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"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Both players played great. One of the players came up bigger on the biggest points. That was No. 3 seed Serena Williams, as she defeated No. 15 Maria Sakkari of Greece, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 to book a spot in the US Open quarterfinals. It will […]Read more "100 & counting: Serena beats Sakkari, advances to Open quarterfinals"
The two keys for Williams throughout were both her serve and perhaps more importantly her calm, despite building a big first set deficit. Williams hit 12 aces and ripped a 122 mph serve.Read more "Serena outlasts Sloane to advance at The U.S. Open"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Many have circled Saturday’s match since the draw was announced more than a week ago. It seemed inevitable, but it is really happening. It’s Coco Gauff vs. Naomi Osaka Saturday at 7 pm on ESPN2 at The US Open. Tickets are going for $600 and up for […]Read more "Coco Gauff vs. Naomi Osaka: A Moment In Time"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — There is hype in sports and there is, at the next level hype realized. In the case of 15-year old Coco Gauff of the USA, the hype is both palpable and real. Gauff played her first US Open main draw match yesterday before a huge […]Read more "Going Cuckoo For Coco"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — It is such a tough tournament to handicap. How humid will the weather be? Will it be so hot that it could lead to a player like Australian John Millman beating a physically drained, yet highly favored Roger Federer in the quarters like last year? Who know, […]Read more "Handicapping The Open"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Where have you gone Venus Williams? Actually, nowhere. She is still around and playing at a very high level. We all read about Serena, but her older sister seems to be somewhat out of the public consciousness now, at the tender young age of 39. She is […]Read more "Venus At 39: Still Standing"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — There may be no greater bargain in sports than the week before the US Open in Flushing Meadows. Yes, the week before. Starting this past Monday. Take Thursday for example. Besides the great qualifier matches, featuring such top players as Luke Rosol and Nicole Gibbs taking place on […]Read more "The Open Before The Open"