Sure, you can get your tennis news from Sports Illustrated or ESPN, but those guys are still talking about football when the season’s long over. If you really want to stay up-to-date on tennis, these are the six blogs you should be following.
From Serena’s Oscar dress to Simona’s 10th tournament title, you won’t miss a detail about the happenings of the WTA with Women’s Tennis Blog. Author Marija Zivlak launched the blog in 2007 to promote women’s tennis and has since been featured in Sports Illustrated and The New York Times, among other major publications. She partners with tennis photographer Jimmie48 to bring live coverage from more than a dozen WTA tournaments across the world, extending from Dubai to Luxembourg.
Todd Spiker loves professional tennis and WTA Backspin is just one of four blogs he manages that is dedicated to the sport. From him you can expect rigorous, long-form pieces that explore the past and present state of the pro circuit. If you want in-depth analyses of the players’ games and thorough recaps of current tournaments, this is the site for you.
Rich Rodriguez is a writer with a background in PR and marketing who also happens to be a huge tennis fan. His blog focuses mostly on tennis pop culture and fashion, and he covers news on all pro players — from Ana Ivanovic’s spread in Bella magazine to Fabio Fognini’s on-court temper tantrums. Plus, few other tennis blogs will critique the players’ outfits off the court. You’ll feel as though you’re reading from the pages of your favorite celebrity and gossip magazine.
Lisa Stone is a self-described “Tennis Mom” from Atlanta who has experienced the elite junior tennis circuit through her 18-year-old son Morgan (who happens to be a four-star recruit committed to Santa Clara University). If you have children who aspire to play tennis at a high level, this is the blog you should be reading. From USTA tournaments to high school tryouts, Stone has detailed her journey of being a supportive and dedicated tennis parent to advise others who may be in her position.
A tennis journalist who has written for Tennis Now and USA Today, Erik Gudris publishes opinions and commentary about professional tennis on his personal blog. In reading his site, you’ll find unique stories — for example, “The Unhappy Slam,” a piece about the weather at the Australian Open that is much more interesting than it sounds or “Long May You Run,” a reflection on Li Na’s career. Gudris doesn’t publish as regularly as the other blogs on this list, but you can follow him on Twitter for more frequent updates.
Amy Fetherolf, Lindsay Gibbs and Andrew Eccles
The Changeover is the only blog on this list authored by more than one person, so its content and writing style varies. In addition to posting news articles and personal commentary on pro tennis, The Changeover also publishes some thought-provoking pieces like “The ‘Gay Question’ Tennis Needs to Stop Asking,” and has a page dedicated to hilarious tennis GIFs.
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