Sports columnist Harvey Araton packed his pens and notebooks and moved from the sports desk to a features desk, a once proud species ambled closer to extinction.
Two years ago, The Times had five sports columnists. With Mr. Araton gone, there are two. One of them is 70.
There will be no Read More
New York can make you, and it can ruin you. Fast.
Case in point: Novak Djokovic.
Last year, in his two weeks at the Open, Djokovic transformed himself, on our stage, before our very eyes, from a gifted-but-little-known Serbian up-and-comer into a full-fledged star. Yes, it had much to do with his daring, nerveless play, Read More
2007 was the year of the Serbian invasion of Flushing. Novak Djokovic became an overnight celebrity; we called Ana Ivanovic the savior of women’s tennis thanks to her refreshingly grounded personality; Jelena Jankovic cemented a reputation as a tireless grinder whom the press adored.
And then this year got off to such a great start! Djokovic won Read More
Western journalists are beginning to flood Beijing in the run-up to the Olympics, which start on Friday. Many of them are beginning to tell us their first impressions of the city, and overall, everyone has been pretty friendly.
George Vecsey of the Times
I pulled out the paperwork for my housing, and it took Read More
Yesterday, 20-year-old Novak Djokovic sat in a press room and patiently answered reporters’ questions for more than 25 minutes — far longer than most players. Then he proceeded to grant one-on-one interviews, basically, to anyone who asked.
Is he some new breed of hyper-accommodating athlete?
“He’ll get bored with it after a year,” said Read More