The real king of queens
I worked as a ball person at the U.S. Open for three years. During which, I was runner-up for ball person rookie of the year. (Don’t call me a ball boy!) I worked matches for many great players, including David Ferrer, James Blake, David Nalbandian, the Bryan Brothers – and too many Russian women Read More
Two weeks before the start of the U.S. Open, the first-ever Grand Slam event Andy Murray will enter as defending champion, the No. 2 player in the world was 25 miles from downtown Cincinnati, quietly strolling onto Court No. 5 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center for a noontime practice session ahead of Read More
With his mushrooming Afro and ever-colorful attire, Stefan “Redfoo” Gordy has become a slightly quirky fixture of the tennis circuit over the past year. These days, no Victoria Azarenka match is complete without the cameras regularly panning to the player’s box and picking out the LMFAO frontman. And while the rapper-singer-deejay may have made his Read More
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.
Most people heave a sigh of resignation when the calendar turns from August to September. But Manhattan residents have a special reason to dread the approach of summer’s end. As routines return to normal, as the pace of commerce resumes its hectic pace, as deadlines loom once again, the world descends upon Manhattan for the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly.
The result: Extreme chaos, frustrating delays, jagged nerves and wasted time. Portions of midtown and downtown are turned into armed camps to accommodate the schedules of the world’s leaders, a fair portion of whom attend the session just for the sheer fun of insulting the U.S., Israel and the West.
This is the burden of being the capital of the world. For the most part, Manhattanites understand that sharing their island with the globe’s leaders requires patience, sacrifice and a certain degree of resignation.
After two long weeks of hype, it is over: Rafael Nadal has won the U.S. Open. In his ninth career Grand Slam victory, and his first victory here in New York, Rafa defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in a match that started at 4:21, and ended just after 10 p.m. There was Read More
The men’s final is currently in a rain delay here in Queens with the rain expected to conclude sometime in the next 30 minutes.
But in a stunning move, CBS has decided to abandon its coverage of the Men’s Final in order to maintain its primetime lineup, and the rest of the match will air Read More
There was a steady drizzle falling by the time yesterday’s Thakoon show began at Pace Gallery on 25th Street, a midway point between Milk Studios and Lincoln Center. And while the indoor Chelsea space kept the show from being hampered by the weather, such was not the case for the final match in Flushing Meadows Read More
After about a 24-hour wait, we will finally get to see a men’s tennis match today!
But will anyone else?
The men’s final will broadcast at 4 p.m. this afternoon on CBS. Unless this match goes four or five long and tough sets, there’s a good chance you won’t catch any of it. Tonight is Read More
The evidence mounts each day that Rafa is loving New York in a way that he hasn’t before.
For starters, he’s playing better than he ever has here. He’s beginning to look like a favorite. He finished at 1:16 a.m. last night and didn’t complain about late night Open tennis like he has Read More