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L. Jon Wertheim

L. Jon Wertheim

L. Jon Wertheim, the deputy managing editor and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, is one of the most accomplished sports journalists in America. His work has been cited in The Best American Sports Writing anthology numerous times, as well as in The Best American Crime Writing. He is the author of various book including New York Times bestsellers Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won (co-written with University of Chicago finance professor Tobias Moskowitz) and You Can't make This Up (with sportscaster Al Michaels.) His most recent book, This is your Brain on Sports, will be released in February 2016.

Wertheim joined SI in 1996 and quickly became one of the magazine's most authoritative voices on tennis, the NBA, sports business and law and social issues. He has written some of the magazine's most memorable pieces. One of the chief investigative writers and reporters for SI, Wertheim has explored a wide range of subjects, from high school hazing to performance-enhancing drugs and steroids in sports. His weekly Tennis Mailbag on SI.com is considered a must read among tennis aficionados. Wertheim is a commentator for The Tennis Channel and essayist and feature correspondent for FS1. He also speaks about sports business issues on college campuses and for corporate audiences.

A native of Bloomington, Ind., where his late father was a distinguished English professor at Indiana University, Wertheim cites past and present SI writers Frank Deford, Curry Kirkpatrick, Jack McCallum and Steve Rushin as sportswriting inspirations. He is also an admirer of John Updike and David Foster Wallace, as well as Martin Amis, Simon Barnes and John McPhee.

Wertheim is 1993 graduate of Yale University and received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. He resides in New York City with his wife, Ellie, a divorce mediator and family lawyer. The couple has a son and a daughter. Asked what he considers his favorite sport to cover, Wertheim says he is partial to tennis. "It's a beautiful sport between the lines," he says, "a mixed gendered and international cast, and bottomlessly rich subject material."

All L. Jon Wertheim Stories

Feb. 08, 2016

Handsome is as Handsome Does

We assume the best-looking football players are quarterbacks. (Just look at the actors who portray them.) But is it really so? You can run the numbers on this ... And guess what, pretty boys?

July 12, 2010

Serena Supreme

In winning her fourth Wimbledon and 13th major singles title, Serena Williams made the case that she's not just the greatest female player of her generation—she's the greatest of all time

Aug. 30, 2010

All the Right Moves

Professional, polite, eager to please—could Joey Votto be more perfect? An MVP and an end to the Reds' playoff drought wouldn't hurt

May 04, 1998

Paternity Ward

By Grant Wahl and L. Jon Wertheim With special reporting by Lester Munson and Don Yaeger

Fathering out-of-wedlock kids has become commonplace among athletes, many of whom seem oblivious to the legal, financial and emotional consequences

Jan. 20, 2003

Master Builder Jerry West - The Agony Of Victory

What would possess the man who assembled the championship Lakers to abandon L.A. and move to Memphis to run the toothless Grizzlies? The answer lies inside the head of sports' most talented and tortured executive

July 26, 2004

A Star (Who Happens To Be A Gorgeous 6-Foot Blonde With Blistering Strokes) Is Born

As soon as Maria Sharapova claimed her Wimbledon title, agents, tour reps, p.r. people and TV bookers swung into action

June 22, 2015

SMACK EPIDEMIC

ROMAN MONTANO had barely learned cursive when he was asked to sign his first baseball. Parents of teammates had watched him dominate ...

April 02, 2012

UNSINKABLE

The grass courts were green, the collars were white and, at least to the casual observer, the fourth-round match at the Longwood Bowl in ...

March 07, 2016

Hack Attack

When there's a problem on an athlete's or a coach's social media account, there's only one thing to do: Blame someone else

July 13, 2009

MEL BLOUNT

The days aren't stocked with a large enough inventory of hours. Mel Blount has been up since dawn this dreary Tuesday in late spring, but his ...

Jan. 26, 2015

CHANGING LANES

TONY BLAKE, THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN ALL-IVY LEAGUE SWIMMER, VANISHED A FEW MONTHS SHORT OF HIS YALE ...

March 17, 2008

The Godfather

"If you wanted to cheat, this guy, working out of a little post office in Alabama, was the guy. Tony Fitton was doctor and pharmacist."

Feb. 29, 2016

STRAIGHT OUTTA DUBLIN

It's posed not as a question but as a knowing assertion on this relentlessly gray February day. The folks in and around the Straight Blast ...

July 08, 2013

JANE GEDDES

Out of the fairway and into the rough-and-tumble. You might think that by making the bold—brazen? bonkers?—move from the LPGA to WWE, ...

Nov. 01, 2010

CARRYING ON

A FORMER PLAYER'S PARALYSIS FROM A HEAD-ON HIT CAUSED A COACH TO CONSIDER GIVING UP THE GAME.

July 14, 2008

Anna Kournikova

A decade after hijacking tennis as a brash teen, she's matured in attitude and in style, content with the phenomenon she was and the woman she's become

June 07, 2010

French Toasted

In Paris, Ana Ivanovic took a mighty fall

Sept. 14, 1998

Inside Tennis

She has yet to win a tournament. She has yet to crack the Top 5. But when the U.S. Open began last week, no player was more gawked