| By Ricky Becker

1. Today, September 7th has been the most exciting day of tennis at the U.S. Open.  Up until today, the matches have really been a bore. 

2. Andy Murray losing so early in the tournament was given very little publicity.  Probably due to the fact that he lost on a summer Saturday late-afternoon over the holiday weekend.

3. Whenever U.S. tennis seems to hit rock bottom.  It hasn't.  Has there been another year where it seems like every night session match is featuring a European?  I know that Roddick lost early and that Serena withdrew but the juice is missing when there is no American present.

4. Still waiting for that 1am 5-set Ashe Stadium match..haven't had anything close yet.

5. If you haven't seen match point of the Verdasco/Ferrer match, go check it out.  Sickest match point in a 5th-set, tiebreak you will ever see.

6. Please let there finally be a Nadal/Federer U.S. Open final.

7. Unless you know one of the junior players, is there ever a reason to get a groundspass or Armstrong ticket during the second week?

8.  Am I the only one (and I might be) who views the USTA more negatively after the U.S. Open is finished than before it starts. 

9. Since when have Spaniards been so good on hard courts? With what five in the round of 16, we can't cry that clay isn't our surface.  The Spaniards have adapted, maybe we could too.

10. Is it a rule that to be a good American player you have to possess a big serve and relatively slow feet. 

11. All three of those people who got into the fight in the stands deserved each other.  They all looked foolish.  Has the young guy thought about counseling?  I mean, to bet heavy money on the P.Petzschner/Djokovic match is as my boss would say "not normal."



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.