Having reached No. 4 in the world and coached superstars like Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi, Brad Gilbert clearly knows a thing or two about tennis. So when he declares that Madison Keys “unquestionably” has the potential to become America’s first major champion in a decade not named “Williams,” one ought to take Read More
The dinner was called for 8 p.m. The hosts were casually dressed, as was the help. One guest, a young man, who didn’t know the hosts, arrived in what could only be described as hot pants. He sat down and put his BlackBerry on the well-set dinner table as if he were at a Starbucks. Read More
It’s been a long time since any of us saw a tennis match that dramatic. Two old time vets showed up in Queens this evening, and they show a lot of guts (and lot of nerves!), but it’s Kim Clijsters who walks away with the win and the final’s appearance defeating Venus Williams 4-6, 7-6, Read More
Venus Williams gets her test today.
It’s the only time this U.S. Open–whether she wins or loses–that she’ll have to play a fellow two time+ Grand Slam champion. Neither Venus nor Clijsters are playing their best tennis–Clijsters got through her quarterfinals match by seemingly losing less than Stosur–but we’re hoping they put on a show Read More
For the first time since 2007, Venus Williams is going to the semifinals at the U.S. Open.
Venus basically hadn’t been tested at this tournament until tonight, and she handled it beautifully. She defeated Francesca Schiavone 7-6, 6-4 in a 1 hour, 54 minute match. All credit in the world to French Open champ Schiavone Read More
The first week of the Open is a challenge for reporters to develop a big-picture narrative when there isn’t much of a story yet–unless there’s a major upset, not much to report. Nevertheless, I was confused to see Melanie Oudin get such big play on Tuesday morning after her first round victory. Yes, she was Read More
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. Read More
Lleyton Hewitt, the 2001 U.S. Open champion and ex-fiance to Kim Clijsters, lost in the opening round last night in a five-set match to the Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. It finishes a rough Grand Slam year for Hewitt who did no better than the fourth round at a Slam. Time to think about retirement?
Ana Ivanovic, Read More
Since around the time Kim Clijsters retired in 2007, the women’s game has been in rapid decline. Look no further than this past week for an example: top-seeded players have dropped left and right in the opening rounds.
With Melanie Oudin’s gorgeous upset of Maria Sharapova yesterday and Clijsters’ victory over Venus Williams this Read More
Rub the sleep out of your eyes, kids! Yesterday was one of the nuttiest days we’ve ever seen at the Open, but nine hours after it all ended, it’s time to get back to tennis.
Later this afternoon, Venus Williams will take on Kim Clijsters, an absurdly intriguing fourth round match. We’re giddy just thinking Read More