Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Rafael Nadal won his 16th Grand Slam championship on Sunday at the US Open.
On Saturday, Sloane Stephens captured the first major title of her career at the Open.
Nadal was expected by many to win his third US Open and the fact that he did — beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 — reflected what kind of year 2017 has been in men’s tennis at the highest levels. In a resurgent year for legends, Nadal and Roger Federer, arguably the two greatest players in the history of the men’s game, won all four major tournaments, splitting them at two apiece.
The victory by the unseeded Stephens — who easily defeated fellow American Madison Keys, 6-3, 6-0 — was a bit of surprise in a year of surprises for the women. With Serena Williams on maternity leave after winning the Australian Open in January, four different women won the Grand Slams this year: Williams (Australian), Jelena Ostapenko (French Open), Garbine Muguruza (Wimbledon) and Stephens (US Open).
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.