Ben Rothenberg

Ben Rothenberg is one of the most influential tennis journalists in the world, thanks to his work for The New-York Times, "The Racquet", the "No Challenges remaining" podcast and a Twitter account that provides a wealth of strong opinions. Based in Washington D.C., he has never missed an episode of the Tennis Majors "Match Points" program.

Match Points excerpt – Comparing the ATP’s stability and WTA’s wild uncertainty: “Both tours would do well with just 10 percent of what the other has”

July 1, 2021
Novak Djokovic

Match Points excerpt: “Slam titles will decide goat debate”

June 26, 2021

Match Points #29: Djokovic, Federer, Serena and other GOAT questions before Wimbledon 2021

June 26, 2021
Match Points #28, Extrait 2 Sabalenka

Sabalenka isn’t ready to win a Grand Slam…yet

June 2, 2021
Match Points #28 Extrait 1

Match Points excerpt: Federer, Serena face harsh reality on clay

May 29, 2021
Match Points #28

Match Points #28 : What to expect from Roland-Garros (besides a Nadal win and a Djokovic fight of course)

May 22, 2021

“The French government has a say on Roland-Garros decision”

April 29, 2021

“Hosting a global sport event is still a risk, especially in France”

April 28, 2021

Match Points #27 – Roland-Garros one week later: Why do the French think it will change anything?

April 27, 2021

“Linespeople must not be replaced by Hawk-Eye Live, they’re part of the show”

April 22, 2021

“If the ATP doesn’t replace Federer and Nadal, they’re going to suffer”

April 19, 2021

Match Points #26 : Is the ATP Tour ready for the post Federer and Nadal era?

April 17, 2021

Match Points Excerpt on Isner and his “broken system” : “It’s ridiculous”

March 31, 2021

Match Points #25 : Paire and Isner, ATP’s pain in the neck

March 27, 2021

Match Points excerpt: Training for clay instead of playing in Miami, the right choice for Federer?

March 25, 2021

Match Points #24 : Where does Federer stand now ?

March 23, 2021

Match Points # 23: “Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are not ready to leave the place”

February 28, 2021

Match Points #23: “There’s no necessity for a player to talk about an injury before a match”

February 28, 2021

Match Points #23: The ATP gap after the Big 3, and who can break through it?

February 27, 2021

For Osaka: “Ten slams is still really far away”

February 26, 2021

Bartoli: “I don’t think Serena’s made up her mind yet”

February 25, 2021

Match Points #22: Debating 10 Slams for Osaka, 24 for Serena

February 24, 2021

Thiem, Gauff, Sinner, Serena-Federer: Our predictions for 2021 – Match Points #21

December 9, 2020

Zverev – “The ATP has held investigations for much less” – Match Points #20

November 29, 2020

Best-of-five – “Tennis isn’t popular for its endurance”

November 29, 2020

Rankings – “We can’t have players not showing up at events!”

November 29, 2020

The Zverev case, the rankings issue & the 5-set debate – Match Points #20

November 29, 2020

Match Points #19: Understanding the lack of consistency on the WTA Tour

November 9, 2020

WTA: “The strength in depth is better now”, but not the overall level – Match Points #19

November 7, 2020

“Federer proved in the past that writing him off is not a very wise move” – Match Points #18

October 29, 2020

Match Points #18: Why Rafa’s Roland-Garros triumph will push Federer and Djokovic to new heights

October 28, 2020

Match Points #18: Is Rafa the GOAT after Roland-Garros?

October 27, 2020

The French Insider #10: Djokovic’s emotions, Federer’s chances in 2021 and more

October 12, 2020

Match Points excerpt: “The video cuts out the lack of trust”

October 10, 2020

Match Points excerpt: “I can’t count on my opponent to be fair-play”

October 10, 2020

Should video technology be used to help the umpire? – Match points #17

October 7, 2020

How should the tennis world handle a season with Covid-19? – Match Points #16

October 5, 2020

Match Points excerpt: Change best-of-five format, but in what way?

October 4, 2020

Match Points excerpt: Appealing to youth and quality over quantity in the best-of-five debate

October 4, 2020

Why the 5-set format is no longer the future of tennis – Match Points #15

October 2, 2020
The French Insider #2

The French Insider #2: COVID-19 restrictions, epic matches and R1 upsets

September 29, 2020

“Having as many spectators just seems incredibly risky”

September 21, 2020

The French Open with Spectators – Good or Bad Idea?

September 21, 2020

US Open debrief: Will Serena Williams ever win slam No 24?

September 19, 2020

US Open finals: Amazing comebacks or unbearable collapses?

September 15, 2020

US Open debrief : Osaka “would have been told to leave the politics behind if she lost early”

September 15, 2020

“Thiem could barely swing the ball – I knew that feeling”

September 15, 2020

“Hitting a ball around a court, it’s something we’ve seen from Djokovic, but also from other players”

September 10, 2020

“Djokovic played with fire and got burned”

September 10, 2020

“People give Djokovic a hard time simply because he’s not Nadal or Federer”

September 10, 2020

US Open special – The fall-out from the Djokovic default

September 9, 2020

How can the behind-closed-doors US Open improve its atmosphere?

September 5, 2020

Is winning the 2020 US Open the same achievement as winning any other Grand Slam?

September 5, 2020

US Open special : What we like and dislike about tennis in the “bubble”

September 4, 2020

The US Open is happening: can players handle the physical challenge?

August 21, 2020

Asterisk or not: Is the 2020 US Open a legitimate Grand Slam?

August 19, 2020

Upholding, new rules, legitimacy : The ultimate 2020 US Open debate

August 11, 2020

Federer the saint and Djokovic the demon, is it that simple?

August 7, 2020

Match Points #9 : How could UTS be included in tennis’ regular schedule?

August 4, 2020

Should the Grand Slams change to best-of-three format?

July 24, 2020

Match Points #8 – Should the 2020 US Open still take place?

July 23, 2020

Will Roland-Garros make the same mistakes as the Adria Tour?

July 20, 2020

Should the US Open let top players bring their entire entourage?

July 16, 2020

Match Points # 7 – Should the 2020 US Open be cancelled?

July 14, 2020

Should Novak Djokovic be removed from the Player Council?

July 7, 2020

Match Points #6: Is Novak Djokovic to blame for Adria Tour disaster?

July 2, 2020

Is Novak Djokovic’s legacy diminished by the Adria Tour fiasco?

July 1, 2020

Match Points #5 – Doubles money, US Open and more: Let’s talk!

June 15, 2020

Are doubles specialists paid too much?

June 9, 2020

Should tennis scrap the 2020 season now and prepare for 2021?

May 28, 2020

Who’s right in the vaccine debate? Rafa or Novak?

May 27, 2020

Was Rafael Nadal Right to Call out Novak Djokovic on Vaccination Issue?

May 25, 2020

How can tennis best help low-ranked players?

May 22, 2020

Are top players doing enough for low-ranked players?

May 21, 2020

Should the top players help financially the ones beneath them?

May 20, 2020

When should tennis come back?

May 14, 2020

Does fanless tennis make sense?

May 13, 2020

When and how will tennis return?

May 12, 2020

When will tennis be able to unite itself ?

May 5, 2020

Who would be the ideal commissioner for tennis?

May 5, 2020

Would Roger Federer be a good commissioner ?

May 4, 2020

Will the outbreak help the merger ?

May 3, 2020

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April 27, 2021

Match Points #27 – Roland-Garros one week later: Why do the French think it will change anything?

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Match Points #26 : Is the ATP Tour ready for the post Federer and Nadal era?

In the latest edition of Match Points, Marion Bartoli, Ben Rothenberg and Simon...
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March 27, 2021

Match Points #25 : Paire and Isner, ATP’s pain in the neck

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March 23, 2021

Match Points #24 : Where does Federer stand now ?

In the latest edition of Match Points, Marion Bartoli, Ben Rothenberg and Simon...
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February 27, 2021

Match Points #23: The ATP gap after the Big 3, and who can break through it?

The Match Points panel is back to discuss some of the key talking...
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February 24, 2021

Match Points #22: Debating 10 Slams for Osaka, 24 for Serena

Match points is back to break down some of the key storylines of...
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December 29, 2020

A Year of Not Doing Enough – 2020 by Ben Rothenberg

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December 9, 2020

Thiem, Gauff, Sinner, Serena-Federer: Our predictions for 2021 – Match Points #21

After a unique year in the tennis calendar, the Match Points panel look...
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November 29, 2020

The Zverev case, the rankings issue & the 5-set debate – Match Points #20

In the latest edition of Match Points, Marion Bartoli, Noah Rubin and Ben...
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November 9, 2020

Match Points #19: Understanding the lack of consistency on the WTA Tour

In Episode 19 of Match Points, Josh Cohen guides Marion Bartoli, Simon Cambers...
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