A blockbuster Labor Day schedule highlights Day Eight action at the 2014 U.S. Open, featuring features six of the top 10 seeds on the men's side of the draw, with three of the past five Grand Slam champions taking the courts in Flushing Meadows.
Long Island native and former Bellmore JFK standout Scott Lipsky, along with his doubles partner Rajeev Ram, needed only one hour and 15 minutes to upset the third-seeded team of Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic Sunday at the U.S. Open.
Sunday, Aug. 31, Day Seven of the 2014 U.S. Open hits the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and for the first time all week of the Open, rain and thunderstorms may threaten or delay some of the action. The showcase match of the day is a round four encounter between the number five seed, Russia’s Maria Sharapova and the number 10 seed, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmarkin the second match scheduled at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Caroline Wozniacki booked a spot in the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Quarterfinals for the first time since 2011 on Sunday, pushing past former champion Maria Sharapova 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 to advance in Flushing Meadows.
In a way, ahead of their third round encounter at the U.S. Open on Saturday, Milos Raonic and Victor Estrella Burgos, both were at the same point in their careers. The Canadian power server and Dominican baseliner are in the midst of breaking through onto the tour, starting their rise to prominence.
Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia did not have a very good start to her summer. In the first round of qualifying at Wimbledon, she tamely went down, dropping the final set of her match winning only one game.
Evert, Austin, Capriati, Davenport, Williams, Williams, Bellis? Not quite yet, but 15-year-old CC Bellis, TR Blue Chip and rising sophomore, Class of 2017 has the best chance to ascend to become the next great American since Serena.
The FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Lebron, Melo ... forget about it! The biggest local sports news for Long Island tennis fans is Noah Rubin. He's the 2014 Wimbledon Boy's Champion, which is a truly remarkable achievement, but not his biggest accomplishment of the week.
The Group stages of this year's World Cup have drawn 62.3 million U.S. viewers to Univision Deportes, while Wimbledon ratings on ESPN are about 1/10 of that number. I love Wimbledon, it's a magical place and a great event, but let's face it, Wimbledon’s image is stuffy and the announcing is as hip as an old man with a pony tail and an earring.
It's about 3,600 miles from Roland Garros to Flushing Meadows and on June 1, 2014, these two places were a little closer because they shared the distinction as being the center of the tennis universe. That's a bold statement, but I'll stand by it.
A rain delay in Paris prompted Gael Monfils and Laurent Lokoli to entertain the crowd by getting down and dirty on the red dirt at Roland Garros. When Monfils' tennis days are over, I'm sure "Dancing With the Stars" will be calling.
Do you even know what "gluten" is? I'm not totally sure myself, but I think it's some kind of protein. I've heard that if I eat too much of it, I could spontaneously combust, and like Novak Djokovic and Marty Fish, cutting it out of my diet will help me play better tennis … or not. It's big business for sure.
In the first three months of 2013 the ATP challenger tour will be testing out a new rule, the elimination of the service let. Though there are no immediate plans to implement this rule in a broader scope there is no question that this is the first attempt at doing just that. Would this potential change be a positive thing for the sport? I think so.
The stance you use when hitting the ball determines the concentration needed concerning your shoulder turn. If you hit in the more conservative closed stance, where there is a turn step and hit, the shoulders will naturally turn sideways because the left leg (if right handed) is pointed toward the net.
When playing doubles, we are positioned many times during the match at the service line, or we are attacking forward toward the net, in both cases, we are subject to low, oncoming shots that require us to pick the ball up off a short hop, that’s the half volley.
The NTC Women's College Invitational, featuring the 20 top NCAA Division I teams, will take place Friday-Sunday, Oct. 10-12 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.