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May/June 2019

Coverage of the pro game, tips and instructions, plus the latest gear.

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déjà vu for djokovic

Novak Djokovic has been here before. On two prior occasions, he has arrived in Roland Garros with the opportunity to win his fourth consecutive Grand Slam title. In 2012, he made it to the final before losing a tight four-setter to Rafael Nadal. Four years later, Djokovic captured that elusive French Open title, capping a career Grand Slam, with a four-set win over Andy Murray. Now Djokovic looks to complete the feat a second time. What seemed astounding is practically becoming routine for the world No. 1. Not long ago, after winning six of eight Slams, Djokovic appeared reeling in the wake of injury and personal problems. Some wondered if his best tennis was behind him. But since rediscovering his game, Djokovic is back climbing the Grand Slam ladder. Now at…

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resolving your rules & questions quarrels

During a doubles point, my partner’s cell phone started ringing in her bag. We continued to rally until the point ended. My team won the point, but our opponents wanted to call a hindrance and claim it. I said the ringing was equally disruptive and not intentional. Who was right, and would it have made a difference if our opponents stopped play when the phone started ringing? —Debbie Woods, Michigan It’s imperative that all players heed The Code, #33, which says “a player who claims a hindrance must stop play immediately.” If you don’t stop for the ringing cellphone, you can’t whine about it later. Had your opponents stopped playing, they would have been awarded the point. The Code, #36, says that “a ringing cellphone is a deliberate hindrance; if an opponent’s…

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catching up with tennis channel’s global correspondent during a rare layover

Q What do you remember most from traveling with your father, Vijay? A PRAKASH: When I was 9, he was commentating and playing legends events around the world. I remember being with him in the champion’s locker room at Wimbledon, the old one right under Centre Court. He was getting ready for a 35-and-overs match. I found myself sitting on a bench in between Boris Becker and Pete Sampras, my favorite two players. I will never forget that moment. I decided then that playing tennis is exactly what I wanted to do. I came back to Los Angeles that summer, won my first 10-and-under tournament, and the fuse was lit. Did you feel pressure following in the footsteps of a legend? Let me put it this way: In 1985, when I was about…

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ask the expert

Q When do you think Roger will retire? A This conversation has been happening for almost a decade now. When I was coaching Roger in 2010, a lot of people asked me if he was going to stop playing soon. I was like, “Really? I don’t think so.” Roger generally doesn’t make decisions based on momentary emotions; he’s very pragmatic. He’s enjoying this journey. I’m sure at some point he’ll start to think about retirement if his ranking really dips and the wins aren’t coming. But he’s told me, and said to everyone else, that he’s going to keep playing while he still enjoys it, while his family is enjoying it, and while he’s happy and healthy. His agent, Tony Godsick, recently made a golf analogy, saying that he hopes Roger is on…

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coaching in the bigs

Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens, who have combined to win four of the last six women’s Grand Slam singles titles, have all made coaching changes this year. It was a strange time of the season for all this to happen, but particularly in these cases. Performance certainly wasn’t an issue for Osaka, winner of the last two majors. When something’s working, why would you change it? I didn’t quite understand the move—but relationships drive coaching partnerships, and if there’s unhappiness, I get that. There are other reasons for coaching splits, including under-performance and pay. Family needs are also a factor, as we saw with Halep’s former coach, Darren Cahill, who wanted to spend more time with his children; or with Toni Nadal, who shifted his focus to the Rafa Nadal…

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marin cilic’s crosscourt backhand

1 Cilic’s forehand inflicts plenty of damage, but his backhand is a devastating shot as well. He prepares to hit it with his racquet pointed up. As he gets closer to the ball, Cilic builds some distance between his body and the racquet, before he loads his body weight on his outside (left) leg. 2 His arms are now at full extension away from his body, and his weight begins to transition from his back leg to his front (right) leg. Cilic’s eyes stay on the ball while his shoulders rotate back. Look at his torso: it’s in balance, with his legs, hips and shoulders doing all of the work. 3 As Cilic begins to reach for the ball, he drops his wrist. This allows the racquet head to get underneath the…