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.
People bet on sports … a lot. However, not a lot of people make bets that take years to unfold and pay out after they die. Bill Littlefield looks at a most curious wager involving Wimbledon, Roger Federer, and the charity Oxfam.
Andy Murray became the first British gentleman to make the Wimbledon Final in 74 years. Bill talks with the New York Times’ Christopher Clarey about Murray Mania sweeping England.
Women’s tennis has a noise pollution problem. The players’ grunts have been criticized, and the WTA is trying to change the rules to cut down on extraneous noises. Bill Littlefield and Karen Given tackle the issue.
Last week, New York Times writer Christopher Clarey joined us to look at the records on pace to fall at the 2012 French Open. Now that some have taken the plunge and Clarey joins Bill Littlefield from Roland Garros for an update.
History is made all the time at Grand Slams, but this year’s French Open seems to be teeming with it. Christopher Clarey of The New York Times joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the possibilities.
Platform tennis features intense competition in a small area surrounded by chicken-wire. You might call it tennis’s version of a steel-cage match … if the players weren’t so darn friendly. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports.
Only A Game’s Jon Kalish reports on the wheelchair tennis player with an 8 year, 424-match winning streak. Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands hopes to continue the streak in the finals of the U.S. Open on Sunday.
Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim says the U.S. Open women’s title is Serena Williams’ to lose, but who will come out on top in the men’s final on Monday? Wertheim joins Bill to update the latest from Flushing Meadows.
An organization that promotes poetry in the U.K., Poetry Trust, hired Matt Harvey as the first official Wimbledon Championship poet. Bill talks with Matt Harvey, whose poems go down easier than strawberries and cream.