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flashback: the wonder boy, circa 1985

Flashback: As Bernard Tomic became the fourth youngest Wimbledon (male) quarterfinalist of all time today by beating Xavier Malisse in the fourth round, we thought it appropriate to look back at the Wonder Boy himself, Mr. Boris Becker. The 1985 champ was just 17 when he won at the All England Club and Tomic joins the German, Bjorn Borg and Johnny Mac in the category of teenage … [Read more...]

flashback: jana's tears, 1993

No pleasure in this pain. Well, this story has a happy ending. But Jana Novotna's 1993 choke in the Wimbledon final -- and her subsequent crying on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent -- rang in at no. 1 on a Tennis Channel countdown of greatest chokes of all time. And how could we not give it a little bit of ink prior to the grasscourt season flying into full force over the … [Read more...]

flashback: some things never change

Forever young. Above, a 20-year-old Francesca Schiavone playing in the 2001 French Open quarterfinals against Martina Hingis. Did you know Franny lost in the opening round in 2009 to ... Samantha Stosur? She went on to beat the same lady last year here in the final. She's 35-10 in her career at Roland Garros. Below, Li Na smacks a ball at the 2005 US Open as a 23-year-old … [Read more...]

flashback: stan the man

Gettin' down: Stanislas Wawrinka needed to remind Jo-Wilfried Tsonga about who was seeded higher at this year's French Open, and it wasn't easy: it took Stan about four hours to log the third-round 4-6, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-3 victory over Tsonga. He lost the subsequent round -- a Swiss-fest against Roger Federer. (Read up: Roger and Stan's career head-to-head; Pt. 2: … [Read more...]

fo flashback: yannick and mary

Merci beaucoup. While hope has been dashed on the men's side with Gael Monfils and a host of other players (Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to name a few) bowing out of the Roland Garros draw, tomorrow Marion Bartoli will take the court in a semifinal against Francesca Schiavone carrying her nation's flag and the hope of a long-suffering people. Mary Pierce … [Read more...]