60. #NextGen? They’re probably not next.

In a marketing campaign known as #NextGen, the ATP in March this year started promoting 14 players aged 21 or under as a future generation of players to break through and threaten for titles. #NextGen may sound like a plan for renewable energy, and in some ways it is: its purpose must surely be preparation…

59. The Estoril Diaries: Qualifying

Sunday saw the final round of qualifying at the ATP tournament in Estoril, with the winners of the 4 matches played going through to the main draw. In the high-profile world of Federer, Djokovic et al., playing tennis is about titles, performance, and securing a historical legacy. For these guys trying to qualify though it’s…

57. Analysing ATP and WTA prize money

Tennis is having quite a year: widespread allegations of match-fixing in January; Maria Sharapova’s admission earlier this month of testing positive for the hitherto obscure meldonium; and now, sexism. Raymond Moore, now the former CEO of the Indian Wells tournament, resigned this week following crude comments about the strength of the women’s game: the women’s…