John McEnroe is Right About Serena Williams

John McEnroe is back in the limelight and getting just as much hate as he did back in his “You cannot be serious!” days in the 1970’s and 1980’s. He recently earned the ire of Serena Williams and her fans after saying she couldn’t make it on the men’s tour. I’ve already written a bit … Continued


Roger Federer is a Professional Athlete Your Kids Can Look Up To

Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal, his long-time rival, in the Australian Open final last weekend, making it his eighteenth Grand Slam title and his first Grand Slam win since Wimbledon in 2012, despite the fact that hard court tennis isn’t even his specialty; he’s the king of grass courts. Even more remarkable? He is thirty-five … Continued

Celebrities, Sports

For the Williams Sisters, Sibling Rivalry Yields to Sisterly Love

For tennis fans, this past weekend’s Australian Open finals offered two dream matchups: throwback pairings between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the men’s final, and between Venus and Serena Williams in the women’s final. It was the women’s match that really captured my attention. I can’t say that I’ve ever been a hard-core tennis … Continued

Celebrities, Sports

In Praise of Wimbledon’s (and Others’) Dress Codes

A larger portion of my closet than I care to admit is taken up by shirts, shoes, and hats emblazoned with Roger Federer’s “RF” logo. Over the years, I’ve put together quite the collection, and naturally, I do have some favorites, namely Federer’s 2014 Wimbledon shirt and his 2012 Wimbledon shoes. They are my favorite … Continued

Culture, Sports

Roger Federer’s Family Values

Watching tennis star Roger Federer glide back and forth on the courts of the U.S. Open, you’d never think he’s a 33 year-old devoted dad of four. Roger and his wife have two sets of twins, twin boys and twin girls. The boy twins are just four months old. I love what Federer had to … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Parenting, Sports

Sexism at the French Open!

I’ll admit it, I watched tennis replays from Roland Garros instead of President Obama’s West Point speech. Watching Tsonga dispatch Melzer in three straight sets was way more exciting, no matter the ease with which President Obama similarly dispatched straw man after straw man on foreign policy. Sports commentators, however, never seem satisfied with the … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Sports

Could a Tennis Ball Have Stopped Elliot Rodger?

Hitting a tennis ball against a wall. That’s the way we used to deal with it. If you were frustrated about a girl, or angry about something, or even just bored on a summer day, my father would walk up and present you with two objects: a tennis ball and a tennis racket. He didn’t even … Continued