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.
Twelve-year-old Adam Neff has an unusual backyard. It houses a world-class tennis academy built just for him. The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Perrotta joins Bill Littlefield to share Neff’s story.
Fans in the English speaking world know the Parisian tennis event played on dark red clay as the French Open. But as Bill Littlefield discusses with the New York Times’ Chris Clarey, the tournament is also known by another name.
NBA veteran Jason Collins made history this week by announcing he is gay. The news appeared in an exclusive Sports Illustrated cover story. Bill Littlefield spoke with SI Executive Editor Jon Wertheim who was there for the Collins interview.
Andy Roddick retired from professional tennis on Wednesday, after his loss to Juan Martin Del Potro in the U.S. Open. Bill Littlefield talks with Christopher Clarey of the New York Times about Roddick’s exit from the sport and the future of American tennis.
The summer of 1977 was eventful in New York City, to say the least. The drama also stretched to the U.S. Open tennis tournament, which Michael Steinberger recently chronicled for the New York Times. Bill Littlefield talks to Steinberger about the ’77 U.S. Open.