Films about tennis, especially the pro sport, are rare. But in the last 12 months, there’s been quite a few tennis focused films, both narrative and documentaries. One player who has gotten a lot of interest of late is John McEnroe. The former Wimbledon and US Open champion was the subject of the recent “Borg vs. McEnroe” film staring Shia LaBeouf. Now a new documentary explores the player, and his dedication to being the best, as something close to a work of art. Continue reading
There’s a saying sometimes used during the Olympic Games when one athlete is expected to win the gold medal even before their event begins. Commentators have been known to say that everyone else in the field is just “playing for silver”. On the tennis tour, there is no silver medal at the end of each event. One player gets the trophy and that’s it.
The expectation, even before this year’s clay court season started, was that Rafael Nadal would win a record eleventh French Open title and raise the La Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy. Now that the Paris Grand Slam is here, the expectation is still the same.
Tennis is known for its great rivalries, but one that still continues to fascinate, inspire, and intrigue fans of the sport was the one between Björn Borg and John McEnroe. The new film “Borg vs. McEnroe” directed by Janus Metz explores this by focusing on the two all-time greats and their volatile personalities and how one kept it hidden from view while the other certainly did not.
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The “Sunshine Double” better known as the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments over the last few weeks certainly provided enough compelling storylines and surprise champions. Whether the results in the desert and in South Florida translate into long-term trends for the rest of the season is still very unclear, but it certainly proved that the ATP and WTA – though joined together at these combined events – are on different paths – at least when it comes to dealing with the lack of a dominant player or group of players week in and week out.
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Normally at the end of each year, I write up a best and worst list of all things tennis. For a lot of reasons, mostly lack of time, I’ve decided to just write a more concise year-end review with my thoughts on the players, matches, and off-court events that stood out the most to me in 2017.
Unusual. Unknown. Unlikely. Unforeseen.
These were just a few of the words starting with “un” that were used throughout the week in various media reports to describe this year’s ATP Finals in London. And one can’t blame some of the writers for doing so. After all, for those that don’t follow the ATP Tour week in and week out, the sight of some “unfamiliar” (yet another “un” word used) faces in the elite eight lineup was cause for head scratching and double takes at the lineup. Especially considering the two men in that draw who dominated the tour all year – Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
The WTA Finals wrapped up this weekend in Singapore. Before the event began, no one could predict an outright favorite in a field of equals – these being the top eight WTA players of the 2017 season. Ultimately the event, much like the season itself, proved at times unpredictable, entertaining, and satisfying – for some yes, and for others, probably not, in the end.