Federer, Serena retire; tennis moves on to Alcaraz, Swiatek
The timing of it all hardly could be more symbolic: All within a span of two weeks, Serena Williams plays what is believed to be her last match at age 40, Roger Federer announces he’ll be retiring at 41, Iga Swiatek wins her third Grand Slam title at 21, and Carlos Alcaraz gets his first at 19.
Kalamazoo ready to host top junior tennis players at 2021 USTA Boys Nationals
KALAMAZOO, MI – For 10 days in August, more than 400 of the nation’s best junior tennis players will call Kalamazoo home, as they aim to follow in the footsteps of Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Michael Chang. After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USTA Boys 18 and 16 National Championships are back in Kalamazoo for the 78th installment of the elite tournament, which runs from Aug. 6-15 at Kalamazoo College’s Stowe Stadium. - Zach Svajda returns a shot against Govind Nanda during the 18U championship match of the 2019 USTA Boys Nationals on Sunday, Aug. 11 at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium. (Patrick Nothaft | MLive.com)(Patrick Nothaft | MLive.com)“We’re trying to put on a quality event that our community and the country thinks of when they think of tennis and Kalamazoo,” Riley said. More USTA Boys Nationals coverageNation’s top junior tennis tourney canceled a month after moving from MichiganNation’s top junior tennis tourney to move from Michigan to Florida for 202016-year-old tennis phenom earns U.S. Open bid with win at USTA Boys NationalsMichigan tennis player places sixth at 2019 USTA Boys NationalsMattawan tennis star overcomes shoulder injury to reach national stageIvy League-bound tennis star ends his junior career on home turfmlive.com
Billie Jean King memoir 'All In' to be published in August
This combination photo shows the cover of "All In: An Autobiography" by Billie Jean King, left, and King posing for a portrait on June 4, 2015, in New York. Alfred A. Knopf announced Thursday, March 4, 2021, that the book will be published Aug. 17 and will cover the highlights of King's celebrated and groundbreaking tennis career. (Knopf via AP, left, and AP)NEW YORK – Billie Jean King has a memoir coming this summer, and she calls it a journey to her “authentic self.”Alfred A. Knopf announced Thursday that “All In: An Autobiography” will be published Aug. 17. She was married to Larry King (no relation to the late broadcaster) for more than a decade before being outed in 1981. King published a memoir in the early 1980s, “Billie Jean King: The Autobiography,” but says she rushed it out at the urging of her then-manager, who was concerned about her finances in the wake of her outing.
No sign of Grand Slam drought ending soon for American men
The last American man to win a Grand Slam tournament was Andy Roddick at the U.S. Open in 2003, and there's no sign the drought will end anytime soon. “But I don’t see it being what it once was ever again.”AdOpelka, for one, isn’t surprised the United States has the same number of seeded men in Melbourne as, say, Bulgaria or Norway. The United States has four seeded women in Melbourne, including Kenin and Serena Williams. That’s a challenge, because those kids want to play basketball and football.”The United States Tennis Association has inner-city programs in more than 250 locations. Opelka (ranked 38th), Fritz (ranked 31st), Tommy Paul (53rd) and Frances Tiafoe (64th) are all 23 and good friends who root for each other.