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As a member of the media at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, there are several fleeting chances when you feel what it’s like to be a player.
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.
WFUV Sports (L to R): Kenny Ducey, Julian Atienza, Jake Kring Schrifels, Dave Haggerty
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.
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.
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
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.
Flickr || Scott Killbourne
Mike Watts and Kris Venezia talk with Matt Cronin of Tennisreporters.net,TENNIS.com and USTA.com 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.