| By Ricky Becker

  1. I yearn for the days of when there were only 16 seeds.  Granted there were more upsets the first week and the top players didn't always play each other in the second week, but it was so much more exciting.  There would be a night match of 3 vs. 21 or something during the first week and there would be real night time excitement.  It was actually news when a seeded player got upset.  Now clay court specialists who are seeded in the late 20's go in as underdogs in the first round.  Five days into The Open and the only really exciting match was Donald Young against Stan Warwrinka.  The most exciting night match was Roddick beating Michael Russell in 4 sets. Yawn.
  2. Court 17, the newest court, is awesome.  Pretty, spread out and unique.  The USTA got something right!!!!!
  3. Talking about the USTA, I think Patrick McEnroe is a great guy, but do I need the Jack Sock/Andy Roddick match to be one big infomercial for the USTA?  Sock did look like he had promise but the final score was 3, 3 and 4.  Not particularly close.  For those that don't know, Patrick is in charge of USTA Player Development. So he is responsible for Sock's development in the USTA's eyes and it sure sounded like Patrick and his staff spent a whole lot of time with Sock this summer. The broadcast felt like state-run tv or Brian Cashman doing a Yankees broadcast in a league run by the Yankees.  The whole broadcast seemed very awkward to me. 
  4. I want to root for Chrisina McHale.  I really do.  There are not many superstars coming out of the Eastern Section and she may be a nice girl. But why do I find her so hard to really root for?  I don't know, she may be a nice girl but she seems to cold/dry/bland.I know Melanie Oudin has definitely had her struggles, but right from the outset of her run from a few years ago, she had tons of charisma and was very easy to cheer for..
  5. Check out Noah Rubin in The US Open Junior Qualies and hopefully main draw.  This is a great kid who is probably the best junior to come out of Long Island in the last 35 years.

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.