The Racquet

Matthew Willis
For those that want to go deeper into, and get smarter about, tennis. Match analysis and the future of the sport.
Created 17 Jul 2018
  • The Davis Cup
    05 Dec 20211 day ago • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Sunday’s are usually for analysis and ordinarily I’d break down how Russia won this year’s Davis Cup as of a few hours ago. But world No.5 Rublev beat world No.279 Borna Gojo, and world No.2 Medvedev ...
  • The WTA Takes An Unprecedented Stand
    02 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 5 4
    The stand Yesterday WTA CEO Steve Simon suspended all tournaments in China and Hong Kong due to ongoing concerns about Peng Shuai: Simon: The WTA has been clear on what is needed here, and we repeat o...
  • 2021 Scorecard: Stefanos Tsitsipas
    29 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 5 4
    This is part of a new off-season series from The Racquet called ‘2021 Scorecard’. I always track a bunch of metrics for how fast some of the younger players on tour are improving in key areas and I’ll...
  • Peng Shuai and Mutual Incomprehension
    25 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 5 2
    The WTA is currently standing at the fork in the road facing two diverging paths when it comes to its business in China. It is now 23 days since Peng Shuai made the original accusation of sexual assau...
  • Big Serving Counterpunchers Battle In Turin Final
    21 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 5 3
    Zverev d Medvedev: 6-4, 6-4 Zverev finally turns it around after losing the last 5 in a row to Medvedev. Subtle changes over the last three matches When they met in Paris a few weeks ago, on the slowe...
  • Where is Peng Shuai?
    18 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 5 0
    The whereabouts and safety of Peng Shuai continue to get murkier after she made allegations that a former senior Chinese Communist Party official sexually assaulted her. Last week I wrote about how in...
  • The Disappearance of Peng Shuai and Tennis' China Dilemma
    14 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 8 8
    Peng Shuai, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, has reportedly not been seen since accusing a former Chinese Communist Party official of sexual abuse. Update from Steve Simon, WTA CEO...
  • Big Serving Counterpunchers... Uh Again
    31 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 0
    Quick note from Matt: I’m having surgery on Wednesday this coming week (3rd Nov) so there will probably be no issues (unless I can find someone interesting to write a guest post). This unfortunately m...
  • The Future Of Tennis - Part 2
    29 Oct 2021 • 30 min read • 9 3
    NB: This essay focuses on the digital and technological future of tennis more so than things like in-person tournament growth, format changes1 and participation. More on those soon. Part one is here, ...
  • Sinner and Karatsev Dominate
    24 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 4 4
    Sinner d Schwarztman: 6-2, 6-2 A complete and utter serve/return mismatch. While Schwartzman is one of the best returners on tour, Sinner’s recent improvements in 1st serve potency, coupled with Schwa...
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