By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter Roger Federer may or may not be the greatest male tennis player of all-time, if such an individual even exists. But there should be little doubt that he is the most beloved and influential. His ATP career ended Friday night with a loss, playing with his greatest rival Rafael Nadel […]Read more "Leaving His Mark: Federer’s Lasting Impact"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter FLUSHING, NY — A star was born, or shall we say re-born at the US Open this year. It happens all the time, but perhaps not with the panache and cache of one charismatic Caroline Garcia of France. We all knew her in 2017 when she won the China Open. […]Read more "Despite the loss, Garcia is back on track"
By Leroy F. Moore Jr., Krip-Hop Nation LOS ANGELES — As a Black disabled activist, an athlete that competed in the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea and the son of a former NFL player, I have closely followed the case of Brittney Griner. I have one question: Is there a connection for Ms. Griner to disability, […]Read more "Is there a Connection for Brittney Griner to Disability, Sports and Ableism?"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter FLUSHING, NY — Many say that he has never lived up to his raw potential. John McEnroe says that “the guy has got one of the greatest serves in the history of tennis.” That’s Australian Nick Kyrgios in a nutshell. Kyrgios knocked off No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev 7-6, 3-6, […]Read more "Kyrgios upsets No. 1 Medvedev "
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter FLUSHING, NY — The US Open has launched the careers of many great tennis players over the years. This year during Fan Week and on August 25th, three Babolat tennis stars helped to launch the new Pure Aero racket in Queens during a festive launch party. The racket continued the […]Read more "Sudden Impact: The Rise of Babolat"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter FLUSHING, NY — It marked the end of an era. But oh, what an era it was. Serena Williams played and lost her last competitive match last night at the US Open to 29-year-old Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia 7-5, 6-7, 6-1. One lasting memory might be how the 23-time Grand […]Read more "Serena’s Era Comes to An End at The Open"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter Father: Tony Godsick, Roger Federer’s long-time agent and the most powerful agent in tennis. Check. Mother: Mary Jo Fernandez, Australian Open and French Open Finalist and 7 WTA titles. Check. Good friend and mentor: Roger Federer. Check. Webster’s defines destiny as a “predetermined course of events.” If that is the […]Read more "On The Rise: Nico Godsick"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter FLUSHING, NY — Oh no, she didn’t. Oh yes, she did. Serena Williams did her best imitation of Serena Williams in 1999 with a stirring and emphatic 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 win over No. 2 Annett Kontaveit of Estonia. The boisterous sold-out crowd was behind the legendary 40-year-old all night. She […]Read more "Movin’ On: Serena wins, advances to 2nd Round"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter FLUSHING, NY — Fans of the Williams sisters got some great news as Serena and Venus Williams received a wild card into the US Open women’s doubles and will compete together one last time. The pair have had an incredible doubles career. They have an overall record of 192-34 and […]Read more "Double Your Pleasure: Venus & Serena Are Together Again"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter FLUSHING, NY — It was Serena Williams’ night at the Open Monday night, before a record crowd of almost 24,000. It was a first-round match with the feel of an Open final. Williams walked out to thundering applause and it never abated during the match against no. 80 Danka Kovinic […]Read more "The Long Goodbye Begins for Serena"