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.
After another U.S. Open in which U.S. men were barely a factor, stateside tennis fans ask a familiar question: where are the great American men's tennis players? The answer remains, 'in the increasingly distant past, mostly.'
The era of the broadcast made-for-TV movie event is probably over. But if it ended with Holly Hunter beating Ron Silver in straight sets in When Billie Beat Bobby, a not-quite-noble genre at least went out in style.
Andy Murray is, after a long and difficult rise, a Wimbledon champion. We can only guess at what it was he figured out that allowed him to get there. That's a champion's prerogative, and seems especially right in this case.
As a tennis player, John Isner has his strengths and weaknesses. But the experience of watching him play one of his signature, self-annihilating marathon matches is like nothing else, even for non-fans.
The Davis Cup can be one of the greatest and rowdiest tennis experiences out there. So why is the USTA so content to play it in front of tiny audiences, like the one it's almost certain to find this weekend in Boise?
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.
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.