Serena Williams

Photo: Serena Williams Playing Tennis in Outer Space
February 09, 2014

In a boxing match, the combatants are rarely more than a couple of feet apart. Even the punch that separates them absolutely—the moment marking the difference between victory and defeat—unites them in brutal intimacy.

Sorry Seems to Be the Easiest Word
What's the point of public apologies?
June 25, 2013

Any toddler knows how to feign just enough contrition to get out of trouble.

The Surprising Reason for the Decline of American Tennis
September 09, 2011

One thing seems certain as the 2011 U.S. Open draws to a close: An American man will not win this year’s championship. Andy Roddick was both the last American to win a men’s grand slam event (the 2003 U.S. Open) and the last to compete for one (losing to Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2009). It’s by far the longest stretch of time without an American winner since the Open era began in 1968.