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Reddit Founder Logs On To Defend His Wife Serena Williams, Wrestles With His Own Creation Reddit Founder Logs On To Defend His Wife Serena Williams, Wrestles With His Own Creation

Reddit’s co-founder Alexis Ohanian has been steadily posting online in support of his wife, Serena Williams, after her well-documented spat with an umpire in the U.S. Open final. One recent tweet by Ohanian called attention to an infamous Roger Federer outburst at the 2009 U.S. Open final, drawing an implicit…

This 84-Shot Rally At The Davis Cup Is Tennis Hell

Over the years and across dozens of blogs, Deadspin has tried to make a case for watching and enjoying tennis, the sport being played in last weekend’s Davis Cup rubber between France’s Nicolas Mahut and Spain’s Marcel Granollers.

Umpire Who Gave Nick Kyrgios Pep Talk Gets Suspended For Two Tournaments Without Pay Umpire Who Gave Nick Kyrgios Pep Talk Gets Suspended For Two Tournaments Without Pay

During a second-round U.S. Open match on Aug. 30, umpire Mohamed Lahyani descended from his chair to give a mopey Nick Kyrgios a pep talk that included the words “I want to help you,” raising questions as to whether he overstepped boundaries as a neutral party. Lahyani has now been punished for his unusual foray into…

Tennis Umpires Aren't The Enemy Here Tennis Umpires Aren't The Enemy Here

The Times of London reported Tuesday that some anonymous tennis umpires had considered boycotting Serena Williams’s matches after her spat with umpire Carlos Ramos derailed her U.S. Open final against Naomi Osaka. As this story has been picked up, shorn of context, and redeployed in unfamiliar contexts and epochal…

Hypothetical Grievances Presented By An Australian Newspaper To Defend Its Big-Lipped Serena Williams Cartoon, Ranked Hypothetical Grievances Presented By An Australian Newspaper To Defend Its Big-Lipped Serena Williams Cartoon, Ranked

To riff on Serena Williams’s spat with umpire Carlos Ramos in the U.S. Open final, the Melbourne Herald Sun published an illustration of the tennis player, drawn by editorial cartoonist Mark Knight, which has since been met with international disgust. Today, like any normal newspaper, the Herald Sun opted to dig in…

Naomi Osaka Paid The Price For The Feud Between Serena Williams And Carlos Ramos Naomi Osaka Paid The Price For The Feud Between Serena Williams And Carlos Ramos

If your tennis brain has only room for one takeaway from the U.S. Open, let it be this: Naomi Osaka was the most dominant player in the world over the last 14 days. With the exception of a fourth-round test of will, all of Osaka’s matches, including the final, were straight-set, open-and-shut, surgically efficient…

Like The Rest Of Us, Tennis's Governing Bodies Are Arguing About Serena Williams Like The Rest Of Us, Tennis's Governing Bodies Are Arguing About Serena Williams

Through a series of statements, tennis’s governing bodies (the Women’s Tennis Association, the U.S. Tennis Association, and the International Tennis Federations) are staking out their positions on the sad and entirely avoidable debacle that was the U.S. Open women’s final.

Serena Williams Hit With $17,000 Fine For Her Part Of U.S. Open Final Shit-Show Serena Williams Hit With $17,000 Fine For Her Part Of U.S. Open Final Shit-Show

The second set of Saturday’s women’s U.S. Open final was a total debacle, featuring a suspect code violation for coaching, and then an even more suspect game penalty for “verbal abuse,” triggering an insane and exhausting sequence where Serena Williams called down a tournament referee and brought the match to a…

Naomi Osaka To Upcoming U.S. Open Final Opponent Serena Williams: "I Love You" Naomi Osaka To Upcoming U.S. Open Final Opponent Serena Williams: "I Love You"

Last night, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka beat Madison Keys in a U.S. Open semifinal match 6-2, 6-4 to advance to her first grand slam final, where she will face Serena Williams, who has played in 31 of them. How is Osaka feeling about playing Serena? Pretty good!

The Best Match Of Dominic Thiem's Life Wasn't Enough To Beat Rafael Nadal The Best Match Of Dominic Thiem's Life Wasn't Enough To Beat Rafael Nadal

Every once in a while an athlete will just make you eat your words and your low expectations. Typically they’ll do this by winning; on Tuesday night, Dominic Thiem did it while losing his U.S. Open quarterfinal, pyrotechnically.

Men Should Play Best Of Three Sets, And Anyone Who Says Otherwise Is A Weenie Like ESPN's Brad Gilbert Men Should Play Best Of Three Sets, And Anyone Who Says Otherwise Is A Weenie Like ESPN's Brad Gilbert

At the grand slams—Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open—men play best-of-five set matches, and these matches are often too long. (Men play best of three sets at all other tournaments, except the Davis Cup.) At Wimbledon this year, John Isner and Kevin Anderson played for more than six hours in their…

Naomi Osaka Has Been Ruthless And Efficient At The U.S. Open Naomi Osaka Has Been Ruthless And Efficient At The U.S. Open

There was one close one—a fourth-round victory over Aryna Sabalenka that took her all three sets—but beyond that, the U.S. Open has been one continuous bloodbath for Naomi Osaka, the 20-year-old No. 20 seed. These are massacres on the order of Rafael Nadal carving up Roland Garros. Three times, she’s devoured her…

Wet Tennis Is Bad For The Players And Painful To Watch Wet Tennis Is Bad For The Players And Painful To Watch

Anyone who organizes a tennis tournament that involves Roger Federer should be concerned when this sentence comes out of that man’s mouth, as it did Monday night, while discussing the conditions of his match:

Roger Federer Got Soaked Roger Federer Got Soaked

Pick a handful of points at random from Roger Federer’s fourth-round U.S. Open loss to John Millman and you are liable to find some extremely un-Federer moments. Maybe he lines up a backhand slice only for the ball to drip to the ground two feet away. Maybe he shanks a routine overhead into the net, or goofs the…

U.S. Open Fan Who Dunked Chicken Tender Into Soda: "People Are Telling Me I Should Go To Jail"

The most repulsive thing at the U.S. Open this weekend wasn’t John Millman’s shirt or Tennys Sandgren’s personality, but this chicken tender dipped into a soda by a woman in the stands. Fox 5 found Alexa Greenfield, the bold flavor revolutionary (or gross weirdo, depending on your worldview) and got an explanation.

U.S. Open Chair Umpire Betrayed By Arm Rest, Eats It  U.S. Open Chair Umpire Betrayed By Arm Rest, Eats It 

It’s been a weird tournament so far for U.S. Open chair umpires. Less than a week into the tournament, chair umpires—whose goal is to be an unobtrusive as possible—have been directly responsible for launching two huge controversies: First, a chair ump needlessly penalized Alize Cornet for changing her shirt on court,…

Chair Umpire Begs Nick Kyrgios To Start Caring About Match; Kyrgios Rallies And Wins [Update] Chair Umpire Begs Nick Kyrgios To Start Caring About Match; Kyrgios Rallies And Wins [Update]

By the second set, Nick Kyrgios had earned his first boos. He’d lost the first set of today’s U.S. Open match to Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert on a double-fault second serve going 129 mph. Kyrgios’s serve—untouchable whenever he desires it to be—was broken to start off the second, and when he planted an easy…

Nick Kyrgios Can't Stop Beefing With Tennis Writer Ben Rothenberg Nick Kyrgios Can't Stop Beefing With Tennis Writer Ben Rothenberg

Ben Rothenberg, a well-known tennis writer who travels all over the world covering the sport for The New York Times and elsewhere, has thousands of avid followers. One, however, might be a little more devoted than others. Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios, the king of trash talk, tweeners, and tanking—but mostly…

U.S. Open Umpire Hits Alize Cornet With A Bizarre Code Violation Because She Briefly Took Off Her Shirt U.S. Open Umpire Hits Alize Cornet With A Bizarre Code Violation Because She Briefly Took Off Her Shirt

If you haven’t heard, the U.S. Open in New York City is brutally hot this year. Players are keeling over from the heat right and left, and everyone is so freaking sweaty I feel really bad for the ball kids who get the sweat towels flung in their faces after every point. A “heat rule” was in full effect today, which…

How To Attend The U.S. Open And Survive How To Attend The U.S. Open And Survive

The U.S. Open starts today in Queens, N.Y. I’ve covered it for the last six years, usually every day for the entirety of the tournament. Here’s a guide to not having your U.S. Open experience be a sweaty hell.

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