Topic: Australian Open

January 28, 2014

Roger Federer's best tennis may indeed be behind him. But people have been saying that about him for years, and he has just continued to be Roger Federer. Whatever's ahead for him still demands watching.

January 28, 2013

There was once a story tennis fans told themselves about Andy Murray, and he wasn't the hero of it. After a script-flipping 2012 and an impressive run to the finals of the Australian Open, it's clear that Murray is both ready to change that storyline and seize authorship of what could be very good career.

January 25, 2013

Sloane Stephens could be one of the next great stars in tennis, or she might not be. But, as the charming and jarringly well-adjusted 19-year-old showed during her run to the Australian Open semifinals, she's already among the best reasons to stay up late watching tennis.

January 30, 2012

A Novak Djokovic victory is almost always impressive but rarely inspirational, akin to watching someone recreate a Jackson Pollock painting drop by drop from the world’s longest instruction manual. As a physical accomplishment, it’s amazing. As a piece of drama, or really just athletic narrative, it’s a little dull. For full appreciation as an athlete in a state of continual self-improvement, he requires the right context.

January 13, 2012

Hit Points is a humble tribute to the nonfiction comic strips in the Sunday newspapers of yore. Today: the battle between new and old in the next big tennis tournament.