Category Archives: ATP

Myth-Busting the Medical Time-Out

Confusion abounds about the rules and standard practices for medical treatment during professional tennis matches. Let’s dispel some common myths, many of which are perpetuated by commentators who ought to know better. Myth: Players Ask for MTOs Players have the … Continue reading

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Humid or Heavy?: How Air Really Affects Tennis

Cool temperatures and showers during the first week of Roland Garros this year have had a mass of pundits and players talking about the “heavy” playing conditions. Some said those conditions favored players who hit the ball especially hard, or … Continue reading

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The Physics and Perception of Court Speed

What’s big, flat, never moves, and yet has a speed debated hotly by thousands of people? Tennis fans know the answer to the riddle is a court surface. Fans, players, coaches, and pundits often have strong opinions about court speed. … Continue reading

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Preseason Preview

It’s been only a month since the ATP World Tour Finals, the last event of the season for the sport’s top two professional tours. It’s been only two weeks since the last ATP Challenger and women’s ITF tournaments above the … Continue reading

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CAS Shortens Troicki’s Suspension

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced Viktor Troicki’s suspension for failing to submit a required blood sample from 18 months to 12, meaning he will be eligible to play again on July 15, 2014. Hearing Troicki’s appeal of … Continue reading

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CAS Reduces Cilic Suspension

Upon an appeal by Marin Cilic, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced his doping suspension from nine months to four, meaning he will be eligible to return to action next week in Paris. According to its brief press … Continue reading

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The Cilic Decision, Trust, and Evidence

(Update, October 25: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced Cilic’s suspension to four months, on appeal. See here for my summary and reaction.) Yesterday the International Tennis Federation released its tribunal’s full decision in Marin Cilic’s doping case, … Continue reading

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