| Jun 30, 2014
| 6:13 PM
The clock had ticked to one minute past 4 p.m. here Monday, and the last American standing at Wimbledon wasn’t standing anymore.
John Isner, head hung low with body language that made him look closer to 6 feet than 6 feet 10, walked off Court 3,...
| 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....
| Jun 28, 2014
| 4:38 PM
The inescapable conclusion, after watching a young French woman jerk Serena Williams around the tennis court at Wimbledon here Saturday like she had her on a string, is that Father Time has arrived for a talk.
Maybe, in Williams’ case, it is...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 5:16 PM
The player who walked onto Centre Court at Wimbledon Thursday afternoon to face Rafael Nadal looked a lot like Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
He was 6-feet-5, around 180 pounds and most of the back of his left calf was covered with a tattoo....
| Oct 13, 2014
| 7:10 PM
Three trailblazers came together Saturday night at a swanky fundraiser for the athletic program at Cal State L.A.:
Billie Jean King, Tommie Smith and John Carlos.
The university's young students might not know their stories, but they are reaping the...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 5:02 PM
In the midst of a pro tennis world chock-full of players with overwhelming athletic skills and underwhelming personalities, there is Li Na.
She is a beacon in the fog, a candle in a mine shaft.
She is also a pretty good tennis player who is ranked No....
| Jun 23, 2014
| 8:31 PM
Venus Williams won a first-round match on a side court on the opening day of Wimbledon on Monday, and it was a big deal.
OK, maybe not for anybody other than die-hard Venus Williams fans and Venus herself.
It isn't as if anybody is expecting her to...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 10:26 PM
The day dawned bright and sunny at Wimbledon on Tuesday, and the trains were packed with tennis fans wanting to see Roger and Rafa, or Serena and Maria. Or all four.
Nobody was coming to see Nicolas Mahut, the French grinder.
Which is too bad, because...
| Aug 31, 2014
We may now have to think about Serena Williams as Custer, because she represents the last stand at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.
That is, the last U.S. player standing.
When the day began Saturday at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center, there...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 9:25 PM
— It is turning out to be the relationship that gives engagements a bad name. First, golf star Rory McIlroy calls off the wedding with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and wins the British Open and the PGA.
Then, Wozniacki starts a run of success...
| Jun 24, 2011
| 3:53 PM
Maybe she wore one too many flashy outfits. Or maybe it was that angry outburst toward a U.S. Open referee two years ago or maybe it's simply the Hollywood company she keeps (reality television star Kim Kardashian, in particular) that turned some people...