Rafael Nadal and the Modern Pace of Play

Rafael Nadal in action in Indian Wells, California (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

In the week leading up to the Masters tournament in Indian Wells, both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were asked about the issue of how much time players take between points. Federer said that officials were being too loose with the rules about the pace of play, and that warnings and point penalties should be given out much more frequently than they currently are. This should not come as a … [Read more...]

Decline of U.S. Tennis: The Stats Behind the Story

Pete Sampras (L) of the US walks arm-in-arm with c

The 1990's were a golden age for American tennis. Of the 40 grand slams contested between 1990 and 1999, more than half were won by U.S. players. This is by a wide margin the most dominant that any one country has been at the game's highest level since the start of the Open Era. Between October of 1992 and February of 1996, Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi traded the number one ranking … [Read more...]

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