July 28, 2015 |
As Marcelo Melo's return sailed over the net, Mike Bryan yelled "Going out" and he and his brother, Bob, ducked in unison. When the shot did land well behind the baseline to give the Bryan brothers a 5-1 set win over the Philadelphia Freedoms men's doubles team of Melo and Robby Ginepri, the Bryans converged near the net and jumped up for their signature chest bump. The lopsided set win led the visiting California Dream (8-4) to a 22-16 World TeamTennis win over the Freedoms (4-8)
July 27, 2015 |
The Bryan brothers have done - and won - just about everything there is to do and win in men's doubles tennis. Since breaking onto the scene in 1995, identical twins Mike and Bob have won 16 Grand Slam titles, one Olympic Gold medal, and held the No. 1 ranking in the world for 424 consecutive weeks - the longest of any player or tandem in tennis history. Even in a career as long and decorated as theirs, there is a first time for everything. On Sunday, that first will be performing in a live music show before hitting the courts at Villanova University's Pavilion for the California Dream's (6-4)
July 25, 2015 |
Underdogs had their day Thursday as the Freedoms knocked off the previously unbeaten Austin Aces, 22-14, at Villanova's Pavilion. The Aces had opened the World TeamTennis season with eight straight victories before falling to the Freedoms (4-6). The Freedoms' Robby Ginepri faced a daunting challenge in the men's singles matchup. His opponent, Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia, led the league with 33 aces and 40 singles victories. From the moment Ginepri released the ball from his hand for the game's opening serve, it became clear that he was anything but an underdog.
July 24, 2015
IN 1966, Margaret McNamara brought a bag of used books to four boys she was tutoring in reading in Washington, D.C. She allowed each child to keep one, and they were delighted. Her giving soon developed into a program that eventually would bring books to millions of children nationwide: the "Reading Is Fundamental" program. Since I started writing a column, I've tried to do something similar, except that my mission is to get people to read more about personal finance. I often spotlight books that can help you become better money managers.
July 22, 2015 |
At Freedoms matches, team owner Billie Jean King regularly watches from the far edge of the home team's bench. On Monday night, a pioneer of women's sports was joined by Mo'ne Davis, in her own way an emerging pioneer. King broke onto the tennis scene in 1959, competing in the U.S. Open at age 15. Davis was thrust into the spotlight last summer playing for Philadelphia's Taney Dragons in the Little League World Series. "At my age usually you just hang out with friends and just play sports," said Davis, now 14. "You usually don't become a role model at such a young age. " Davis' most recent romp in the spotlight included winning the ESPY for best breakout athlete last week in Los Angeles.
July 18, 2015 |
The Freedoms turned back the clock to the 1970s for their home opener Thursday night against the Boston Lobsters, marking the 40th season of World Team Tennis play. To celebrate the psychedelic '70s, fans received tickets with a retro design and were serenaded by songs from the decade between points during Boston's 21-17 win at Villanova's Pavilion. Freedoms owner and tennis legend Billie Jean King even busted a move when "Disco Inferno" came over the loudspeakers. World Team Tennis got its start in 1974 when King brought the decade's wave of gender-equality activism to her sport.
July 16, 2015 |
CoCo Vandeweghe got a wake-up call - and responded to it. In February 2014, the tennis player, who is the niece of former Knicks star Kiki Vandeweghe, was at a qualifying tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, warming up to take on Risa Ozaki of Japan, then ranked No. 171, in the round of 32. The match should have been an easy win, as Vandeweghe outranked her opponent by 60 spots at the time by World Tennis Association standards. But two hours later, Vandeweghe found herself walking off the clay courts to pack her bags - she lost in three sets.
July 8, 2015 |
A vocal duo's flawless a cappella rendition of "Over the Rainbow" hushed the crowd outside Independence Hall as the reenactment of a pioneering LGBT civil rights demonstration began. Several dozen people marched along Chestnut Street holding placards ("Equality for Homosexual Citizens") that replicated those carried by a plucky group of gay men and lesbians a half-century earlier. It was an emotional, and pitch-perfect, way to celebrate the Fourth of July - and the fact that marriage equality is at last the law of the land.
June 9, 2015 |
She was known variously as Alice, Alice of Dunk's Ferry, Black Alice, or Old Alice. She was a slave who lived at least 108 years - some say 116 - and saw three centuries. She never learned how to read or write, and never gained her freedom, but her head was filled with priceless memories. Alice could tell a story like no one else - whether it was about meeting William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania; witnessing the early days of Philadelphia; or navigating boats between Dunk's Ferry - now Beverly - and what is now Bensalem.