Monday, May 06, 2013
Director Michelle Major talks about her documentary “Venus and Serena,” about the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act in professional tennis. The Williams sisters broke new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, dominating the women’s game for over a decade. “Venus and Serena” is currently playing on demand and on iTunes and will be opening at the Village East Cinema May 10.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The U.S. Open comes to a close tonight and Rafael Nadal is hoping to end his losing streak against top-ranked player Novak Djokovic in the men’s finals. He’ll look to capture something of the underdog spirit embodied by Samantha Stosur — the Australian who beat Serena Williams in last night’s women’s final. Williams captured attention both for the amazing comeback she made from a life-threatening illness earlier this year, and also for the anger and frustration she exhibited on court during some fiery exchanges with the umpire.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
By Amy Eddings
CBS coverage of Serena Williams' foot fault vs. Kim Clijsters, US Open semis
It took her two days, but Serena Williams has finally issued an apology for shaking her racket at a lineswoman, and threatening violence with a tennis ball, for a foot fault call in a crucial moment in Williams' semi-final match against Kim Clijsters at the US Open last Saturday. Serena may have done so because she finally realized that her reaction was an "inappropriate outburst," as she said in her statement. It also may be because she faces additional penalties for her unsportsmanlike conduct, including a possible suspension from a Grand Slam event. She's already been fined $10,000....a drop in the bucket for Williams, who earned $560,000 for her singles and doubles accomplishments at the US Open.
Serena's not the first tennis player to use foul language on the court, and to berate officials. Jimmy Connors famously called a chair umpire "an abortion." We all remember John McEnroe's tirades. And just yesterday, during the men's final at the Open, Roger Federer used an expletive while arguing with the chair ump during a changeover. The usually calm, cool and collected Fed was unhinged when his opponent, Juan Martin del Potro, took his time challenging a line call. Federer told ump Jake Garner, "Don't tell me to be quiet, OK? When I want to talk, I talk. I don't give a **** what he said."
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
by Nate Chura
The 2009 U.S. Open kicked-off yesterday in New York style. Before night matches began, a record 36,085 fans poured into the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens to attend the last grand slam tennis tournament of the season.
While some came to see men’s world #1, Roger Federer, and others filed in to see Serena Williams, one thing all fans had in common was a desire to witness the best tennis in the world, which was in fine form.
All the major seeds progressed to the second round. ATP Tour veteran, Tommy Haas struggled a bit in his four-set victory over journeyman, Alejandro Falla. And underdogs like Devin Britton, the 2009 NCAA Champion and wild card in the tournament got a lesson about what it takes to win in New York City.
The volunteers were out in full force. Ushers were ushering. There was no shortage of people pointing and passing along directions. To the casual tourist, these were the signals of a carnival, fitting of a world’s fair. But to the concessionaires and retailers, all the deliberate choreography lead to a singular objective: a job.
Inside the National Tennis Center there were no signs of recession. Indeed. Outside Louie Armstrong Stadium in the food court, where at the Fulton Fish Market a lobster roll costs $17 and a pint of Heineken beer will set you back seven big ones, the economy was booming as large as Andy Roddick’s serve. As summer draws to a close, hopefully the two-week tournament billed as the “largest annual sporting event in the world” will serve as a harbinger of prosperity to come in the days ahead.