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
  • No Winners
    16 Jan 20221 day ago • 8 min read • 15 11
    Novak Djokovic has been deported from Australia. He is currently on a plane to Dubai and will not defend his Australian Open title. I’m not going to go into the weeds of the judgement. The simple summ...
  • Canada Clean Sweep ATP Cup Final and Rafa's Comeback Title
    09 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 6 2
    Shapovalov d Carreño Busta: 6-4, 6-3 Shapovalov did two things really well today, against a red hot Carreño Busta who hadn’t dropped a set in the ATP Cup so far. This matchup is usually a case of Carr...
  • The Boot
    06 Jan 2022 • 9 min read • 11 7
    One of the weirder 48 hours in tennis history. If you’re already familiar with what’s happened feel free to skip to the line divider further down. For those that have somehow avoided the news, Djokovi...
  • 2022
    02 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Happy new year! The 2022 tennis season has already been underway for 48 hours. What feels like the shortest off-season in existence has already ended. Read more
  • Tennis AI
    23 Dec 2021 • 18 min read • 7 1
    I’m going to break one of my own rules today. I’m going to write about Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in a way that makes sweeping generalisations about their playstyles. This is often my pet peeve in te...
  • 2021 Scorecard: Casper Ruud
    13 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 5 2
    Casper Ruud has had the best season of his young career in 2021, finishing the season ranked No.8, qualifying for the ATP Finals, and winning 5 titles. Despite being widely labelled as ‘just’ a clay c...
  • The 2021 Racquet Recap
    09 Dec 2021 • 11 min read • 6 1
    Ah off-season, a shameless excuse to self promo some of the stuff I’ve written this year as a way of looking back at what the hell happened in 2021. Here are the best pieces from the year, in chronolo...
  • The Davis Cup
    05 Dec 2021 • < 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 6
    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...
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