No, it wasn’t a former convicted doper winning the US Open title. It wasn’t even Kei Nishikori becoming the first 5-foot-10 Japanese player to reach the men’s finals. It wasn’t the Monfils-Federer five-setter with Monfils holding two match points in the fourth set (although that’s close). It wasn’t Serena Williams running roughshod over the field, not losing more than 3 games in any set she played. It wasn’t even CC Bellis beating Cibulkova on the cool new Court # 6. Victor Estrella Burgos winning two rounds with great New York Domincan support and then losing in 3 breakers to Raonic was close.Continue to read full article...
By Guillermo Morales-Rubert
Recently I had the opportunity to interview Bill Oakes, the Tournament Director for the Winston-Salem Open. Bill is also the Associate Athletic Director of Wake Forest University Tennis commentator Patrick McEnroe was quoted saying the following: “I’ve heard that players just love the Winston-Salem Open because they are so well taken of, and that’s what the players want. The hospitality was really felt when I was there for the Davis Cup. People like Bill Oakes have tennis in their blood, and I know he does a great job”. After spending some time with Bill I concurred with Mr. McEnroe’s assessment. Bill’s passion for tennis and keen ability to accommodate player’s needs has led to his success as a Tournament Director. Therefore, I am certain Bill will be able to attract more quality players to Winston-Salem. The interview provides an inner look to one of eleven professional tournaments at the ATP level in the United States. The Winston-Salem Open is the only professional international event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This is a must see tournament.Continue to read full article...
From the archives…I did this Biofile interview with Marin Cilic after his first round win at the 2008 US Open…
DOB: Sept. 28, ’88 In: Medjugorje, Bosnia Herzegovina
Tennis Inspirations: “Of course Goran Ivanisevic, he was a national hero when I was growing up. He also helped me a lot during when he was finishing his career and probably when I was fourteen-fifteen, just coming up. So he was a really big help for my tennis.”
Hobbies/Interests: “During the tournaments I like to just relax, watch some movies, internet, play some games. When I have some days off I always go home to my family, with my friends, relatives, of course, go out and have a little fun with my friends.”Continue to read full article...
There are some parallels to Marin Cilic’s surprising US Open conquest yesterday to the 2002 Australian Open triumph by Thomas Johansson.
Cilic was a #14 seed, Johansson was #16. Cilic’s opponent Nishikori was #10, To Jo’s – Marat Safin – was #9.
Johansson was 26 years old when he won his first and only major title, Cilic is also 26.
Johansson had won seven career ATP singles titles prior to the Aussie Open, Cilic 11.Continue to read full article...
Tennis Inspirations: “All the old Aussies for sure. We’re pretty lucky in Australia with great tradition of all the Grand Slam champions. So, for me, looking up to guys like Tony Roche, Neale Fraser, John Newcombe, Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver, Lew Hoad, you know, we just have bundles of them. And really, when I was nine, ten, eleven, sitting back and watching those great Wimbledon finals between Borg and McEnroe was really the inspiration for me to even pick up a racquet in the first place.”
Hobbies/Interests: “Golf, golf and more golf. I have two kids so a little less golf than I would like. I live in Vegas so we try to get on the golf course as much as possible. And spending a lot of time with the family.”Continue to read full article...
Status: WTA tennis player. Winner of one WTA singles, 2014 US Open mixed doubles champion (with partner Bruno Soares). Her career-high singles ranking was #27 in 2007.
DOB: November 15, 1986 in Mumbai, India.
Tennis Inspirations: “Steffi Graf. I guess in the men it was Rafter and then Sampras. It basically kept changing. But right now it’s obviously Federer [smiles].”Continue to read full article...
Oh, 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.Continue to read full article...
I 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.Continue to read full article...
I’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.Continue to read full article...
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 […]Continue to read full article...