| By Daniel Kresh

Day Two of the main draw of the 2010 U.S. Open was once again full of heat and excitement. On my first shift out on court, I got to watch the 22nd-seeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez dispatch American Jamie Hampton. Though Hampton was cramping, she put up a good fight, the sets were competitive with nice good tennis being played by both women.

After the completion of the women’s match, American Robby Ginepri came on court to do battle against Argentinean Eduardo Schwank. Ginepri came out to good start going up 3-0, but he was not able to keep up once Shchwank got into a groove. Though Ginepri managed to take the third set he only prolonged his inevitable four-set loss.

Next, I got to go on court for the last set and a half of the number 28 seed, Radek Stepanek’s, first round match against Frenchman Julien Benneteau. Benneteau was coming off a win last week at the Pilot Penn, the final tournament of the U.S. Open Series, and he took that momentum into this match. Despite vomiting on court and waiting for play to stop for the mess to be cleaned up, Benneteau was able to scrape together a four-set victory.

For those of you who have watched the U.S. Open ... presumably everyone reading this ... you may have noticed that on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest in tennis, there are pit windows for press behind each baseline. You may have seen balls occasionally fly into these pits what you may not know is that in these pits, along with the press, are ballpeople; ensuring that any ball that enters the pit gets back on court in a timely fashion. I was lucky enough to be one of those ballpeople Tuesday night for top seeded, world number one-ranked, Raphael Nadal’s debut match at the 2010 U.S. Open.

The view was spectacular, and so was the tennis. It was a competitive and long match considering Nadal won in straight sets. Nadal faced a break point in the opening game, but saved it and help serve comfortably for the remainder of the match. Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili did an excellent job on his serving games forcing the first two sets in to tie breaks by saving numerous break points. Nadal comfortably won each tie break and finally was able to convert a break point in the middle of the third set which he served out, 6-3.


Daniel Kresh

<p>Daniel Kresh is a USPTA-certified tennis professional who recently accepted the positions of director of junior tennis and assistant tennis professional at the Three Village Tennis Club in Setauket, N.Y. He is also the assistant professional at The Port Jefferson Country Club at Harbor Hills. He may be reached by e-mail at <a href="mailto:dankreshtennis@gmail.com">dankreshtennis@gmail.com</a>.</p>