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The First Days at Flushing Meadows

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

With day two over, most of the big names have played and most of them have made it through to the second round. The weather has brightened a little over Flushing Meadows and the players are getting back into their Grand Slam groove. Bear with me as I go through some of the players that have been making an impact in New York.

Whilst watching the Andy Murray/Ernest Gulbis match, you couldn’t help but harbour the suspicion that someone had been out on the court whilst no-one was looking buttering the surface. Both Murray and a ball boy came a cropper during the Scot’s first round encounter.

Murray went legging it for a wide backhand and just kept going, ending up landing with a crash on Gulbis’ kit bag. From the looks of it, the bag saved him from a potentially injury-inducing impact with the court. Still, the bag was full of tennis rackets; that can’t make for a comfortable crash landing pad.

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Arthur Ashe Kids Day

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Arthur Ashe Kids Day has been a tradition for the unofficial start of the US Open, a chance for the players, comedians and singers to entertain the younger tennis fans and raise some money for charity. This took place on the 29th August this year, two days before the tournament actually gets underway.

This year, the rather soggy weather over New York dampened the morning activities which were unfortunately cancelled. These were to include interactive games, clinics, hair braiding, face painting; all those messy, fun things that kids enjoy doing.

Last year, Stanley Tucci umpired a rather anarchical match between Roddick and Djokovic. It involved quite a bit of cheating, score-fiddling, and a few of Djokovic’s well-known and not always well-loved (by the players he targets anyway) impersonations. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Ana Ivanovic whacked balls at targets to raise money for their charities, and Demi Lavato provided the more lyrical entertainment.

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The Last Week before the US Open

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The last week before the final Grand Slam of the season ends has passed, and there’s only days to spare before the US Open begins.

Still, before we talk about that, there needs to be mention of the final week coming up to the last open of the year. For starters, Roger Federer took the Cincinnati title from under Andy Murray’s reign. The Brit was the favourite, but was knocked out by the Swiss world no. 1 in the semi-finals. Federer went on to breeze past Novak Djokovic in the finals  6-1 7-5.

Other news from the week gone by includes British Laura Robson causing a stir in the US Open qualifying. The teenager was given a wildcard to the tournament, and managed to beat Stephanie Foretz who is ranked 332 places above her. The world no. 460, fifteen year old Robson went through along with two other Brits: Elena Baltacha and Mel South.

Now, as it looms in the near future we need to turn attentions to the US Open.

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Serena Williams Accuses Opponent Of Cheating

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

You’ve got to love it when players get fired up over little things and accuse opponents of cheating. That is exactly what happened in the match between Serena WIlliams and her opponent from Spain, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

With the score locked at 2-2 in the first set, Sanchez rushed the net and Williams rifled a backhand straight at the body of her opponent.

Running on pure instinct, Sanchex threw up her racket and managed to hit a clean winner.

Or did she?

Williams claimed that the ball hit her forearm first, and as such she should not have been awarded the point.

Then in the press conference after the game, Williams spoke heatedly about whether she thought the ball had hit her opponent’s forearm first.

“I didn’t ‘think’ the ball touched her — the ball did touch her, 100 percent, on her arm.” Williams said “The rules of tennis is when the ball hits your body, then it’s out of play. You lose a point automatically,”

When asked about the incident, Sanchez denied it had hit her on the arm, even though replays seemed to support Williams’ case.

Jankovic Watches Only Men’s Tennis

In a surprise admission, world number five Jelena Jankovic has admitted that she only watches men play tennis on TV, believing that there is a huge gulf between the two games and that she can learn more this way.

She often goes into matches unaware of who her opponent is as she focuses so little on the female players on tour.

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U.S Open History, Trivia & Stats

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The U.S Open is held annually  over the two weeks either side of the Labor Day public holiday and is the last of the four majors played every year. Since 1978 it has been contested on the hardcourts of Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York. Prior to this it has been held at a number of different venues including Rhode Island, Philadelphia and Forest Hills, New York making it the Major to have relocated more times than any other.

The court surface at Flushing Meadows is quicker than many other hard court surfaces and so has proven to be favoured by players who were more of the serve-volley style. Examples of this include John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Pat Rafter who have had great success at the U.S Open, claiming multiple titles.

The U.S Open is the only Major that plays a tie break in the final set of the match, while the others require you to continue playing full games until a winner emerges. They were also the first Major to introduce a challenge system whereby players who disagreed with a line call could ask for it to be checked on replay, and have the decision over turned if it proved to be wrong.

Trivia & Statistics In The Open Era (1968-present)


Most Victories – Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer (5)

Most Consectutive Victories – Roger Federer  (5)

Youngest Winner – Pete Sampras aged 19 yrs 1 month.

Country with Most Victories – U.S (19)


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