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Serena Williams: It’s Always Good To Have Beyonce And Jay-Z In The Box!

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 2nd, 2016 @ 2:23 pm

Serena Williams doesn’t need any help, but help comes anyways. Last night during a 63, 63 win over Vania King, Serena had the added support of two of the biggest stars in entertainment, Beyonce and husband Jay-Z.

“It’s always good to have Beyonce and Jay in the box,” Serena said.

More importantly, the win for Serena tied her with Martina Navratilova at the top of Open Era Grand Slam match wins at …

Juan Martin Del Potro: It’s Amazing The Love Fans Have For Me Here

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 2nd, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

Who cannot be happy to see Juan Martin del Potro playing big time tennis again? After one surgery on his right wrist and three on his left, and after nearly retiring from the sport a year ago, the Argentine is once again a factor on the pro tennis courts, and fans love it.

Last night, even against an American Steve Johnson, del Potro had support from the crowd.

“I feel that for …

Del Potro Looking Dangerous At US Open, Murray Wins; Djokovic, Nadal Back On Court Friday

Posted by Staff on September 2nd, 2016 @ 12:53 am

After an easy opening win over Diego Schwartzman, Juan Martin del Potro finally met a challenge Thursday night on Arthur Ashe against Steve Johnson, the highest seeded American man in the field. And del Potro met the challenge with flying colors cruising past the No. 19 seed 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the third round.

The win was del Potro’s first under the lights in New York where he had …

Sloppy Serena, Strong Venus Win Thurs. at US Open; Kerber, Keys in Friday Features

Posted by Staff on September 1st, 2016 @ 11:22 pm

An off day for world No. 1 Serena Williams on Thursday still resulted in a win as the American moved into the third round after a 6-3, 6-3 win over fellow American and No. 87-ranked Vania King.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to play better as the tournament goes on,” said Serena, whose serve was one of the few things firing, landing 13 aces. “So far, so good,” she said regarding the …

Rafael Nadal Became The First Player To Win A Match Under The New Arthur Ashe Roof [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 1st, 2016 @ 2:07 pm

Rafael Nadal made history last night become the first player to win a match under the new $150 million Arthur Ashe roof at the US Open. Nadal was playing Italian Andreas Seppi when rain drops start falling at the US Open just past 10:30pm.

At 10:39pm and 3-3 in the second set, play was stopped and the roof closed in just 5-minutes, 35-seconds. Once play resumed at 10:46pm, Nadal struggled a …

Marin Cilic Will Try To Get Revenge On Jack Sock For Davis Cup

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 1st, 2016 @ 1:57 pm

Marin Cilic comes into the US Open as one of the hottest players after winning his first Masters title in Cincinnati 10 days ago. Cilic kept is run going crusing Sergiy Stakhovsky to set up a showdown with American Jack Sock on Friday.

Cilic lead Sock by a break in the fifth set at Davis Cup two months ago before losing. Cilic and team Croatia still won the tie, but Marin …

Some Players Are Finding The New Arthur Ashe Stadium Too Noisy

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 1st, 2016 @ 1:40 pm

The $150 million Arthur Ashe roof finally came into play last night when it was closed during the second set of Rafael Nadal’s win over Andreas Seppi.

Feedback, though, on the sound inside the new Ashe has been mixed, with players complaining about excessive noise and echo with the completed roof structure overhead.

“I felt a lot of noise, a lot of noise on the court,” Muguruza said after a loss last …

Petra Kvitova Says It’s Normal For Her To Get Sick In The U.S.

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 1st, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

Petra Kvitova has enjoyed success at Wimbledon, winning twice, and reaching the semifinals at the French and the Australian Opens. But the Czech has never had similar success at the US Open where she’s only made the quarterfinals once, that being last year.

And part of the problem, she says, is she gets sick a lot in the U.S. And she’s sick again!

“I got sick in Rio when I was staying …

Raonic Ousted By Harrison At US Open, Djokovic Gets Day Off; Murray, Del Potro Thursday

Posted by Staff on September 1st, 2016 @ 12:08 am

The men’s draw suffered it’s first big loss of the tournament as No. 5 seed Milos Raonic was stunned by American qualifier Ryan Harrison 6-7, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 in the second round a the US Open.

Raonic, who made the finals at Wimbledon, struggled with a left wrist injury and later cramps.

“A little bit of stress,” Raonic. “I don’t think hydration was an issue. I think I always take that precaution. …

Muguruza Mugged By Sevastova, Wozniacki Wows At US Open; Serena, Venus On Tap Thursday

Posted by Staff on August 31st, 2016 @ 11:29 pm

Wednesday at the US Open was a day for Top 3-seeded upsets, former No. 1s taking out Top 10 players, and teenage breakthroughs that thrilled the home crowd.

The two seeded scalps on the day came courtesy of Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova stunning world No. 3 Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-4, and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki posting one of her biggest wins of a terrible year thus far by upsetting No. …

Novak Djokovic Receives US Open Walkover When Jiri Vesely Withdraws

Posted by Staff on August 31st, 2016 @ 3:02 pm

Novak Djokovic will have an extra few days to recover from any ailments he may have this week at the US Open. The Serb was scheduled to play today on Arthur Ashe but his opponent, Jiri Vesely, withdrew with a left forearm injury.

Thanks to the walkover, Djokovic will await the Guido Pella-Mikhail Youzhny winner on Friday. And the 23-year-old Vesely beat Djokovic in their only meeting earlier this year in …

Serena Fast Starter at US Open, Venus Survives; Wozniacki vs. Kuznetsova on Wednesday

Posted by Staff on August 31st, 2016 @ 12:12 am

A right shoulder injury that contributed to a Rio Olympics loss nor a tough first-round opponent bothered world No. 1 Serena Williams on Tuesday as she moved safely into the second round at the US Open, defeating Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3.

“I got off to a fast start, because I knew she was a really tough opponent,” Serena said of the former world No. 8 and Rio Olympics gold medal …

Murray Dominates Rosol At US Open, Karlovic Sets Ace Record; Djokovic, Nadal Return Wednesday

Posted by Staff on August 30th, 2016 @ 11:54 pm

Andy Murray opened his US Open in near perfect form blasting past Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

2014 finalist Kei Nishikori needed four set to put away Benjamin Becker 6-1, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Nishikori and Murray could meet in the quarterfinals.

Former champion Juan Martin del Potro had no trouble beating countryman Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3). It was del Potro’s first match back at the US Open since 2013.

“I am so …

Novak Djokovic Pays Tribute To Phil Collins After US Open Win [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 30th, 2016 @ 3:50 pm

After a 4-set win over Jerzy Janowicz last night at the US Open, Novak Djokovic broke out into song and dance in tribute to opening ceremony act Phil Collins.

Djokovic’s rendition of Genesis’s “I Can’t Dance” may have been the highlight of the night for the 2-time US Open who again struggled with all types of issues.

Boris Becker: Novak Djokovic Had A Bad Wrist At Wimbledon

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 30th, 2016 @ 3:48 pm

In a column for the Gulf News, Boris Becker revealed that Novak Djokovic’s had a wrist problem at Wimbledon.

“He has now admitted to be carrying a wrist strain at Wimbledon,” Becker wrote Sunday. “He was unwilling to bring it up since he was beaten fair and square there, but the wrist did trouble him there and is still a problem for him. However, he is the favorite and the …