Roland Garros, 2014

What’s Up with Tennis Channel?

By DownTheTee | May 31, 2014

By Jane Voigt Remember when all those petitions flew around your tv-viewing region? Sign here if you want Tennis Channel. Tennis fans united. They lobbied cable providers and, for some, Tennis Channel was born into their living rooms.  Golf had its own coverage, as did football, baseball, soccer, and basketball. And now tennis had joined the big sports with…

Go Figure in Paris

By DownTheTee | May 30, 2014

By Jane Voigt The hits just keep on coming.  First Li Na, then Serena Williams, and today Agnieszka Radwanska lost to Alja Tomljanovic 64 64. That’s the top three seeds in the women’s singles draw. Go figure. Now the highest seed is, naturally, No. 4. That woman is Simona Halep of Romania.  She’s 22 years…

Opportunities Knock at French Open

By DownTheTee | May 29, 2014

By Jane Voigt The women’s singles draw is either bonus coverage of new faces or decimated. You are always entitled to your point of view. But if you ask a couple of the women who might be so excited they can’t sleep at night, the draw is a bonus! Here are the women, all 22 or…

Both Williams Sisters Fall in France

By DownTheTee | May 28, 2014

By Jane Voigt Whether it’s an end of an era or a blip in the women’s pro ranks, Venus and Serena Williams are the standard by which all women’s tennis is judged. No one else matters but the Williams sisters.  The truth of that statement could be heard and felt around the world today as…

Dismal Day in Paris

By DownTheTee | May 27, 2014

By Jane Voigt If yesterday didn’t dim your expectations at Roland Garros, today will. More gray skies and drizzle. More cold temperatures. More falling seeds.  It began first thing this morning on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The No. 2 seed and reigning Australian Open champion Li Na (below, photo credit tennisclix.com) fell to Kristina Mladenovic of France, 75 36…

Like Father Like Son?

By DownTheTee | May 26, 2014

By Jane Voigt Sons follow fathers into professional baseball — Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. Sons follow fathers into football — Archie Manning and his two sons, Peyton and Eli. Sons follow their fathers into hockey, basketball, NASCAR, Indy car racing, and boxing.   But not so in tennis.  Yannick Noah, the last Frenchman to win…

The Rubber Meets The Red Clay

By DownTheTee | May 25, 2014

By Jane Voigt May 25, 2014 — Qualification tournaments are not followed by big media. But a week before the main draw begins at any Grand Slam players ranked outside, let’s say, the top 105 must go through it. In Paris, it started Tuesday.  Once qualification finished in Paris and the main-draw berths were filled,…

Consistency, The Holy Grail of Tennis

By DownTheTee | May 20, 2014

By Jane Voigt Five-year-old kids slap at tennis balls willy nilly. They love it. They smile and jump, and will suddenly turn their pint-size racquets into swords as they push the limits of their tennis teachers.  It’s not a big deal. That’s what kids do. They should have fun, when introduced to tennis. The same…