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Billie Jean King

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Billie Jean King, tennis legend and member of The President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition discusses the president's and first lady's agenda on national fitness as well as her tennis career. 

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WNYC News

Big Dig to Uncover Tennis Courts after Bubble Roof Collapses

Friday, December 31, 2010

Brooklyn tennis fans, get your racquets out of your closets. Your blizzard-induced hiatus from the sport is ending.

The tennis center at Prospect Park is expected to be open again for business on Sunday, January 2nd, after heavy snow and high winds from Sunday's blizzard collapsed both bubbles early last Monday.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Andre Agassi: Net Effects

Friday, December 31, 2010

Tennis star Andre Agassi discusses life, tennis, his education philanthropy and his bestselling book now out in paperback, Open: An Autobiography.

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The Takeaway

US Open Heads Into Final Rounds

Friday, September 10, 2010

Tennis fans will be glued to their screens this weekend to watch the final rounds of the 2010 U.S. Open. The Women's Singles semi-finals will be held on Friday, with top seed Caroline Wozniacki taking on Vera Zvonareva and Venus Williams looking to get revenge against Kim Clijsters for the Belgian's victory over Serena Williams last year. But the real money is on the men: Will arch-rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet at the net for the first time at a U.S. Open Final?

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The Net Post

Patrick McEnroe on the Future of U.S. Tennis

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

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.

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The Net Post

No. 25 Wawrinka Knocks Out No. 4 Murray

Monday, September 06, 2010

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.

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The Net Post

Weekend Wrap: Championship Hopes, Blowin' in the Wind

Monday, September 06, 2010

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.

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The Net Post

Long Matches Cap a Weekend at the U.S. Open

Monday, September 06, 2010

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.

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The Takeaway

Wrapping Up the First Weekend of the US Open

Monday, September 06, 2010

As the players ended the first week of the U.S. Open, many familiar faces moved on: Venus Williams advanced in straight sets, and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both won. Amy Eddings, host of "All Things Considered" on New York Public Radio, was at the U.S. Open on Sunday. She wraps up all the weekend's action.

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The Takeaway

Tennis Players Use Court to Unify Indian Subcontinent

Friday, September 03, 2010

Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi holds the honor of being Pakistan’s number one ranked tennis player; but, as he competes in the U.S. Open, it is clear that he is playing for more than just the gold. Qureshi competes alongside doubles partner Rohann Bopanna; the pair has been dubbed "The Indo-Pak Express" on the international tennis circuit because Qureshi is a Pakistani Muslim, and Bopanna a Hindu from India.

And while the pair has explicitly stated their aim to overcome sixty years of hostility between their countries, the question remains: how can tennis heal the cultural wounds on the subcontinent?

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The Takeaway

On Parenting and Andre Agassi

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Andre Agassi talked to us this morning, and while I generally have little or no interest in what memoir-hawking celebrities have to say, he talked about something that surprised me. Yes, his life story is all about his tough father and the agony of being a tennis prodigy urged on by an ambitious parent. He told a great story about how his dad put 9-year-old Andre up to a game against sports legend Jim Brown years ago on a ten thousand dollar bet, the family’s life savings.  

I asked Agassi whether the frustration over his own life has parallels with grown up golf prodigy Tiger Wood’s current struggles. Agassi guardedly said that he understood how living in a bubble created by stardom can lead to bad choices. Then a few moments later, while talking about the boarding school he created in his hometown of Las Vegas, he said that the most important thing in life is choices. “Education is about choices,” Andre Agassi told us and he openly wished he had made more conscious choices in his own life. It made me think about my goals as a parent.

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The Takeaway

US Open Day 3: Collapses, Wins and Losses

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Day 3 of the U.S. Open saw temperatures reach the mid-90s and a scare on the court as 10th seed Victoria Azarenka collapsed in the midst of her second-round match. Heat wasn't the only culprit, it was later revealed she fell in the gym and bumped her head and arm, before the match.

Tandaleya Wilder, sports commentator and founder of She Got Game Media, has the latest on Azarenka's condition, and how Americans Venus Williams and Andy Roddick did yesterday.

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The Takeaway

Andre Agassi Opens Up

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Andre Agassi is widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, as well as one of the most charismatic players in the history of the game. But despite his record wins and huge prize earnings, which total over thirty million dollars, Agassi admits in his autobiography, “Open,” that he actually hates tennis with a passion.

Agassi joins us to discuss where his true passions lie, the role his family played in pressuring him to be a champion, and how he managed to write so honestly in his new book, “Open: An Autobiography.” 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Andre Agassi: Net Effects

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Tennis star Andre Agassi discusses life, tennis, his education philanthropy and his bestselling book now out in paperback, Open: An Autobiography.

→ Event: The Town Hall will be hosting a special event on Thursday, September 2, in Mr. Agassi's honor. More information is available at The Town Hall website.

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The Takeaway

Observations From the US Open, Day 2

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, headed to Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY for the U.S. Open. He came away with a number of observations, including how players distract themselves, like Frenchman, Gael Monfils who played soccer on the court before his match.

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The Takeaway

The US Open Begins

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The U.S. Open began yesterday, and a number of storylines are appearing. Who will take advantage on the women's side of the absence of Serena Williams and Justine Henin? And can Rafael Nadal win his first U.S. Open title and complete his Career Grand Slam? Diane Pucin is a sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and she's in New York following the Open. She helps us take a look at the week's big matches.

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The Takeaway

Looking Ahead to the US Open

Friday, August 27, 2010

On Monday, the U.S. Open in New York City will pit the world's best tennis players against each other. The Takeaway's sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin tells us more about the standings: what matchups to look for, and the expected head-to-head of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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The Net Post

Ask the Insider: Behind the Scenes at the U.S. Open

Thursday, August 26, 2010

During the 2010 U.S. Open, WNYC will be talking with players taking part in the tournament and we want to ask them your questions.

American tennis twins Bob and Mike Bryan became the world's winningest men's doubles team earlier this year in Los Angeles, beating the long-standing record of 61 career titles held by Aussies Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, aka "The Woodies." Since that time, the Bryans have racked up three more titles and are seeking number 65 here at the Open.

They answered your questions:

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Tennis

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The nautically-inspired husband-and-wife duo play Cakeshop tonight. Download their bubbly, lo-fi track "Baltimore."

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WNYC News

U.S. Open Qualifiers Begin in Flushing Meadow

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Qualifying matches get underway Tuesday for the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadow. The men’s seeds were announced Monday, with Rafael Nadal taking the top slot. The Spaniard , ranked No. 1, is trying to win the only Grand Slam missing from his trophy case. Roger Federer, who’s won five of the last six U.S. Opens is the second seed.

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