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The Laura Robson vs Elena Vesnina marathon finally ended with the Russian prevailing 7-5 in the third, and so we got to see the great Lleyton Hewitt take the court at the US Open for perhaps the final time.

His opponent was Alexander Nedovyesov, the same guy he beat in three sets in Davis Cup in Darwin, Australia to clinch a berth for Australia into the semis vs England later this month.

Hewitt marched out to the court to a nice applause with his black outfit and white cap pointed forward. His tall Kazak rival wore yellow and gray.

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IMG_1917IMG_1918IMG_1920That was the prospect I was faced with when I walked up to the Box Office on Day 1 of the US Open trying to buy my son and a friend of mine a ticket. Apparently, tickets for Ashe–nosebleed specials I’m sure–were selling for $1 lower than the $65 Ground’s Pass when the Box Office opened, but when I got there around noon, the Ashe tickets were $300.

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Sep/15

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US Open Commences — Day One Observations

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Today’s attendance was a record breaker for opening day – 37,602 came out on a steamy hot day.

I first went to see Mardy Fish play the first set on the last year of the grandstand vs Marco Cecchinato, which he lost in a tiebreak, after being up the early break, and Fish is playing very well, he looks as good as ever, his fluidity and ball striking are a pleasure to watch, as his his service motion, but he might have lost a quarter of a step of footspeed — Fish won in four sets.

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Aug/15

30

The 4 Best Matches of Day 1

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The 4th match is actually a tie between Tommy Paul v Andreas Seppi and Matthew Ebden v Dimitrov. Paul is the new teen wave who joins Tiafoe and Donaldson the hard way by qualifying and Ebden is one of my favorite players. When Brydan Klein lost to him in the last round of qualis he said Ebden is a player everyone hates to lose to because he can’t hit the ball very big, but somehow he finds a way and is one of the true net rushers with other Aussies, Groth and Kyrgios, left in the game. Seppi in 4, Dimitrov in 4.

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Aug/15

30

Biofile: Michael Russell Interview

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Mike Russell is retiring at this year’s US Open where he will play doubles with Donald Young – here is a farewell Biofile I recently did with the long lasting veteran grinder, who once had match point on eventual champion Gustavo Kuerten at the French Open —

Greatest Career Moment: “Playing all four stadium courts in all four grand slams is pretty special. Fourth round at the French Open was quite amazing, 2001. And reaching semifinals of three different surfaces – grass, indoor, and clay – and especially in my hometown tournament of Houston was special as well.”

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Aug/15

28

Tommy Paulmania at US Open Qualies Friday

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Tommy Paul was sensational today, just dominating Fed friend since teenage years Marco Chiudenelli on court seventeen, with Reilly Opelka, Jay Berger, Jose Higueras and Dan said Mardy Fish in the house. I spoke with Chiudinelli’s coach Jan Vacek after and he said he was surprised more how poorly Marco played, but also credited Paul’s forehand and his overall game, adding his serve can be improved, most of all Vacek, a former ATP player, likes Paul’s demeanor on court and his attitude which he said is great but also humble. He doesn’t like the younger players who think they know everything even thought they are still teenagers.

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Aug/15

28

Thursday US Open Qualies, Tommy Paul Stars

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First time seeing Tommy Paul play live and I was very impressed. He comes out to court seventeen looking like a California surfer, parks his stuff and even applies the sunblock onto just his nose, like a surfer. But boy can he belt the ball, he has long arms and good athleticism and he plays, believe it or not, like Monfils, but with less showmanship, but the physicality is Monfils like. But Paul understates the showing of emotion, when he wins big points he mouths two or three come ons silently to himself and his box (which included Higueras and Berger), he makes quiet fistpumps and he smiles gently after a miss or a silly miss and he shows the correct swing to his box, like if he hits to flat to the net, he shows them a loop swing.

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Aug/15

28

And Then There Was One!

IMG_1910The US Open Qualis, the best bang for your buck in tennis, moved into its third day yesterday on a beautiful sunny moderate heat day in Flushing and the only young American left standing afterward was 18 year old New Jersey native, Tommy Paul.  Jose Higueras and Jay Berger of the USTA Junior Development team were at Court 17 to watch Paul take down 25 year old, Dominican, Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (I’m not making this name up) and Paul, the 2015 French Open Juniors champ, really impressed me with his poise, court coverage, toughness and ability to hit running shots.

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Aug/15

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Wednesday at US Open Qualies

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I arrive to Stefan Kozlov vs Geno Andreozzo on serve at 2-1 in the first set, it’s the first match on at 11 on court seventeen. Andreozzi is a tough Argentine who beat Harrison at Wimbledon qualies, so I don’t want to sit next to poppa Andrei Kozlov because the last match I sat with him I did not bring good luck – Stefan lost first round to a hard-hitting Russian at the Sarasota Challenger this year.

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Aug/15

24

US Open Qualies Starts on Tuesday

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Just checked the womens draw, Cici Bellis plays Kimiko Date Krumm first round. Donna Vekic, Taylor Townshend, Vicky Duval, An-Sophie Mestache, Jessica Pegula, Melanie Oudin, Alize Lim, Luksika Kumkum, Grace Min are also in the draw. Vekic could play Edina Galovitz Hall in the next round, Hall has to be 35 years old now – the two played in qualies three years ago with Hall winning in three sets, expect good crowds to watch Vekic this week.

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