Climate change activist lights self, tennis court on fire during Laver Cup

Protester sets self on fire during Laver Cup.Image: AP A climate change activist lit himself and London’s O2 arena tennis court on fire Friday during the Laver Cup, according to multiple reports. The unnamed protester, clad in a white t-shirt emblazoned with “end UK private jets,” carried a lighter with him before sitting down on … Read more

20-time Grand Slam champ Roger Federer retiring

Happy trails, Rog.Image: Getty Images I won’t be alone in saying that Roger Federer was the first winner I consistently cheered for. Part of that was growing up in Chicago, when as a child, being a fan of a consistent winner really wasn’t much of an option (as it is now. And everything turns, turns, … Read more

Kyrie Irving picks up $37M option to remain a Net for another season

Guess who couldn’t find a date for NBA prom?Image: Getty Images It was one of the shorter turnarounds in the recent history of NBA free agency becoming the world’s biggest soap opera (the dawn of which is probably “taking my talents to South Beach”). Sometime yesterday, rumors broke that Kyrie Irving and the Nets could … Read more

Wimbledon needs Serena Williams more than Serena Williams needs Wimbledon

Welcome back, Serena!Image: Getty Images The greatest tennis player of all time is returning to the sport’s most prestigious tournament. But this time around, one side needs the other more than ever. And Serena Williams isn’t the thirsty one. Earlier this week, The All England Club announced that Williams will be granted a wild-card entry … Read more

The beginning of the end for Serena Williams?

Is this our last time around with Serena?Image: Getty Images After losing to Naomi Osaka in the semifinals of the 2021 Australian Open, Serena Williams’ response to a reporter’s inquiry about whether her tearful exit was her subconsciously saying goodbye went somewhat unnoticed. “I don’t know,” she told the gaggle of reporters. “If I ever … Read more

Rafael Nadal winning the French Open is still the most inevitable outcome in sports

Don’t hate him cause you ain’t him.Image: Getty Images Rafael Nadal’s dominance on clay courts is to be expected. When he enters Roland Garros, his path to the title is Jordanesque, Gretzky-like, Ruthian, or whichever GOAT athletes of the last century come to mind. Seventeen years have passed since Nadal won his first Grand Slam … Read more

Yes, women’s tennis is compelling

French Open head Amélie Mauresmo triggers women’s tennis.Image: Getty Images The call is coming from inside the house. Last night, the French Open’s first ever female director and former No. 1 player Amélie Mauresmo told the press that men’s tennis has “more appeal” than the women’s game right now, which was why 9 of the … Read more

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic gave us a French Open quarterfinal for the ages

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal met for the 59th time.Image: Getty Images It’s a testament to their greatness that whenever Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic line up in a major, where everyone projects they might meet, everyone starts girding up for it. Be it the quarters, semis, or finals, everyone knows to block out half … Read more

Novak Djokovic cleared for Wimbledon… gross

Novak Djokovic called the All England Club “crazy” for its ban on Russian and Belarusian players.Image: Getty Images Priorities, right? let’s ban all Russian and Belaruisan athletes who are blameless, even if they’ve spoken out on national television against soulless Vladimir Putin in Russia’s brutal ongoing war against Ukraine. But unvaccinated Novak Djokovic is allowed … Read more

All England Club banning Russian and Belarusian players from Wimbledon

Daniil Medvedev won’t be allowed to play at Wimbledon.illustration: Getty Images A ban from the FIFA World Cup didn’t stop any needless aggression from Russia in its brutal war on Ukraine. Even those Russians brave enough to speak out against Vladimir Putin’s needless invasion have felt the consequences of the barbaric actions of the Russian … Read more