Other than league play, the greatest benefit of being a USTA member is the ability to purchase US Open tickets before they go on sale to the public. But don’t fool yourself. You’re not really competing against the general public. You’re competing against your fellow members in a chance to snap up the most-coveted tickets in all of American tennis.
The pre-sale begins tomorrow at 9:00 am EDT, April 23, 2013 and ends April, May 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. Forget the end date. You will want to purchase on the very first day and maybe in the first five minutes.
Fans may remember the Tennis East Coast editorial about Arthur Ashe last year. Although I’m not espousing that you ever buy tickets in the Ashe upper promenade, how else are you getting into the men’s or women’s final?
What not to buy: Grounds passes and early round sessions generally do not sell out, and never during a member pre-sale. If you wait until July or August, you can score the same seats to the early rounds for less online. You can even get court side Armstrong box seats for less than the face value of a reserved (upper) seat in that stadium. Although the night session at Ashe is not a particularly good value in terms of time or money for a die-hard fan, the USTA’s buy-one-get-one-free deals may make it worth your consideration.
Here are the top five tickets to purchase quickly at presale:
1. Men’s Final: It has been a hot ticket for a long time, but in the last two years, you can’t find a pair on Ticketmaster after the member pre-sale. In fact, you might miss out if you don’t buy within the first half-hour.
2. Women’s final: Although you may still find a pair a couple of days into the pre-sale, don’t expect them available to the general public on Ticketmaster.
3. Men’s semis: Held on the same Saturday as the women’s final, availability for these tickets will also not survive the pre-sale.
4. Super Saturday/Labor Day weekend: The hierarchy goes like this–Saturday and Sunday are hot, hot, hot and Monday usually has more availability.
5. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day: Since you think you already knew everything I’ve told you above, I’ve saved the best for last. With Courtside Ashe tickets going for $800 and up, this is the sweetest pre-sale secret of all. For $40, you get a Courtside box seat for Kids’ Day, with up-close views of music and exhibition tennis. While you can purchase a reasonable ticket upstairs to Kids’ Day well into August, the courtside tickets are open to all and sell out within an hour. No little ones? No worries. There’s no rule that you need to bring a child to the event. With these seats, even a kid at heart will enjoy the view.
—This article republished from last year because nothing has changed. S. Fogleman
Emirates @USOpen Series National Ticket Sale Campaign Begins March 5, @CitiOpen Presale Begins Today
EMIRATES AIRLINE US OPEN SERIES
NATIONAL TICKET ON SALE CAMPAIGN, TUESDAY, MARCH 5
Tickets to all nine series events can be purchased via www.emiratesusopenseries.com
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 25, 2013 – The USTA announced today that tickets for all nine of the 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series events will be on sale Tuesday, March 5 at 10 a.m. ET through www.emiratesusopenseries.com. This is the first time that Emirates Airline US Open Series events are coordinating their ticket sales. The USTA will support the initiative with a national marketing campaign, as well as a satellite media tour with American teenager Sloane Stephens, who is currently ranked No. 17 in the WTA Rankings.
The 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series schedule is attached here.
“Coordinating this national ticket on sale campaign for the Emirates Airline US Open Series events is yet another way to unite the tournaments under the Series brand while also allowing tennis fans around the country access to tickets to all of the major summer hard court events leading up to the US Open,” said J. Wayne Richmond, General Manager of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. “We are excited to leverage the platform of Tennis Night in America to promote the Series. The tournaments have all embraced this initiative.”
The national ticket on sale will be held the day after “Tennis Night in America” on March 4 — featuring the BNP Paribas Showdown from New York’s Madison Square Garden and scheduled to include Serena Williams playing Victoria Azarenka in a rematch of the 2012 US Open Final, followed by Rafael Nadal against Juan Martin del Potro. The initiative will also coincide with thousands of Tennis Festivals across the country during the entire month of March, which are designed to welcome whole families to play tennis at all skill levels and to experience first-hand the way in which tennis is now sized right for children.
Now in its 10th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard-court tennis, linking nine summer tournaments to the US Open. Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova won the 2012 Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s and women’s titles. In 2007, Roger Federer collected the biggest paycheck in tennis history – $2.4 million – for winning the US Open and the Emirates Airline US Open Series titles. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the US Open and the Series, winning $2.2 million – the largest purse in women’s sports history – and equaled that amount in 2010, winning the US Open and finishing the Emirates Airline US Open Series in second place.
Also, the CitiOpen has announced a presale for Citi Cardholders from today until March 4. The details are available here and the tournament runs from July 27-August 4.
The Spirit of 76: Andy Murray Writes a New Chapter in British Tennis History
Steen Kirby, TennisEastCoast.com
It had been 76 years since a British man had won a slam, but in his fifth try, Andy Murray broke the streak and booked his place in the history books with a 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Novak Djokovic in another intense Monday final. Murray fans like me have been waiting a long time for him to do it and he finally did.
Murray and Djokovic struggled with the whipping winds early and traded breaks of serve in the 1st, pushing it all the way to a tie break where Murray needed more than a hands worth of set points to close out the set. He finally converted. In the 2nd, Murray roared to a double break lead over an irritated Djokovic, but Novak would storm back to 5 all before Murray broke and took a 2 set lead.
The momentum would quickly turn though, and Murray struggled to keep up with an awakened and beastly Djokovic. Murray was broken and wasted break back chances in both the 3rd and 4th sets to allow Djokovic to knot the match up and send it to a deciding set. Hope looked to be in short supply for the Scottish warrior. It looked like it would be another torturous choke for Murray.
Then the momentum would snap back and Murray would find his legs and his second wind, refusing to bow to Djokovic. He broke to open the 5th out of nowhere, getting a second break and then holding serve all the way to 5-2. It was there that he served for history against an exhausted Djokovic, who called the trainer out before the final game. Djokovic hit a return long at 40-15 and Murray finally got his US Open title after 4 hours and 54 minutes of play. Murray most certainly earned this title with intense, tenacious, emotional tennis playing amazing defense and body blows of groundstrokes with his skillful counterpunching style. Djokovic has to be credited for fighting back and nearly pulling off the comeback, but Murray had his mind locked in in this match.
Murray is the new world number 3 and started the summer with a run to the Wimbledon finals, finished it with his first Grand Slam title at the US Open, and grabbed an Olympic gold medal in between, making his devoted fans and the nation of Great Britain immensely proud and excited the whole way. For what it’s worth, he also struggled in the 2 masters events he played over the summer but brought a 5th gear to his game at the US Open.
Previously in the week, he had worked past Milos Raonic in straights, Marin Cilic in 4 sets and surprise semi-finalist Tomas Berdych, who shocked Roger Federer in 4 sets in the quarters. He beat Berdych in 4, who struggled with the windy conditions.
Djokovic, who was defending his US Open title last year, beat Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin Del Potro in straights then beat David Ferrer in 4 in a match where they played nearly a set on Saturday and the rest of the match on Sunday due to the stormy weather conditions. Ferrer had previously beaten Janko Tipsarevic in a 5 set grinding slugfest in the quarterfinals.
The Bryans took yet another doubles title and the “Big 4”ATP players all won a slam this year with Djokovic triumphing in Melbourne, Nadal in Paris, Federer in London and Murray in New York. This was a very fitting result for all. The ATP tour will now begin winding down for the year with the Asian swing and fall indoor events in Europe, but the top tennis players in the world will keep going and going.
This entire US Open is making me question the respect the USTA gives its young talent. First, you’ll remember the ridiculous headline on USOpen.Org referring to Christina McHale as “McFail” after an early exit from the tournament. I was willing to chalk that gaffe up to a freelance writer and not blame the entire USTA.
Now, I’m not so sure.
The news that US and World #1 Taylor Townsend was derided by some fitness fascists in Player Development is absolutely disgusting. The USTA wanted to bench Townsend from the Open. Or at least make it harder for her to get there. The Wall Street Journal broke the news, and if you’re reading this blog, you already know the story.
I don’t want to watch an endless procession of cookie-cutter Sugarpovas out there. We celebrate diversity of body types in other sports, whether its wiry wide receivers, bulky linebackers, titanic power sluggers, or 5’9 point guards. But it seems that the ratings-driven White Plains Trash want to shape tennis in its own misogynistic image.
If you think that sounds harsh, remember that there hasn’t been any talk like this about the guys. On the mens side with its higher TV ratings, the USTA hums ‘the Home of the Brave’: Seldom is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day.
Reimbursing Townsend and her mom for plane tickets, a hotel room and cab fare isn’t going to cut it, boys. It really is time to fire Patrick McEnroe and his posh posse at Player Development. Even if he didn’t personally make the decision to bar her, the buck stops with him. His back-pedaling has been embarrassing and his unapologetic ongoing conflict-of-interest as a television commentator already compromised him before this latest incident.
I promise you this: Townsend will win at least one more grand slam than PMac’s none. The man made one grand slam semifinals singles appearance. I pray to God that Townsend and Gabby Andrews destroy their opponents in the doubles final today and Serena Williams vanquishes Vika. If Serena wants to give back to the game, she ought to take over Player Development in the near future.
As for you, Taylor, you are one of the sweetest, soft-spoken and talented players I have ever met. I’m sorry the USTA treated you like they did.
I attempted to cancel my USTA membership effective immediately today, but they wouldn’t let me. Someone is supposed to call me back. Control freaks.
Like a predatory insect, the USTA eats its own young.
–S. Fogleman, USTA Member #2010241838
Agnieszka Radwanska was upset in straight sets yesterday by 20 seed Roberta Vinci, ending the Poles bid for a first Grand Slam title. She’s had a great year and was obviously disappointed in failing to reach the quarterfinals. Also upset yesterday was Angelique Kerber, who began her rise to the top of the women’s game at the 2011 US Open. She fell to 2012 Roland Garros finalist Sara Errani. That sets up an all-Italian quarterfinal, with the winner likely to be mauled by Serena Williams in the semis.
Tonight, US standard-bearer Andy Roddick might play his last professional tennis match. Then again, he might not. A-Rod faces his toughest challenge yet in 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro. If the pressure is really off his back, expect Roddick to see yet another night under the bright lights of Arthur Ashe after a four set win over JMDP.
2012 US Open Week 2 Men’s Preview
Steen Kirby, TennisEastCoast.com
An exciting week of high intensity tennis has finished up at the final slam of the year and it is time for the business end of the tournament with just 16 men left vying for the title. The top four seeds have all generally advanced with ease, but the big story is Andy Roddick, who announced he will retire from Tennis after the Open in a impromptu press conference the day before his 2nd round match.
Roddick has made it to the round of 16 and will play Del Potro Tuesday, so he will carry the torch of American tennis at least a few hours longer.
Here is a breakdown of the eight round of 16 match ups.
Roger Federer vs. Mardy Fish
Federer is looking sharp and rolled in straights over Donald Young and Bjorn Phau, then dispatched Fernando Verdasco in the same fashion in what was a disappointing performance from Fernando. Fish beat Go Soeda in straights, came back from 2 sets down to defeat Nikolay Davydenko, who ran out of gas the last 3 sets, and thumped Gilles Simon in 4 sets.
Fish will likely have the crowd behind him in this match, but that is about the only thing going for him as Federer looks confident and cunning and should get another solid win.
Nicolas Almagro vs. Tomas Berdych
Nico and TBerd will meet again for the 4th time this year and they have a habit of being irritants to one another going back to this year’s Australian Open.
Almagro beat a Statue-of-Liberty-shirt-sporting Radek Stepanek in 4, Phillip Petzschner in 5 long heavy ball striking sets and young American Jack Sock, who did well to reach the 3rd round, in 4 sets. Berdych beat David Goffin and Jurgen Zopp in straights, then got past Sam Querrey in 4 after dropping the 1st set.
This match leans Berdych as he has had an easier time so far but Almagro may be able to snatch a win.
Andy Murray vs. Milos Raonic
Milos Raonic survived a 1st round 5 setter against Santiago Giraldo, then beat Paul-Henri Mathieu and James Blake in straights. Blake had previously turned back the clock and dispatched Marcel Granollers in the 2nd round. Murray overcame a slow start to beat Alex Bogomolov in straights, then dispatched Ivan Dodig and needed 4 grueling sets and 3 tiebreaks to get past Feliciano Lopez, who threw everything he had into their 3rd round encounter on a hot Saturday afternoon.
This is an interesting match-up as Murray as struggled with his serve in his first 3 matches, while Raonic serves so well most of the time it could be close and possibly be a long match if Raonic is serving well and Murray isn’t.
Marin Cilic vs. Martin Klizan
Cilic won two 5 setters against Marinko Matosevic and Daniel Brands in the first 2 rounds, then got past Kei Nishikori in 4 sets in what was a bit of a surprising match. Klizan, probably the most unheralded name left in the draw, made his way by beating Alejandro Falla in straights then scored the biggest win of his promising career in 4 sets against 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who simply appeared wilted and worn out and could not get his game nor his shots together. Klizan kept his composure and his game together in gutting out the massive win. He followed that up by beating Jeremy Chardy in straights, making it look easy out there and proving he belongs.
Cilic will be a favorite here but the 23-year-old lefty Klizan, who will break into the top 50 after his run here is said and done, has the talent to get yet another upset. This could honestly go either way.
Janko Tipsarevic vs. Phillip Kohlschreiber
Tipsarevic survived an upset scare in the 1st round, clawing back from 2 sets down to defeat Guillaume Rufin in 5. He then took out Brian Baker and Grega Zemlja in straights. Peppo Kohlschreiber beat Michael Llodra in 4, won a testy 5 setter with Benoit Paire in which both players simply did not like each other and then upset John Isner in a late night 5 setter. It was a disappointing result from Isner, who had given his previous opponents Xaiver Malisse and Jarkko Nieminen their chances, winning both matches in 4 sets and it finally caught up to him against Kohlschreiber, who earned a well-deserved win.
Tipsarevic will be the favorite and you have to wonder if two 5 set battles in a row will take it out of Kohlschreiber, but it should be a fun match stylistically-speaking.
David Ferrer vs. Richard Gasquet
Ferrer beat Kevin Anderson and Igor Sijsling in straights, then played 4 gladiator sets of tennis with Lleyton Hewitt in which two of the greatest grinding road runners in the game were both trying to outwit, outhit and outrun one another. The 1st and 2nd sets were great but then Ferrer pulled away over an exasperated Hewitt, who had played a 5 setter with Gilles Muller the previous round. It was Hewitt’s 25th career 5 setter.
Gasquet beat Albert Montanes in 4, then Americans Bradley Klahn and Steve Johnson in straights to advance. Klahn had played a crowd fueled 5 setter against Jurgen Melzer in the 1st round, notching the upset, while Johnson knocked off Ernests Gulbis in the 2nd round (who had come back from 2 sets down and beaten Tommy Haas in the opening round).
Ferrer is a favorite against Gasquet, but both guys have a great shot at the quarterfinals in this match up that will be the grit and substance of Ferrer vs. the style and flash of Gasquet.
Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Andy Roddick
Former US Open champion Del Potro will try to send Roddick into retirement Tuesday night on Ashe. So far he has beaten lucky loser Florent Serra in straights (who replaced David Nalbandian who withdrew with injury), Ryan Harrison in 4 and countryman Leonardo Mayer in straights in what was a very close match between friends. Roddick has kept his career alive dispatching Rhyne Williams and Bernard Tomic in straights and then scoring a 4 set win over Fabio Fognini, who was simply too inconsistent to capitalize on the chances he had.
The road for Roddick likely ends here as Del Po has played strong and his wrist has looked fine in the 3 matches he has played. Barring some magic from Roddick or Del Potro coming out flat, this could be Andy’s curtain call.
Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Novak Djokovic
Wawrinka has struggled to shut the door in the 3 matches he has played, beating Sergiy Stakhovsky in 4, Steve Darcis in 5 intriguing sets (in which Darcis was hurting for most of the final 2 sets but still managed to get the 5th to 7-5) and Alexandr Dologopolov, who he beat in straights but not without struggling to convert break points. Dolgo beat Baghdatis in the previous round in what was an exciting display of baseline rallies and aggressive tennis. Djokovic, on the other hand, has shown no weakness and has only dropped 15 games in 9 sets of tennis. He beat up on Paolo Lorenzi, Rogerio Dutra Silva and Julien Benneteau. Benneteau had previously beaten surprising American Dennis Novikov in 4.
Djokovic will be a heavy favorite against Wawrinka and should calmly notch another victory.
Federer d. Berdych
Murray d. Cilic
Tipsarevic d. Ferrer
Djokovic d. Del Potro
Any of these matches could easily go 5 sets.
Federer d. Murray
Djokovic d. Tipsarevic
Federer d. Djokovic
PARTNERSHIP FOR A HEALTHIER AMERICA AND THE FIRST LADY’S LET’S MOVE! INITIATIVE JOIN U.S. DARA TORRES, FITNESS EXPERT BOB HARPER AND ACTRESS CHRISTINE TAYLOR HELP USTA KICK OFF NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH AT US OPEN
An expert and celebrity fitness panel which included The Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper, U.S. Olympian Dara Torres and actress Christine Taylor helped the United States Tennis Association (USTA) kick off National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month on Saturday at the US Open.
To highlight the importance of healthy, active lifestyles and unveil a set of essential elements for increasing the quality and quantity of youth physical activity programming in America, the USTA, in collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), hosted the press event followed by a youth tennis exhibition at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The USTA’s youth tennis initiative is the single largest and important initiative in the history of the organization. Beginning Sept. 1 through Oct. 6 families can log on to YouthTennis.com, which will list more than a thousand events around the country where families can experience tennis.
Here’s a sampling of what the panel had to say on Saturday:
Bob Harper – Fitness expert, star of The Biggest Loser & NY Times Best-Selling Author:
“I see what’s going on in the average American household and what I really found is a common denominator. It starts at home. It’s all about what your children see in the home. Teens are spending up to seven hours a day in front of some sort of computer device. What I really try to get the parents to do is become more active. It’s just not telling your children what you want them to do; you’ve got to become a part of that solution and actually do what you want them to do.
“The biggest thing about this is, it doesn’t have to be so difficult. That’s why I’m so excited to be here today working with the USTA and talk about the fact that we can get our children active and get our families out on the courts and parks. Just getting parents more and more involved and showing them it’s not as difficult as it seems. Right now we’re looking at the rise of childhood obesity; we’re looking at type 2 diabetes in children. What I really do believe, sitting here with all these role models is, there’s hope. I really do believe we can make a change by having these conversations and you guys listening to what we have to say. There’s change out there happening and we just have to continue to get involved and also have to get our communities involved. I’m excited the USTA has brought the free tennis Play Days to children around the country.”
Dara Torres – Five-time US Olympian & Gold Medalist:
“I am an athlete and a mom. To get kids initially engaged and to get them to stick to something, you have to make it fun. You need to find a program where the coach is going to make it fun. My daughter started tennis when she was two-and-a-half. And when I went to go to the program and watch, the coach was awesome. He had squishy balls that they played with so they can’t get hurt, and he was always playing games with them. She loved it and if I didn’t get on the tennis courts and start hitting balls with her, she would be so bored so I think it’s very important to engage kids and make sure they always have fun. Kids also want to be able to experience success while being engaged. That’s why the USTA’s Youth Tennis Initiative is great for kids. They can experience that engagement and success right away. There’s not a feeling of being overwhelmed by the sport or the experience. The experience is most important.
“When sports are too serious it’s not fun for the child. Kids need to have fun. I stayed in swimming so long because I had coaches that liked to play water polo and liked to do Marco Polo in practice; not all the time, I mean I didn’t get to the Olympics by doing these things, but on Fridays after we finished a workout. We’d have relays to duke it out, they always made it fun.
“There’s a big role for coaches and parents to play in the personal and athletic lives of their children. Kids need parents who are supportive of whatever they try. When you play with the whole family, success can be shared by everyone.”
Cullen Jones – Two-time US Olympian & Gold Medalist:
“Given the title of role model, that’s the biggest thing that I want kids to understand is be athletic, go out, have a good time. Do I like playing video games? Sure, but go outside, be social; this is one of the biggest problems. I work with the initiative called Make A Splash and I get kids water safe through drowning prevention.
“The biggest thing we really want to push is being active. I never had to choose at a young age which sport I would try because I just wanted to play them all. I wanted to play soccer, I wanted to play tennis, I wanted to swim, I wanted to play basketball. My parents never made me choose; I had to make that decision for myself.
It’s a huge problem in the U.S. and we really want to see more kids learning to be active. Be healthy, choose greens. That’s one of the biggest things with my mom, I swear. She used to put Italian dressing on broccoli because I wouldn’t eat it any other way. Finding ways for kids to be healthy is very, very important. Whether it’s putting Italian dressing on broccoli or if it’s just making the right decisions.
“That is the biggest message right now. We really just want to get kids healthy.”
Christine Taylor – Noted actress, avid tennis player and tennis mom:
“My kids were born into a funny family and none of this stuff really came natural to my husband or I; we’re not professionals. I grew up loving tennis – watching it, playing it –but I didn’t have that competitive drive. So to make it fun is what it’s all about for me in my household.
“The other really great thing that I’ve found is homemade obstacle courses, just with objects in your house. Really tricking them into the physical activity, because it doesn’t feel like it when it’s fun, it’s a game. For me to be a part of the USTA and the 10 and Under initiative is really just a gift because of my love for the game.”
Kurt Kamperman – USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis:
“We have a serious problem. We’ve got this whole group of passive sedentary kids. There’s some kids in the middle, but then a professionalization of youth sports that is causing kids to burn out and look at activity and sports as a job.
“Fortunately, not everybody’s got it wrong. We have some great examples here today; people that have got it right. Many youth sports in this country have it wrong. They are encouraging kids to specialize sooner and sooner. And really, making it all about winning too early.
“The one common theme here is that it’s really going to take all of us to really address this issue of physical inactivity and also the issue of repairing youth sports.
“The USTA is taking this very seriously. We want tennis to be the model sport. And we are putting a lot of resources behind it to make it a model sport. We changed the rules of the game on Jan. 1. Until this year, a 9-year-old boy or girl had to play on the same size court as Andy Roddick and Serena Williams. Andy’s 6-foot-2 and an average boy is 4-foot-2. Doesn’t matter, you’re going to play on the same size court, same size racquet and with the same fast balls. We changed things because we weren’t getting enough younger kids playing tennis. We figured if we didn’t get them at a younger age we wouldn’t get them at an older age.”
Sam Kass – White House Asst. Chef Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives:
“Many youth sports in this country have it wrong. They are encouraging kids to specialize sooner and sooner, and really, making it all about winning and much too early.
“The partnership with the USTA for us has been groundbreaking and unprecedented. Right now we are raising the most sedentary generation in our history. On the average an American child is spending seven and a half hours in front of a screen everyday. Seven and a half hours. As long as that continues we will not have a generation that reaches their full potential and lives those vibrant lives that they deserve.”
Larry Soler – President and Chief Executive Officer, Partnership of Healthy America:
“One in three kids are over-weight or obese today. We know that every kid should be getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. The reality is 32 percent of elementary school students and 29 percent of high school students are getting that. So we’re not doing a good enough job. We can do better and we must do better.
“The inactivity that we’re facing and the obesity means that kids are going to suffer more deadly diseases like diabetes. More than one in three kids born in the year 2000 are going to develop that within their lifetime. Kids don’t get the benefits from physical activity, the mental well-being, mental health, improved academics. If you think about it, what’s physical activity? It’s one of the few things we do that helps us stay healthy; it helps us feel better, happier, improve our overall outlook and performance. It’s free. But still, it’s a big challenge.
“PHA was created in 2010 to help bring an end to the childhood obesity crisis. We work with our honorary chair, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Let’s Move program to develop voluntary brands with companies in the private sector to help us solve this problem. We have over 30 organizations that have signed on to work with us.
Michael Bergeron – Ph.D.,Chair, National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute:
“This is truly an inactivity epidemic. Your physical activity is the biggest determinant of your wellness and frankly your risk of dying as an adult. So it’s imperative that people are regularly active for so many reasons. If we’re going to have youth sports be part of this solution it has to be accessible and we have to break down the barriers and be more inclusive and not exclusive and come up with some creative opportunities to make sports available to all kids. The key thing to make that work then is to have that key entry point and be a workable entry point and especially at the early parts of developing an athlete. So that is the beauty of what the USTA is doing with 10 and Under Tennis. It’s changing the entry point. It’s changing how kids are introduced to the sport so that they are more likely to stay with it.”
Tim Morehouse: Three-time US Olympian in fencing:
“For me, I just got back from my third Olympic Games and my background is also education. I was a seventh-grade teacher for three years at Washington Heights Public School. I remember the kids would come in with Skittles and Diet Coke for breakfast and the lunch at our schools they were barely eating. They had gym twice a week and a lot of the girls were sitting on the sidelines. I think we have a lot of issues to tackle.
“I was someone that grew up playing baseball and luckily my school had fencing. I saw a sign that said, ‘Join the fencing team, get out of gym.’ (laughter) That’s how it started. I got a C+ in fencing my first semester as well. I somehow made the Olympic team after that.”
Three-time US Open Champion Kim Clijsters played her last singles match last night. It wasn’t the women’s final, but a second round match to Olympic Silver medalist Laura Robson. I wish her career had ended with a win, because Kim is an inspiration to all of us. She will go down as one of my All-Time Favorites. She is still playing doubles in Flushing Meadows, so catch her while you can! Thanks for the great memories, Kim.
Sloane Stephens rocked. Kalamazoo winner Dennis Novikov got by Jerzy Janowicz. Querrey won as expected. Roddick, Venus and Serena won, but they took out Americans Rhyne Williams, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Coco Vandeweghe respectively in the process. Jesse Levine let a two-set-and-a-break lead slip away in five. Vania King and Irina Falconi were upset. Thank god for the doubles victories yesterday.
Christina McHale was the saddest story of the day for the US, though. Although her match was announced as a possible move to Arthur Ashe stadium and it was available, they made McHale wait seemingly forever on Grandstand. She was ready to play by noon but wasn’t able to get on Grandstand until evening. After her three-set loss, a USOpen.org contributor gave her a parting kidney punch with the headline, “No. 21 seed crashes in first round McFail”. That’s right! The USTA’s own tournament website insults one of their own marquee trainees!
So, American tennis had a middling day at best. Caroline Wozniacki’s was worse. She looked bothered from the outset of her match against Irina Camelia-Begu. Begu won her first Grand Slam match in nearly five years. After Wozniacki’s 2011 semifinal appearance at the Open, she’s poised to drop out of the top ten with a Bartoli victory. I suspect the Danish press will be less harsh on her than their New York counterparts are on McHale.