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Monthly Archives: September 2011

10 and Under Tennis Event in Yonkers, NY

Follow the link to information to this very important event  at Cross County Center in Yonkers, NY 10 and under tennis.

I apologize for late notice since it happens this weekend but if you are available it will be worth the trip down there.

This new concept from the USTA is getting a lot of good press including a visit from the First Lady Michelle Obama at the demonstration at the US Open. I have not seen it live but it makes sense to me. You can find the official web site by following the link on this page. It includes the option to sign up your youngster for a free membership in the US Tennis Association (USTA).


Americans did okay at the US Open

On the surface it may appear that Americans came up short at the USO but not so fast. Sure the Bryan brothers our number one ranked Mens’ doubles team went out in the first round , but the number four Womens’ double team of  Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber won the championship. They won against another American Vania King and her partner from  Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova, good going ladies. Serena Williams could not make it to the top podium in the Womens’ singles final losing to Samantha Stosor however we had a Junior Girls’ winner achieved by Grace Min. The Juniors Girl team of  Taylor Townsend and  Gabriel Andrews were runner ups  in the finals.  Then the Mixed Doubles championship was also taken by the American youngsters Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock, this was a great win for them. Congratulations to all,  no matter what else they all  do in their tennis futures they will always be US Open Tennis champions.

Congratulation to Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Samantha Stosur (Australia) as the 2011 US Open Champions.

The American men did not make it to the final day but their performance this year gives us hope for next year when Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick will lead Donald YoungJohn Isner, Sam  Querrey and the others back to our national tournament. I predict that we will see an American male as a winner again in the near future.

Follow this link to the 2011 USO Prize Money page to see how your favorite player made out USO Prize Money.

One American woman emerges from 3rd Round of USO and her name is..

Serena! Serena (28) was able to beat back a second set surge from Victoria Ararenka (4) to take her out in two 6-1, 7-6. we did not see much of the beat down of set one but set 2 was an excellent example of  professional women’s tennis. Williams vs Ararenka. The match was settled in the second set tiebreaker after Serena had failed to close it out with 4 previous match points. Congratz to Serena for advancing after losing a full year of tennis activity due to illness and injuries. Victoria on the other hand got no love as number 4 seed and having to face Serena in the third round. The USO seeding committee, unlike the Wimbledon committee, does not have a history of adjusting seeding outside of ranking and Victoria paid the price.

Vania King had the unfortunate luck of the draw to come up against the number one ranked tennis player in Caroline Wozniaki. Caroline still got stress for not yet winning a major but she is not number one for nothing. Vania who is a major winner in doubles with Yaroslava Shvedova and is seeded number 3 at the Open so she is not done yet. The other three youngsters, Stephens, McHale and Falconi  all looked excellent in their debuts in the second round of the Open and I’m sure we will see them again. Big time tournament experience is a must for up-and-coming players and almost no one gets it right the first time. Of the three, McHale impressed me as being the closest to being ready and Stephens demonstrated the most potential. Falconi is older because she has done some college but, as in most sports, college and the pros are two different ballgames.

The American men are guaranteed two in the fourth round because top American Mardy Fish(8) has already advanced and two Americans ( Bogomolov vs. Isner(21)) square off in the third round today. Two Americans lost to fellow Americans yesterday, Robby Ginepri and Jack Sock. Jack played his idol and mentor in the night session and was not able to make an impression on Andy’s game. Andy Roddick(28) and Donald Young must get past veterans to make their way into the next round. If we have two American men in the second week of the Open I would consider it a successful year. And if Donald Young steps up and demonstrates the potential many thinks he has American men tennis is looking much better in the coming years.

Good Luck to all the Americans going into the second week of the US Open!

Americans do well to get to 2nd round of Open

Our American women have done well in the first round of the US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY. Including Venus Williams who has since pulled out due to an illness, seven women made it to the second round. The most impressive to me was Christina McHale who has already taken out  #8 seeded  Marion Bartoli in the second round. Besides Venus and Christina, the list of ladies in the second round include Serena, Sloane Stevens, Vania King, Madison Keys and Irina Falconi. Congratulation to them all. Sloane, Christina,  and Madison are all teenagers and Irina a college student who was player of the year at Georgia Tech in 2010.

Jack Sox is the boy’s champion and he leads a group of eight American men into the second round. Mardy Fish is now the top ranked American but Andy Roddick and James Blake old familiar names also made good on the first two days of play. Donald Young has been a hopeful for the last few years as an up and coming, he is joined also by Alex Bogomolov, Robby Ginepri and John Isner ready for the next round. Fish and Isner have both had a  great summer in the lead up tournaments called the US Open Series where Mardy won first place. That means if he wins the US Open he receives an extra one million dollars  in prize money to go with the 1.4 million awarded the the Open winner.

You can follow the US Open on ESPN2 and The Tennis Channel starting at 11am. Plus you can follow on line at USOpen.Org

Come back for more American players news and progress at the Open tomorrow as the second round is completed.

Go American Tennis Stars !!