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Nadal Comfortable on Clay, Again

Ben Rothenberg, New York Times

Tennis Legend Pays for Predatory Rep

Kristen De Groot, Associated Press

After Awful 2015, Rafa On a Roll

Nina Pantic, Tennis.com

When Serena Met Tom

Charles Curtis, For the Win

MADRID — After an uncharacteristic skid last year, Rafael Nadal has regained his traction on the slippery clay that he had once dominated, adding intrigue to this week’s Madrid...(full article)

In the 1920s and 1930s, Bill Tilden was to tennis what Babe Ruth was to baseball. Honoring him with a historical marker should be an ace - if not for questions about his conduct wi...(full article)

BARCELONA—Last year, during Rafael Nadal’s worst season in over a decade, he lost to Fabio Fognini three times, including a straight-sets defeat at the Barcleona Open. ...(full article)

Don’t you love when athletes meet other athletes and act just like typical fans? Here’s a great example posted by Serena Williams on Snapchat from a charity event in Ma...(full article)

The manner in which Rafael Nadal celebrated his 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 victory over Frenchman Gael Monfils on Sunday in the finals of the Monte Carlos Masters – exuberantly falling to...(full article)

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