This week on The Backboard: further exploration into why top pros still show up at tournaments even though they’re struggling with injuries (hint: it’s the money). Plus: Jeremy “Double-Fault Whisperer,” Al Jazeera might or might not be interested in the Tennis Channel, Marc López doesn’t want to anoint the Bryans as the Doubles GOATs, Juan Mónaco makes fun of his good friend Rafael Nadal, and I compare my relationship with the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” to “When Harry Met Sally.”
This week I wonder why top players keep showing up at tournaments even though they’re injured, what’s in store for Taylor Townsend’s future, and more.
The first day of a Grand Slam is always the most hectic, but we kept our eyes peeled for as many noteworthy events as possible. Here’s what we learned.
A liveblog of the first round match between Lleyton Hewitt and Janko Tipsarevic at the Australian Open.
Here are 25 things that make Janko Tipsarevic sigh:
Today at the 02 Arena: bad scheduling has Federer and Del Potro squaring off first, even though the result of their match could render Ferrer-Tipsarevic meaningless. The first blemish on the otherwise impeccable scheduling throughout the week!
Here are the scenarios (as far as I can tell): If Del Potro beats Federer, he is in the semis, no matter what Ferrer does. However, if Del Potro wins in straight sets, he will win the group – if he wins in three, Federer wins the group. If Federer wins in two or three sets, he’ll win the group. If that were to happen, Ferrer has to beat Tipsarevic to advance. However, if by some strange miracle Tipsarevic wins….
The story of how Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz beat World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic at the Paris Masters, as told in animated GIFs.