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Sunday
Aug302009

Monday's Match to Watch at The U.S. Open

Viktoriya Kutuzova(UKR) vs.   Kim Clijsters(BEL

 

The first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium Court at 11am.  This match marks Kim Clijsters return back to New York and Grand Slam Tennis.

She has played well in lead up tournaments this Summer, and all eyes will be on Kim and her fans supporting her.

Look for Clijsters in an easy straight set win.

Saturday
Aug292009

Finals Could be a Battle of The Andy's

Strange as it may have been a year ago to put Andy Roddick in a conversation about winning the 2009 U.S. Open, but Roddick is a popular pick to go a long way the event that starts Monday.

If he were to get to the finals on September 13th, a possible and probable opponent could be Andy Murray.  Murray has Nadal in his side of the draw, but Nadal even admits himself, that he isn't 100%.

An Andy vs. Andy matchup would be a popular final.  It would give one Andy a chance for redemption after a heartbreaking Wimbledon final, and the other Andy a chance for a first ever Grand Slam Title.

Saturday
Aug292009

U.S. Open to Watch "Tweeting"

Friday, officials at the U.S. Open, scheduled to start Monday , sent down a strong directive to players, coaches, and members of their entourages  to be cautious about what the post on the website "Twitter".

 

Citing anti-corruption rules, officials are concered about information that may leak out on Twitter posts, and with tennis gambling issues for years this is a valid concern.  Signs were posted in the locker rooms with the headline, “Important. Player Notice. Twitter Warning.”

Frequent Tweeters include: Andy Roddick, Serena and Venus Williams, and Andy Murray.

Players and those close to the players apparently will be able to Tweet about random, non-inside information.  One example was a Twitter conversation taking place on Friday night between Roddick and Serena Willaims, who each threw out the first pitch in New York this week and Major League Baseball games.

Let's hope the little we will get from the players will be entertaining, and worthwhile.

 

Friday
Aug282009

Williams, Glatch in All American First Round

You could say they come from two different ends on the spectrum.  One is the defending champion and is regarded as the best player in the world.  The other needed a wildcard from the USTA to gain entry to the main draw.

Everybody knows Serena Williams and The Williams' Sisters.  The two could meet in the semi finals this year since they are seeded #2 and #3.

Alexa Glatch is a nineteen year old American from California who, for the last four years has been making her way back from a horrific car accident where she broke her wrist and elbow.  2009 has been her best year yet even though it really doesn't reflect in her ranking.  She happens to have 5 wins over top 50 players so far this year.

The pair met in Key Biscayne earlier in 2009 with Serena winning the second round match.  Look for Glatch to be able to match Serena in the pace department, feed off the energy of the crowd, and try to wear Serena down.

 

Friday
Aug282009

Weather for U.S. Open Start Looks Perfect

As Summer turns into Fall, tennis professionals and fans always look at the weather forecast for the days ahead at The U.S. Open.  So far, the weather looks ideal for the first week.  Seasonal temperatures in the 70's and clear to partly cloudy skies look to be the rule.

Bring a jacket or sweatshirt for those night matches.  As those men's matches stretch into the wee hours it will get a little cool.  Nice weather usually favors the top players, but look for long, close matches where it still pays to be the fittest player.

if the temps heat up into the 80's the ball tends to move faster.  That favors big servers like Andy Roddick, Ivo Karlovic, and John Isner.  As well as Venus and Serena on the women's side.