The Roving Eye’ Richard Evans Tackles Tennis and Beyond

A MASTER REPORTER’S RIDE ACROSS JOURNALISM, SPORT, AND LIFE By JOHN MARTIN September 2017       One afternoon in late August, Richard Evans emerged from a USTA shuttle bus and walked about 100 yards to the South Gate of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.      In an age […]

The Roving Eye Book Cover


How the French Open Finally Defeated Its Scalpers

By JOHN MARTIN PARIS—As the French Open moves into its final weekend, its top officials are claiming near total suppression of illegal ticket sales. After decades of arresting scalpers on the streets and skirmishing with them more recently in cyberspace, victory appears in sight. “I think you can’t say you […]

The Mysterious Struggle in the French Garden

By JOHN MARTIN PARIS–The French Tennis Federation has accepted an unusual legal green light and begun constructing a controversial 5,000-seat stadium in an historic garden adjoining the grounds of Roland Garros, site of the French Open. The project – to build a sunken tennis court and stands to be reached by a […]



What a Tennis Legend Learned in Boston

By JOHN MARTIN PARIS – The French Tennis Federation has begun modernizing Roland Garros, the 92-year-old sanctuary of racquet combat that hosts the world’s only Grand Slam tennis championship fought on clay. Old sculptures have vanished and new buildings appeared, but one legendary player remains stitched to the fabric of […]

Ryan Harrison and Nicholas Mahut security walk Jan 16 2017 Australian Open

Grand Slam Tennis Security: A Walk on the Wild Side

By JOHN MARTIN MELBOURNE, Australia – Each morning at the Australian Open, a ritual unfolds in a brightly lit corridor at the edge of Rod Laver Arena,. About 20 men form an uneven line. Their shirts shout “SECURITY” in bold white letters across their backs. Shortly before 11, the line […]

True or False? The French Open’s Fight for Space Violates History!

By JOHN MARTIN PARIS – If you thought  the tennis was fierce last year at the French Open, you should have read the war of words waged on the fences surrounding the grounds. It wasn’t hand-scrawled graffiti, but lavishly illustrated banners using exclamation points to accuse opponents of lying about […]

Sign stating VRAI!


Pay Day Blues II:Break Serve? Most Players Struggle to Break Even

By JOHN MARTIN PARIS — Fifty years ago this spring, Fred Stolle of Australia won the French International Tennis Championship by defeating his countryman Tony Roche in the final. Stolle and Roy Emerson, another Aussie, won the doubles crown as well. For capturing both titles, Stolle’s total purse — if […]

Russell Geyser high fives Raven Klaasen after Klassen and Kveta Peschke won the doubles match against the Austin Aces

The Seventh Man: An Owner’s Odyssey in World Team Tennis

By JOHN MARTIN SAN DIEGO – In late December, Russell Geyser, a wealthy Southern California real estate developer turned Hollywood movie producer, bought the Sportimes, a World Team Tennis franchise based in New York. The deal took place after an unusual telephone call from a close friend. “My best buddy,” […]