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August 27th, 2014

CiCi, Not Sabathia, Lights Up US Open; Wed. Preview

World No. 1 Serena Williams advanced into the second round on Tuesday after defeating up-and-coming fellow American Taylor Townsend, but all eyes were on American wildcard Catherine “Cici” Bellis after the 15 year old shocked No. 12 seed and Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

“I went into the match thinking it was going to be such a great experience, but I never thought I would come out on top winning,” said Bellis, who gained a wildcard into the …

Posted by Staff @ 12:42 am in Tennis | 7 Comments »

August 26th, 2014

Watch Roger Federer Tag Marinko Matosevic With A Tweener! [GIF]

Late in the second set tonight in his match against Marinko Matosevic, Roger Federer tagged the Australian with this tweener.

The point was over when Federer hit the shot, but it was still hilarious and afterward Federer had an apologetic laugh about it.

Another angle:

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:47 pm in US Open, Videos | 17 Comments »

August 26th, 2014

Michael Jordan Talks About Roger Federer At The US Open [Video]

Roger Federer had a very special guest in his box tonight for his match against Marinko Matosevic. Years ago Federer had the support of Tiger Woods in his seats and tonight he added arguably the biggest star on the planet, NBA great Michael Jordan.

Jordan admitted he’s no good at tennis and this was his first US Open. But he was nervous watching Federer play.

The 6-time NBA champion was in town promoting the new Nike sneaker he and Federer collaborated …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:42 pm in US Open, Videos | 3 Comments »

August 26th, 2014

Meet Tennis’s New Sensation Catherine “CiCi” Bellis

A new tennis star was born today at the US Open. At just 15 years of age, Catherine “CiCi” Bellis pulled off the biggest shock of the US Open championships thus far upsetting No. 12 seed Dominika Cibulkova in three sets 61, 46, 64.

Bellis, a native of Atherton, California, gained entry into the US Open only via a wildcard after winning the Kalamazoo junior 18s last month. That win for the No. 2-ranked girl in the world made her the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 7:19 pm in US Open | 1 Comment »

August 25th, 2014

Upsets Monday at US Open; Serena, Federer Up Tuesday

The top seeds protected their turf on the men’s side on the opening day at the US Open, but two lower seeds were shown the door by up-and-comers.

Aussie Nick Kyrgios topped a less-than-100-percent No. 21 seed Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(1), and Frenchman Benoit Paire topped countryman and No. 24 seed Julien Benneteau 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

“Yeah, I guess just heat of the moment,” said the fiery Kyrgios about being one code violation from being defaulted in the …

Posted by Staff @ 11:56 pm in Tennis, US Open | 29 Comments »

August 25th, 2014

Roger Federer Just Took A Selfie With Basketball Great Michael Jordan

Sports legends Roger Federer and Michael Jordan were together Monday for a special Nike event. And the Swiss took this “selfie” of his encounter with the NBA great.

MJ #selfie #HisAirness

— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) August 26, 2014

Nike’s new Zoom Vapor Air Jordan 3 sneaker combines both the style of Air Jordan with Federer’s Zoom Vapor brand. Rumor has it the shoe will go on sale tomorrow.

Federer, a 5-time US Open champion, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:52 pm in US Open | 1 Comment »

August 25th, 2014

Andy Murray Says His Poop Is Proper, So He’s Not Sure Why His Body Broke Down Today

Former champion Andy Murray very nearly suffered his earliest loss ever at the US Open today, needing a very tough 4-sets to beat Robin Haase 63, 76, 16, 75.

Murray was down 41 in the fourth set before he overcame an assortment of ailments to beat the Dutchman. Afterward, the 2012 US Open champion admitted he wasn’t sure why his body began cramping after he won the second set after just 90 minutes of play.

“I trained very hard, so I don’t …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:43 pm in US Open | 24 Comments »

August 25th, 2014

Nick Kyrgios Reveals He Likes The US Open More Than Any Other Slam, Including The Australian Open!

Following an impressive win over 2-time US Open semifinalist Mikhail Youzhny, rising superstar Nick Kyrgios revealed that the Australian Open isn’t his favorite Grand Slam. It’s the U.S.!

“It’s awesome,” the 19-year-old said about the US Open atmosphere. “I’m going to get scorched in Melbourne, but it’s my favorite Grand Slam.

“It sort of suits my personality a bit. I like to go out, not go out, but just roam the streets and that sort of stuff. I like the atmosphere at …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:33 pm in US Open | 24 Comments »

August 25th, 2014

Watch A Bee Attack Kimiko Date Krumm During Her Match At The US Open [Video]

Bugs got into the game today at the US Open. During her first round on Arthur Ashe Stadium, 43-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm not only had to deal with 2-time champion Venus Williams but also a pesky bee. Eventually the bee buzzed off but not Venus who won the matchup of the two oldest women in the draw 26, 63, 63.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:00 pm in US Open, Videos | 2 Comments »

August 25th, 2014

2014 US Open TV Schedule: CBS, ESPN, Tennis Channel

For the final time the US Open will be broadcast on three different networks in the USA. In the last year of their contract CBS will broadcast the US Open middle weekend and the men’s and women’s semifinals and finals.

Included in their 100+ hours, ESPN will air matches during the weekdays and into the evening with Tennis Channel on the first set of matches at 11am. The network will take over CBS’s role starting in 2015.

“We are proud of …

Posted by Staff @ 2:18 pm in US Open | 2 Comments »

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