis at San Quentin [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe on Jul 9, 2011 - 20 comments

Grunt controller

With shrieking tennis players Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka taking part in the women's semi-finals at Wimbledon today the BBC has taken action by launching a device called Net Mix, which allows users to turn down the grunts of the players while listening to the radio coverage.. Previously, Belarusian tennis player, Victoria Azarenka ‘wail’ registers at 95 dB, but that's not the loudest (Listen Victoria Azarenka ‘wail’ here)
posted by nam3d on Jun 30, 2011 - 62 comments

Victoria Azarenka's Wail

Belarusian tennis player, Victoria Azarenka ‘wail’ registers at 95 dB, but that's not the loudest
posted by nam3d on Jun 22, 2011 - 56 comments

The long autumn of Roger Federer

Now, in 2011, in his endless middle-sunset as a player, [Roger] Federer has become something mysterious, an all-time great whose career feels increasingly fragile. Brian Phillips on Federer's long autumn. DFW, five years ago, on Federer as a religious experience (previously). Riffing on DFW, Phillips on Pele as comedian.
posted by AceRock on Jun 21, 2011 - 27 comments

The World Record is awarded for Cleanest Floor, not Longest Bird Ball Balance

Here is a video of a budgie attempting to stand on a tennis ball.
posted by BeerFilter on May 28, 2011 - 49 comments

tennis greatest entertainer

Mansour Bahrami - Tennis Greatest Entertainer
posted by MechEng on May 20, 2011 - 18 comments

Tennis Girl: a face behind the behind.

Fiona Walker has stepped into the spotlight to claim ownership of the world's most famous bum- certainly the most famous in tennis [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Mar 24, 2011 - 74 comments

At least not everybody is totally disappointed

Perhaps doing a live to camera from Andy Murray's local pub on the day he loses the Australian Open was not such a great idea. Especially since said pub had been open since 8am. (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Feb 4, 2011 - 21 comments

"Serge Daney was the end of criticism as I understood it."

Serge Daney (1944 - 1992) is often cited as one of the greatest film critics. After joining the legendary film magazine Cahiers du cinéma (which he would eventually edit) at age 20, Daney wrote extensively on the changing place of movies in culture, on directors new and old and on television, war and even sports. He founded the film magazine Trafic before dying of AIDS in 1992.

Though some of his essays have been officially translated and a small book of his writings has been published in English, the vast majority of his work remains untranslated into English. That hasn't stopped a devoted group of cinephiles from taking matters into their own hands. [more inside]
posted by alexoscar on Dec 13, 2010 - 12 comments

Original 9 Female Tennis Stars Earned $1

Women's Pro Tennis Turns 40. Women's professional tennis was launched by World Tennis magazine publisher Gladys Heldman 40 years ago on September 23, 1970, with a tournament that had nine entrants and $7,500 in prizes. The original nine were Billy Jean King and Rosemary Casals along with the lesser known Peaches Bartkowicz, Judy Dalton, Julie Heldman, Kerry Melville, Kristy Pigeon, Nancy Richey and Valerie Ziegenfuss. A year later, King became the first female athlete to earn six figures in her sport. In the '80s, Martina Navratilova became the first to earn $1 million. Today the WTA Tour is an $85 million-a-year sport. "We wanted to make sure that any young girl, if she was good enough and if she wanted to, would have the opportunity to make a living playing tennis," King said.
posted by rcade on Sep 24, 2010 - 14 comments

Women Who Hit Hard

Top female tennis stars hitting the ball in slow motion. [more inside]
posted by gman on Aug 25, 2010 - 90 comments

The desire line of tennis, ca. 2010.

“I was thinking about those cow paths while watching Wimbledon this year.” —What the grass begins to tell us about how the game of tennis has changed in the past 30 years.
posted by kipmanley on Jul 5, 2010 - 24 comments

Tennyson Anyone?

Bounce bounce bounce bounce/ thwackety wackety zingety ping/ hittety backety pingety zang/ wack, thwok, thwack, pok. There's an official tennis poet.
posted by twoleftfeet on Jun 25, 2010 - 16 comments

Long Match

Right now, John Isner of the USA and Nicolas Mahut of France are engaged in the longest professional tennis match of all-time [live blog]. As of this posting, they are into the fifth set of their first round match at Wimbledon, where the score is knotted 37-37. The match has been going for more than seven hours and has broken all previous records of tennis match length.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Jun 23, 2010 - 831 comments

No Computer Carts Required!

A playable version of Eschaton! Inspired of course by the beloved game of the students of the Enfield Tennis Academy in Infinite Jest. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Feb 26, 2010 - 52 comments

"It was the worst day of my life."

25 years ago today, Vicki Dunbar Nelson and Jean Hepner played the longest tournament rally in tennis history, lasting 29 minutes and 642 shots (SLNYT). [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Sep 24, 2009 - 24 comments

A few battles with foods that were calling me like sirens called Odysseus

"Lunch is really nice again, not mentioning a few battles with foods that were calling me like sirens called Odysseus. I had some salad some pasta and some fish and we had a nice chat with some Russian girls at an “All-Russian” table. Catching up on all the gossip, laughing, and in general making fun of people! By the way I forgot to mention that this is a men’s and women’s tournament so if you lose early and you are lacking confidence there is a good chance to challenge one of the girls to a match." Russian-American tennis player Dmitry Tursunov blogged his experiences at a 2006 tourney in Estoril, Portugal with hilarious results. [For best results, read from the bottom of the page up!] [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Aug 7, 2009 - 6 comments

Friday Java Fun

Two slimes. One circle. Infinite addiction. Welcome to the world of Slimeball. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Aug 8, 2008 - 16 comments

Ungh!

Tennis, anyone?
posted by chuckdarwin on Jun 24, 2008 - 15 comments

College Tennis in the Sixties

"The women's tennis team at Grand Canyon University in Arizona has an unusual player this year — a 60-year-old named Sheila Johnson. She played for three years at Arizona State in the '60s, but still had one year of eligibility left." NPR story. Newspaper Article. Sports Illustrated Article. Picture of the team and Stats. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Apr 24, 2008 - 14 comments

A credit to his race: the human race

Arthur Ashe's words and legacy. Arthur Ashe (1943-1993) was the first (and only) black man to win Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open tennis tournaments and a very vocal civil rights activist and leader. Last week on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Brian had on Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe[embedded audio player] and they were remembering a moment on Martin Luther King Day 1993, when Arthur called into the show from his hospital room (he died three weeks later). His views from Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Muhammad Ali and the 1966 and 1992 Los Angeles riots are at once eloquent and riveting.
posted by psmealey on Feb 19, 2008 - 7 comments

Don't say it, spray it

Did the Victorian police overreact in spraying capsicum spray into spectators at the Australian open tennis on Tuesday night? The officers say they were protecting themselves, it seems not all agree and legal action might ensue. Is the Australian Open (or any international sporting contest in Australia) still a family friendly environment?
posted by mattoxic on Jan 17, 2008 - 44 comments

Layer Tennis

Layer Tennis. Head-to-head graphic artist competition!
posted by GuyZero on Oct 24, 2007 - 19 comments

Bloated Wikipedia Pages

The 8 Most Needlessly-Detailed Wikipedia Entries
posted by brain_drain on Sep 28, 2007 - 68 comments

Kaysone Phomvihane

He fought battles on the Plain of Jars, hid his rebel faction in caves for nine years to escape U.S bombs and now has a huge museum in Vientiane. Laos' Kaysone Phomvihane is not the most well documented 20th century communist leader. And not everybody is happy about him of course. But if you want to judge him for yourself go to Laos and visit those caves or visit his humble residence and have a look at his tennis shoes.
posted by PHINC on Apr 19, 2007 - 10 comments

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