The US Open starts next week. The last major of the season is looking ahead to the future with a mixture of excitement and perhaps, reluctance. While the long awaited and much needed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium is now in place ready for use, New York’s favorite player won’t be there to play underneath it. Continue reading
Since the clock is close to running out on 2015, here’s a very quick look back at the players and moments that stood out to me the most this year. Continue reading
So like many tennis fans, I planned to be at the final Saturday of the US Open thinking that I’d see Serena Williams not only defend her US Open title, but also complete the rare calendar Grand Slam. Despite yet another up and down two weeks of emotions, three set matches and battling past her own sister Venus, the World No. 1 looked certain to complete her quest. So long as she kept her nerves together.
But then I got an unexpected surprise. Continue reading
Fortune telling proved a popular activity for many during this year’s US Open. Many players, fans, and media took up as much time proclaiming with certainty the future of tennis as they did participating/watching/covering the actual tournament itself. But when all was said and done, did the final results actually show us the future to come, or prove instead that the future is now? Continue reading
“The report of my death was an exaggeration.” – Mark Twain
Just around this time last year, the tennis obituary for Roger Federer was almost printed. His one-sided loss to Tommy Robredo in the US Open fourth round had many nodding in agreement, that yes, this was the beginning of the end of the great Federer’s career and his days contending for Grand Slams was over.
That Federer now enters the last major of this year as the favorite for many makes those earlier pronouncements of last rites for the Swiss star’s career look presumptuous, or perhaps, just plain foolhardy. Continue reading
This is late, but hey I think everyone needed a few days to get over what truly was one of the most eventful if not bizarre U.S. Opens in recent memory. When Hurricane Irene rolled through the Northeast the weekend before the start of the event, tournament organizers literally chained down equipment, furniture and stages used throughout the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. And while the facility thankfully survived intact, a perfect storm of controversy plus more bad weather may have caused more damage than just the physical cracks in Armstrong Stadium. Continue reading
For Serena Williams, her comeback to tennis this summer, that included an 18-match win streak, seemed destined for a perfect ending. With the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Final being played on the tenth year anniversary of 9/11, it appeared to be the kind of larger than life moment that Williams seemed destined to take part in, especially after she said earlier that she was playing in honor of all those lost on that fateful day. And Williams with finding herself the prohibitive favorite against Australia’s Sam Stosur in front of a supportive 20,000 plus New York crowd who expected the three-time champion to overwhelm Stosur in straight sets, and you had all the makings of a fairytale ending. Continue reading