Rafael Nadal needs one more victory at the French Open to have more men’s French singles championships than any other player. The man he would pass? Max Decugis. Chris Clarey of the New York Times join Bill Littlefield to share the story of France’s long-forgotten champion.
Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes back in the 1973 but in the decades since she’s continued to champion women’s rights. She spoke with OAG’s Karen Given about her advice for college grads, her experience at the Sochi Olympics and the fight for gender equality.
Missouri star and NFL prospect Michael Sam might soon be the first active gay NFL player. Here’s a look back at some of the LGBT athletes who came before him.
The 2014 pro-tennis season is in full swing, but the International Tennis Federation is facing criticism of its anti-doping program. Christopher Clarey of the New York Times joins Bill to discuss the program and the recent reduction in penalties for two players.
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is nearing the end of his illustrious career, but he’s not the only athlete who’s walked away while still successful. Shaun Powell of Sports on Earth joins Bill to talk about others who went out on top.
It’s been 40 years since Billie Jean King topped Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes, but recent testimony from a Florida man has thrust the contest back into the national spotlight. ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. joins Bill Littlefield to explain how a group of mobsters could have influenced the match.
Americans have been falling behind their European counterparts on the tennis court. Is the USTA to blame? Tom Perrotta looks at the organization’s recent efforts to reform American tennis.
The 2013 Wimbledon Championships may be remembered for the early departures of some of the game’s top players. But 40 years ago, many of world’s top players didn’t even compete. On the 40th anniversary of The Wimbledon Boycott of ’73, Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal gives Bill Littlefield a history lesson.
Federer, Nadal, and Sharapova are all already out at the All England Club. The Guardian’s Kevin Mitchell thinks Federer’s loss is the greatest upset in the history of the event and defended his claim in an interview with Bill Littlefield.
Legendary tennis player Jimmy Connors made a career out of challenging everyone. His new book is no exception. He joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his life and his book.