Baker not fretting comeback blues
ESPN tennis / Ravi Uhba / 22 August
A nice piece on the stunning improver of 2012, Brian Baker, and how there are still positive signs for the likeable American despite his form plateauing since Wimbledon.
Hard Hats and Hard Courts
tennis.com / Peter Bodo / 22 August
Peter Bodo covers the US Open qualifying tournament, and how conditions served as a microcosm of the event as a whole, plus its beginnings in Flushing Meadows in the late 1970s. A good historical piece.
Women’s No.1 ranking devalued
ESPNW / Kamakshi Tandon / 22 August
An analysis of how the women’s ranking system has changed over time, leading to a succession of No.1’s not deemed worthy by the public, and how the return of Serena Williams could restore some credibility.
Sergiy Stakhovsky: fighting for improvements on and off the court
10SWorld / Lindsay Gibbs / 22 August
A candid interview with Sergiy Stakhovsky at the ATP Winston-Salem event, with the new ATP World Tour council member discussing his views on the issue of equal prizemoney and joint ATP-WTA events.
Experts roundtable: Burning questions for the 2012 US Open
SI.com / various authors / 24 August
An in-depth round-table discussion featuring Sports Illustrated’s experts discussing US Open favourites, dark horses, potential upsets, emerging storylines, plus their winning picks.
Denouement for a dissident
Tennis.com / Peter Bodo / 24 August
A controversial feature on soon-to-be retired Kim Clijsters, exploring what to expect from the Belgian in her final tournament and whether it will be a fitting end to her erratic career.
Raging against the tennis machine in NYC
The Tennis Space / Mark Hodgkinson / 24 August
An amusing read about Serena Williams increasing penchant for creating drama and getting herself into trouble at the business end of the US Open. What will happen in 2012?