An historic finish at The 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 […]

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Another title for Osaka

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 […]

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Going Cuckoo For Coco

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 […]

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Handicapping The Open

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, […]

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Venus At 39: Still Standing

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 […]

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The Open Before The Open

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 […]

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