• Tim Mayotte, Lipton Open 1985

    The early days of the Miami Open

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Miami Open. Over the past three decades, the tournament has grown into one of the biggest tournaments of the season, but the beginnings were quite chaotic. Let’s have a look at the early days of the Miami Open (then called the Lipton Open): From Hard courts: real […]

  • Karen Khachanov

    Open du Nord 2015: final recap

    Perhaps tired by his marathon match against Quentin Halys the day before, Rudy Coco could not do much to counter Karen Khachanov, who wins in straight sets, 6-1 6-4. Aged 18, Khachanov trains at the 4Slam tennis academy in Barcelona, with former number 40, Galo Blanco. He won 2 Futures tournaments last year, in Taipei […]

  • Joachim Gérard

    Open du Nord 2015: wheelchair tennis exhibition

    The Open du Nord, in Lille, had the great idea to organize a wheelchair tennis exhibition before the singles final between Karen Khachanov and Rudy Coco: a mini-set (tie break at 4 games all) between the Belgian Joachim Gerard, world number 5 and the French player Nicolas Peifer world number 6. Some spectacular points in […]

  • Lacoste croc

    A visit to Lacoste showroom

    I’ve been lucky to get invited to a quick tour of Lacoste‘s showroom in Paris last Monday. The opportunity to have a look at pieces of the Fall 2015 fashion collection, the tennis collection, but also the soon-to-be released LT12 hybrid racquet. First, a look at the Fall fashion collection. The iconic Lacoste polo shirt […]

  • Jennifer Capriati

    Jennifer Capriati: Too little, too late?

    By Bruce Schoenfeld, Tennis Magazine (November/December 2004) At 28, Jennifer Capriati knows her days are numbered. Following a dramatic but disappointing run to the US Open semifinals, her hopes of another major victory now rest on the 2005 Australian Open. Jennifer Capriati had been crying. Her red-rimmed eyes gave her away as she stepped into […]

  • Jennifer Capriati

    Surviving stardom

    By Cindy Hahn, Tennis Magazine, October 1992: Jennifer Capriati, her ankles still encrusted with the red clay of Il Foro Italico, faces a den of crass, middle-aged sportswriters. One, an Italian journalist, will write a story tomorrow whose headline screams that she looks like a pig. The 16-year-old, sweat-soaked and exhausted, hasn’t yet suffered that […]

  • Jennifer Capriati

    A look back at Jennifer Capriati’s career

    Jennifer Capriati made her pro debut on this day 25 years ago, aged only 13. So, this weekend we have a look at her career, filled with so many highs and lows: – The Virginia Slims of Capriati – And she’s only 13! – How she was taught to be the best To come: – […]

  • Jennifer Capriati, 1990

    Jennifer Capriati: how she was taught to be the best

    From Tennis Confidential by Paul Fein, 1990: The touchy subject of who should get the credit and how much for a star’s success isn’t new. Robert Lansdorp, Tracy Austin‘s coach for a decade, used to grow incensed when the more famous Vic Braden was mentioned as her first coach. Lansdorp finally lashed back: “I don’t […]

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Tim Mayotte, Lipton Open 1985

The early days of the Miami Open

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Miami Open. Over the past three decades, the tournament has grown into one of the biggest tournaments of the season, but the beginnings were quite chaotic. Let’s have a look at the early days of the Miami Open (then called the Lipton Open): From Hard courts: real […]

Karen Khachanov

Open du Nord 2015: final recap

Perhaps tired by his marathon match against Quentin Halys the day before, Rudy Coco could not do much to counter Karen Khachanov, who wins in straight sets, 6-1 6-4. Aged 18, Khachanov trains at the 4Slam tennis academy in Barcelona, with former number 40, Galo Blanco. He won 2 Futures tournaments last year, in Taipei […]

Joachim Gérard

Open du Nord 2015: wheelchair tennis exhibition

The Open du Nord, in Lille, had the great idea to organize a wheelchair tennis exhibition before the singles final between Karen Khachanov and Rudy Coco: a mini-set (tie break at 4 games all) between the Belgian Joachim Gerard, world number 5 and the French player Nicolas Peifer world number 6. Some spectacular points in […]

Open du Nord doubles trophy ceremony

Open du Nord 2015: doubles final recap

Last match on Saturday: the final between number 1 seeds Yannick Mertens and Boy Westerhof and number 2 seeds Jonathan Eysseric and Constant Lestienne. Lots of people left after the second semifinal. The match is not really exciting (by the way I really don’t like the no-ad rule) and the umpire was really bad, I […]

Karen Khachanov

Open du Nord 2015: semifinals recap

Pro tennis was back in Lille last week, three months after the historic Davis Cup final. The Open du Nord, a $15,000 Futures tournament, is of course much less prestigious than the Davis Cup, but it is always fun to get to watch some live tennis. Lower tournaments are also a good opportunity to discover […]

Lacoste croc

A visit to Lacoste showroom

I’ve been lucky to get invited to a quick tour of Lacoste‘s showroom in Paris last Monday. The opportunity to have a look at pieces of the Fall 2015 fashion collection, the tennis collection, but also the soon-to-be released LT12 hybrid racquet. First, a look at the Fall fashion collection. The iconic Lacoste polo shirt […]