There was certainly magic in the air Friday night at Arthur Ashe as Andy Roddick ripped serve after serve past Bernard Tomic.
"I felt like I couldn't get a racquet on his first serve." Not many could, at an average of 127 MPH.
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.
Kim Clijsters finished her singles career on the same court where she won three grand slams. The 23rd seeded Belgian fell to Great Britain's Laura Robson at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Clijsters stated before the US Open that this will be her last tournament, so inherently the loss will be her last singles match. She sat at the interview podium for half an hour, answering questions about her whole career spanning from her toughest loss to what she believes her legacy will be.
Caroline Wozniacki didn't expect to leave New York in less than a week, much less without a win.
The eight seed on the Women's side was upset 6-2, 6-2 by Irina-Camelia Begu, who's ranked 96th in the world.
"You know, you always want to go in and do your best no matter what's happening out there. I tried. I didn't succeed to play well."
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.
Former WFUV sports manager Brian Clark (currently of CineSport and USOpen.org/radio) joined Alex Smith and Eric Mollo on One on One to talk Wimbledon. They discussed Lukas Rosol's upset of Rafael Nadal, what to look for going into the 2nd week of the men's draw, and how the high seeds like Maria Sharpova and Victoria Azarenka will fare on the women's side.
Andrew Bogusch, WFUV alum and Sirius XM host, joined Mack Rosenberg and Eric Mollo to talk about the developments of the first week at the French Open and his expectations going into the final week.
Brian Clark, former WFUV Sports Manager who currently works for CineSport and USOpen.org, joined Alex Smith and Amit Badlani on One on One. They discussed the chances for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the tough draw for Roger Federer, and the even tougher draw for Serena Williams at the French Open.
Fordham / WFUV alum and current Sirius XM radio host Andrew Bogusch previews the Australian Open with Mike Giandomenico and Rick Cibrano. He tells who has the best shot in the men's and women's draw and which American players can make a deep run.