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
Age Is Served Veterans dominated the first week of the Australian Open, proving that teen phenoms are no longer all the rage IT MAY have ...
Heath Shuler fizzled as a top Redskins draft pick. Now he wants to return to D.C. as a congressman
The Lakers and the Spurs aside, the home teams got an early boost from the zebras. No surprise there
The Case for ... Serena Williams
HERE'S A QUICK thought exercise: Imagine that at 33 years old, Serena Williams enters the 2015 Australian Open as the No. 1--ranked player ...
The men's tour ended the year with a bang as Roger Federer played with his old sense of urgency in London
Big questions hang over the year's final Grand Slam event, which Rafael Nadal has never won
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Reign of Spain
Week 1 of the French Open belonged to the Spanish men, whose all-surface game was just right for the red clay
Stories of Tennis
Roger Federer'sMoment of Truth CARTWHEELING WITHtopspin, the ball made a hard left turn as it skidded off the grass, seeminglyheaded for ...
Love That Dirt
After last year's French Open flameout, the U.S. men showed they might know a bit about playing on red clay after all
Spice Girl From Bulgaria
"I can kick her ass off," Sesil Karatantcheva boasted before facing Maria Sharapova at the 2004 Pacific Life Open. Karatantcheva (right) lost in ...
11 Portland TRAIL BLAZERS
Not even a shot-swatting solid citizen at center can hold this gang together
The Case for ... Challenging the System
In her best-selling book, Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg offers a twist on the conventional feminist manifesto. Without denying the existence of a ...
A Huge Splash Irrepressible point guard Steve Francis has found a home in the NBA, and his confidence is having a ripple effect on the Rockets
A blanket of humidity has spread over southeast Texas on this lazysummer afternoon. Not that the oppressive heat (or much ofanything else) ...
Long Live The King Andy Roddick, the crown prince of the American game, finally assumed the throne with a commanding victory in the U.S. Open final
It was a few minutes before six o'clock last Saturday evening, and the U.S. Open was on the verge of being officially transformed from Grand ...