Author Archives: Jesse Pentecost

Going For Broke A Little Bit

The 2015 Australian Open concluded in a manner that proved satisfying even as it felt inevitable: Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli claimed their maiden Slam doubles title, just as we all predicted they would. More surprisingly, the singles title was won by … Continue reading

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The South Face of Melbourne Park

Australian Open, First Week (Bottom Half) Fourth Round: Kyrgios d. Seppi, 5/7 4/6 6/3 7/6 8/6 Nick Kyrgios has reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open, recovering from two sets down to defeat Andreas Seppi, in much the same … Continue reading

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A Unifying Theme

Australian Open, First Round The early rounds of last year’s Australian Open were mainly notable for the apocalyptic heat, the main results of which were the emergence of a lot of self-proclaimed experts on elite athlete physiology, very few actual … Continue reading

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Radiant Joy

US Open, Final (14) Čilić d. (10) Nishikori, 6/3 6/3 6/3 Marin Čilić has won the 2014 US Open, thus shortening by one entry the list of sentences I thought I’d never write. Precisely where it ranked on this list was … Continue reading

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Rich With Portent

Wimbledon 2014 (1) Djokovic d. (4) Federer, 6/7 6/4 7/6 5/7 6/4 Novak Djokovic has won his second Wimbledon title, three years after winning his first, and almost four hours after commencing a classically sinuous final in which triumph and … Continue reading

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Cubist Masterpieces

Roland Garros, Fourth Round The fourth round of the 2014 edition of Roland Garros is complete, thus concluding a first week that began nine days ago, and ushering a second week that will last a mere six. Structurally, the fourth … Continue reading

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A Deflating Innovation

Miami Masters 1000, Final (2) Djokovic d. (1) Nadal, 6/3 6/3 Novak Djokovic today won the Miami Masters for the fourth time, a mere two weeks after winning Indian Wells, thus re-establishing his pre-eminence on hardcourts just in time for … Continue reading

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A Picture of Equanimity

Indian Wells Masters 1000, Final (2) Djokovic d. (7) Federer, 3/6 6/3 7/6 Novak Djokovic has won the 2014 Indian Wells Masters, embedding himself even more firmly in that group of men who’re able to generate endless copy thanks to … Continue reading

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A Day of Promise

Indian Wells, Third Round In spite of Indian Wells’ remote desert location, today’s order of play promised the most fertile day’s tennis in weeks. Enticing match-ups threatened to bloom across three stadium courts, assuming they were provided with sufficient light … Continue reading

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The Best of The Next Point

It is with great pleasure and a small measure of trepidation that I announce the release of The Next Point: Selected Tennis Criticism 2011 – 2013. This new volume features what I consider to be the best tennis pieces I … Continue reading

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