Tennis Magazine

Tennis Magazine

Jul/Aug 2021

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

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2 min.
ready for primetime

Between quarantines, bubbles and tournament cancelations, there’s been little flow to this season. While we’re fortunate that players can still compete during these uncertain times, it has nonetheless made it difficult for them to build and sustain momentum. A silver lining to the lack of continuity, though, has been lesser-known players getting more air time to make names for themselves. No group has shone brighter than the 21-and-under set. As much as any time I can recall, there’s a wave of hungry and fearless young players overflowing with talent and belief. They’re products of a highly competitive junior era that propelled them to smoother, more successful transitions to the pros. They’re respectful of the established order, but they’re not intimidated. They study and emulate the top players, but are eager to…

1 min.
name brand

> Stan Smith has famously said that, rather than a Hall of Fame tennis player, some people think he’s a shoe. He even wrote a book about it. While it’s unlikely Roger Federer’s playing career will suffer a similar fate, the 20-time Grand Slam champion now has his own signature sneaker. Collaborating with Swiss running brand On, Federer helped design The Roger Pro, which debuted in March at the Qatar Open—the first time he took the court as a pro with footwear other than Nike. On had previously released three tennis-inspired street shoes bearing Federer’s name, but this is its first foray into the performance category. While On is well-versed in the nuances of straight-ahead running, it needed to create a shoe that could handle the more rigorous side-to-side demands of tennis.…

3 min.
leylah fernandez simona halep

> When Simona Halep came to Toronto in 2019 looking to play some doubles, one name jumped out on a list of potential partners. “I picked Leylah because I heard that she’s very ambitious,” Halep said at the time. “And she just won the [junior] French Open, and I remembered that I did that 10 years ago.” Leylah Fernandez was still just 16 years old, and couldn’t stop smiling when she found out she would soon take the court with the reigning Wimbledon champion. “She is very smiley,” Halep recalled at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in April. “She’s smiling all the time.” The Canadian teenager has had plenty of reason to smile since transitioning to tour life. Months after partnering Halep at her home tournament, Fernandez reached her first WTA final in Acapulco.…

8 min.
ready, set, crow

Last year, instead of her regular training regimen at the USTA National Campus in Florida, Ann Li was quarantining with her parents in her childhood home outside Philadelphia. On a bathroom mirror hung five Post-it notes. Li had just finished reading David Goggin’s Can’t Hurt Me, a manifesto by the former Navy SEAL to inspire people to achieve fulfillment by overcoming obstacles and reaching personal goals. Each chapter includes exercises designed to further one’s quest; objectives are to be put in writing. Sprawled across Li’s sticky notes are her missions: to win each of the four Grand Slam tournaments, and become the No. 1 player in the world. “I’m a super aggressive, all-court player, and I have a lot of goals,” says Li. “I always knew I had it in me. It was…

10 min.
recipe4 success

When 20-year-old Sebastian Korda arrived for the qualifying rounds at last fall’s pandemic-delayed Roland Garros, he had never before won a tour-level match. Less than two weeks later, he had become the youngest American to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam since Michael Chang in 1991, earning a chance to play his childhood idol—and the namesake of his beloved cat, Rafa—on Court Philippe Chatrier. The idol in question was, of course, Rafael Nadal himself. The clay-court savant ended Korda’s unforgettable run, allowing him just four games in a two-hour demolition. As if hoping to briefly extend his dream Roland Garros experience, Korda unabashedly asked his hero for a signed shirt as they tapped racquets at the net. The Spaniard happily obliged. “To my friend Sebastian,” he wrote. “All the best in…

2 min.
remember when: serena wins her first venus rosewater dish

For nearly a quarter-century, Richard Williams had pointed himself towards the goal of having his daughters Venus and Serena become the best players in the world. On July 6, 2002, his vision was once again proving itself not merely a transitory dream, but a sustainable reality. Venus and Serena were about to play each other in the Wimbledon final—the first time two sisters had met for the title since 1884. Each had already left their marks. Serena won the US Open in 1999; Venus won both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2000 and 2001—the latter marking the first time the sisters faced off in a Grand Slam final. “I have a lot of room for improvement,” Serena said after losing to Venus. “You guys, you just haven’t seen anything yet.” Once 2002…