Meet Our Journalists

Editors

Steen Kirby-Georgia, USA (@nolesfan2011 on Twitter)

Editor Steen Kirby

I have followed professional tennis since I was 13, with my first pro tennis memory being the 2009 5 hour, 5 set Aussie Open semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco. This thrilling introduction to tennis got me hooked, and a whirlwind journey began. I started contributing content for the previous iteration of this site, Tennis East Coast, in the Spring of 2012, and since then have risen from being “Steen the Teen” to one of the co-owners and contributing editors of this site.  Along with creative, management, and editing duties, I am a full-time writer covering all facets of the ATP World Tour and the Men’s side of the pro game on a weekly basis.  I formerly covered action on the ATP Challenger Tour as well and still moonlight on that from time to time, but my main work is focused on the top level of the Men’s game, with deep analysis and insightful commentary and predictions. Along with my primary work for Tennis Atlantic (formerly Tennis East Coast), I write on a weekly basis for Last Word on Sports as a columnist and editor, and also frequently contribute as a guest writer and weekly ATP bracket prediction contest participant at The Grandstand. I have very much appreciated and enjoyed all the connections I have made as a tennis fan, and journalist.

When I’m not watching, writing or tweeting about tennis, I follow other sports, international affairs, and politics, as my day job is political consulting.

I hope you enjoy the site and feel free to refer to the about/contact page to get in touch!

Steve Fogleman-Maryland, USA (@TennisAtlantic on Twitter)

Stephan Fogleman, Tennis Atlantic

Editor Steve Fogleman

I’ve been writing for this site since I started it as Tennis Maryland in 2011. My love for tennis grew even more when I discovered just how accessible and friendly most players can be. I’d definitely rather be at a match than live-stream it, so I attend several US tournaments every year. I love up-and-comers and underdogs and I root for American players every chance I get. Denis Kudla, Tennys Sandgren, Stefan Kozlov, Alison Riske and Vicky Duval are my favorites. Although I’ve covered both the men’s and women’s circuits, I find that I enjoy writing about WTA competition more than the predictable ATP.

Other interests: I write a column about beer for CityPaper.com.  I’ve also worked as a lawyer for over twenty years and have engaged in public service by leading a municipal regulatory agency and donning the robe as a Probate Judge, so let me know if you have any legal questions. Just kidding.

Journalists

Niall Clarke-United Kingdom (@niallclarke96 on Twitter)

Journalist Niall Clarke

I have casually followed tennis all my life, keeping up with the Grand Slams and some of the Masters 1000’s events. It wasn’t until 2012 that i started following both tours week in and week out. Since then, tennis has become my favorite sport and i watch and follow events on both the WTA and ATP tours every day.

I have been aspiring to be a journalist since I was 13 years old, and based my whole high school and college studies around reaching this goal. In September 2014 I enrolled at Huddersfield University where I am studying Sports Journalism. My ultimate aim is to cover tennis at the highest level and earn a good living by doing so.

I casually play tennis as a bit of fun with friends, and at a club near my area. I will never be any good at playing the sport, but by trying I feel I have a better understanding of  what the players do and how good they actually are.

My favourite players on the ATP tour are Stan Wawrinka (For his power from the baseline), Jo Wilfried Tsonga (for his all court attacking approach), Juan Martin del Potro (for his booming forehand and personality), Daniel Brands (for his serve and attacking game), Benoit Paire (for his entertaining game and antics), and Kei Nishikori (for his shot making skills). My tennis hero is Pete Sampras, and I base the way I play on his style, albeit nowhere near as good. His booming serve, forehand, and volley skills were great to watch, and his mental strength something I admire.

On the WTA side, I support Garbine Muguruza (for her attacking baseline game and personality), Sabine Lisicki (for her booming serve and attacking game), and Yaroslava Shvedova (for her talent and all court game).

Outside of tennis, I love football (soccer) and mixed martial arts. I don’t support a particular football team, but have teams I admire, such as Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. My favorite players include: Diego Costa, Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Raphael Varane, Didier Drogba, and Jamie Vardy.

I also enjoy film and TV. My favorite genre is the horror genre, and favorite films and TV shows include: Lord of the Rings trilogy, Halloween, 12 Angry Men, The Thing, Prison Break, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and The Simpsons.

 

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