Wimbledon 2022 preview: Can unique Championships throw up a surprise champion?

The sun shines brightly on the pristine grass at SW19 as Wimbledon, devoid of ranking points but full of intrigue, is set to kick off on Monday. Two of the main draw’s biggest personalities – Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams – were confirmed at the last moment, and the men’s World No. 1, and three … Read more

Naomi Osaka’s mental health discussion resonates at French Open

Naomi Osaka’s 2022 French Open is over following a first-round loss. The players remaining in the tournament see and hear products of her frank discussion about anxiety and depression a year ago — from new “quiet rooms” and three on-call psychiatrists at Roland Garros to a broader sense that mental health is a far-less- taboo … Read more

French Open: Suffering in Spain, succeeding in Paris

Every year in the fashion capital of the world, on tastefully decorated courts, elegantly-dressed fans get enchanted by dishevelled gritty men in dirt-stained clothes. Invariably, for close to three decades, the Parisians in their immaculate Channels and Diors have ended up applauding the French Open triumph of some tired Spaniard bathed in red clay. In … Read more

Harsh reality of jail hits Becker

Tennis legend Boris Becker’s time in prison has begun on a rough note with the six-time Grand Slam champion ‘shocked’ by the alleged lack of hygiene and quality of food on service at Wandsworth Prison. Becker is spending time in prison after he was hiding for assets during his bankruptcy proceedings, which began in 2017. … Read more

Alcaraz’s drop shot: When audacity meets playfulness and embarrasses legends

Not since Michael Chang’s underarm serve to Ivan Lendl has cheekiness on red clay been as celebrated as this past month. Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz has made a habit of stunning world tennis’ leading lights with his well-disguised delicate drop shots. Among those who have scampered up the court in a hurry, only to … Read more

Boris Becker’s sensational entry into tennis and the retirement plan that went terribly awry

A few weeks back the bankrupt tennis legend Boris Becker was in court facing a trial for hiding from his creditors, among other high-value acquisitions, the Wimbledon Trophy he won as a 17 year old. It was a heart-breaking bit of Becker update for a world that treats even the Lemon & Spoon race medals … Read more