They were raised far from the perpetual motion of Times Square, and even as recently as a decade or so ago, they might have had a hard time identifying which subway line runs to Flushing. But when the time came to close an important chapter in their lives—and to begin a new one—Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters knew there was no better place than New York.
Their careers certainly have had very different trajectories, and their styles and personalities are singular. But Mr. Roddick and Ms. Clijsters have one very important thing in common. Their tennis legacies were written on the hard courts of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens.
Both Mr. Roddick, who won the U.S. Open in 2003, and Ms. Clijsters, a champion in 2005, 2009 and 2010, chose to end their career at this year’s Open. Ms. Clijsters made it clear months ago that she would be hanging up her tennis bag after her last match in Flushing this year. Mr. Roddick surprised the tennis world by announcing mid-tournament that he, too, would retire after the Open.
Both players won the hearts and loyalties of New York’s discerning tennis fans with their professionalism, charisma and sense of style.
Andy Roddick threw a tantrum. He did it in the third set after he had been–correctly–called for a foot fault. He asked the lineswoman if it was his right or left foot that hit the line. The lineswoman said it was his right. In fact, it was his left, so Roddick decided to make a Read More
Last year at this time, Andy Roddick swept into Queens riding on a wave of goodwill. After coming thisclose to winning Wimbledon, everyone remembered Andy again! It seemed like maybe he could win a second Grand Slam last year. Then he didn’t even make it into the second week. In the third round at Read More
Thirsty Thursday created its fair share of thrilling tweets. Now we shall enjoy them on this Summer Friday. Here we go:
The weather has been wonderful for nine days, but don’t look at the forecast. It’s calling for a chance of rain today, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.
In 2014, by which time the folks at Roland Garros will have finished building a new center court with a retractable roof, the U.S. Open will be the Read More
Players wives, girlfriends and fiancées don’t have a whole lot of say on whether they’re staying at the Open. And unfortunately, to the disappointment of men all over the city, a nightmare scenario unfolded yesterday: Brooklyn Decker, the toast of Wimbledon and wife of Andy Roddick, along with Sara Foster, the lovely fiancée of Read More
Before we even got the shot to embrace him in the way we promised we would, Andy Roddick is out.
In a marathon shootout, John Isner, the 24-year old boy giant, shocked Roddick in a 3 hour, 51 minute five set victory, which ended in a 7-5 tiebreak.
But Roddick didn’t choke. It Read More
Well, CBS is sitting awfully pretty. Its coverage begins today and the network has what is far and away the best day of matches in the tournament so far. So much to watch:
Roger Federer v. Lleyton Hewitt; Ashe, 11 a.m.:
Now, this really shouldn’t be much of a match, but you know, it’s two Read More
Move over, Brooklyn Decker. Amy Littlefield is in town, and she has a posse. Littlefield is turning 40 this weekend, and she traveled down from Maine with her parents and sister to celebrate at the Open with her favorite, newly resurgent player. They even made T-shirts! (Which are rather clever, if we do Read More
Thanks to two unexpectedly long matches that resulted in two upsets, the schedule at Arthur Ashe got all crazy yesterday! And as a result, James Blake wasn’t finished defeating Oliver Rochus until well after 8 p.m., which meant that the night-match ticket holders had to wait nearly two hours to get into Ashe. (To the Read More