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How Incoherence Has Ruined Articles About Women’s Tennis

This just-published preview from Sunday’s NY Times Magazine is entitled “How Power Has Transformed Women’s Tennis.”

Based on its length, I’d guess that it’s the cover story. That’s potentially good, as the Times is one of the few major media outlets to give tennis the coverage it needs (and deserves). They also ran a long-form piece on Nadal in the Magazine a year or so ago, and featured Elena Dementieva — of all people — on the cover of their since-discontinued Play Magazine.

Good, that is, until you actually read the story. I could find no organizing narrative, no effort to make sense of interview comments that were all over the place, and no sense that the author actually knew anything about tennis. Fans, read it and tell me I’m wrong.

  1. Mike H
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:30 | #1

    Well John, with such a ringing endorsement, I’m gonna run right now to do so. Wait, are there any racy pics of her? Because then I really WILL. btw, there was an interesting piece on her the other day in the WSJ of all places:
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703447004575449993414740542.html?KEYWORDS=Sharapova

  2. charlie j
    August 30th, 2010 at 08:36 | #2

    you simply read it with the wrong point of view. it’s NOT an article about tennis. It’s an ad for the US Open…

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