Ranked No. 102 in the world, Dustin Brown was relatively unknown until Thursday, when he beat 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. Now, the tennis world is fascinated by the German-Jamaican player who spent years traveling between tournaments in a camper van. Bill Littlefield speaks with SI’s Greg Bishop about Brown’s unusual road to success.
Why are so many sports governing bodies calling Switzerland home? Why does Rafael Nadal have a say in who officiates his French Open matches? And should pro athletes like Steph Curry be allowed to bring their children to postgame press conferences? That’s this week’s “3 Stories You Should Know.”
With the number of college tennis programs and scholarships dropping, the Big 12 Conference is trying to drum up interest in the sport by allowing fans to yell and cheer during play. The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Perrotta witnessed a noisy match between Baylor and Oklahoma and joins Bill Littlefield to share what he learned — and heard.
Two tennis milestones were reached last Tuesday when Aaron Krickstein and Jimmy Connors played a rematch of a famed 1991 U.S. Open meeting: Connors played his final public tennis match, and Krickstein beat Connors for the first time. The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Perrotta was there and he joins Bill Littlefield.
At the 2015 Australian Open, 19 year old Madison Keys topped Venus Williams to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal. She fell to Serena Williams on Thursday, but the teenager’s future is bright. Sports Illustrated’s Courtney Nguyen joins Bill Littlefield.
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.
Andy Murray is the only man ranked in the top 40 with a female coach. He was eliminated in the quarterfinals the 2014 U.S. Open, but Juliet Macur of The New York Times says he’s still pushing gender equality forward in a sport that’s “behind the times.”
Tennis is famous for playing its Grand Slams on different surfaces. But the tournaments are also known for having very different sounds, from the quiet of Wimbledon to the noise of the US Open. Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times joins Bill Littlefield to make some noise about, well, noise.
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is 20 years old. She has a crush on Justin Beiber and she enjoys snacking on baby food. But she’s also the eighth-best female tennis player in the world. Is she the next big star of women’s tennis?
Legendary tennis player Jimmy Connors made a career out of challenging everyone. His 2013 book was no exception. He joined Bill Littlefield last summer to talk about his life and his book.