We called up Yasuhiro Makoshi, the manager of Restaurant Nippon in Midtown, to find out which players had been dining at the 46-year-old restaurant, one of the first to serve sushi in America, during the Open. The Nippon, due to its proximity to many of the players’ hotels and its owner’s passion for Read More
Melanie Oudin, a 17-year-old five-foot-six-inch player who rarely cracks 100 m.p.h. on her first serve, looked awfully small standing at the baseline in the biggest tennis stadium in the world this afternoon.
Her opponent was Elena Dementieva, a tall and lanky Russian who is the fourth-ranked player in the world, who hits some of the Read More
The third highest ranking American woman at the U.S. Open right now is a 17-year-old Georgian, Melanie Oudin. Today, Oudin will take Arthur Ashe for the first time in her very young career, and she’s got quite the task: She has to play the no. 4 woman in the world, Elena Dementieva.
We asked Nick Read More
The occasionally gloomy Jelena Jankovic is headed to her first Grand Slam final after defeating Elena Dementieva 6-4, 6-4, in a sloppy, nervous match. In total, there were 8 breaks of serve and 66 unforced errors.
Jelena Jankovic calmly strolled to the locker room after the match–generally a moment heavy in emotions–like it was Read More
Is the Olympics just another garden variety tune-up before the U.S. Open? Or the crowning moment of your career? It’s all a matter of perspective.
"I cannot even compare a Grand Slam and the Olympic Games because it’s just so much bigger. This is a dream for every athlete, just to be here. But Read More
After a slow day yesterday, we’re back to a really strong lineup of matches today.
Rafael Nadal debuts at the Open at Arthur Ashe, right after Ana Ivanovic and Venus Williams finish up against their unknown opponents.
Streaky Marat Safin plays at 11 this morning on Louis Armstrong, followed by Justine Henin. Next door, Read More
Each morning here at the Observer's U.S. Open blog we're going to tell you what to look out for in the day's action. Today's tip: arrive early!
The heavy-hitters — Jelena Jankovic, Justine Henin, Roger Federer — will steal the spotlight at Arthur Ashe today. But you know how these first-round matches go: some of them Read More