US Open

US Open Diary Part 4

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Previous Entries: Part 1- Part 2- Part 3

I’m running, no sprinting, out of the bowels of Arthur Ashe Stadium, one last time past the cafeteria, through the media garden door, into the plaza, round the fountain, and up the Court of Champions. I’ve got five minutes to catch the shuttle bus and the main entrance gate ahead of me is closed. I’ve got forty pages to read about Old Testament codes of purity related to things like bestiality and eating pork because I have class tomorrow. The gate is locked and I’m cursing and I’m going to miss this bus and I’m going to get in past midnight and I’m going to be tired all day and...

US Open Diary Part 3

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Read Part 1, and Part 2

There is a cafeteria for the media and sometimes, well most times, there are some quite bizarre encounters waiting in line for my dinner. There are interactions that make me want to scream and there are ones at which I’m compelled to laugh. Here are two.

Random woman, definitely American, speaking to server:

US Open Diary Part 1

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Victoria Duval

The US Open is like Wimbledon’s rowdy little cousin. There aren’t perfectly chalked white lines or delicately mowed lawns or robotized ball boys. No, Queens has some hard court bounce and bravado. The pop music echoes between games, the fans scream when they feel it necessary. Even the players get creative and colorfully coordinated, freed from their white-clothed shackles, matching neon oranges from headband to shoelace. Across the East River, in Manhattan’s shadow where there’s room to breathe, the grunts grow louder and the cheers build to roars. If Quentin Tarantino were directing this major tournament, he’d call it Tennis Unchained

Do or Die

by Kenny Ducey

Flickr | AI M.

Remember when Tiger Woods didn’t even have to think about Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 Major wins? When it was a given he’d race to that number and leave the greats in his path? He does, too.

Now with the pressure growing in each tournament he enters, Tiger is staring the Golden Bear right in the eyes in a make-or-break year.

Murray Outlasts Djokovic for US Open Title

by Kenny Ducey

It took 4 hours and 53 minutes (tied for the longest final in history), but Andy Murray came away with his first grand slam, just months after taking Gold in London.

The match started off with a bang; Murray took the hour-and-28 minute first set in a gruesome 22-point tiebreaker on his sixth set point, thanks to some energy from the fans, and the inability for Djokovic to capitalize on errors. From there, things stayed intense.

Serena Sunday

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

While most of the country’s eyes were glued to opening day of football, it was just as monumental  a day for tennis. Due to severe weather conditions Saturday evening, the last men’s semi-final and women’s final were played Sunday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Before the women’s match, Andre Agassi was inducted into the US Open Court of Champions. In Flushing, football became an afterthought.

Serena and Azarenka to play in finals

by Amit Badlani

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The final four in the women's draw were narrowed down to two earlier today. #1 seed from Belarus Victoria Azarenka and #4 seed American Serena Williams will face in the finals scheduled for tomorrow night.