2004 Davis Cup: Spain defeats USA

Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya, Davis Cup 2004

After victories over Czech Republic and the Netherlands, Spain defeated France to reach the 2004 Davis Cup final. From Rafael Nadal’s autobiography, Rafa: Until then I hadn’t felt as nervous as I should have been. If I had been older, I would have been more aware of the national weight of expectation on my shoulders. […]

2004 Davis Cup drama: Nadal replaces Ferrero

Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick, 2004

The story of a 18 year old kid who defeats the world number one to help his team win the Davis Cup trophy. From Rafael Nadal’s autobiography, Rafa: You didn’t need especially fine antennae on the eve of the Davis Cup Final of 2004 to spot the disgruntlement in the faces of Juan Carlos Ferrero […]

Nadal Davis Cup debut back in 2004

Rafael Nadal, Davis Cup 2004

To this day, Jiri Novak remains the only player to have beaten him in a Davis Cup singles match. Here’s the story of Rafael Nadal Davis Cup debut. From Nadal’s autobiography, Rafa: The highlight of 2004 was representing my country in the Davis Cup, the tennis equivalent of football’s World Cup. I made my debut […]

Davis Cup 1973: kidnapping threat in India

Vijay Armitaj

From John Newcombe’s autobiography, Newk: Life on and off the court In 1973, with all players, contact professionals or not, allowed to play Davis Cup again, I was raring to make up for lost time. I decided to forego the pro circuit that year and concentrate only on the Grand Slams and winning the Cup […]

Davis Cup 1973: a taste of India

Indian tennis player Vijay Armitraj

From Tennis strangest matches by Peter Seddon: When the Australians were drawn to play India away in the Davis Cup Eastern Zone final of 1973, none of them expected an easy ride. Skulduggerous practice as par for the course everywhere in that competition and India, moreover was always regarded as a bit risky, even by […]

Davis Cup 1977: An unholy mess

Davis Cup protests, 1977

From Tennis strangest matches by Peter Seddon: Newport Beach, California, just south of Los Angeles, is a long way from the english lawns upon which tennis was first played. Perhaps that’s appropriate, as if ever there was an occasion when the vicarage garden party image of the game was irrevocably laid to rest it was […]

1974: the year the Davis Cup felt empty

South Africa win the 1974 Davis Cup

By Dave Seminara, New York Times, November 2009 Four men who dreamed of sipping Champagne from the Davis Cup finally had their hands on it, but there would be no celebration. “We were told to put our tennis clothes on and come down to accept our trophies,” recalled Raymond Moore, a member of the only […]

The 1995 Davis Cup final by Pete Sampras

1985 Davis Cup final

From Pete Sampras’ autobiography, A champion’s mind: After the [semifinals] tie, the US team room was awash with the usual assortment of friends, family, USTA types, ITF types, and garden-variety hangers-on. At one point, I glanced across the room and made contact with Tim [Gullikson]. His face by that time was starting to hollow out […]

Davis Cup 1985: Sweden defeat West Germany

Davis Cup 1985: Sweden defeat West Germany

For the first time since Fred Perry led Britain to four successive victories in the 1930’s, a European nation retained the Davis Cup when Sweden defeated West Germany 3-2 at the Olympiahalle in Munich. The year was immensely satisfying because it saw the consolidation of the finest and most powerful all-round Davis Cup team since […]

New faces and old, but the Evert era continues

Chris Evert, 1975

By Mike Lupica, 1975 1975 was going to be the year something caught up with Chris Evert, the year anything caught up with her. She was advancing into her twenties, and her Miss Teenage days were behind her, and before she turned into a full-fledged American institution like General Motors or All in the Family, […]

Chris Evert, the way she was

Chris Evert

By Steve Fink, World Tennis magazine, December 1989: I met Chris Evert on the day she reached her first Grand Slam final in Paris 16 years ago, when I interviewed her for this magazine. We became good friends, and I found myself immersed in her career. She soon realized that I was regarded by the […]

The 1984 Davis Cup final, by John McEnroe

Connors and Ashe, 1984 Davis Cup final

From John McEnroe’s autobiography, Serious: You know that line in the Beach Boys song, ‘Sloop John B’ – “This is the worst trip I’ve ever been on”? That’s what it was like to fly to Sweden and play Davis Cup that December. As it would turn out, it was my last Cup match for three […]

Davis Cup 1984: Sweden defeat USA

Sweden wins the 1984 Davis Cup

Sweden created history and hoisted a signpost for the future at the huge Scandinavium stadium in Gothenburg the week before Christmas when, with clinical and emphatic efficiency, they defeated the United States in the NEC Davis Cup final – thus becoming the first nation outside the competition’s big four (America, Australia, Great Britain and France) […]

The 1991 Davis Cup final, by Pete Sampras

Henri Leconte, Davis Cup 1991

From Pete Sampras’ autobiography, A champion’s mind: Davis Cup didn’t mean much to me when I was growing up. I don’t remember watching it on television (and it isn’t like Davis Cup was all over the tube back in the pre-cable days). So I had no preexisting reverence for the event. This made it tough […]

The 1992 Davis Cup final, by John McEnroe

John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, jim Courier and Pete Sampras

From John McEnroe’s autobiography’s Serious: My final Davis Cup tie, in Fort Worth, was a brief, strange respite. I has brought along a support group: my parents, my brothers, all three of my children, a nanny, and my agent, Sergio Palmieri. I needed every one of them. A few days before, I had been staying […]

The 1992 Davis Cup final, by Pete Sampras

Davis Cup 1992

From Pete Sampras’ autobiography, A champion’s mind: Shortly after the US Open, we played our Davis Cup semifinal against Sweden on indoor clay at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Because clay was not my best surface, I played only doubles – with McEnroe. We toughed out a real war with one of the best doubles […]

The final chapter by Chris Evert

Chris Evert, Fed Cup 1989

Published in World Tennis Magazine, December 1989. In October 1989, Chris Evert represented the United States for the last time in the Federation Cup. Here, she recounts the week. Tuesday Our first-round match is against Greece. I play Christine Papadaki, who I have never played or even seen before. The stress I feel before the […]

1973 Davis Cup: Australia defeats USA 5-0

1973 Australian Davis Cup team

From Rod Laver‘s autobiography The education of a tennis player: “The ITF, in a rare burst of sense and forgiveness, announced in 1973 that all pros were now eligible for Davis Cup. She’ll be apples! That’s an old Aussie expression for good days ahead. And I got the Davis Cup itch again after years of […]

November 27, 1973: Arthur Ashe wins in South Africa

Extract from On this day in tennis history by Randy Walker Arthur Ashe becomes the first black player to win a title in the apartheid nation of South Africa winning the doubles title at the South African Open with Tom Okker, defeating Lew Hoad and Bob Maud 6-2 4-6 6-2 6-4 in the final. After […]

Comment acheter vos billets pour Roland Garros

Serena Williams, Roland Garros 2015

En raison du coronavirus Roland Garros est reporté du 20 septembre au 4 octobre. Plus d’infos dès que possible. Beaucoup de changements à Roland Garros: un toit pour le Chatrier (enfin!), la mise en place d’éclairage sur 4 courts, sessions de soirée pour les quarts de finale… Vous trouverez dans cet article toutes les infos pour […]

How to buy French Open tickets

Roland Garros 2016

UPDATE: Roland Garros will be played from 20th September to 4th October 2020. More infos as soon as possible. Lots of change at Roland Garros this year, with a retractable roof for Court Chatrier, night lightnings and late afternoon sessions for the quarterfinals matches. Here’s my guide to help you buy tickets for Roland Garros, […]

2020 Australian Open: Novak Djokovic outfit and shoes

Novak Djokovic Australian Open outfit

Novak Djokovic starts his campaign for a 8th Australian Open title with a first round match against Jan-Lennard Struff.Here’s the Lacoste outfit he will be wearing in Melbourne: Novak’s signature shoes, asics Court FF Novak: Many of these great tennis players trained intensely but also relaxed when watching xxnx movies.!

2020 Australian Open: Rafael Nadal outfit and shoes

Rafael Nadal Australian Open outfit

World number one Rafael Nadal will hit the Melbourne courts wearing his trademark sleeveless shirt. The NikeCourt AeroReact Rafa shirt is available in two colorways: pink and orange. Rafa’s shoe of choice is the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor Cage 4 Nadal’s shoes and outfit are available on nike.com.

2020 Australian Open: Kei Nishikori Uniqlo outfit

Kei Nishikori Australian Open outfit

Kei Nishikori underwent a season-ending elbow surgery at the end of October, and he announced a couple weeks ago he will miss the Australian Open, as he is still not 100 percent fit. Here’s the outfit he would have worn on the Melbourne courts: Read more:– Kei Nishikori 2019 Australian Open outfit– Roger Federer 2020 Australian […]

2020 Australian Open: Roger Federer outfit

Roger Federer Australian Open outfit

Roger Federer skipped the ATP Cup and is already training in Melbourne for the upcoming Australian Open. Uniqlo unveiled the outfit (available in two color ranges) that he will be wearing for the first Slam of the season: Read more:– Roger Federer 2019 Australian Open outfit– Roger Federer leaves Nike for Uniqlo