| By Ricky Becker

By far, my favorite time of year is coming up.  August/September brings beautiful temperatures, end of summer barbeques, the opening of football/hockey season and of course the US Open.  I love being a couch potato the Sunday after Labor Day when it is the first weekend of the football season and the last weekend of The US Open.  Although I admittedly do get sad watching the closing ceremony of the mens' final.  It's as if a friend of mine is leaving for the airport only to be seen one year later.  Going home and watching the one womens' match and one mens' match every night is something I look forward to doing every day like seeing a friend from out of town.  Although ESPN's coverage makes the friend seem like someone more famous but cold than when USA Network covered the Open when the friend seemed much more down-to-earth. Yeah, Ted Robinson is a dorky guy.  But Robinson and McEnroe really worked great together and I can honestly say, I haven't watched USA Network for anything since. 

I really hope but am doubtful that there will be much of an American presence at this year's Open.  On the mens' side, I'll be optimistic and predict three Americans get to the round-of-16.  One youngster under 23, one between 23-28 and one older than 28.  Personally, I want to see Isner do well. I think he is so fun to watch.  Some people may not like his style, but he is so unique.  Firstly, by all accounts I have heard and from what I could tell, he is "real" which makes him easy to root for.  But it is so fun watching this guy who has such big strengths and such big weaknesses.  He can bomb three aces to come back from a 0-40 deficit and then look like a mediocre junior player and miss an easy running backhand. 

On the womens' side, Serena better continue her strong play this summer or else we will be watching a lot of players with long names that would dominate a Scrabble game.  Although Wozniacki, is easy to watch.  I think it would be great  to see her finally win a slam.

Cool temperatures, a 1pm NFL football game followed by 4pm NFL and a 4pm mens' final.  Does it get any better than that??

Ricky Becker is The Director of Tennis at Glen Oaks Club.  Ricky also coaches high-performance juniors throughout the year and has been the Director of Tennis at three of Long Island’s biggest junior programs.  As a player, Becker was the Most Valuable Player for the 1996 NCAA Championship Stanford Tennis team and ranked in the top-five nationally as a junior.  He can be reached at rbecker06@yahoo.com, 516-359-4843 or via juniortennisconsulting.com.