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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

US Open: New Digs

by Julian Atienza

USTA || Rossetti || Foreground (R to L) New Court 17, Outer Courts, Practice Court Viewing Area, Practice Court.

Background || (R to L) New Louis Armstrong Stadium, Arthure Ashe with retractable roof

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.

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.

One on One Examines Wimbledon 2013 with Filip Bondy

by Kris Venezia

Flickr || Scott Killbourne

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.

What's Up With Wimbeldon 2013?

by Julian Atienza

Mike Watts and Kris Venezia talk with Matt Cronin of, and about the sruprising upsets of top seeds Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Matt tells the show what this means for Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, and gives his take on the state of American tennis. They also look at why there are so many injuries at the All England Club this year and predictions for both the Men's and Ladie's draws.

Murray Outlasts Djokovic for US Open Title

by Kenny Ducey

It took 4 hours and 53 minutes (tied for the longest final in history), but Andy Murray came away with his first grand slam, just months after taking Gold in London.

The match started off with a bang; Murray took the hour-and-28 minute first set in a gruesome 22-point tiebreaker on his sixth set point, thanks to some energy from the fans, and the inability for Djokovic to capitalize on errors. From there, things stayed intense.