Tags: Nadal, Rafael

Nonfiction: A Poet Who Loves Tennis Follows the Grand Tour, in Prose

THE CIRCUIT A Tennis Odyssey By Rowan Ricardo Phillips Illustrated. 216 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $26. In an interview in The Paris Review, the writer Luc Sante said: “I often think of what I do as wide poems. … I write prose with a poet’s head.” This is an apt description of Rowan Ricardo…

On Tennis: One Constant of the Tennis Season: Mixed Emotions

The official tennis season ended in joy and thinly disguised rage on Sunday in the northern French city of Lille. While Marin Cilic and the Croats celebrated their decisive 3-1 Davis Cup victory, the French player Nicolas Mahut gave David Haggerty, the International Tennis Federation president, an extended piece of his mind as he accepted…

Who Has the Best Shots in Men’s Tennis?

No matter how it might look, regime change really will come to men’s tennis someday, but for now power remains concentrated in very familiar hands. Four years have passed since the last New York Times survey of the best shots in men’s tennis, and the players who dominated that poll in 2014 continue to dominate…