Fowler Falls For Fake Website, Makes Crazy Claims About Tennis Star

Tonight's Australian Open coverage on ESPN2 featured announcer Chris Fowler explaining to the audience that Japanese pro Kei Nishikori is, among other things, the highest-paid tennis player in the world and the owner of a restaurant chain, a soccer team, and clothing and perfume lines. None of those things are true,… »1/19/15 9:59pm1/19/15 9:59pm

Stanislas Wawrinka Dominates An Injured Nadal, Wins Australian Open

Rafael Nadal hadn't dropped a set to Stanislas Wawrinka before today's Australian Open final. Wawrinka promptly changed that by winning the first set, eventually taking the match in four sets, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. But Wawrinka didn't come out on top only because of Nadal's injury. The Swiss was in charge the entire… »1/26/14 10:25am1/26/14 10:25am

Li Na Wins Australian Open, Sasses Husband In Victory Speech

Li Na defeated Dominika Cibulkova 7-6, 6-0 to win the 2014 Australian Open and gave a delightfully hilarious speech following the match. Among other things, she thanked her agent for making her rich and congratulated her husband for now being famous in China, thanked him for fixing her drinks (edit: strings is the… »1/25/14 11:38am1/25/14 11:38am

Here Comes The Federer-Nadal To Possibly End All Federer-Nadals

Maybe every Federer-Nadal is a Federer-Nadal for the ages, and when we look back we'll marvel at our luck that these two comets coincided for a decade. But let's say with a bit of boldness that the upcoming Federer-Nadal — in a date punched when they respectively dispatched Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov in the… »1/22/14 8:47pm1/22/14 8:47pm

Justin Gimelstob Would Like You To Watch The Australian Open Mixed Doubles Final

Former professional tennis player and all-world manly man—as in sex-with-ladies manly man—Justin Gimelstob is at it again (here, "at it again" is open to interpretation, but most likely means "reminding you he is a thing that exists"). Gimelstob is currently an announcer for the Tennis Channel and last night tweeted… »1/27/13 11:30am1/27/13 11:30am

Can Anyone Think Of Another Reason Sloane Stephens Is Considered Serena Williams's "Protégé"?

This evening, Serena Williams plays 19-year-old American phenom Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. The two played for the first time just three weeks ago in Brisbane, when No. 3 Williams cruised past No. 25 Stephens, 6-4, 6-3. But tonight's match has something of a different tenor to it, in… »1/22/13 6:45pm1/22/13 6:45pm

The USTA Will Make The U.S. Open The Most Fogeyish Grand Slam Tournament

For years, the U.S. Open was the antidote to Wimbledon and Roland Garros' fussiness (the Australian was basically just irrelevant and a big Whatever). At the Open there were ungodly late matches, bigger stadiums, the made-for-TV scheduling bonanza in Super Saturday, loud music, longer commercial breaks. It was, by far… »6/14/12 4:17pm6/14/12 4:17pm

Your "Oh No, It's 3:30 A.M. " Liveblog Of Federer-Nadal At The Australian Open

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are set to meet in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday, in a match scheduled to begin at 3:30 a.m. ET. It's the 27th time the pair have met on a tennis court, with the Majorcan matador holding a 17-9 edge all-time, 7-2 in Grand Slams. The meeting is notable, considering Nadal's… »1/26/12 3:15am1/26/12 3:15am

Novak Djokovic Gives Appropriately Stupid Answer To Jim Courier's Incredibly Stupid Question

The television networks employ former athletes as analysts because of the uncommon insight they can offer from having been there. Those ex-athletes will, on occasion, uphold their end of the bargain by informing us of something we might not have known or understood without the benefit of their perspective. But just… »1/25/12 11:15am1/25/12 11:15am

Marcos Baghdatis Calmly Destroyed Four Consecutive Tennis Rackets Between Sets Last Night

After falling behind by two sets to Stanislas Wawrinka in the second round of the Australian Open last night, Marcos Baghdatis went to his chair and calmly smashed four consecutive Tecnifibre rackets. The rage propelled him to win the following set, but Wawrinka took the match, 7-6, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. At least Baghdatis… »1/18/12 11:10am1/18/12 11:10am