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Future American Tennis Star?

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Ryan Harrison (left) and Ryan Sweeting (right) are two of the players expected to help revive American tennis.

By Toni Headley

Toni Headley is a tennis expert who worked at ESPN for 10 years and has been a freelance writer there for the past 2 years.  She also previously worked at CBS Sports and has covered every major tennis tournament in the world multiple times.

As we leave Indian Wells, California for the Sony Ericsson Open, I ask myself if this will be the last time we see Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, and James Blake playing here in Miami? With the slow decline of the Williams sisters, Roddick, and Blake due to injury and age, could we be witnessing the end of American tennis as we know it? All four players will be playing here in Miami, which starts in a little over a week. Continue reading

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Marion Bartoli – An Opportunity Missed

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Wouldn't it be a shame if current world #7 Marion Bartoli (pictured above) had to miss the 2012 Olympic Games due to her ongoing conflict with the French Tennis Federation?

By Toni Headley

Toni Headley is a tennis expert who worked at ESPN for 10 years and has been a freelance writer there for the past 2 years.  She also previously worked at CBS Sports and has covered every major tennis tournament in the world multiple times.

Marion Bartoli will most likely miss the 2012 Olympics due to her ongoing feud with the French Tennis Federation. The current tussle stems from Miss Bartoli’s refusal to be coached by the Federation coaches and insistance that her father coaches her during Fed Cup and Olympic competitions. Miss Bartoli was hoping for an exemption from the ITF, but it seems unlikely that she will receive one. Miss Bartoli’s unwillingness to work with the federation and participate in Fed Cup competition throughout the year has deemed her ineligible to compete in the upcoming Olympics. While I am all for a player’s individual rights to choose her coaches, trainers and hitting partners, I will have to disagree with Miss Bartoli in this instance. Continue reading

Somebody please explain the current WTA tour to me?

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Petra Kvitova (pictured above) is your 2011 Women's Wimbledon Champion.

By Josh Kramer

I am a guy by all means that is for unpredictability, parity, and all of that good stuff.  As Andy Roddick recently said, “Sports would be just like watching a DVD,” if they were predictable.  But hands down, women’s tennis these days is the most unpredictable sport in the sporting world.  I feel like predicting a champion is like throwing darts or picking straws.  You better not have any rhyme or reason for your picks, because they most likely will not come true.

Earlier today, little known Petra Kvitova easily handled a heavily favored Maria Sharapova.  And for my non tennis die-hards out there, I can pretty much guarantee that you never heard of Petra Kvitova until the past couple of days, or perhaps even this morning.  Sharapova was my pick before the tournament started to take home the women’s title.  So when she got to the championship match and was taking on a much lesser known opponent, who was 21-years-old and had never been past the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam until this week, I thought that it was a no brainer.  There is no such thing as a no brainer in women’s tennis these days though. Continue reading