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Adrian Margaret Brune is a native Oklahoman who lives, works, writes, runs and plays competitive tennis in London, UK.

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Blake Bailey wrote about misogynists for years. The establishment never even stopped to think he was one.

Blake Bailey as a teacher at Lusher School (left), the Lusher Charter School for gifted students (center) and as a published author (right).

In early 2014, I had started shopping around a few chapters of a memoir, when a fresh-faced agent turned up in my Inbox wanting to represent me. Not knowing the literary world back then, I agreed. …


Venus Williams, older sister of Serena, playing World Team Tennis for the Washington Kastles in 2015.

If Serena builds it, will they come?

“Ultimately I really cannot wait to return to New York and play,” Serena Williams, said as part of a USTA videoconference last week to formally announce plans for this year’s US Open, to be held in early September — sans fans and ultra-sanitized.


Egyptian player Youssef Hossam, №810 in the ATP singles rankings — who once reached a high of №291 — was banned from professional tennis for life in May 2020.

Eye off the ball and you probably missed it: in early May, the ITF’s Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) banned Egyptian player Youssef Hossam, 21, from professional tennis for match-fixing, permanently excluding him for life. It was a rare rebuke in a polite, conciliatory sport.

The TIU hardly issues life bans…


ATP’s World №3 gets lashed by unlikely opponent, WTA’s №602, Ines Ibbou

A product endorsement photo of Algerian singles player, Ines Ibbou.

At minute six in the nine-minute film “Dear Dominic” she posted on Instagram on 8 May, Ines Ibbou, the top female player in Algeria, walks behind the scenes at the Qatar Total Open — past posters of Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, and Belinda Bencic — and sets her bag on…


While the Aussies labour down under, see Wimbledon and the U.S. Open outside the lines.

One of the first things a spectator at the All England Lawn Tennis Club notices, when walking into the Wimbledon Grand Slam on any given day, is their fellow spectators — those of us standing on our toes, looking through perfectly manicured flora, craning their necks over various gates and…


In New York, in the time of COVID-19, it is rough — no deco-turf coating, here — for people who live for being on the courts. On something like March 13 (the days all blur) Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered people indoors and social distancing when we ventured outside of our…


The Lagos Lawn Tennis Club (LLTC), the oldest tennis club in Nigeria and one of the oldest in Africa was one of many sites during a 1976 coup that required Arthur Ashe’s evacuation.

The second week of August 2018 — as the pro-associations WTA and ATP prepped for the hard courts of the the US Open — the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club (LLTC) a nine-court sanctuary in the middle of bustling Lagos Island, had its own big announcement: a new name and a…


Lockdown and Isolation in Two Different Eras of Fear

The fountains that replaced the Twin Towers in 2013 after the area was closed to tourists in early March.

Before the novel corona virus hit U.S. soil, Americans were only set to commemorate one anniversary in 2021: the 20th of the day forever known as 9/11. Now, we will likely add the one-year observation of the March day that COVID-19 became a pandemic in New York. Both will focus…


New Yorkers complain about Central Park crowding. But a subway-ride away…

Who doesn’t want to belong to the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens. Am I right? It’s a gorgeous, legendary facility with tons of displayed history and panache, not to mention clean locker rooms. But the fact of the matter is this: most New Yorkers cannot afford West…

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