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Rafael Nadal dominates at French Open once again

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men's Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day 15 of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 in Paris, France. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images/TNS)
October 15, 2020

Death, taxes, and Rafael Nadal dominating on the clay at Roland Garros. Even in the divisive world of sports analytics, one would be hard pressed to find anyone who denies that Nadal is the greatest clay...

American Tennis Star Wins Australian Open

Sofia Kenin is pictured during her days as a top-ranked Florida junior.
February 6, 2020

On Feb. 1, the winner of the Female Singles’ Australian Open Tournament was crowned. American rising star, Sofia Kenin, beat former No. 1-ranked singles player and Spaniard, Garbine Muguruza, winning...

Women’s Tennis Starts Season Strong

Women's Tennis Starts Season Strong
February 6, 2020

The Wake Forest Women’s Tennis team has joined the ranks of the national championship-winning men’s team with their spot in the top 25 nationally to start the season. The team is coming off of four...

Deacon Spotlight: Lexi Franco

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January 23, 2020

Lexi Franco is the co-captain of Wake Forest’s Women’s Tennis. The senior came from Largo, Fla. as a five-star recruit and has helped the team make the NCAA all three years since she’s been here....

Old Experts Challenged By New Talent In U.S. Open Finals

Canada's Bianca Andreescu posted a 6-3, 7-5 win in the finals of the U.S. Open against Serena Williams of the United States at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (Imago/Zuma Press/TNS)
September 12, 2019

On Saturday, an exciting match-up ensued between the best female player of this era, Serena Williams, and the rapidly rising star, Bianca Andreescu, who had not lost a match since March. In the two-set...

Wake Forest Tennis Trouncing The ACC So Far

Wake Forest Tennis Trouncing The ACC So Far
March 28, 2019

The men's and women's tennis teams started hot and have stayed hot so far this year as they both take the ACC by storm. While the men swept both the team and individual title at NCAAs last year and came...

Former Deacons Changing The Tennis World

Former Deacons Changing The Tennis World
March 7, 2019

A former first singles player for the Demon Deacons has taken the bold initiative to create a unique new Instagram page called “Behind the Racquet” in an effort to get a more in-depth analysis of tennis...

Petros Chrysochos: A Worldwide Tennis Journey

Petros Chrysochos: A Worldwide Tennis Journey
February 28, 2019

Last year’s NCAA National Champion hails from Cyprus and is currently in his last season wearing the Wake Forest jersey. He has seen a lot of changes in himself and in the tennis team over the years. Despite...

Spotlight: Emma Davis

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons played host to the North Carolina Tar Heels in ACC women's tennis action at the Wake Forest Tennis Center on March 29, 2017 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Tar Heels defeated the Demon Deacons 6-1.  (Brian Westerholt/Sports On Film)
February 21, 2019

After an undefeated high school career in Cohasset, MA, Emma Davis came into her freshman year at Wake Forest boasting four state championships. She was a five-star recruit out of high school and earned...

Djokovic Soars In A Triumphant Return

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy after winning his fourth Wimbledon by beating Kevin Anderson in the Men's Final on Centre court on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on Sunday, July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Zuma Press/TNS)
February 14, 2019

What’s the state of ATP Tennis? As the collection of consummate professionals, the historic, quad-threat generation that will walk to their apportioned seat in the tennis Hall of Fame, with all of the...

Nadal Defies Age Regression in Monte Carlo

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April 26, 2018

I closed my last column, about the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 and Rafael Nadal’s illustrious place in it, by saying the Spaniard may have to battle age more so than in years past. I said that although...

Elite Competition Plays on Clay in Monte Carlo

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April 19, 2018

Monte Carlo is a place of glittering wealth and passion, a tiny quarter within the tiny principality of Monaco that attracts bursting bank accounts from all over Europe. It’s a vacation spot for the...

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