Author: James Beck

Rafael Nadal Really Is Human

James Beck- 10/06/2018

Another challenge has come and gone for Rafa Nadal. How many more will there be?

Comment: Simona Halep’s Tenacity Too Much For Stephens’ ‘Easy Power’

James Beck- 09/06/2018

Tennis columnist James Beck looks back at the French Open women's final.

It Was A Most Unpredictable Australian Open Final For Marin Cilic

James Beck- 28/01/2018

Marin Cilic must be the most unpredictable of tennis' major men's champions. Except maybe the direction of his second serve. The lean, tall and sometimes ...

Caroline Wozniacki’s Long Journey Ends With Tears

James Beck- 28/01/2018

Caroline Wozniacki ( Caroline Wozniacki started and ended her first Grand Slam success story the same way. On fire. When it was over, she lay ...

Rafael Nadal Didn’t Need To Be Spectacular In The U.S. Open Final

James Beck- 11/09/2017

Rafael Nadal ( Rafa Nadal wasn't the same player on Sunday he had been two days earlier. He didn't need to be. Kevin Anderson fought ...

Don’t Call Rafael Nadal A Clay-Courter

James Beck- 10/09/2017

Rafael Nadal ( NEW YORK -- Maybe no one has ever played this game of tennis better than Rafa Nadal played it Friday night. Roger ...

Martina Hingis Wins In Doubles With Her Smarts

James Beck- 10/09/2017

Martina Hingis ( NEW YORK -- What makes Martina Hingis so good in any type of doubles she decides to play? Her brain. The Swiss ...

Kevin Anderson Suddenly Looks Like A World Beater

James Beck- 09/09/2017

Kevin Anderson ( Kevin Anderson always has been dangerous because of his huge serve. He wasn’t always efficient and consistent with the serve, however. That ...

Win Over Halep Gives Sharapova’s Career A Shot In The Arm

James Beck- 30/08/2017

Maria Sharapova ( Maria Sharapova may be the shot in the arm that women's tennis needs right now while Serena Williams is out on maternity ...

Roger Federer’s 19th Major Is In The Record Book

James Beck- 16/07/2017

Roger Federer ( While most of men's tennis' top echelon appears to be in disarray, Roger Federer marches on to more record Grand Slam titles. ...

Four Points Decided The Wimbledon Women’s Championship

James Beck- 16/07/2017

Venus Williams ( Venus Williams appeared to be on the verge of taking control of another Wimbledon championship. Little did she know that the next ...

Rafa Was At His Best Against Stan

James Beck- 11/06/2017

Rafael Nadal ( How does Rafa Nadal maintain his concentration on his serve when perspiration is constantly dropping from his nose onto the red clay? ...

From Iva Majoli To Jelena Ostapenko

James Beck- 11/06/2017

Jelena Ostapenko ( Two decades ago, there was another Jelena Ostapenko. Iva Majoli, too, was 19 years old when she showed up at Roland Garros. ...

Roger’s 18 Might Stand The Test Of Time

James Beck- 29/01/2017

Roger Federer pictured with the Australian Open trophy ( Even if Roger Federer happens to retire from tennis at age 35, he isn't likely to ...

A Simple Match Of Greatness And History

James Beck- 28/01/2017

Serena Williams celebrates winning the 2017 Australian Open (image via With different names, this Australian Open women's final would have been just another Grand ...

Grigor Dimitrov Gave Nadal All He Could Handle

James Beck- 27/01/2017

Grigor Dimitrov celebrates winning the fourth set in his semifinal match against Rafael Nadal on day 12 of the 2017 Australian Open (source: Jack Thomas/ ...

Andy Murray’s And Rafael Nadal’s Loss At The US Open Are Troubling

James Beck- 10/09/2016

Rafael Nadal (image via NEW YORK -- Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal have a great deal in common. Yes, they have been regarded as ...

Will Wimbledon champion Andy Murray now impact Novak Djokovic’s legacy?

James Beck- 10/07/2016

Novak Djokovic already regrets, of course, that he wasn't able to be in Sunday's Wimbledon final, and to have a chance to gain another step ...

Serena Williams’ Serve Was The Difference In The Wimbledon Final

James Beck- 09/07/2016

Angelique Kerber had to play a perfect match in Saturday's women's final to even have a chance to win this Wimbledon. She came close to ...

Sky Within Novak’s Reach; Murray Is Just A Toy In The Joker’s Box

James Beck- 05/06/2016

The sky is still the limit for Novak Djokovic. He didn't just defeat Andy Murray in Sunday's French Open final. The Serbian Wonder crushed Murray. ...