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John McEnroe's Attack on Elitism

Monday, December 22, 2014

Once the world's number one tennis player, McEnroe is now trying to save the game from becoming a cult, elitist activity. One step: get rid of line judges.

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PRI's The World

Chinese tennis star Li Na is calling it a career

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tennis player Li Na never reached number one on the women’s world tour, and she only won two Grand Slam tournaments — most recently, this year’s Australian Open. But her retirement announcement Friday was greeted as a major event by the tennis world.

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The Takeaway

The U.S. Open: Where Are the American Men?

Friday, September 05, 2014

As we get into the last weekend of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, we here at The Takeaway are wondering why there’s so little American talent in the men’s top 50.

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PRI's The World

Quirky French tennis star Gaël Monfils is wowing crowds at the US Open

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Tennis experts agree that French tennis star Gaël Monfils has serious game. But Monfils appears to be as much of an entertainer as he is a player. Even as he heads to the quarterfinals against Roger Federer, it's his antics and on-court dancing that seem to endear him to the crowds.

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The Takeaway

How to Be a Well-Mannered Tennis Fan

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The U.S. Open has a reputation of drawing noisier crowds, and while some players say a boisterous audience is energizing, not all athletes are equally appreciative of the extra decibels.

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PRI's The World

A rising tennis star in Canada — Eugenie Bouchard is looking for a Grand Slam win at the US Open

Monday, August 25, 2014

Canada's rising tennis star Eugenie Bouchard is looking for her first Grand Slam win.

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WNYC News

U.S. Open Serves Up Fans in NYC

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Tennis lovers got into the swing of things in Central Park to kick off the sport's annual tournament at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

#TBT Brian and Billie Jean King, 2011

Thursday, August 21, 2014

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show, we're highlighting a clip from one Brian Lehrer interview every week. This week: Billie Jean King in 2011. 
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Listen to Lucy

Summer, sports and strategies for avoiding work

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Summer, sports and strategies for avoiding work

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Features

Where Did All of Tennis' Rivalries Go?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Maria Sharapova’s French Open victory was great for her personal brand, but not all that great for tennis. Big time rivalries have given way to charming players draped in Nike. But one up-and-comer is bursting onto the women’s tour, and she’s not there to make friends.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

She Woke Up Like: Althea Gibson

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

In 1957, right after her first victory at Wimbledon, WNYC aired this official reception for tennis star Althea Gibson.  Gibson won 11 grand slam tournaments during her career, was the first black athlete of either gender to break into the international tennis world, and many have called her one of the greatest tennis players of all time.  At this reception, Mayor Robert F. Wagner awards her with a special medal of honor from the city of New York.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Tennis Champion Althea Gibson Notches a Historic Win

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Official reception for tennis star Althea Gibson after her ticket-tape parade, right after her first victory at Wimbledon.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Athletic Composers

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

It’s not just the Seattle Seahawks or the skiers at the Sochi Olympics who like to win. Many classical composers were athletes, too. Here are our top five athletic composers.

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WNYC News

Navigating the U.S. Open with Kids

Friday, August 30, 2013

Planning on checking out the tennis at the U.S. Open in Flushing this Labor Day weekend? Well, if you’re considering taking the little ones with you, you might want to consider this coaching advice from a dad who's done it.

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New Tech City

Swack! Tech Disrupts Tennis

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tennis is a sport that prides itself on tradition, but it can't escape technology.

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Showdown @ High Noon

Choose a US Open Warm-Up Piece

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's day three of the U.S Open, and warming up on court for our Showdown are three classical music stars who also happen to be tennis fans. Tell us your pick and we'll play the winner at 12 noon.

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WNYC News

US Open Serves Fried Chicken, Lobster Roll and Chocolate Milk

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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The U.S. Open is in full swing, and tennis, like baseball, is not driven by a clock. Matches can stretch out over several hours, and a day watching the pros play in Flushing Meadows, Queens can easily turn into night.

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WNYC News

5 Things to Watch at the 2013 U.S. Open

Monday, August 26, 2013

WNYC

The last grand slam event of the tennis season began Monday right here in New York City.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's the Deal with Flushing Meadows-Corona Park?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Katie Honan, DNAinfo reporter covering Queens, talks about the new deal reached between the City Council and the USTA to expand the tennis center while also providing benefits to Queens residents and what it might signal for other developments in city parks.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Venus and Serena”

Monday, May 06, 2013

Director Michelle Major talks about her documentary Venus and Serena,” about the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act in professional tennis. The Williams sisters broke new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, dominating the women’s game for over a decade. “Venus and Serena” is currently playing on demand and on iTunes and will be opening at the Village East Cinema May 10.

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