Category Archives: US Open

ANDY RETIRES, KEEPS WINNING

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NEW YORK –   So you retire.   Goodbye, good luck. Somebody sent flowers. Old colleagues send cigars and J&B.  Speeches are made, lauding a loyal employee’s efforts on behalf of the old company for over a decade.   Farewell.   You will be remembered, but – what’s this? – you show up at the …

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LAURA ROBSON / GIANTKILLER AT US OPEN

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NEW YORK — If you’re a British reporter covering the U.S. Open, you don’t have much to do besides admiring the Autumnal landscape. Always nice to visit America in early September.  You might even bring a racket to swat a few balls in Central Park. But the tennis at Flushing Meadows, where the big boys …

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TENNIS FOR THE MATURE SET

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While the Republicans and Democrats were slinging lies and insults at each other in the name of freedom, another quaint American custom was getting under way in a New York Meadow called Flushing. This exercise features  men  and women swinging clubs at each other and hitting yellow balls at their feet.  It is called the …

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BUD COLLINS SET TO RETURN TO MAJORS

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Never mind Federer. Forget about Azarenka. The big news from the United States Open is that Bud Collins is coming back. Bud’s gaudy slacks have not been seen – and his gaudy prose has not been read or heard – since he ruptured a tendon in his left quad during the 2011 Open. It has …

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DON’T FALL ON YOUR FACE!

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I fell on my face.   This is not very smart, so I advise you: don’t fall on your face.  My tumble was in a New York hotel, and I advise you not to that either.  The injury, a ruptured quad tendon, occurred during last year’s U.S. Open, and was followed by 10 months in …

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SISTER SERENA IN TOTAL CONTROL

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NEW YORK – Sister Serena is back. Bold, blasting and bell-ringing – a woman with a cause to turn the world upside down as her property once again. But how far back is she on arriving in the fourth round of the US Open, aiming at her fourth title, the first since 2008. Having chased …

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EVEN WITH RIP-ROARING STROKES, MONFILS LOSES

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NEW YORK – If a wild-looking carefree guy swinging a tennis racket leaps your fence and dives into the backyard, don’t be alarmed.  It’s probably the cool Frenchman from the  Caribbean isle of Guadeloupe displaying his do-or-die brand of big league tennis. Gael Monfils won’t give up on any ball within the ballpark, and some …

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NO LUCK FOR IRISH PAIR AT US OPEN

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NEW YORK – Were weeping and wailing heard throughout the streets of South Boston yesterday? Possibly. But maybe the word hadn’t gotten around yet about the gallant failure of two Irishmen trying to break into the US Open, and create some tennis history.  According to tournament officials, no Irishman had ever pushed beyond the first …

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VENUS OUT OF 2011 US OPEN

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In a surprise announcement, Venus Williams withdrew from the 2011 US Open due to a diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease characterized by dryness of the mouth and eyes.  The exact cause of Sjogren’s Syndrome is not known, although there is a growing support for genetic factors. It is most commonly (90%) found in …

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FLUSHING MEADOWS – A LATTER DAY OK CORRAL

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NEW YORK –  Ever wonder how Billy the  Kid would have done with a tennis racket instead of a shotgun? The Kid, known as a withdrawal artist to the bankers of Lincoln County, New Mexico, showed his quick, greedy hands to advantage in practicing his craft in the neighborhood of the Tombstone’s infamous OK Corral. …

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SIZZLING RALLIES AS NADAL WINS THE US OPEN

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NEW YORK – The reign’s in Spain now, falling mightily and mainly on the crowned head of Roundhouse Rafa. Spain, of course, has a king, Juan Carlos I, with a palace in Madrid.  A good fellow, we’re told.  But the real monarch today is young Rafa I, whose roundhouse knockout punches on a tennis court …

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BOB BRYAN AND PARTNERS KEEP WINNING MAJORS

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NEW YORK – Oldest game in the world? That’s easy – mixed doubles on a tennis court. I believe the Dead Sea Scrolls revealed that Adam and Eve won the first Eden Open over a Hittite couple, using apples  as balls.  Apparently Eve ate some apples, causing Adam to scold her:  “How can we play …

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LAST YANK GETS YANKED BEFORE QUARTERS

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NEW YORK – Lunging desperately at the little yellow ball they were eyeball-to-eyeball at the net for their last swings of the day.  The witnesses, about 15,000 of them in Arthur Ashe Stadium , were screaming, urging — most of them in the corner of the young Californian, Sam Querrey. Make the shot and hang …

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NOTHING ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF DENMARK!

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NEW YORK – Through one of his characters, Marcellus, a scribbler named Shakespeare said there was “something rotten in the state of Denmark.” But if the Bard had been among 20,000-or-so ticket-holders at an open-air theatre called Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday, he might have reconsidered that line from his ancient soap, “Hamlet.” He would have …

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THE NEW KID IS BURIED IN BAGELS

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NEW YORK – Heavy winds coursed across the abyss called Ashe Stadium, but they didn’t blow Beatrice Capra away.  That job was left to Maria Sharapova, and she went at it devastatingly. A blonde gale wrapped in an aqua gown, screaming like a cyclone, she was miserly Maria, unwilling to part with a single game …

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EARL FLOPS, TOURNAMENT MOVES ON

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NEW YORK – Waiting for Earl… Thousands decided to wait for Earl the Hurricane at the tennis parlor in Flushing Meadows.  They packed umbrellas, raincoats, hip boots, transistors, emergency rations, perhaps collapsible row boats and kerosene lanterns. Peering at the rumpled gray sky and the US Open’s blue tennis courts, the tennis nuts were ready …

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