It’s a long way from the greatest tennis match of all time to a first-round matchup on Court 13, but maybe everything’s going to be something of a letdown from now on for Pascal Maria.
Maria, a 36-year-old Frenchman, was the chair umpire for the epic 2008 Nadal/Federer Wimbledon final. He’s featured in Read More
When Roger Federer finally dispatched Igor Andreev on Tuesday, the crowd went absolutely bananas. New Yorkers have always had a real fondness for the guy, but this time there was sort of a Shea Stadium-like shriek when he finally won in five sets. Jon Wertheim today makes the excellent point that the more Read More
Remember when Serena, Venus, Hingis, Capriati, Seles, etc ushered out the boring era of women’s tennis led by Arantxa Sánchez Vicario? Well, that revolution is long over, and this U.S. Open has been the final stake to the heart to the women’s game.
Today, in the Observer we aruge that the thing that Read More
Reporters are not allowed to enter the men’s and women’s locker rooms. The rule was apparently put in place because players were complaining that it was a tad bit uncomfortable having reporters in their changing space, according to Marc Berman’s New York Post blog last year. I remember learning of the rule last Read More
Sports Illustrated tennis guru Jon Wertheim wrote in his 2008 list of tips for Open fans, "The food court fare — once the subject of so much derision — no longer seems so overpriced. And it’s quite good. (Thankfully, the Indian joint is back in 2008!)"
Indian food? At a sports venue? Read More
Houghton Mifflin proved itself to be an admirably nimble house this morning when news came that Jon Wertheim, a sportswriter under contract there, had agreed to write a book centered around last weekend’s historic Wimbledon match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Mr. Wertheim, who wrote a cover story on the match for Read More
Venus Envy: A Sensational Season Inside the Women’s Tour , by L. Jon Wertheim. HarperCollins, 225 pages, $25.
Why would L. Jon Wertheim write a book about the women’s tennis tour, a group top-heavy with brilliant and fascinating players, and give it the sexy but ultimately misleading title Venus Envy ? I must begin my Read More