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Tennis Magazine

Tennis Magazine

November/December 2019

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

United States
Tennis Channel dba Tennis Magazine
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6 Issues


2 min.
the successor

There’s little doubt that from personality to performance, Serena Williams was the best women’s tennis player of the past decade. A strong case could also be made that she owns the distinction since the start of the century. But as dominant as Serena has been, it’s a (near) certainty that over the ensuing decade, she will retire, and another player will assume her mantle. And we have an intriguing candidate for the role: 15-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff. Gauff’s run to the fourth round of Wimbledon appeared like a bolt of lightning, but her prodigious success in the juniors—winning a Grand Slam title and reaching No. 1 by 14—gave fair warning of her potential. Her skill set of powerful strokes and athleticism are apparent, and she’s willing to engage from all parts…

1 min.
the decade in review

In 2018, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of tennis’ Open Era. The year was also part of a decade-long stretch that we’ll remember 50 years from now. Records tumbled and prize money ballooned. Fans watched the sport in bigger stadiums and on smaller devices. Men and women competed alongside each other at more combined events, and competed with each other for a new Olympic medal. More often than not this decade, you were seeing something happening that had never happened before, and that may never happen again. Before we turn the page on these 10 years of tennis, turn these pages to see what made them so special.…

4 min.
aces & faults

> 2010: Francesca Schiavone becomes the first Italian woman to reach a Grand Slam singles final—and then to win one—in Paris. > 2010: In August, Andy Roddick falls to No. 11, marking the first time that no American men are ranked in the ATP Top 10. > 2010: Novak Djokovic saves two match points, then defeats Roger Federer in the US Open semis. A year later, he does the exact same thing. > 2011: In the US Open doubles final, a ball caroms off of Philipp Petzschner’s leg and lands over the net for a winner. He says nothing; his team wins, 6–2, 6–2. > 2011: With enduring elbow problems, Justin Henin retires from tennis for the second—and final —time. > 2011: China’s Li Na becomes the first Asian-born player to win a Grand Slam singles title, defeating Schiavone in the…

1 min.
2010-2019 more aces and faults

> Ace Race: Karlovic, Federer and John Isner surpass 10,000 career aces, joining Goran Ivanisevic. > Tennis Moms: Serena, Victoria Azarenka, Tatjana Maria and Kateryna Bondarenko merge family life with the grind of the tour. > The Lost Generation: Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Juan Martin del Potro, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem—all of them Grand Slam finalists and Top 5 players—combine to win one Grand Slam title. > Conquering Cancer: Alisa Kleybanova, Ross Hutchins, Victoria Duval, Allie Kiick and Nicole Gibbs return to the sport after conquering the disease. > Just In Time: Before Davis Cup’s transformational change in 2019, Murray, del Potro, Federer and Djokovic all contribute to title runs for their nations.…

8 min.
the perfect ’10s

Some eras begin auspiciously. The last decade in tennis went a step farther: it began astonishingly. The setting was, in hindsight, not auspicious at all. It was June 2010, and John Isner and Nicolas Mahut were facing each other in the first round at Wimbledon, on distant Court 18. Neither had made it past the third round at the All England Club before, and neither was expected to do anything memorable that year. But over the next three days, the American and the Frenchman made themselves the center of the world’s attention. When their 11-hour plus marathon was over, and all 82 inches of the victorious Isner had tumbled to the grass in joyful exhaustion, the two men had played the longest tennis match in history. They had also added a new…

11 min.
the top 10 men’s matches of the decade

10 Roger Federer d. Nick Kyrgios 7–6 (9), 6–7 (9), 7–6 (5) 2017 Miami semifinal > Normally, the story of a decade in tennis would include a changing-of-the-guard moment, a match that signaled a new generation’s rise. This semifinal, between a 35-year-old Federer and a 21-year-old Kyrgios, provided the opposite: it was the night the guard remained the same. Federer was coming off a career-rejuvenating Australian Open victory; Kyrgios was coming off two wins over Novak Djokovic, and seemed ready to finally make good on his obvious but underused talent. Together, over the course of three hours, in front of a riveted and raucous Key Biscayne crowd, they put on the most intensely concentrated display of top-level tennis over the last 10 years. When the serene Swiss and the aggro Aussie put their radically…