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Clay Courts and Surface Speed

Clay Courts and Surface Speed

In spring time, I am always reminded how much the speed of a clay court can change, and how quickly.  This season has been no exception as the fluctuations in temperature, precipitation, and wind in Virginia – and much of the country - have been as intense as I can remember.  Our outdoor season kicked off in February with hot,...

On Frank Deford and Tennis – How was He as a Player?

On Frank Deford and Tennis – How was He as a Player?

Did anyone else listen to Frank Deford’s farewell this week on NPR?  I found myself a bit choked up at the thought of him exiting that broadcast medium.  His voice has been a sometime companion over the years and I will miss it, not just for the content but for the tone and for his beautiful use of language. I...

Sex, Drugs, and Attitude – Just Another Spring on the Pro Tennis Tour?

Sex, Drugs, and Attitude – Just Another Spring on the Pro Tennis Tour?

I am not sure I ever remember there being so many crazy, controversial, and compelling story lines heading into the clay court season.  Serena pregnant?!  Didn’t see that one coming!  Who will become the favorite for the rest of the grand slams now?  Will Serena be back?  And who is going to pick up the torch for the American women?...