316182_223404011058516_78933282_nOh, what a day at the US Open. I wasn’t even there! I’m sure, Mike, who was probably there right when the first toss took to the air around 12:30 pm for the Djoko-Kei match can tell us all about it, but I repeat, what a day.

In the dust of Nishikori’s and Cilic’s big upset wins (and Navratilova’s accepted proposal to a former Miss Russia Beauty Queen–you go, Martina, at 57. You still got your verve), we have our first men’s slam finals since 2005 where a member of the Big 4 is not a part of it.

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5

What To Make of Women’s Tennis?

401757_102346636555523_127507345_nI caught just a little of both matches today, the women’s semis day at the Open. When I turned into the Peng-Wozniaki match, it was 7-6, 4-3, 30-all with The Woz serving and Peng Shuai went into some deep cramps. The trainer came out, then the umpire and amazingly they let her take a 10-minute time-out in the middle of the game. I didn’t think a player was allowed to have treatment for cramps in the middle of a game. McEnroe said it was “a black eye” for the sport that they let Peng come back out and play. Later in the game, she was overcome by the cramps, but she still wouldn’t quit. They had to default her and she left in a wheelchair.

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1151064_1384347925128526_1383696033_nI’m a little chagrined. I admit a tad hurt that no one posted congratulations to me after my last two rounds of picking. You think this is easy? You think I have a crystal ball I look into for these precise and accurate predictions? How about a little love? You’re in the mix with a tennis genius, a savant…oh forget about it. I see it’s pearls wasted on swine.

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Sep/14

3

PMac Is Out As USTA Junior Development Director

Announcing McEnroe’s firing as Patrick was leading ESPN’s broadcast of the Nishikori-Wawrinka match, The USTA head honchos couldn’t stomach not a single American male player reaching the 4th Round of the US Open this year. There had been other criticism of PMac’s 6-year tenure as the junior development czar, mainly that he spent a lot […]

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Sep/14

3

US Open Quotebook

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Some interesting quotes at the US Open which you may have missed…

Flavia Pennetta: “For me, junior doesn’t count. So I don’t know if it’s helping or not. But, for me, we give too much important things to juniors. I mean, juniors are juniors. They are young. They are babies.”

Eugenie Bouchard: “I never had any Canadian influences. I looked up to the best: Steffi Graf, Maria Sharapova. Any great champions, I looked up to.”

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Sep/14

3

Just Like I Thought…No One Can Beat Me

10264537_762975313755322_3949142790895259369_nScoop picked Simon and Thiem. Jack picked Dimmy and Simon. Lorely took Simon. Andrew was too intimidated to even make picks against me. Only I, my good friends and readers, picked Monfils and Cilic (I don’t know how anyone picked Thiem) and that’s who won yesterday. Please, do not challenge the tennis mastermind when it comes to making picks. But if you want to try one more time, here are my picks for today’s two matches.

Kei v Wawa:

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Sep/14

2

Kei Nishikori quick QA

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Kei’s agent Olivier van Lindonk sent me this information about Nishikori, which originally appeared in the Acapulco ATP event official program…

1) Agassi or Sampras?

Sampras

2) Martina Navratilova or Steffi Graf?

Graf

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Sep/14

2

The Biofile: Peng Shuai Interview

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DOB: January 8, ’86 In: Xiangtan, China

Tennis Hero: “Steffi Graf.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I have lots. The first thing I like is shopping. Play video games.”

Early Tennis Memory: “In China, ten years old, the nationals for twelve and under. I won the tournament. First tournament that I ever play.”

Musical Tastes: “Oh, soft music, in China.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “Winning the gold medal at the 20l0 Asian Games (def. Amanmuradova 75 62).”

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Sep/14

2

Who Can Beat Me?

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If you read this blog, you know I don’t like to boast. But how about giving me some loving for my two picks yesterday: Wawa taking down Robredo and Kei chopping down Milos.

Alright, I was wrong picking Tsonga. Note to myself, never pick Tsonga in a big slam match, especially against one of the Big 4, ever again. I could tell Jo Willy was losing that match as soon as I saw him dressed in black and dark green on a hot humid day and he came out playing passively, not the way he played when I saw him blow Monaco off the Grandstand court earlier in the Open. Oh well, live and learn.

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10648462_10152412529907637_6619014800691257753_oWhere did Belinda Bencic, the 17 year old Wunderkind come from? She lost in the Junior US Open event last year in the quarterfinals. Last night she took out Jankovic in a thrilling battle (wait, did I say “thrilling” in regards to a women’s match?!) of ground strokes, nerve, stamina and youthful stubbornness.

It wasn’t a great day for aging Spaniards. David Ferrer went down, as did F Lo, winning only one set to Simon and Thiem, and then Granollers, who looked like he had Federer on the ropes winning the first set, got shellacked. Finally, there were the two main contenders for the title besides Fed and Djoko, Dimitrov and Monfils looking very strong.

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