How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH

It’s early afternoon in Orlando, the hottest time of day on a characteristically sultry Wednesday in Florida, a state famous for its perennially warm, wet, shirt-soaking conditions, which just so happen to be pretty much perfect for playing tennis. Or so I’m told. I’m standing—sweating, squinting, panting—at the opposite end of a court from 21-year-old Ulises Blanch, one of the many elite athletes who train here at the United States Tennis Association’s National Campus. I’m here to learn about the upper limits of the serve, the most nuanced stroke in tennis and one of Blanch’s specialties. I tell him I’m ready. He toes the baseline, lobs the ball into the air, and sends it bolting past me. “One hundred thirty-one,” …

Why UFC 239 may be the PPV event of the year

But every so often a card comes along that transcends the everyday pleasures of the sport and promises something higher, something beyond belts and temporary rivalries. These events offer diehard fans and curiosity seekers alike not just a night of entertainment but the rare opportunity to see the best ever at the very top of their powers and to bask in the glow of artistic greatness. two When:Where:Streaming:Ever since the rise of Conor McGregor, trash-talking has become a necessary skill for any fighter hoping to work his or her way up the MMA ladder and into money and fame. Its not enough to be good anymore. You have to be adamant about how good you areand how lacking your opponent …

Depth of Field: At the French Open, Serena Williams Is a Study in Motion

Serena Williams descended upon the clay courts of the French Open in Paris this week, where a year ago she became a lodestar of ridiculous controversy. In one early bout, Williams' decision to wear a black catsuit resulted in a violation; the form of dress has since been banned by the French Tennis Federation. "The combination of Serena this year, for example, it will no longer be accepted," FTF President Bernard Giudicelli told Tennis magazine. "You have to respect the game and the place." The press praised the outfit. Fans loved it. For Williams, the reason was more practical: she said the suit helped to prevent blood clots that started forming after the birth of her daughter, Alexis Jr. (some …