In 2013, Marion Bartoli won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. It also proved to be her last. The 28 year old Bartoli retired from tennis just 40 days after her victory. This year she returned to Wimbledon to take in the action from the stands.
Three-thousand children applied for jobs as ball boys and girls at the French Open this year, but only 250 made the cut. John Martin of the New York Times joins Bill Littlefield to explain what set that group apart and what life is like for the ball-kid elite.
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.