• Roland Garros Court 1

    Do you really know what clay is made of?

    Red clay-courts are made of 5 layers: 1- red brick dust: 1-2 mm 2- crushed white limestone: 6-7 cm 3- clinker (coal residue): 7-8 cm 4- crushed gravel: at least 30 cm 5- drain The red brick dust gives the ball extra grip when it hits the deck, making the surface characteristically slow. But clay […]

  • Roland Garros stadium

    Roland Garros opens its doors

    Every year in September, 50 European countries take part in the European Heritage Days, a programme that offers opportunities to visit buildings, monuments and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public. For the first time, yesterday, the French Federation of tennis opened up the Roland-Garros stadium and museum free to the […]

  • Serena Williams

    We Don’t Know What the Story Is (and That Is Why We Watch)

    This is a guest post by Margaret The Open already felt … uncertain, since one of my favorites couldn’t defend his championship. An American attending an American tournament, when much had been made of the steadily vanishing number of Americans in the Men’s Singles Draw, I wondered if the tournament’s “big story” would be a […]

  • Sles, McEnroe, Clijsters and Bahrami

    Optima Open 2014: Seles, Clijsters, McEnroe and Bahrami

    My reports on the Optima Open are finally online! This match took place on Saturday, August 16th (read my complete Optima Open report here). Last match of the day: a mixed doubles exhibition with Kim Clijsters, Monica Seles, John McEnroe and Mansour Bahrami! It’s always a pleasure to see these great champions play and have […]

  • Henri Leconte

    Optima Open 2014: Henri Leconte vs Greg Rusedski

    My reports on the Optima Open are finally online! This match took place on Saturday, August 16th (read my complete Optima Open report here). Second match of the day: crowd favorite Henri Leconte against Greg Rusedski. Rusedski won the match 7-5 6-3 but as expected Henri stole the show on court (let’s say Rusedski is […]

  • Goran Ivanisevic and Pat Cash

    Optima Open 2014: Pat Cash vs Goran Ivanisevic

    My reports on the Optima Open are finally online! This match took place on Saturday, August 16th (read my complete Optima Open report here). First match of the day between two Wimbledon champions: Pat Cash (1987) and Goran Ivanisevic (2001). An entertaining match with lots of interactions between the players and the public. Cash and […]

  • Optima Open

    Optima Open 2014 report

    I spent a day in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, last month to attend the third day of the Optima Open, the Belgian stop of the ATP Champions Tour. It was the second seniors event I attended this year after the World Tennis Day showdown in London last March (find all the recap here). Situated in the heart […]

  • Marin Cilic

    2014 US Open: Cilic defeats Nishikori, wins first Grand Slam title

    One week before the start of the US Open, I did attend the Optima Open, the Belgian stop of the ATP Champions Tour. Goran Ivanisevic was taking part to the tournament, and after his match against Pat Cash, he talked a bit about his protege Marin Cilic, said Cilic was playing really well and that […]

France will host Switzerland from 21 to 23 November for the Davis Cup final. Can Roger Federer claim one of the few missing trophies from his career?

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Wimbledon 2013: Venus Williams dress by EleVen

Venus Williams will be wearing the “Perfect Mesh” dress for the Wimbledon tournament.

Wimbledon 2013 preview

Quintessentially English yet drawing enormous audiences globally, the Wimbledon Championships are all set to brighten up the summer. The grass court season is well and truly upon us, and the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club will open their gates on the 24th of June. The buzz Wimbledon creates is quite unique. Strawberries and […]

Wimbledon 2013: BBC trailer

For me, last year’s trailer was much better, what do you think?