| Jul 7, 2014
| 9:22 PM
Delivering a soliloquy to an audience of 300 night after night is as about as nerve-wracking as it gets for Downers Grove's Cody Freischlag.
But it's nothing like facing a 100-plus mile per hour serve or returning an overhead smash down the line for a...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 1:46 PM
The U.S Open was not on Alexandria Chatt's mind as she worked her way through the Midwest qualifying tournament in late June.
Until she reached the final, that is, where one more victory on the tennis court would have earned her a spot in the U.S....
| Jun 5, 2014
| 11:03 PM
Reese Stalder earns respect on the tennis court, not only for his big serve and great hands but also for the way that he plays the game.
Stalder is not one of those players who calls every close ball "out." But if his opponent is doing so, he also is...
| Jul 4, 2014
Richard Williams opens his autobiography, "Black and White: The Way I See It," on a stormy Saturday in 2012, with his daughter Serena spending time with her family in the locker room during a rain delay interrupting Wimbledon's women's final. The tennis...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 3:23 PM
Overcoming her nerves and some terrible serves, Maria Sharapova won her second French Open on Saturday, prevailing in a hard-fought match to become the first Russian tennis player to win the same Grand Slam tournament more than once.
She was two...
| Jun 8, 2014
| 4:42 PM
History both repeated itself and was made Sunday on the rust-red clay of Roland Garros.
After 3 1/2 grueling hours, Novak Djokovic served trying to save championship point in the fourth set against Rafael Nadal, the undisputed king of the French Open....
| Jun 8, 2014
| 1:48 PM
PARIS -- Rafael Nadal captured his fifth straight French Open title with a four-set victory over Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
Nadal dropped the first set in the final, but bounced back and claimed a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 triumph for his ninth title in the...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 4:06 PM
School was in session Saturday afternoon on Centre Court at Wimbledon, and Petra Kvitova was doing the teaching.
That wasn't how it was supposed to be.
This was to be a coming-out party for young Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard. At 20, her lessons...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 4:49 PM
— The new kids on the block are not a boy band here, but a threat to the usual order of things at Wimbledon.
The men's semifinals are Friday, and two of the four players left are marquee upon which tennis thrives. They are Novak Djokovic of...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 7:35 PM
If familiarity breeds contempt, then Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic should despise each other.
That certainly is not the case, even though, when they take Centre Court at Wimbledon on Sunday for the men's singles final, it will mark the 35th time they...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 8:28 PM
WIMBLEDON, England — In the end Sunday, the right player probably won, the guy named Novak Djokovic, who can bend like Gumby, run like Usain Bolt and hit tennis shots at the other guy like Roger Federer.
What made his victory in the Wimbledon men'...