On a warm, breezy, and most importantly, sunny day in Flushing Meadows, Amit Badlani, Jake Kring-Schreifels, and I hosted One on One live from the US Open. On a day filled with American tennis, we had much to discuss regarding the direction of the sport in our country. Just hours after Andy Roddick had shaken Arthur Ashe Stadium, we sat outside the venue with special guests discussing his impact on tennis and what chances he has to excite the fans a little while longer.
We were first joined by legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri.
He shot down the possibility of changing the playing surface at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, while discussing the young talent we’ve had the pleasure to watch during the first six days of the Open.
Next we had Chris Widmaier, Managing Director of Corporate Communications for the USTA, discuss how nice it’s been to have sunny weather thus far in Queens, and how the USTA plans to renovate the grounds and change the men's and women's schedules in 2013. He also had some kind words to say about Andy Roddick as he gets ready to retire.
Finally, Matt Cronin of TennisReporters.net and USOpen.org Radio spoke about young up-and-coming players such as Laura Robson and Ryan Harrison, and where he sees them going in the next few years. He also predicted the Men’s and Women’s finals, and gave his take on Roddick’s retirement.