Tennis Magazine

Tennis Magazine

July/Aug 2020

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

United States
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the waiting game

This column would normally be dedicated to my thoughts and predictions about Wimbledon. Obviously, these aren’t normal times. Speculation whether Novak Djokovic will repeat, or if Roger Federer and Serena Williams can add one more major trophy to their collections, must be tabled. The top priority on all our radars remains successfully navigating past the enormity of the coronavirus crisis. This isn’t a localized tragedy affecting one country, tournament or sport—the whole world is suffering. We all want to get back to some semblance of normal. The greatest fear for most people has been the health consequences of contracting the virus. Self-imposed exiles from family, in order to prevent potential spread, pose an even deeper layer of anxiety. Yet the economic pain this pandemic has inflicted on so many becomes another…

2 min.
inside tennis cover letters

There are no words on this issue’s cover, and considering the stunning picture, I’m thankful for that. But I’m going to say a few words about it here. This year’s May/June and July/August editions of TENNIS Magazine have been two of the most challenging—and important—issues I’ve ever worked on. The former was overhauled about two weeks before its pages were printed, given the sudden upheaval from the coronavirus pandemic. One part of that transformation was its cover. The image needed to speak to the moment, yet endure despite an uncertain future. Originally planned to showcase Dominic Thiem (whose profile we still ran, with some delicate, last-minute editing), the May/June cover was now our biggest question. I believe our answer—a close-up of empty seats from Roland Garrosis one of the most striking covers…

4 min.
resolving your rules & questions quarrels

Confident Calls Our opponents had a bad habit of calling shots out before the ball bounced—even on serves, and on shots that landed close to the sideline. Should these have been considered hindrances, and ruled as our points? —Bob Gossman, Atlanta, Ga. While “early” calls can be aggravating, there’s no problem with them . . . so long as the call is correct. If the ball lands out, it’s out. However, should the shot land in, the opponent is stuck with their call and must concede the point under The Code, #12: “A player who calls a ball out shall reverse the call if the player becomes uncertain or realizes that the ball was good. The point goes to the opponent.” One vs. Three As my partner was serving, a ball fell out of my…

2 min.
aces & faults

> March 24: Johanna Konta appears on The Great Celebrity Bake Off and finishes runner-up. > March 25: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Roger and Mirka Federer donate 1 million Swiss Francs to vulnerable families. > March 25: Thiago Seyboth Wild reveals a positive coronavirus test; Patrick McEnroe and Katrina Adams follow. > April 1: After tweeting for the job, Andy Roddick makes his Tennis Channel Live debut. > April 1: Wimbledon is canceled for the first time since WWII. > April 7: Federer’s wall volley challenge goes viral; Andy Murray follows with his own version. > April 8: Karolina Pliskova delivers coffee to health-care workers in the Czech Republic. > April 9: Vasek Pospisil trolls Federer, Jack Sock and other pros while logged onto the ATP Instagram account. > April 10: The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis…

1 min.
the rally

Q: What do you miss most in the absence of professional tennis? TRACY AUSTIN Two-time Grand Slam champion & former No. 1 > The matches. To be more specific, I miss watching the style contrasts, tactical changes, emotional management, and how the players respond to pressure moments. PAUL ANNACONE Former coach of Roger Federer & Pete Sampras > I have always been a fan of competition, and in these times there is a huge void from that very basic theme. I have also found a void from not being around our tennis family at all the wonderful events across the globe. LINDSAY DAVENPORT 1996 Olympic gold medalist & Hall of Famer > The energy and excitement from the players. Watching players, in real time, trying to accomplish their hopes, dreams and goals. That moment when they win a big…

2 min.
five minutes with…

How are players adjusting to a new normal created by COVID-19? We caught up with Gaby Dabrowski (at her training base at Saddlebrook Resort in Florida), Matt Ebden (home in Perth, Australia), Bruno Soares (at his sister’s home in Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and Zheng Saisai (home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) to find out. What are some unexpected activities that have managed to keep you occupied? GD: Player council duties have been fairly time consuming. I’ve done a couple game nights with friends. ME: I find waterskiing a great physical workout for the legs and shoulders. I have started cycling a lot, too. BS: I’ve never had 24 hours a day to spend with my kids, so this is extremely special. ZS: My baby Yuanbao (my dog) has been a constant source of entertainment. When it comes…