Meet Our Journalists and Contributing Professionals

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 including College Football (I’m a lifelong fan of my hometown Florida State Seminoles), and European Football (Ajax, Tottenham, Hertha Berlin, and Marseille). I support primarily Florida sports teams including the Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat, with a notable exception being New York Mets baseball. I generally like action or drama films, along with some comedy and documentaries and when it comes to music I most prefer rock and classic rock from the 1970s to today, especially rock music from the 1980s. I also enjoy sports, strategy and FPS video games.

My love of politics and human rights activism more than equals my love of sport, I have been politically active since the 2008 US election cycle (as a populist progressive), and am a political junkie when it comes to elections, political news, candidates, campaigns and the whole nine yards. My Twitter (and social media accounts and resume in general) reflects my primary duel interests in both tennis and politics/activism/news. I am informed, aware and active on both domestic and international issues of interest and have received noted recognition for some of my work and efforts. To go along with my interest in politics, elections and activism, I am deeply interested in history (especially military history), psychology and philosophical concepts. When it comes to my interests, I try to engross myself in them and learn as much as I can, be it the history of US Presidential Elections or the styles, results, and skills of the current top 500 ATP players.

I am a current college student in Atlanta, Georgia, and very much enjoy my work as a journalist, having had the pleasure of covering a variety of ATP World Tour and Challenger Tour events as a credentialed member of the media, including the ATP Atlanta and Memphis tournaments, and the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, my hometown pro tennis event.

My favorite professional tennis players are Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewitt, Alex Dolgopolov, Vasek Pospisil,  Gilles Muller, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Benjamin Becker, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Nick Kyrgios, Jarkko Nieminen, Marin Cilic,  Fernando Verdasco, Jurgen Melzer, The Bryan Brothers, Colin Fleming, Rhyne Williams, Tim Smyczek, and Steve Johnson among others. Among retired professional players I was a fan of Fernando Gonzalez, Igor Kunitsyn, Ross Hutchins, Rainer Schuettler and Frederic Niemeyer among others, and on the WTA side I like Sabine Lisicki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Kristina Mladenovic, and Heather Watson most notably.

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

Chris de Waard-The Netherlands (@TennisPurist on Twitter)

Journalist Chris de Waard

I was introduced to tennis by my mother, who played herself and took me to the holy grounds of Roland Garros when I was five years old in 1995. Two years later I began playing myself and ended up going through the player development program of the Dutch Tennis Association until I was 14, although this probably makes me sound better than I actually was. I was talented, but you can see me as the equivalent of players who are too good for Challengers, but not good enough for the big stage, fluking a ranking just inside the top 40 of my age group at my peak. I still play to this day, hovering around USTA 5.0 (Dutch 4), for those familiar with the rating system.

I grew up watching a great Dutch generation, with players like Richard Krajicek, Paul Haarhuis, Jacco Eltingh, Jan Siemerink, Sjeng Schalken and Martin Verkerk, unfortunately those days are long gone. Nevertheless, my all-time favorite isn’t Dutch, it’s the charismatic Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten, with his angelic grunt and possession of arguably the greatest backhand of all-time. I also very much enjoyed Thomas Muster, Marcelo Rios, Fabrice Santoro, Guillermo Coria and Marat Safin.

In modern times my favorite player has been David Ferrer since 2004, but Dominic Thiem stole my heart when I watched him play in person during Rotterdam in 2014, so he is sure to take over that role once the Spanish warrior retires. Other than them I’m really fond of Dustin Brown, Taro Daniel, Pedro Cachin, Nick Kyrgios, Fabio Fognini, Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Paolo Lorenzi, Gaël Monfils, Pablo Cuevas, Matteo Viola and Enrico Becuzzi.

I’m currently studying history at the University of Amsterdam, with an aspiration to add a master’s degree in journalism to that, in order to try and make writing about tennis my living. I started writing for Tennis Atlantic, then Tennis East Coast, in July of 2014, covering the Challenger circuit, with occasional contributions to pieces about the main tour. Outside of that I write a weekly column for the popular Dutch Facebook page Tennis Passie.

When I’m not binging on tennis, I like to frequent parties (techno in particular), play poker, watch football (with my favorite team being AZ Alkmaar) and watch TV series. Concerning the latter, I can highly recommend Breaking Bad, The Wire, Deadwood, Oz, The Sopranos, Community, Arrested Development and Workaholics.

Hopefully you enjoyed reading this, hit me up on Twitter if you want to know anything else!

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.

Jeff McMillan-Texas, USA (@jjj_tm_clem_uiw on Twitter) 

Journalist Jeff McMillan

I graduated from Clemson University in May 2013 with a degree in sports management and am currently attending a newly Division One Program UIW (Incarnate Word) in San Antonio, Texas where I reside. I am working towards a masters degree in sports management and expect to graduate in May 2015.

I have been an avid tennis fan since I started playing on my high school team as freshman in South Carolina, and at that point I began to closely follow all levels of the game. While at Clemson, I played tennis at the club level and traveled with the university tennis team to tournaments in Virginia and Georgia among other states. I followed the Clemson varsity tennis teams closely, attending nearly every home match.

Starting my junior year, I became the manager of the Clemson men’s tennis team. I had the responsibility of making sure all the players had the proper equipment before matches and practices as well as setting up practice on a daily basis. I traveled with the team to nearly every ACC venue, as well as several SEC venues and others where high quality college tennis took place. I managed the team until I graduated from Clemson.

Through my experience with the manager position I became very familiar with many college tennis players, teams, and coaches. I began to understand the college game, including its flow, and which courts are most important during the course of a dual match.

My favorite sport is tennis at all levels, and I am an avid fan of all sports, including European soccer, College Football (huge Clemson Tigers fan as you might have guessed, attending all home games from 1999-2013) and NBA basketball.

My other interests include watching and analyzing films, worldwide geographical and cultural studies, world history, photography and writing.

My favorite ATP players include;  Alexander Dolgopolov, Dustin Brown, Donald Young, Kei Nishikori, Somdev Devvarman and Steve Johnson. I also support several players in the lower levels of the game, as well as any player who played college tennis and is making a go of it on the ATP Tour. My favorite retired player is Paradorn Srichaphan.

Adam Addicott-United Kingdom (@tennisbanter on Twitter)

Adam Additcott

Journalist Adam Addicott

I have been watching tennis ever since I was a young boy, especially Wimbledon with the trail and tribulations of the British players. From casually watching the sport it swiftly turned into an obsession as I watched the game more closely as I got older.

I have been writing about tennis for the past 18 months. I got into writing after setting up my own blog called Tennis Banter. I use my blog to help me develop my skills and as a platform to broadcast my skills to the public. My Blog generated 10,000 views when it was active.

By creating the blog, I developed my skills and eventually got my first part time position with Tennis World USA. I conducted my first field assignment when I was granted media accreditation at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. I attended most of the player’s press conferences where I asked players questions in order to write relevant articles. I also conducted my first one to one interview with Roberto Bautista Agut for another article that I wrote.

Currently I am a part time tennis journalist and I work full time in a supermarket. I however hope to change this in the future and one day become a full time tennis journalist as it is something I am passionate about and enjoy doing. I am also doing a distance learning Sports Journalism course with the College of Media and Publishing.

Outside of tennis, I spend the majority of my time socializing with my friends. I also regularly go to the gym and also attempt play tennis!

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