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The U.S. Open men’s final has been moved to Monday and the women’s final has been bumped to Sunday, the USTA announced. The tournament lost two days of play on Tuesday and Wednesday due to rain. This is the fourth consecutive year that the men’s final will be played on Monday. The following is the revised schedule:
Men’s Singles Quarterfinals
The remaining men’s quarterfinals will be played on Friday, September 9th, with gates opening at 10am. The tickets from the originally cancelled Session #20, Wednesday September 7th night session will be honored for this rescheduled session.
Men’s Singles Semifinals
The men’s Semifinals (Session #24) remains as scheduled for Saturday day, September 10th with gates opening at 10am.
Women’s Singles Semifinals
The Women’s semifinals (Session #23) originally scheduled for Friday, September 9th are rescheduled to Saturday night, September 10th, with gates opening at 6pm.
Women’s Singles Final
The Women’s Final (Session #25) is rescheduled for Sunday, September 11th at 4pm with gates opening at 11am and doubles match TBD.
Men’s Singles Final
The Men’s Final (Session #26) is rescheduled for Monday, September 12th at 4pm with gates opening at 11am with doubles match TBD.
I used to bite my tongue when Wimbledon was in a rain delay, and the likes of Dick Emberg, Mary Carillo and John McEnroe made snide remarks about the English weather. But for two years in a row the weather in New York has ben much worse than anything that occured in the UK. At least they built a retractable roof at Wimbledon, and Roland Garros is getting ready to do the same. So everytime that clown Emberg brags about the biggest, the best, the ultimate tennis facility in the world, I know he must be thinking Wimbledon and not Forest Hills!
Playing 5 set matches back to back to accomodate the TV networks has always been a disgrace, but so typical of US sports. With no play yesterday, amd maybe limited play today with the weather forecast predicting more bad weather from the fringe of Hurricane Katia that could deluge the site of the US Open over the weekend, I am interested in hearing the NBC’s trio of experts resolution to the problem. For Embergs illucidation bigger means nought if it is nullified by the hand of god. Whoever wins the titles, it will be a battle of fitness and preparation and luck of the draw, rather than a test of tennis!
It’s the first boring week of yet another much-promoted Grand Slam event where the players everyone wants to see are matched against players whose names are unfamiliar to many of us, or are given free-rides into the later rounds. Nothing is as mind-numbing as having to watch Djokovic or Nadal play the best of five sets against a player who has no hope of winning anymore than a couple of fluky games in a three hour charade. But the Grand Slam format is a part of the tennis tradition, and will probably continue long into the future. It is one of the reasons why the sport is falling behind in popularity with young sports fans, and why, if it wasn’t for the increase in ticket prices, the Slams would be losing propositions.
I’m not qualified to offer advice, nor do I presume to be an expert on the game, except as a spectator and fan. As a fan, I enjoyed the ATP Finals in London, the round robin format, the high quality level of the tennis, and the simple pleasure of seeing match after match played by the very best players. I have to pose the question, why don’t we see more of this type of event?
Isn’t it a better test of tennis for a player such as Federer to be forced to play 4 matches against 4 ‘real’ opponents rather than to see him play 6 or 7 matches in a Grand Slam against just one or two worthy combatants?
From a fan’s perspective, and all the seats were sold out, there were no ‘garbage’ matches, no warm-ups for the top players at the fan’s expense, no walk-in-the-park offerings that give tennis its boring reputation, plus there is the additional benefit of a reduction in the court time for the players. Every match was a kin to a quarter or semi final, and the results reflected the competitiveness.
I’m all for dividing the ATP and WTA rankings into tiers of twenty players, and the individual players would move up or down according to their match results within their tier. Top two up, and bottom two down, just like Soccer, the Fed Cup or the Davis Cup.
Tennis is due for some changes to make it more fan friendly, the traditional 5- 6 hour matches of Grand Slams are boring until the end, TV schedules are often disrupted, and Tennis remains as an elite sport supported by a core of frustrated weekend players.
Remuneration for players outside of the top 30 is barely enough for them to be able to continue in their profession without sponsor support. A tiered tournament could be structured to increase the prize money for those players who win and move up, instead of he or she being defeated in the first round of a Grand Slam by a top ten player, and going home in debt.
With the sharp increase in injuries, the complaints from some players about the length of the season, and the separation of the top players from all the others, it is time to think about making some changes.
In light of the current forecast regarding Hurricane Irene, and in order to avoid any possible safety issues for our fans and patrons, many of whom would have been arriving on-site with young children, the USTA is cancelling Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. This decision also follows discussions held between the USTA and New York City officials. The event was scheduled to take place tomorrow, Saturday, August 27, from 9:30 am to 4 pm. This cancellation covers both the free ground activities scheduled for the morning, and the ticketed Stadium show that was scheduled for 1 p.m – 3pm
Serena Williams pulled out of the U.S. Open on Friday, saying she still is recovering from surgery to repair cuts on her right foot.
The top-ranked Williams has won three titles at Flushing Meadows, part of her 13 Grand Slam singles championships. Last year, she lost in the semifinals after a tirade at a line judge over a foot-fault call.
“It is with much frustration and deep sadness that I am having to pull out of the U.S. Open,” Williams said in a statement released by her publicist.
Williams went to add: “My doctors have advised against my playing so that my foot can heal.”
She called missing the tournament “one of the most devastating moments of my career.”
The 28-year-old American was hurt while she was in Munich last month – shortly after winning her fourth Wimbledon singles title on July 3, and before playing in an exhibition match against Kim Clijsters that drew a tennis-record crowd of 35,681 in Brussels on July 8.
Williams had surgery in Los Angeles on July 15. She already had pulled out of three hard-court tournaments she was scheduled to enter in preparation for the U.S. Open.
Williams has participated in the last 16 majors; the last one she missed was Wimbledon in 2006.
Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro is “expected” to return from injury at the US Open, says the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
The Argentine, 21, has not played since the Australian Open in January after suffering a wrist injury.
Del Potro said after undergoing surgery in May that he would miss the US Open as he did not want “to rush things”.
But a USTA statement on Thursday said Del Potro “is expected to return to Grand Slam competition” in New York.
And the player’s agent, Ugo Colombini, told The Associated Press: “Del Potro is working and hopefully he will be back soon.”
The US Open gets under way at Flushing Meadows on 30 August and Del Potro has already confirmed that he will play at the Thailand Open, which begins on 27 September.
“I am looking forward to playing the PTT Thailand Open on my return from injury,” said Del Potro.
“I really enjoyed myself on my last visit to Bangkok and hope for good results at this year’s tournament.”
Del Potro became the first man other than Rafael Nadal to beat Roger Federer in the final of a Grand Slam tournament at the US Open last September, but began struggling with tendinitis in his right wrist the following month.
He then suffered a recurrence of the injury in the new year and continued to struggle with the problem at the Australian Open, losing in the fourth round to Marin Cilic.
There is one more Grand Slam event remaining in the 2010 season, and the question is whether the US Open will provide us with a fresh champion again this year? We know it won’t be Del Potro repeating his 2009 performance. Will Nadal come through for his first hard court major title, or will Federer show the world that he is far from retirement age.
If you subscibe to the theory that tennis has become a ‘big’ mans game, then the winner of the 2010 US Open will be Berdych, Cilic, Isner, Querrey or Soderling. More than any other surface the New York hard courts favour the power hitters, the big servers, those players who make up for their defficiencies by overpowering their opposition.
Now if the opposition just happens to have swift feet, deft balance, great preparation, talent and guile, then the power hitter’s game will not be good enough to win.
On their best days these big servers gather a bunch of free points. But none of them is consistent enough to produce this quality for 7 matches in a row or under the pressure of the Grand Slam competition. In almost every Grand Slam semi final and final the difference in the point totals between the winner and the loser is less than 10. Often less tha 5! The key to winning is return of service, minimal unforced errors, and consistency. The most valuable asset that a great tennis player possesses is his feet! If theyare in the right place all of the time, he will win!
Three players are on my short list, Federer, Murray and Roddick!