Aug/16

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US Open Begins

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We have a fantastic schedule today on Day One of the 2016 US Open -

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Aug/16

27

Super Friday at US Open Qualies

 

Aug/16

27

That First US Open Qualification

Tracy Almeda-SingianI witnessed Christian Harrison and Taylor Townsend qualify yesterday with exciting victories to experience the very special joy of earning a spot in the US Open main draw – so I asked a friend and former WTA professional Tracy Singian if she remembers her special memories about the first time she qualified for the US Open main draw

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Aug/16

26

The Wawrinka-Vekic Files

I get to Flushing Meadows around 1:30 pm today and I start walking over to the media office to see why the heck they didn’t give me a press pass for the first week of the Open this year like they have for so many years now in the past, but I’m struck by a […]

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Aug/16

25

Thursday At US Open Qualies

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I really like the new grandstand (above photo).   It’s spacious and modern and it has a shady side. Today it featured some potent practices – first with good buddies Sock and Kyrgios.  The two fun-loving superstars enjoyed a typical light hearted yet also intense practice with Nick grunting heavily during the initial baseline hitting.  Sock was at first unusually subdued but eventually showed his humor when he ripped a first forehand at Nick when he came to net for volleys. Kyrgios smiled at it and later whacked a practice overhead at Sock’s three man entourage which was planted in a corner about five yards from the baseline. The smash hit one of Sock’s crew in the foot. The two went at it all out in the practice set but sat with each other during breaks chatting. Roger Federer started this trend of sitting with his practice partner at majors rather than apart – I believe it was with Hrbaty but I will check my records…

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Aug/16

24

US Open Notes and Scoops

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Raonic was practicing with Georgia Tech star Chris Eubanks on Armstrong in the early afternoon with the tall American holding his own and coach Johnnymac looking on and working hard sweating totally through a cotton shirt. After one Raonic forehand into the net John came over and told his charge to “to go for it.” … I passed by Christian Harrison’ court where he just lost by a bagel in the second to Saville with brother Ryan watching from the bleacher and quite accessible to fans. Harrison battled back to win 7-5 in the third which is a huge win for the much stronger looking younger Harrison brother… I was told Rafa Nadal was hitting with Pouille but struggling with his serve and a cough… I spoke with the agent of Nick Kyrgios who is in Boca Raton training in the heat and doing a lot of beach sprints and fitness work. The word is Nick is in super shape right now…

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Aug/16

24

Opelka is Awesome: US Open Qualies Day Two

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Reilly Opelka continues to take down established ATP veterans, today slaying Roger Vasselin from a set down, on court seventeen in the late afternoon with an array of USTA players and coaches in the audience (Gullikson Ginepri Kozlov Paul Berger etc).

There were antics at the end. Opelka was up the break in the third and before the 4-2 gave ERV tried the old Federer late racquet change. Opelka had a 30-love lead that game but got broken for 4-3. Opelka than called a medical timeout on the changeover for a right calf wrap.

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Aug/16

22

The Best Day of the Tennis Year Is Upon Us

IMG_1817More than any day in the tennis season, more than the first day of the tennis year at the beginning of January with tournaments in Brisbane, Chennai and the Perth Cup getting underway, more than the first day of the Aussie O, or Roland Garros or Wimbledon, more than the first day of the US Open, my favorite day of the tennis season is the Tuesday start of the US Open Qualifying Tournament which is upon us tomorrow. For me, I’ve been going out to this event now for more than 30 years. I remember watching Gimelstob play in the Qualis, Mark Giquel, Gianlucca Pozzi, the best player probably ever from my home county in New York, Westchester, Rob Givone, Glen Weiner, Jan Simmerink, Jeff Salzenstein, Fernando Verdasco and James McGee. If my 10-year-old son were ever to play pro tennis, I’d be more excited to see him play on the first day of the Qualis than any other event!

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Aug/16

21

Stan Smith’s Big Presence in Shanghai

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On my first day in Shanghai China I noticed a number of people wearing the classic adidas Stan Smith shoes. So many that I began keeping an official count. Today is day three and I have a running total of 33 Stan Smith shoe sightings. It’s incredible how many people here are wearing these classic shoes which could very well be the world’s most popular sporting shoe.

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Aug/16

10

Nadal’s Intensity in Rio is awesome

RafaelNadal20X20So far the standout observation from the Olympics tennis is not the myriad of upsets – for me it’s the incredible intensity level Rafael Nadal is expressing in his matches – This guy is absolutely starving for a big title and he desperately wants to satisfy his insatiable appetite right now in Brazil – Nadal is flying around the court and his fists are flying – he his lips are kissing on the court

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