What’s the secret to great romance?
Let’s ask three former U.S. Open champions–two men, one lady–about love and tennis.
THE SINGLE MAN: MARAT SAFIN, 30
The 2000 U.S. Open champion, who retired last year, did an interview with Russian Hello! in which a revealed a pragmatic, if slightly bleak, view of relationships.
“To Read More
The day was highlighted by two goodbyes. Marat Safin fell to Juergen Melzer in the first round, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, ending his final Open early. Safin won here in 2000, and also won the Australian Open in 2005. One of the most promising players of the past decade, he brought power and passion Read More
Marat Safin was pushed to five sets by unseeded American Vince Spadea before winning, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Both players served dismally, but Safin’s first serve was effective (when it went in) and he mixed up his game just enough, making a few devastating approaches to net.
The match was marked by Safin’s trademark Read More
Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Marat Safin have all cruised to straight-set victories.
Venus looked a little shaky — she had six double faults — and Ivanovic was broken early before both settled down and steamrolled their opponents.
The most impressive performance of the afternoon goes to American Robby Ginepri, now ranked 64th, 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
Lindsay Davenport loped onto practice court B at New Haven’s Pilot Pen tennis tournament last Sunday morning, and the small bleachers immediately filled with mothers, dressed in white visors, and their kids, gripping the fuzzy tennis balls they hoped she’d sign.
The crowd oohed and aahed as Ms. Davenport hit flat forehands, deep backhands and Read More