NEW YORK – From the sea-breezed grassblades of Rhode Island’s Newport Casino in 1881 to the steaming blue asphalt slabs of Flushing Meadows, the planet’s longest-running tennis show has settled in again for a fortnight’s duels with gut-strung cudgels. Oh, yes, I know that Wimbledon is four years older, but was dark nine years for World Wars I and II. continue reading »
Opening night fireworks
August 30 2010 | US Open | No Comments »
NEW YORK – As the 43rd season of the chase for dollars rolls toward its crescendo in Flushing (who will come out of it most flush?), few tennis junkies are aware that this monstrocity called the U.S. Open was once-upon-a-time a split personality.
Entrance to USTA Tennis Center
It was in a day when something amusingly labeled as “amateurism” held sway, and room-and-board was a prized goal on the tournament circuit. That was prior to 1968 when the U.S. Championships were divided into separate tournaments: the Doubles in Boston at Longwood Cricket Club, followed by the Singles at Forest Hills (the West Side Tennis Club in New York). continue reading »
August 29 2010 | US Open | 1 Comment »