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US Open Diary Part 4

Serena Repeats As The Lights Go Out In Flushing

Previous Entries: Part 1- Part 2- Part 3

I’m running, no sprinting, out of the bowels of Arthur Ashe Stadium, one last time past the cafeteria, through the media garden door, into the plaza, round the fountain, and up the Court of Champions. I’ve got five minutes to catch the shuttle bus and the main entrance gate ahead of me is closed. I’ve got forty pages to read about Old Testament codes of purity related to things like bestiality and eating pork because I have class tomorrow. The gate is locked and I’m cursing and I’m going to miss this bus and I’m going to get in past midnight and I’m going to be tired all day and...

USTA Chairman of the Board talks about Future of U.S. Open and American Tennis

An Inside View of the U.S. Open and USTA

David Haggerty USTA Chairman of the Board talked with Jake Kring-Schrifels, Kenny Ducey and I on One on One about the renovation program for the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

US Open Diary Part 1

A Red Carpet and a Teenage Dream

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

US Open: New Digs

Arthur Ashe Stadium gets a Lid

The U.S. Open kicked off with an announcement of a major face lift. August 17th, the USTA unveiled a 5-year renovation project for the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and they were promoting it again in the first days of the tournament. The Louis Armstrong and Grandstand stadiums will be completely reconstructed, new practice courts will be added with viewing galleries for the public, and the walkways will be enlarged. But the centerpiece of the new look  will be the construction of a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium.

One on One Examines Wimbledon 2013 with Filip Bondy

Topsy-turvy Wimbledon draws close to the finale

With Wimbledon about to wrap up, Nolan Silbernagel and I talked with the New York Daily News’s Filip Bondy from across the pond about the tournament. We talked about the surprising early round upsets and the future of American tennis. Filip also previews the Gentlemen's Final, Brit Andy Murray against top-ranked Novak Djokovic.