The U.S. Open is getting strict about the time allowed between points, saying that there will be a “serve clock” of 25 seconds during the matches at this year’s event, according to the New York Times.
This much is true: Rafael Nadal won the U.S. Open, and he’s playing exemplary tennis. In the present, soft field, the tennis is so good that it brought Nadal back to world No. 1 for the first time in four years, with two slams, two masters, and a 56-9 record. But all the hyperbole does make one wonder.
Perfect symmetry has been achieved: Rafael Nadal won the U.S. Open. Before that, Roger Federer won Wimbledon. Before that, Nadal won the French Open. Before that, Federer beat Nadal to win the Australian Open. The two greatest players in men’s tennis returned from long injury hiatus to split 2017’s major haul down the…
After doing the damn thing against Venus Williams in the semifinal, Sloane Stephens crushed Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 this afternoon to win the U.S. Open Women’s Final, her first Grand Slam victory.
Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro are known entities; Kevin Anderson now has dedicated blog space, too. The only remaining question mark among the four U.S. Open men’s semifinalists is Pablo Carreño Busta. The answer is that he is a 26-year-old tennis player from Gijon, Spain, and the No. 12 seed.
QUEENS, N.Y.—It was after 10 p.m. in interview room one, in the basement of Arthur Ashe stadium, and Sloane Stephens was dutifully answering questions about her three-set U.S. Open semifinal win over Venus Williams. The press conference would go longer than usual, a PR guy said, because there would be no pre-final…
After the first set, Sloane Stephens’s U.S. Open semifinal against Venus Williams looked like it was going to be easy. She won smoothly, 6-1, in just 24 minutes. With 17 unforced errors, Williams was all over the place. This looked like it would be over soon.
By now you may know that Juan Martin del Potro beat Roger Federer last night, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-4.
Well, plenty of time has passed now, and people are still chattering about that crazy U.S. Open men’s quarterfinal, that four-set emotional roller coaster. That’s right, folks: Sam Querrey vs. Kevin Anderson.
Following several close calls—needing five sets to beat the unseeded pair of Frances Tiafoe and Mikhail Youzhny in the tournament’s first and second rounds, respectively—Roger Federer is out of the U.S. Open, falling to Juan Martin del Potro tonight.
For the first time since 1985, a major event will feature an all-American women’s semifinal.
Tuesday’s quarterfinal collision between two great storylines—Venus Williams still rolling through Slams at age 37, and Petra Kvitova returning to the tour from a knife attack that severely injured her playing hand—grew tense in the third set, and perhaps peaked with this one shot, a highlight of the U.S. Open:
A friend of mine from Vancouver likes to joke that it’s possible to spot a product of Tennis Canada—Canada’s national governing body for tennis—from a mile away, like some kind of giant inflatable Tennis Person. These Tennis People are, in Tennis Canada’s own words, “full-time athletes” committed to “producing…
CoCo Vandeweghe, Madison Keys, Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens: Half of the remaining players in the U.S. Open are Americans, and as the draw is set up, it could be an all-American semifinal on Thursday. You should root for Sloane Stephens.
QUEENS, N.Y.—Sir, I am sorry that I missed your U.S. Open tennis match on Monday evening. I missed it because I saw the first two sets and you looked dead in the water, an expression I’d assumed was about fish until looking it up last night and learning it had to do with boats. Anyway, down 6-1, 6-2 to No. 6 seed…
As the U.S. Open heads into its first weekend, let’s have a moment of silence for all the top seeds gone too soon.
If you’ve ever listened to the radio or watched daytime television, you know this ad: “If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma you may be entitled to financial compensation.” Of course you know this. There’s even a years-old meme.
We’re in the middle of the U.S. Open, that two-week phase of the solar year in which the average American citizen is most likely to be struck by tennis. It could be you. Or maybe you’ll watch 10 minutes of tennis and yell, “This shit is boring!” before returning to episodes of Chopped. Nobody would blame you, because…
Sure, tell a story about tall boy who’d grown out of the pinstriped pajamas that Pharrell Williams designed for him, rolled down the swaggy calf-high socks after they got uncomfortable, and let himself be crushed under the weight of a half-dozen glossy features hailing him as the future. Alexander Zverev—just 20 and…
After her second-round upset loss to the perpetually underestimated Ekaterina Makarova, U.S. Open five-seed Caroline Wozniacki unloaded on both the USTA’s scheduling strategy and Maria Sharapova, who has played both of her matches so far on center court. Wozniacki doesn’t think this is right: