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How tennis players confront a context of constant change

Tennis Accent Staff



Aaron Doster - USA TODAY Sports

Why do tennis players change racquets? Why do elite clay-court players play the hardcourt tournament in Acapulco? (Gee, I wonder which person we are talking about here?) What is it like to play a tournament, knowing it could potentially become a 100th career title? What must it feel like to play world-class tennis just a few years after a life-threatening attack and a severe injury to one’s hand?

Those questions very clearly point to specific players on the ATP and WTA Tours.

Karen Khachanov changed racquets and is now trying to adjust to his adjustment — not very successfully, as it turns out.

Rafael Nadal is playing Acapulco before Indian Wells, a decision which will always generate a lot of discussion in these latter stages of Rafa’s career.

Roger Federer might not win Dubai this week, but he is going for title No. 100.

Petra Kvitova lost in the Dubai WTA final, but has been one of the best stories of the young women’s tennis season.

You can get reactions to those stories plus Dubai champion Belinda Bencic, Rio champion Laslo Djere and his amazing journey in Brazil, Rio runner-up Felix Auger Aliassime, and so much more in our new Tennis With An Accent Podcast.

TWAA contributor Briana Foust, whom you can find on Twitter at @4TheTennis, joins host Saqib Ali on our latest show. It is just over 50 minutes of wide-ranging tennis conversation on more than a dozen players. Use this link at Radio Influence to get even more notes on the broadcast.

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The Tennis With An Accent staff produces roundtable articles and other articles with group input during the tennis season. Staff articles belong to the TWAA family of writers and contributors, as opposed to any individual commentator. Our staff produces roundtables every week of the tennis season, so that you will always know what the TWAA staff thinks about the important tennis topics of the times.

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