Nelson Mandela used sport to inspire and transform. The great leader, a boxer in his youth, understood the power of sport to influence and unify.
As I walked around the campus on my first visit to Florida State, the news of the Jameis Winston investigation seemed in sharp contrast to the atmosphere, which overflowed with civility and kindness.
Bullying has become an epidemic in American schools. According to The National Crime Prevention Council, 67 percent of all students in America have reported being bullied. And that’s only because of kids like Jonathan Martin, who had the courage to come forward.
The 27-year-old Spaniard, out last year with a knee injury, came back with a vengeance, winning his eighth French Open title in June and his second US Open title, taking home $3.6 million in prize money Monday night in Flushing.
Dealing with adversity in intense matches is where Serena Williams has shown the biggest improvement. As her sister Venus said, “the only player that can beat Serena is Serena herself.”
Even though Djokovic won, the crowd was so impressed with Wawrinka’s effort and game, they gave him a well-deserved long-standing ovation after the match.
Wawrinka dazzled with 45 winners to Murray’s 15. He outplayed Murray from start to finish, rendering Murray defenseless as Murray was unable to come up with any break points in the entire match.
Top seed Novak Djokovic is flying around in his own stratosphere. He hasn’t dropped a set the entire tournament and dominated Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.
Wow. I hate to say this, but Roger Federer looked old in Flushing on Monday night.
In the most compelling match-up of the tournament so far, top seed and defending champion Serena showed fellow American Stephens who’s boss.
It remains to be seen if Riske can continue to climb up the rankings and continue to improve. But she’s headed in the right direction.
Each year at the US Open, there is a story that captivates and stands out more than any other. This year, it was only two days before 17-year-old Vicky Duval became ‘that’ story.
Gone is the Golden Era of American tennis. Every year, the names Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert seem to fade further in our country’s tennis consciousness.
The U.S. Open barely got started and one of its most popular players, James Blake, announced his retirement from the game, effective after this US Open.
We knew Jason Dufner had game. This time in the PGA Championship, the 36-year-old was able to close it out and show the world just how much game he has.