Tennis

Upsets Galore on the Women’s Side

by Kenny Ducey
The Radwanskas won’t want to hear the name “Roberta Vinci” brought up at the dinner table anytime soon.
 
Urszula was knocked out in the first round by the 29 year-old Italian, and #2 Agnieska was upset today 6-1, 6-4, eliminating yet another big name from the Open field.

Day 7: Halfway Home

by Jake Kring-Schreifels, Ben Kelly

Just two days after what may have been Andy Roddick’s most emotional match, it wasn’t unforeseeable that Sunday could have been his last. Like a baseball team that plays lethargic on a Sunday afternoon following a late night walk-off win, Roddick had to quell Friday Night Lights residue. After four sets however, retirement was delayed once more.

Roddick defeated Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 and continued his fight against putting down the racquet. Once again, even in a half-filled Arthur Ashe stadium, the Flushing fans made their presence felt for their American.

One on One Talks Tennis

by Kenny Ducey

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.

Roddick Moves On

by Kenny Ducey

There was certainly magic in the air Friday night at Arthur Ashe as Andy Roddick ripped serve after serve past Bernard Tomic.

"I felt like I couldn't get a racquet on his first serve." Not many could, at an average of 127 MPH.

Bittersweet Day for American Tennis

by Julian Atienza

 Andy Roddick turned 30 yesterday, the same day he decided to hold a surprise press conference to announce that this U.S. Open will be his last professional tennis tournament. While more players are having success later in their careers, 30 is a milestone year for a tennis player. Tennis is a sport which has a brutal schedule, a very short offseason, and demands intense physical conditioning. Roddick said, “I think that wear and tear in miles is something that’s not really an age thing.

Clijsters Says Goodbye

by Amit Badlani

Kim Clijsters finished her singles career on the same court where she won three grand slams. The 23rd seeded Belgian fell to Great Britain's Laura Robson at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Clijsters stated before the US Open that this will be her last tournament, so inherently the loss will be her last singles match. She sat at the interview podium for half an hour, answering questions about her whole career spanning from her toughest loss to what she believes her legacy will be.

Wozniacki Exits while Djokovic and Williams Sisters Advance

by Kenny Ducey
Irina-CamelIa Begu

Caroline Wozniacki didn't expect to leave New York in less than a week, much less without a win.

The eight seed on the Women's side was upset 6-2, 6-2 by Irina-Camelia Begu, who's ranked 96th in the world.

"You know, you always want to go in and do your best no matter what's happening out there. I tried. I didn't succeed to play well."

Baldwin, Tucci Hit the Red Carpet

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

There’s only one way to kick off a tennis Grand Slam tournament in New York: Celebrities.

The first day of the U.S Open brought its highlights on the court (read below) but it also made a glitzy opening night. Every year the USTA hosts its Gala, a major fundraiser for “USTA Serves,” which contributes over $400,000 to fund college scholarships and program grants to tennis and education programs over the country.

Helping kick off the event, which included a reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, first-round matches, and the opening night ceremonies, were popular movie and television actors Alec Baldwin and Stanley Tucci.