Player Profiles

The Rise, Fall, and Seemingly Permanent Plateau of Ana Ivanovic

The Rise, Fall, and Seemingly Permanent Plateau of Ana Ivanovic

A modern-day mystery.

The Magnificent, Mysterious, and Maddening Gael Monfils

The Magnificent, Mysterious, and Maddening Gael Monfils

At 1:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning in August of 2011, after winning an epic rain-delayed semifinal against John Isner at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), Gael Monfils was asked how he stayed focused on tennis during the hour-long rain-delay in the middle of the match. “To be honest I don’t […]

Revisiting Victoria Azarenka’s Ascendency at the 2012 Australian Open

Revisiting Victoria Azarenka’s Ascendency at the 2012 Australian Open

In order to entice observers, sports needs its heros and villains. Most of the time, these labels are handed out in an arbitrary fashion, when the truth about an athlete almost always lies somewhere in the middle.

In women’s tennis, there’s the ever-popular Serena Williams, who enjoys broad support as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. There’s Maria Sharapova, a beloved mainstay whose fightback after shoulder surgery proved her professionalism and commitment to the game. There’s Agnieszka Radwanska, voted a WTA fan favorite for her crafty game and fun personality off the court.

And then there’s Victoria Azarenka.

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