What we’ve been reading
This weekend, we take a look at what's been making headlines in the tennis media in the latest edition of our "What We've Been Reading" series.
Jason Collins a ‘game-changer’
SI.com / Martina Navratilova / 29 April
Martina Navratilova, the first high-profile tennis player to come out of the closet back in 1981, writes an editorial for Sports Illustrated about the positive impact NBA star Jason Collins’ coming out will have for fellow athletes, society and gay youth the world over.
Doing the dirty work
tennis.com / Peter Podo / 30 April
Peter Bodo analyses how Maria Sharapova, who once described herself as a “cow on ice”, turned herself into one of the game’s most dominant claycourters.
Pavlyuchenkova: she’s Martina Hingis
wtatennis.com / 3 May
Martina Hingis and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova chat to wtatennis.com about how their coaching arrangement began and how the benefits are already starting to be seen in Pavlyuchenkova’s game.
Sharapova, Serena deal with clay
ESPN.com / Kamakshi Tandon / 1 May
Kamakshi Tandon analyses why the big-name female players who list clay as their worst surface, such as Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, are increasingly triumphing at the biggest claycourt events.
The mirage of surface speed convergence
Heavy Topspin blog / Jeff Sackmann / 8 April
Blogger Jeff Sackmann undertakes a statistical review of matches on hard courts and clay courts to determine if anything can be gleaned about the surfaces playing more similarly than in the past.
The kids are on life support? Laura Robson struggles through tennis transition
Tennis Grandstand / David Kane / 30 April
David Kane delves into Laura Robson’s alarming slump and suggests reasons for the Brit’s string of defeats from winning positions after beginning the season so brightly.