Undeniably, one of the great pleasures of attending a sporting event is eating and drinking. Food plays a major role in the way fans experience any pro sports competition. How else would they have the energy to clap and scream and shout? And at no other sporting event is the food and drink better than at the US Open. While attending a day or night match, tennis fans can satisfy their sophisticated palettes with a wide selection of some of New York’s finest food and beverage offerings. While it may cost you a limb, you might be tempted to make the trade.
Yesterday afternoon, Indians and Pakistanis found cause to celebrate together in New York. The bi-national, men’s doubles team of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi advanced to their first-ever Grand Slam doubles final at the US Open. One break was all it took to beat the Argentinean team of Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos, 7-6, 6-4, in just under an hour and a half.
In England, any Tom, Dick, or Prince Harry can walk up to a window and hand over a stack of cash to a bookie for 11/2 odds on Stanislas Wawrinka. Betting on tennis is a treasured pastime that’s been part of British culture since, “forever!” says Graeme Sharpe, Media Relations ...
United States tennis fans will have to pin all their hopes on Venus Williams, the last remaining American singles player in the 2010 U.S. Open.
To play tennis in New York City, it helps if you know the rules. Not the rules of the game -- the rules of finding a place to play.
Some news was made off the tennis courts at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows this week. Patrick McEnroe announced he's resigning as captain of the United States' Davis Cup team, a position he's held for 10 years. He coached the team to a victory in 2007, after a 12-year drought. McEnroe says he's stepping aside to spend more time in his role as general manager of the United States Tennis Association's player development program.
WNYC's Amy Eddings had a chance to speak with McEnroe about the development of U.S. tennis players. There's a lot of hand-wringing in the tennis world about America's fading dominance in the sport, and the rise of multiple top players from Russia and Spain.
The news took everyone by surprise this morning at the National Tennis Center, site of the U.S. Open. Shortly after 10:30 a.m., U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe announced he will be stepping down as captain of the American squad after the World Group Play-Offs against Colombia later this month in Bogota.
The most shocking result of this weekend in U.S. Open tennis was, without a doubt, the stoic exit of Glasgow, Scotland's golden boy, Andy Murray, the world's No. 4 seed. Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka, the No. 25 seed in the world, knocked Murray out on Sunday, 6‑7 (3), 7‑6 (4), 6‑3, 6‑3.
U.S. Open ticket holders didn't get washed out this weekend by Hurricane Earl. But tennis fans and players did come up against some seriously blustery weather in Flushing Meadows on the penultimate weekend of the tournament. Swirling winds on Saturday exceeded 25 miles per hour at times. While the elements were kinder to some players than others, it seemed the weekend's wind gusts were all that anyone could talk about.
At the U.S. Open here in New York, a lot of the big names have advanced to the next round. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams all made it easily through their matches over the weekend. But there were a few upsets: Great Britain's Andy Murray and American John Isner both lost yesterday.
WNYC's Amy Eddings was there. She spoke with WNYC's Marc Garber about this weekend’s action in Flushing Meadows.
New York native James Blake ignited Louie Armstrong Stadium last night with his win over Canadian Peter Polansky. The American punished Polansky in the second round of the U.S. Open, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. He out hit his opponent from Ontario, 52 winners to 30.
Mardy Fish became the first American male to advance to the third round of the US Open this afternoon, after Andy Roddick flamed out last night. The 19th-seeded Fish thumped Argentine Pablo Cueveas, hitting 14 aces enroute to the 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 win.
Wednesday was a hot day at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Temperatures were in the 90s and sometimes it felt even hotter. At times, wind gusts were clocked at over 40 miles per hour.
American Mardy Fish narrowly escaped being devoured this afternoon in his first-round match of the U.S. Open. The No. 19 seed took a quick lead after bageling his opponent, Jan Hajek, 6-0 in 20 minutes flat. But the Czech shark wouldn’t relent so easily, capturing the second and third sets. In the end, however, Fish was able to turn the tide and put Hajek out of his misery 6-0, 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. All in all, the episode lasted just over two and a half hours. Fish was overjoyed with the win.
Jelena Jankovic, the fourth seed, nearly got walloped by upstart Simona Halep in the first round of the U.S. Open this afternoon. Jankovic pulled ahead at the last moment and stole the win, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. After 2 hours and 20 minutes, the Serbian former-world No. 1 could, at last, breathe easy. She triumphantly blasted a few balls into the stands before exiting Ashe Stadium.