By Steven Kaplan
Facility and grounds Really like the ultra-modern, spacious look. It's almost hard to recognize the new steel, glass and tension fabric facility from its former "concrete jungle" motif. It's what I always envisioned the U.S. Open of the future would look like. Grade: A Covered stadium No rainouts,...Read more
By Brian Coleman
Novak Djokovic advanced to the U.S. Open semifinals on Tuesday night, marking the 10 th straight year that the Serb finds himself in the final four in Flushing Meadows. But once again, the world number one did it without having to play a full match, building a 6-3, 6-2 lead over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The U.S. Open is a great event, and we are blessed to be so close to the action, but a trip to the Open can be hot, crowded and expensive. To best enjoy the Open, it's useful to know how to negotiate the experience and here are a few suggestions. 1. Dress for the weather While the new Arthur Ashe...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The Wimbledon Championships have been over for a week, so it's time for some reflection. It's a bit interesting that the new Men's Champion is defined mostly by defense and the new Women's Champion by incredible offense. It would seem that the power gap between the men's and women's game is getting...Read more
By Brian Coleman
World number 20 Gilles Simon lost to 37th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday, but it was his comments afterwards that were the real story. The rain has been a factor through the first few days of Wimbledon, as many matches were either suspended or postponed due to...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Serena Williams lost in the finals of the 2016 French Open to 22-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, 7-5, 6-4, depriving the American of tying Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22 majors. While many consider that Serena's current accomplishments merit her the title of "Best Ever," a 22nd major and...Read more
By Brian Coleman
The French Open has reached its second week, but not without its share of frustrations. Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament before it started, and last week, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal withdrew as well. But it has been Mother Nature and the tournament’s handling of it which has drawn...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Rafael Nadal is mad as hell at Roselyne Bachelot, the former French Health Minister over allegations that he is a "doper," and he's not going to take it anymore. Nadal recently filed a lawsuit and penned an open letter addressed to ITF President David Haggerty asking the organization to "Please...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The Empire State Open, a WTA 125K Series event scheduled for May 9-15 on the red clay courts of Hempstead Lake State Park has been canceled. This attempt to bring professional tennis back to Long Island was courageous and ambitious, and is a loss to the local tennis community. Long Island has a...Read more
By Brian Coleman
While much of the attention in Indian Wells, Calif. on Sunday circled around the comments made by Tournament Director and CEO Raymond Moore, it shouldn’t be forgotten that Victoria Azarenka defeated Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the tournament’s final, a monumental victory for the Belarusian. Three...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Maria Sharapova is so meticulous, that according to her agent, former Eastern player Max Eisenbud, she would "peel off the label on the water bottle that she was drinking so photographers couldn't snap a picture that might look like a product endorsement." In a press conference to reveal her...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Tennis icon and Hall of Fame journalist Arthur "Bud" Collins Jr., the voice of the sport for generations, has died at the age of 86. While Bud Collins was a self-described "hacker" as a tennis player, he was actually very good, winning the U.S. Indoor Mixed-Doubles Championships in 1961. There is...Read more