To watch Stan Wawrinka dispatch Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open final last month was to see the physical toll the sport can take. Both men looked dazed and drenched in the heat of late-summer New York City, and Djokovic cramped severely and took an injury timeout for a blistered, bloodied toe. But the mental torture…
The men’s final contained the single most entertaining point of the U.S. Open—the only point Stan Wawrinka won in the first set tiebreak against Novak Djokovic, before taking the next three sets and the trophy.
Gael Monfils and Novak Djokovic began their U.S. Open semifinal today on strange terms, with Monfils showing few signs of life until the third set, which he won. Even at his most disengaged, though, the Frenchman is still good for a few entertaining points.
Like a carefree penguin belly-sliding across a glacier, the best men’s tennis player in the world has cruised into the semifinals of the U.S. Open by playing only nine full sets. Let’s examine how cushy Novak Djokovic has had it:
In a surprising upset, Serena Williams lost to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open Thursday night for the second year in a row.
Well after 1 a.m. in Queens this morning, Stan Wawrinka defeated Juan Martin del Potro in four sets, but the real loser was every tennis ball in play. The quarterfinal match pitted two of the sport’s most violent groundstrokes against one another and admittedly, all that violence is pretty to look at.
Life is not easy for Andy Murray, who has spent most of his career laboring away under the long shadows of three all-time greats—Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic—without ever tasting the No. 1 ranking. But nor is life particularly precious to Andy Murray, who slew a butterfly on court during the fifth set of his U.S. Open…
Oh, you thought Andy Murray was just a cool down-to-Earth Scottish bloke who liked to swing his tennis racket in peace? You thought he wouldn’t commit lepidoptericide on the court? Wrong, he’s a monster.
Tennis is typically a sport of silent courts, but rain battered the newly retractable roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium today, drumming up a dull roar over a second-round U.S. Open match between Marcel Granollers and Andy Murray.
Mike Tyson is apparently a big fan of tennis, as his daughter is an avid high school player and he’s attending the U.S. Open this week. He’s also apparently a big fan of ice cream, as he allegedly swiped an ice cream bar from a vendor this morning at the U.S. Open and never paid for it.
Bernard Tomic is mad! How mad? Mad enough to tell a heckling spectator, in front of the on-court mics and everyone, to suck his balls.
Gaël Monfils has a habit of pulling off wild trick shots during games. In his first round victory over Giles Muller at the US Open, he was forced to try a rather ostentatious return after Muller spiked a soft lob into the ground. Monfils could have watched it go, or perhaps even tried to hit it from the ground, but…
Dustin Johnson is trying to win his first major, and he’s currently in the U.S. Open lead... maybe.
Flavia Pennetta took down Serena slayer Roberta Vinci in straight sets 7-6, 6-2 to win the U.S. Open final, the first singles Grand Slam title of her career. Immediately afterward the 33-year-old used her acceptance speech to announce her retirement from professional tennis.
It’s never easy being the anonymous athlete who knocks off a fan-favorite opponent in front of a national audience that wanted nothing to do with you, but I’ve never seen anyone handle being in that position better than Roberta Vinci.
Serena Williams, two matches away from completing a calendar Grand Slam, fell today in the U.S. Open semifinal to the unseeded Roberta Vinci, who began the Open ranked 43rd in the world.
Despite how obviously great Serena and Venus Williams are, their Grand Slam match-ups haven’t always been thrilling tennis, with the sisters subduing their emotions and not always playing at their best. But with Serena on the march to a historic calendar year Grand Slam and Venus amidst a mini late-career renaissance,…
The loudest burst from the stands in Flushing Meadows last night came just before the third-set tiebreaker, when a stadium full mostly of Americans shouted An-Dee Murr-Eee clap clap clap-clap-clap for the Brit just minutes after he laid a vulgar, impassioned speech to the chair umpire about how upset he was that his…
It’s not the first time rodents have disrupted a major event in New York.