Day Nine of the 2014 U.S. Open features a number of key matchups, as all the draws begin to narrow as the end of the event draws near. Two women’s singles quarterfinals matches highlight the draw, beginning with a match of two unseeded players as Belinda Bencic of Switzerland squares off against China’s Shuai Peng in the second match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The USTA has announced that former world number four and current U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez has been honored with the 2014 USTA President’s Award. The announcement was made at the USTA Semi-Annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
A blockbuster Labor Day schedule highlights Day Eight action at the 2014 U.S. Open, featuring features six of the top 10 seeds on the men's side of the draw, with three of the past five Grand Slam champions taking the courts in Flushing Meadows.
Swizterland's Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champ, outlasted 16th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 on Monday to earn a spot in the 2014 U.S. Open quarterfinals. The fourth-ranked player in the world fought off two set points in the third-set on his way to the Round of 16 victory at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
In Monday afternoon action at the 2014 U.S. Open, it was world number one Novak Djokovic reaching his 22nd consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal, defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 at Louis Armstrong Stadium. It has been two years since Djokovic played at Louis Armstrong in Flushing Meadows.
Long Island native and former Bellmore JFK standout Scott Lipsky, along with his doubles partner Rajeev Ram, needed only one hour and 15 minutes to upset the third-seeded team of Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic Sunday at the U.S. Open.
Sunday, Aug. 31, Day Seven of the 2014 U.S. Open hits the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and for the first time all week of the Open, rain and thunderstorms may threaten or delay some of the action. The showcase match of the day is a round four encounter between the number five seed, Russia’s Maria Sharapova and the number 10 seed, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmarkin the second match scheduled at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Evert, Austin, Capriati, Davenport, Williams, Williams, Bellis? Not quite yet, but 15-year-old CC Bellis, TR Blue Chip and rising sophomore, Class of 2017 has the best chance to ascend to become the next great American since Serena.
The FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Lebron, Melo ... forget about it! The biggest local sports news for Long Island tennis fans is Noah Rubin. He's the 2014 Wimbledon Boy's Champion, which is a truly remarkable achievement, but not his biggest accomplishment of the week.
The Group stages of this year's World Cup have drawn 62.3 million U.S. viewers to Univision Deportes, while Wimbledon ratings on ESPN are about 1/10 of that number. I love Wimbledon, it's a magical place and a great event, but let's face it, Wimbledon’s image is stuffy and the announcing is as hip as an old man with a pony tail and an earring.
It's about 3,600 miles from Roland Garros to Flushing Meadows and on June 1, 2014, these two places were a little closer because they shared the distinction as being the center of the tennis universe. That's a bold statement, but I'll stand by it.
A rain delay in Paris prompted Gael Monfils and Laurent Lokoli to entertain the crowd by getting down and dirty on the red dirt at Roland Garros. When Monfils' tennis days are over, I'm sure "Dancing With the Stars" will be calling.
Do you even know what "gluten" is? I'm not totally sure myself, but I think it's some kind of protein. I've heard that if I eat too much of it, I could spontaneously combust, and like Novak Djokovic and Marty Fish, cutting it out of my diet will help me play better tennis … or not. It's big business for sure.
In the first three months of 2013 the ATP challenger tour will be testing out a new rule, the elimination of the service let. Though there are no immediate plans to implement this rule in a broader scope there is no question that this is the first attempt at doing just that. Would this potential change be a positive thing for the sport? I think so.
In doubles, points end fairly quickly due to the fast nature of the game itself-singles can be a very different story. Let’s go over a few ways to end some points more quickly and get you off the court sooner.
The NTC Women's College Invitational, featuring the 20 top NCAA Division I teams, will take place Friday-Sunday, Oct. 10-12 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.