In her run to a second Australian Open title – her fourth major championship overall – Naomi Osaka convinced me that she indeed has the intestinal fortitude to reign on the throne of women’s tennis. About a year ago, I had begun to have my doubts. After failing to defend her 2019 Australian Open title … More Osaka answers the question Down Under
With a second victory over her idol to win her first Grand Slam title, Naomi Osaka proved to the world she no longer is a “rising” star. The newly-crowned U.S. Open champion has landed on the planet of elite players in women’s professional tennis. The title was just Osaka’s second on the Women’s Tennis Association … More Osaka’s victory presents new challenge
When Sloane Stephens beat fellow American Madison Keys to reach the finals of this year’s French Open, I began preparing my appetite for a little crow. Madison had been playing well on the red dirt at Roland Garros and, though it’s not her favorite surface, I was among those who predicted she would avenge her … More Sloane erases doubt about her desire
After Venus Williams lost in the first round of this year’s Australian Open, I found it hard to imagine her at age 37 having as good a season as she did in 2017. But her run to the semi-finals at Indian Wells, considered the fifth Grand Slam tournament on the professional tennis tour, once again … More Venus continues to show resilience
As I sat emotionally caught up in the touching embrace between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys following their milestone US Open championship match, I thought to myself it couldn’t get any better than this for black tennis fans as a wrap to the biggest Grand Slam tournament of them all. But, the next day, it … More Cori Gauff: The Next GOAT?
History was made at this year’s US Open tennis championships, but you will have to dig deep to find any mention of it in mainstream media. For the first time ever, three of the four women playing in the women’s singles semi-finals were African American – Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams. The fourth … More Madison, Sloane, Venus make history at US Open championships
Obviously, the highlight of the 2017 Australian Open was the women’s championship match between Serena and Venus Williams. It was a match for the ages in more ways than one. For black tennis fans, the final was a thrilling prelude to Black History month, with Serena again rewriting the books by becoming the all-time Grand … More Thoughts on the Australian Open
It is 8:50 a.m., and I have 10 minutes to get to an interview with Frances Tiafoe Sr. Traffic is clogged in all directions amid a nasty late November rain. I have transcended the muttering stage and am now banging on the steering wheel at every stoplight. As I pull into the Tennis Center at … More Interview with the dad of a rising star