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US Open Diary Part 3

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Read Part 1, and Part 2

There is a cafeteria for the media and sometimes, well most times, there are some quite bizarre encounters waiting in line for my dinner. There are interactions that make me want to scream and there are ones at which I’m compelled to laugh. Here are two.

Random woman, definitely American, speaking to server:

US Open Diary Part 1

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Victoria Duval

The US Open is like Wimbledon’s rowdy little cousin. There aren’t perfectly chalked white lines or delicately mowed lawns or robotized ball boys. No, Queens has some hard court bounce and bravado. The pop music echoes between games, the fans scream when they feel it necessary. Even the players get creative and colorfully coordinated, freed from their white-clothed shackles, matching neon oranges from headband to shoelace. Across the East River, in Manhattan’s shadow where there’s room to breathe, the grunts grow louder and the cheers build to roars. If Quentin Tarantino were directing this major tournament, he’d call it Tennis Unchained

McEnroe Defeats Courier in Charity World Team Tennis Match

by DJ Sixsmith, Jake Kring-Schreifels

54-year-old John McEnroe hasn’t played on the professional tennis tour since 1992. However, the Hall of Famer proved last night in the World Team Tennis series that he still has the same fiery passion.

In front of a packed house at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randall’s Island, Johnny Mac defeated 4x Grand slam champion Jim Courier in a charity matchup between the New York Sportimes and the Texas Wild. The New York native was in rare form, scolding the umpires after each call and jawing with the fans, who were unsure if his rants were schtick or serious.