Where Did All of Tennis' Rivalries Go?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Borg vs. McEnroe, Navratilova vs. Evert, Agassi vs. Sampras.

Even if you’re only a casual fan of tennis, you’re probably familiar with some of the classic rivalries, filled with on-court antics, bitter press-room denunciations and tell-all memoirs. But sometime in the past few years tennis lost the plot, and the off-court drama dissipated. We wanted to know why, so we talked to Sports Illustrated's Courtney Nguyen. She says - on the women's tour at least - Maria Sharapova is to blame.

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Comments [4]

Tennisfan from Los Angelws

Neither is Federrer. He just has extreme control of his emotions after years of flying of the handle in his youth.

Jun. 09 2014 04:34 PM
meesh from queens

sorry Novak is not a soul-less emotionless machine like federer. i can't help but think this has a bit to do with some lib anti-serb sentiment. but thanks for the armchair psychological diagnosis... it was so helpful.

Jun. 09 2014 10:16 AM
ntvi from NY

I completely agree with you, Patricia. Novak is a jerk and a narcissist. The ballboy narrative is yet another ploy to get him some adulation. He's one of these players who want fans to worship him; he wants to be the most popular guy on tour. I've always disliked him. He's a great player and shouldn't have to try so hard; just let your tennis speak for you, Nole!!

Jun. 09 2014 08:37 AM
patricia from San Francisco, CA

If Gulbis keeps playing this well, he could definitely fuel a rivalry. On the other hand, I never thought of rivalries as requiring hatred between the two parties, though that certainly adds to the drama.

I also think that Novak IS a dick, ballboy antics or not.

Re: Eugenie Bouchard, I think it was telling that, when she was asked before the semis if she was surprised with her success and finding herself so far in the tournament, she quickly said that she fully expected to be there and has always believed that she would reach such heights. No hesitation or false modesty. She's the real deal.

Jun. 06 2014 07:09 PM

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