By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — In the most improbable run in history to a US Open final,19-year-old Leylah Fernandez has scored yet another upset, this time over no. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Sabalenka opened up the match with a 3-0 lead on strong serving and a power […]Read more "Riding The Layla Train: Unseeded Fernandez advances to U.S. Open Final"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — It was only fitting that it was decided by a third set tiebreaker. So little separated the players during the match, played before a near sellout crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The undisputed darling of this US Open, Leylah Fernandez of Canada upset 5th-seeded Elina Svitolina of […]Read more "Moving On: Fernandez upsets No. 5 Svitolina, advances to U.S. Open semifinals"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — It was a heavyweight fight in the first round of the US Open. In a match that was contested in sweltering heat in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Sloane Stephens defeated her good friend and fellow American Madison Keys, 6-3,1-6, 7-6. The pair have been known to be practice […]Read more "Friendly Fire In Flushing: Stephens outlasts Keys in Opening Round"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Naomi Osaka, the defending U.S. Open and 2021 Australian Open champion, is the No. 3 seed at Flushing Meadows and will defend her title in a night match on Monday’s opening day of the tourney. Osaka also won the Open in 2018, but has had a difficult […]Read more "Osaka reflects on media frenzy, prepares for U.S. Open"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — It has been 24 years since a US Open was played without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Serena Williams. Well, the injury bug has struck all of them, and they will each miss the Open, which starts on Monday at Flushing Meadows. Just hours after her younger […]Read more "An Unfamiliar Open for 2021"
By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter The International Olympic committee seems to be having it out for Black women around the world in 2021 and the evidence continues to mount with the passing weeks. One after another are getting disqualified for the 2020 Summer Games. Black Athletes around the world should be uniting together toward […]Read more "CALL IT WHAT IT IS"
CASEY MARTIN 2005- NAOMI OSAKA 2021 DISABLED ATHLETES STILL BATTLEBy Gary Norris Gray May 30, 2021 Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open because she had issues with her mental health and with being forced to do interviews after matches. The signs of distress were all there, years ago but the sports world ignored them. […]Read more "MARTIN-2005-OSAKA-2021"
By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter The last two weekends the last major in tennis was played in New York City with many of the stars of the game taking a pass due to the Covid-19 scare. Men’s defending champion Rafael Nadal and Women’s defending champion Simona Helep. The long list included Stan Wawrinka, Ashleigh […]Read more "BLACK ANGER, WHITE ANGER AT THE U.S. OPEN"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Guess what? Neither Roger Federer, nor Rafael Nadal, nor Novak Djokovic won the US Open on Sunday. That could be a story in and of itself. After all, they had won the last 13 Grand Slams. That’s a bunch of years. Instead, Dominic Thiem defeated his buddy Alexander […]Read more "An historic finish at The Open"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — The cream usually rises to the top. And it did Saturday at Flushing Meadows. Naomi Osaka overcame a blistering start by Victoria Azarenka to defeat the 2-time Grand Slam champion 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Not since 1995 had a US Open Champion come back from an opening set deficit. It was […]Read more "Another title for Osaka"