| Mar 15, 2015
| 11:04 PM
There is often a Groundhog Day feel to the early rounds of a major tennis tournament, and there is no question that this BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells is major in all ways other than an official designation from the sport.
Sunday, there were three...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 6:57 PM
Last year's U.S. Open men's tennis title was won by a tall, lanky Croatian with a heavy beard and friendly, slightly goofy smile.
This Croat star could make a tennis ball crack a windshield. When he met the media, he smiled a lot, pretended to hate it...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 4:35 PM
The prestigious, ever-growing, we-try-harder tennis tournament at Indian Wells will, once again, have new offerings when it opens main draw play in the Southern California desert Wednesday.
The BNP Paribas Open will hand out $10,762,466 in prize money,...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 11:19 PM
The big boys came out to play Monday at Indian Wells. In a shocking development, the biggest left early.
Rafael Nadal, ranked No.1, seeded No. 1, winner here last year, usually close to unbeatable on the slower hard courts of this BNP Paribas Open...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 8:24 PM
A sport that needs every bit of personality it can get held its breath for a few minutes Tuesday at Indian Wells.
One of tennis' marquee names had departed from the BNP Paribas Open the day before, and out the door with upset victim Rafael Nadal went...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 8:59 PM
The Swiss are represented in men's tennis at this year's BNP Paribas Open by Stanislas Wawrinka and that other guy.
Wawrinka won the recent Australian Open and is now No. 3 in the world rankings. The other guy becomes Mr. Avis in Switzerland now, and as...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 8:03 PM
Tim Smyczek's name is a little hard to spell and a little hard to pronounce. Here's a story that will make him a little hard to forget.
Smyczek, 27, is a tennis pro. He comes from Milwaukee, hardly a tennis hotbed. He plays the violin, and when he...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:38 PM
Much had already happened Friday by the time the main focus at Wimbledon shifted to a hill, a place where personal real estate is like an acre in Malibu.
It was late afternoon. The rain that was supposed to come never did. Big fluffy clouds moved...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 4:19 PM
Staid old Wimbledon got bounced on its fanny here Tuesday. Somebody sat on the spectacles and broke them. Egad. Somebody else put lowfat milk on the strawberries.
Strange things happened. The orderly became disorderly:
• An ailing Serena Williams...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 6:50 PM
On the warmest, sunniest day you can imagine, in a place where those are few and far between, gloom prevailed Wednesday. Great Britain was Mudville, and mighty Casey had struck out.
When Andy Murray's final ground stroke settled into the bottom of the...
| Jun 29, 2014
| 4:26 PM
Sunday was a day of rest and reflection at Wimbledon. So we reflected.
Eyes squinting, brow furrowed, chin resting in palm of hand, we pondered the issue: How good are our tennis players from the United States?
It was a short reflection....