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Tennis lessons from Olympus


After a weekend of Olympian tennis in these parts of the Earth, its human spectators have been back on terra firma—actually, terra cementa at my club. They’re attempting a nuclear Cilic forehand or a guillotine Santoro cut or yet another ideal.

Posted: December 21st, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

People-watching in tennis heaven

backhand just as the INQUIRER
logo comes out at courtside.

One big surprise of 2014 was the big turnout for the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) last week. Even the nosebleed section was full (at P2,900 a pop).

Posted: December 7th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

No scowling, smirking or tantrums on star-studded tennis arena

Manila Mavericks dynamic duo Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Treat Huey. PHOTOS BY AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Andy Murray not only forged a rare doubles team-up with Maria Sharapova in the recent Manila edition of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL); he also reunited with his 2006 Wimbledon mixed-doubles ally Kirsten Flipkens, who helped him wallop the superstar pair of Serena Williams and Aussie legend Leyton Hewitt.

Posted: December 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Super | Read More »

Seeing Andy Murray–and other tennis stars–up close

Andy Murray
had just
come off of a
flight from

It was sports history in the making, with many of its participants gathered in one room for a night—and then slugging it out in a tennis arena for three consecutive days—in Manila.

Posted: November 30th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Tennis fever rising in Manila


It has been 25 years since any high-profile or top-caliber professional tennis athlete played a match in the country. The last ones to do so were Bjorn Borg, the ice-cool Swede (whose calm demeanor was unsettling to opponents) with 11 grand slam trophies, and John McEnroe, the notorious hothead but brilliant American shotmaker, who played an exhibition match at Ninoy Aquino Stadium in 1989.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »