Nicholas McCarvel is a freelance tennis writer based in New York. He has covered tennis for The New York Times, USA Today, ESPN the Magazine, NBC Sports and the official tournament websites of the U.S. and Australian Opens.

A True Ace

Arguably one of the most popular tennis players in the world, China’s Li Na helped bring the sport to Asia. Now, her sudden retirement has the country asking 'what's next?'

Yellow Balls

Federer has two sets—of twins. 21-year-old Sloane Stephens isn’t afraid to trash talk Serena. And ‘Genie’s Army’ is out for blood. Here’s what you need to know for Wimbledon.

Do Ask, Do Tell

One year after Jason Collins and the gay rights movement charged into the sporting world, why do we still freak out when a queer athlete comes out? Because it still matters.

Long Program

Once tasked with nailing triple Lutzes and Salchows, Michelle Kwan may soon be Rhode Island's first lady. The story behind her political rise (and that infamous Prius).


The unstoppable Williams was finally stopped at Wimbledon. Nicholas McCarvel breaks down the shocking upset—and what Serena must do to get back on top.