Davis Cup: Can it become the World Cup of tennis?
Ecuador celebrates its unlikely Davis Cup victory over Great Britain in July 2000.
November 15th, 2013
05:41 PM ET

Davis Cup: Can it become the World Cup of tennis?

Keep off the Grass!

If those entering The All England Club’s hallowed grounds should know one rule, it’s that. Even after the most epic of victories, a football-style pitch invasion on the pristinely groomed Wimbledon lawns would never, and could never happen, under any circumstances.

With one exception.

In July 2000, Ecuador's Davis Cup team pulled off an unlikely victory against a heavily favored British lineup on their home court. A decidedly partisan crowd was aghast as the South American players and their extensive entourage broke with tradition and stormed the court in pure jubilee. FULL POST

Nine reasons the ATP World Tour Finals is the best tournament of the year
Six-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic walked away with the title in 2012. (Getty Images)
November 4th, 2013
11:21 AM ET

Nine reasons the ATP World Tour Finals is the best tournament of the year

While the Australian Open embodies the spirit of a brand new season, Roland Garros has the charm of Paris in the springtime, Wimbledon has all the history and tradition, and the U.S. Open has the rowdy New York crowd ...  for me, as a tennis fan, nothing compares to the ATP World Tour Finals.

Here are nine reasons why the season-ending showpiece at London's O2 Arena is unrivalled by any other event on the tennis calendar: FULL POST

Equal work for equal pay?
Serena Williams' U.S. Open final win attracted a higher TV audience than the men's showpiece match. (Getty Images)
September 30th, 2013
04:16 PM ET

Equal work for equal pay?

Usually the practice of equal work predates the debate for equal pay. In tennis, the practice of equal pay pre-dated the debate for equal work.

In the 40 years since Billie-Jean King’s historic victory over Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes,” which lit the fuse for the global expansion of women’s tennis, the game has become the biggest women’s sport on the planet, with the stars of the game known on a first name basis the world over.

Eventually, the financial rewards slowly followed suit, culminating in 2007 when Wimbledon become the last of the four grand slam events to award equal prize money to both the men and women.

While this would seem like a non-controversial sign of gender equality and progress, opposition to equal prize money at the grand slams is not isolated to the misogynistic fringe of the tennis community. Their argument is simple; men play best-of-five sets whereas the women just best-of-three. FULL POST