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The Third Man

A profile of Novak Djokovic.

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Federer as Religious Experience

On the joys of watching the winningest tennis player of all time play live at Wimbledon.

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The Match Maker

On September 20, 1973, 50 million Americans watched Bobby Riggs lose to Billie Jean King in a tennis match dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes.” This spring, a man named Hal Shaw came forward with a secret he’d held for 40 years: Riggs, in debt to the mafia, had lost on purpose.

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Serena Williams: The Great One

The best women’s tennis player of all-time opens up.

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Venus and Serena Against the World

The liberation of the Williams sisters.

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The Fierce Intimacy of Tennis Rivalries

When the greatest players in the world go head-to-head, things can get downright angsty.

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The String Theory

A footnoted inquiry into the physics and metaphysics of tennis.

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Raised By Women to Conquer Men

A profile of Jimmy Connors on the eve of the 1978 U.S. Open. Connors’ legendary confidence, honed by his mother since childhood, was in freefall. (He would go on to win the final in straight sets.)

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Being John McEnroe

On his journey from phenom to champion to wannabe rock star to Emmy-winning commentator, John McEnroe hasn’t changed much.