Wimbledon

Cycles of Life
July 13, 2012

FOR ALL THE soccer played by Spain, and fine tennis at Wimbledon, something was ailing me this past month. It’s called Tour Fever. My promiscuous love for sports includes rugby (which I played a very long time ago), skiing (which I still relish as an aging downhill daredevil), and cricket (despite the English weather). For obscure reasons, I follow the Red Sox, with little joy at present, and thanks to the hospitality of the University of Texas, where I sometimes lecture, I consider myself a long-range Longhorns fan.

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.

The Heir
July 20, 2010

Is Qaddafi's hip, globe-trotting son for real?

The Stupidest Man in America
July 02, 2010

Like Satan, Sodomy and Socialism, Soccer begins with an S. Obviously, then, it's un-American and likely to corrupt these great United States. Hats off to Marc Thiessen for scrawling the most absurd anti-soccer nonsense of the World Cup. At long last we have a winner: The world is crazy for soccer, but most Americans don’t give a hoot about the sport. Why? Many years ago, my former White House colleague Bill McGurn pointed out to me the real reason soccer hasn’t caught on in the good old U.S.A. It’s simple, really: Soccer is a socialist sport. Think about it.

A Pretty Good Deal on Financial Reform
June 25, 2010

Parsing the final compromise.

The Brits Fight Back Against The Pigeons
June 24, 2008

Not only do liberals want to take away our guns--they want us to be tormented by rats with wings: LONDON -- Wimbledon came under fire from animal activists on Tuesday for using marksmen to shoot down dive-bombing pigeons. The tournament employs two hawks to scare away pigeons who had become a pest swooping down on Centre Court and distracting players in the middle of tense matches. But the hawks failed to keep the pigeons away from the players' lawn and the open-air media restaurant so marksmen were called in. "The hawks are our first line of deterrent, and by and large they do the job," Wimb

Match Point
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February 22, 2007

Today, the All England Club announced that it would begin giving equal prize money to male and female competitors at Wimbledon, the most prestigious event in tennis (last year the discrepancy was a little more than $50,000--in favor of the man). All other Grand Slam events in tennis pay male and female champions equally. Until now, Wimbledon had been operating under some pretty shaky lines of reasoning: 1.

Washington Diarist
July 24, 2006

The straight dope on the Tour De France.