Andy Roddick turned 30 yesterday, the same day he decided to hold a surprise press conference to announce that this U.S. Open will be his last professional tennis tournament. While more players are having success later in their careers, 30 is a milestone year for a tennis player. Tennis is a sport which has a brutal schedule, a very short offseason, and demands intense physical conditioning. Roddick said, “I think that wear and tear in miles is something that’s not really an age thing.
There’s only one way to kick off a tennis Grand Slam tournament in New York: Celebrities.
The first day of the U.S Open brought its highlights on the court (read below) but it also made a glitzy opening night. Every year the USTA hosts its Gala, a major fundraiser for “USTA Serves,” which contributes over $400,000 to fund college scholarships and program grants to tennis and education programs over the country.
Helping kick off the event, which included a reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, first-round matches, and the opening night ceremonies, were popular movie and television actors Alec Baldwin and Stanley Tucci.
Flushing, NY -- Top ranked American tennis player Mardy Fish and 11th ranked women’s player Andrea Petkovic are setting world records at this year’s US Open, just not during matchplay. Fish and Petkovic teamed up to lead hundreds of New Yorkers in a Guinness World Record attempt for the “Most people to bounce a tennis ball on their racquet in one location.”