From The Editor
This issue we salute two of the most enduring players of the past 15 years - Fabrice Santoro and Jonas Bjorkman.
If you've never seen Santoro play live, rectify that this season, which will be the Frenchman's last. With slice forehands, double-handed volleys, soft hands and the imagination of J.K. Rowling, Santoro truly is 'the magician' that Pete Sampras dubbed him.
Jonas Bjorkman, at 35, has a lot on his plate, including a new baby, new doubles partner, new job as editor of Sweden's national tennis magazine, and another full schedule of singles and doubles in 2008. If he plays another two seasons, he likely will have played more matches than any player in ATP history (since 1973).
At the other end of the age spectrum, we look at the weight of expectations carried by 21-year-old Richard Gasquet, and how 18-year-old Donald Young worked his way into the Top 100 after recovering from the ills of being fast-tracked to ATP level before he was ready.
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Managing Editor, DEUCE Magazine
In This Issue
After years of under delivering on his vast potential, David Nalbandian is ready to live up to his promise.
Fabrice Santoro sets a new record for most Grand Slam tournaments played at the 2008 Australian Open. Beginning his final year on Tour, the creative Frenchman analyzes why some players like Sampras, Agassi and Safin fell victim to his spell yet others were impervious to his slice and dice wizardry.
At 35, the challenges just keep coming for multi-tasking Swede Jonas Bjorkman.
The 2008 Australian Open marks the 40th anniversary of the last amateur Grand Slam. Melbourne's historic Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club hosted the last Slam that banned professionals from competing. The Australian Open - which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary at Melbourne Park - has changed immensely during that time, as has the sport of tennis.
Czech Radek Stepanek is one of the funniest guys on the ATP Tour; he loves nothing better than to share a laugh, impersonate a fellow player or instigate a practical joke in the locker room. On the court the former World No.8 has become well-known for his signature 'worm' celebration. Below, Radek discusses the last time...
Donald Young knows that the ATP Tour guarantees no victories, only defeats. But after suffering a series of shattering losses during his artificial elevation to the pro tour, Young found his way in 2007 and finished inside the Top 100. Will 2008 be his coming out party?
A glance ahead at the first few months of the 2008 ATP campaign.
ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a look at the numbers behind the stories on the ATP circuit.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram hit Bondi Beach in Sydney, where they experienced a day in the life of a life guard.
Czech veterans Martin Damm and Pavel Vizner have reunited for the first time in 10 years on the ATP World Tour circuit. They discuss their 2008 goals.
Who is the most stylish player on the ATP World Tour circuit? ATP World Tour pros have their say.
Sebastien Grosjean, Radek Stepanek, Chris Guccione, Dmitry Tursunov and Evgeny Korolev reveal their goals for the 2008 ATP World Tour season.
What did a few ATP World Tour stars do during the off season between November and the start of 2008?
Dutchman Robin Haase takes a tour of Mahabalipuram and visits areas that were effected by the 2005 tsunami, during the Chennai Open.