September 4, 2015

Victoria Duval – Cancer Survivor, Venus and Federer Fangirl

(September 3, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Just over a year ago Victoria Duval was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma just one day before the start of Wimbledon. She lost in the second round. Just the year before, the American of Haitian descent qualified for the US Open and upset 2011 champion Sam Stosur in the first round.

She returned to the tour at an ITF event in Landsville, Pennsylvania in early August this year, winning two matches before withdrawing from her quarterfinal match.

She played in the US Open qualifying tournament where she lost in the second round.

I asked her about the biggest challenge in being back on the court.

“I think the mental aspect, just like the focus that it takes to do a long match,” she said. “In my second round (qualies) match, I was tired emotionally in the third set more than physically and I think that the hardest thing coming back is staying in the moment for hours at a time, so it’s going to take a few more months being in competition.”

“I think the serve and the return are the hardest coming back. Adjusting to the speed, the different speeds, the ball comes from a different direction. The serve is something that I’m constantly working on. I was impressed with the level I was able to play at. It was good.”

Losing in the first round of the mixed doubles with Christian Harrison on Thursday, I asked the effervescent teen about what she plans to do in New York now that she’s completely done at the US Open.

“I will probably stick around tomorrow and go home the next day. It’s New York so you have to live a little.”

“I went to the Guggenheim, because I love art, O my gosh! Art fanatic. I want to go to the Metropolitan.

“I saw that (Roger) Federer went. Jealous! I can go that day. I so just want a selfie with him!”

“That would be a highlight of my life, just one selfie,” the bubbly Duval squealed. “I tweeted that one time, but then I deleted it, because I said that’s too much fangirling.

“Like my family gets emotional when he loses. Like we are staunch Federer fans. It gets serious.”

She talked about Venus Williams as a very significant example in her life.

“For Venus to be doing what she’s doing at her age, with all of the health issues that she’s had to battle, she’s definitely a role model for me even though we have totally different illnesses. What she has been able to do and I’ve been able to look up to someone like that. And obviously she’s so nice and she talks to me whenever I need her to talk to me, so I feel super blessed to have someone like that.”

“Venus is everything I want to be,” the 19-year-old proclaimed. “She’s like so poised. Oh my god, I love her so much! Massive fangirl in the locker room. She walks in and I’m like ‘aaahh!’ I have to hide in the corner. She was doing her hair and I wanted to talk to her so badly, but she getting ready for her match – I’m like ‘what do I do?!!’

“I like freak out when I see her!”

Duval is among a group of young American women tennis players on tour. “Yea, for sure. We’re trying to be the next generation, we boost each other, we’re all friends so it helps.”

Does she or her peers feel pressure after Serena and Venus Williams are no longer on the scene?

“Not yet,” Said Duval. “Yah, we will, but not yet. Especially for me right now, I’m just too happy to be back, for other players I’m not sure, but for as young as we all are, I think we have no pressure.”

She was asked if she’s seeking a rise in the diversity of the sport of tennis.

“Yes, I definitely think so. I think we are seeing our group – me Taylor (Townsend), Sachia (Vickery), Alicia (Tornado Black) even.

“I think that the fact that we are all rising together we’re making more of an impact because we’re not at the lower level we’re kind of making a name for ourselves now, we’re being seen so I definitely think it’s a boost.”

For now, Duval is focusing on making the draw of the next major.

“My next tournament is going to be a 75K in New Mexico,” she said. “Then I’ll probably just stay in the states and do Challengers… Carlsbad and stuff like that and hopefully have my ranking up for Australia next year.”

 

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama at the US Open.

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In His Own Words Lleyton Hewitt

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(September 3, 2015) Lleyton Hewitt rallied from two sets down against his Australian countryman Bernard Tomic but could not capitalize on two match points and lost 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5 in an almost 3 1/2 hour match on Thursday at the US Open. This is the transcript from his post match news conference. This was Hewitt’s last singles match at the US Open. The former No. 1 won the title in 2001.

U.S. OPEN

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lleyton Hewitt

Press Conference

B. TOMIC/L. Hewitt

6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5

An interview with:

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What were your emotions after that?
LLEYTON HEWITT: I left it all out there again. Yeah, obviously you go through the pain barrier out there on the court. Everything happens so quickly. It was the same as Wimbledon.

But, you know, was a great atmosphere out there on that court. The crowd was really involved. You know, it was nice to be able to turn it into a decent match.

Q. You had your little boy out there watching you. He’s here now. What does it mean for you to be able to share this moment, even though it didn’t go your way tonight?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, no, it’s great. Obviously my two oldest kids especially are old enough to understand what daddy does out there now. It’s been a lot of fun this year taking him to a few more tournaments.

He’s really enjoyed it. He loves sport. For him to sit out there for five hours, it was a pretty good effort.

Q. Did you feel you had it?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, obviously I felt like once I got to the fifth, if I could have broken that first game as well, I could have really opened it up. You know, Bernie’s got such an easy serve, though, he hits his spots well. He was able to do it in that first game from Love-40 down. That sort of just kept the momentum going for him there. If I was able to break it open early in the fifth…

But then obviously had 15-40 at 5-3. He was kind of in that mood of just going for everything. Couple of shots went in.

Q. Would you take that backhand that just dropped over?
LLEYTON HEWITT: I can’t remember now. The first backhand he hit, hit the tape. Went for a winner. The next one I felt like I scrambled as much as I could have. He was sort of just redlining on every shot.

Q. What will you miss about playing at the US Open?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, just great atmosphere like tonight. Especially the night matches are really special at the Open here. I’ve been fortunate to play in so many long four- and five-set matches out there on all three of the major courts.

You know, it was a great atmosphere out there again tonight.

Q. You’re kind of a real mentor and kind of a father figure to these youngsters. Did you feel any conflict? Is it easy to set aside that aspect of things when you go out there and play against them?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was really awkward. I said it would be before the match, and it was (smiling).

As I said before, I get along really well with Bernie. Yeah, he’s a good guy. He’s moving in the right direction. You know, the last couple years I’ve gone out of my way to try to help him out a lot. Yeah, I think it was awkward for both of us.

Q. Do you think something like this does something good for him?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Probably, yeah, in the long run I think. He obviously was well on top. Yeah, I was able to somehow find a way. That’s what I’ve been renowned for in my career. If I can instill a little bit of that especially into the three promising young guys on the way up, you know, with their games and the weapons they have, then that’s just another positive for them.

Q. Talk about your quality of fighting. Obviously that was something you had from the get-go. Did you work on that at all? Did it just come naturally?
LLEYTON HEWITT: No, it just came naturally, yeah. I’m just very competitive. I pride myself on getting the most out of myself.

Q. Do you think you have the same level of ferocity and fight now that you did at the very beginning?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I do. Yeah, maybe in a different way in some way, though.

Q. It was obviously a very emotional match. You’ve both spoken about that. Is it a match you could actually enjoy while you were in the heat of the battle or just too much pressure and too much else going around to really enjoy what was happening? The second part is, in one sense is this like a baton change between you and the young ones, playing Bernie, now the No. 1 Australian?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he’s been I guess the No. 1 for a while, for the last couple years anyway. In terms of that, I’ve seen my role the last couple of years as more of a mentor to those guys anyway.

Yeah, I guess once you’re out in the heat of battle it’s hard to enjoy it because you’ve got so many things going through your mind about trying to get the most out of yourself and performing as well as possible.

So, yeah, I would have liked to have been able to enjoy it a bit more. But obviously when it’s so tight, especially in the fifth set, you’re just trying to find a way to obviously get across the line.

Q. You said your competitiveness is something you’ve always had. How do you go about trying to instill that in another player?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it’s not easy. Everyone’s personalities are different, so you’ve got to work with that a little bit, I think. It’s probably a work in progress.

But I think the biggest thing is if they see what you can get out of it, just doing a lot of the 1% things, and it doesn’t always even have to be on the match court. It could be being the ultimate professional in the locker room and preparing as well as possible for matches. Then it just becomes part of your daily routine.

So there’s a lot of things the younger guys can learn.

Q. You’ve heard the Aussie fans singing a fun song about walking in a Hewitt Wonderland. What’s the one most wonderful thing about all your years playing tennis?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Playing tennis?

Q. Yes.
LLEYTON HEWITT: I don’t know. Tennis has given me the life that I have, and that’s the best thing. Obviously I’ve had a lot of success. A lot of hard work and dedication and sacrifices. But obviously at the end of the day, you know, tennis has given me this great life.

Q. Can you mention some of your most cherished memories from here, if any, other than the year you won? Big or small things you’ll always remember about this place or your time here?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, the night matches are always, you know, that’s probably the biggest difference to a lot of the other tournaments. When you play at night here, great atmosphere here, obviously 23,000, 24,000 people. You really feel like you are the showtime, prime time match.

Yeah, probably a couple years ago, two years ago, whenever I beat del Potro in the second round in five sets, because I came back from a foot surgery and didn’t know if I’d have the opportunity to compete out there on the center stage against those guys again. To beat another former winner here in the night match, that was probably, apart from winning it, one of my biggest ones.

Obviously my first breakthrough year in 2000 of making the semis in singles and winning the doubles the year before I won it. This has always been result-wise one of my more successful slams.

Q. Talk about the first great win when you were young, winning your hometown tournament, how important was that?
LLEYTON HEWITT: It was obviously important. I went from 750 in the world to 150. Winning a couple satellites, I wouldn’t have done it that quick.

Yeah, I guess, you know, instilled the confidence and self-belief that I can go out there and match it against tour players because I really was just not even a rookie. I was on the junior tour.

To go out there and beat guys like Agassi and hold up under that pressure and circumstance in the heat of battle against the best guys, that gave me a lot of belief. I think that’s one of the reasons why I was able to succeed at a young age.

Q. At Wimbledon you spoke about some of the toughest strokes you’ve faced. Mentally, who would be the one or two greatest fighters that you’ve faced in your career?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, Nadal for sure. The way he goes about it is fantastic. He’s one of my favorite players to watch. How he handles, even at the French Open this year, Novak was well on top early, when he finally got on the scoreboard, incredible competitor.

Q. Can you sense a transformation in the way you were received here? Back when you were younger, you weren’t the crowd favorite. Today everyone was going crazy wanting you to win.
LLEYTON HEWITT: They like the old guy, don’t they? It’s nice (smiling).

Yeah, unbelievable atmosphere out there. The night matches have been great. Even two years ago when I played on center court against del Potro, the whole crowd got behind me there. I really felt the love. Yeah, coming back as a champion as well as the years go on, once you’ve been back, your 10-year anniversary of winning the thing, you’ve been around for a while. I guess I appreciate that.

Q. What will you think about leaving the grounds tonight?
LLEYTON HEWITT: What time to book a practice court for tomorrow. Sam Groth already messaged me (laughter).

Q. A lot of your biggest rivals have long retired. Is there anybody who you’re going to particularly miss playing against?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Probably Roger just because how good he is. Everything that he can do on a tennis court, it’s second to none. I’ve had a lot of practice sessions before every major tournament the last couple years with Roger and I’ve really enjoyed that as well.

Q. When you first came into it, there were a bunch of Aussies. Now at the end of it there’s a bunch of Aussies too. Is there a message you would like to give to the young guys coming through?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I will pass on stuff to the young guys. I don’t have to say it here. But, yeah, obviously that’s my next role, is to help those boys out.

I was very fortunate that I came up in a group where there weren’t a lot of egos, especially the Woodies Stoltenberg, Fromberg, Wayne Arthurs, a lot of these guys. I stayed at both the Woodies’ houses around the world. They helped me out with a lot of stuff. Obviously Rafter came up when I was playing Davis Cup with him. He took me under his wing.

So I was really fortunate with that stuff. It’s just like, you know, I had Nick at my house in The Bahamas last week training beforehand. I think that’s just part of a really good Australian culture.

Q. How special was it playing in front of your biggest fan, and what advice did he give you after the match?
LLEYTON HEWITT: He said I nearly won (laughter).

No, he gets along well with Bernie, too. No, it was good. He loves his tennis. I’m very proud that he could sit through five sets. Now he knows what Bec and my parents have had to sit through their whole life.

No, he loves it. Yeah, Bernie is fantastic with Cruz, Nick and Thanasi. They’re great. Hopefully some of this rubs off and he wants to be out here someday.

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Andy Murray – In His Own Words

 

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(September 3, 2015) Andy Murray rallied from two sets down to beat Adrian Mannarino This is the transcript to his news conference.

U.S. OPEN

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Andy Murray

Press Conference

A. MURRAY/A. Mannarino

5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1

An interview with:

ANDY MURRAY

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Why are you wearing adidas shoes?
ANDY MURRAY: Why? Well, as a professional athlete, you obviously have to be very careful when you make changes to your racquets and to your footwear.

I started testing the Under Armour shoes in March. Used the Under Armour shoes at Wimbledon and during the grass court season. Then did some more testing on the hard court shoes in the buildup here. They just weren’t quite right.

You know, you can’t take risks with those things because if you, you know, have an issue there, get blisters or twist an ankle or whatever, that can cost you. It’s different if it’s a T-shirt or shorts. The shoes and the racquets are obviously extremely important.

I’ll be in the shoes by the end of the year. The shoes are very close to being right, but just weren’t quite ready yet.

Q. What do you consider the most important aspects of trying to come back from being down, and what was the key today?
ANDY MURRAY: We need to believe, for a start, which is not always easy. Obviously I had quite a few opportunities, I felt. You know, I think I was one for seven on breakpoints or something. Like in the first set, 6-5, I had Love-40 on his serve there to get back into it. I just wasn’t able to break at any of the important moments, unfortunately.

I just had to kind of tell myself that I would get there eventually. Managed to turn it round.

Q. How is the recovery process going after that match? How do you feel?
ANDY MURRAY: I feel okay just now. Normally the next day is when you feel it, when you wake up. Obviously get stiff and sore. But that’s why I obviously surround myself with the team that I do to recover as best as possible. Ice bath. I just did some stretching now. I’ll have a massage when I get back to the hotel later.

I’m going to come in and try and practice a bit earlier so that I can get back and have a bit more time to maybe have a sleep in the afternoon tomorrow, spend as much time recovering as I can.

Q. There were a couple times late in the match that you were almost using your racquet as a crutch.
ANDY MURRAY: No, I was bending over because I was out of breath. I was bending over because I was tired. Normally after extremely long rallies at the beginning of the fourth set, it was extremely tough conditions, especially in the beginning of that fourth set, some unbelievable points kind of back-to-back with a lot of running.

Yeah, I was tired. I wasn’t holding myself up with my racquet. I was sort of bending over. That’s I think what a lot of people do when they’re out of breath or tired.

Q. Are you clearing your throat there? You sound stuffy. Are you a little bit ill?
ANDY MURRAY: A little bit, yeah.

Q. Anything connected to what you were talking about that affects you on court in terms of breathing?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I mean, the beginning of the matches a little bit. But after the first couple games, feel fine really.

But I think quite a few of the players have had, you know, sort of a head cold a little bit. My brother was quite sick yesterday, as well. I think there’s a few of the players have had it.

Q. You spoke before about the importance of belief when you’re down. What are your observations of Serena Williams’ ability when she’s down in so many different situations to have that belief and be able to come back?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, I think the thing is on the women’s event, you don’t have as much time to turn it around. I think obviously playing best-of-five is more physically demanding, but at the same time you have the opportunity to almost have quite a slow start. If your opponent’s playing great for one hour and 45 minutes, on the women’s tour, you can be out of the tournament. If you start slowly, an example like today, I had time to get back into it, which helps.

Yeah, Serena was often quite a slow starter. It also helps that she’s much better than everyone else. When she starts playing her game, she tends to come back.

Q. Given that you’re not 100%, you were two sets down in the match, was there any point you felt you were going out? Is it a relief to still be in the tournament?
ANDY MURRAY: Not relief. I’m proud of the way I fought. It was not an easy match to come through at all. He was making it extremely difficult for me, as well. Thought he played some really, really good tennis. He has such an unorthodox game, I didn’t really feel that comfortable at many points out there in the match.

But, yeah, I was happy, very happy with the way I fought through that, you know, finished the match stronger than him.

Q. At the bathroom break in the third set, when you won against Novak, there was that famous bathroom break…
ANDY MURRAY: Not really. When you’re playing for that long and the amount of fluid that you’re consuming, it’s normal that after, you know, a couple of hours you need to go to the bathroom. You know, we don’t have the luxury of having the 10-minute breaks, set breaks, when it’s extremely hot and humid out there.

I was only off the court for a couple of minutes at the toilet. Thankfully literally it’s right there when you walk off. But, yeah, that was it.

Q. Speaking of that, the heat rule, do you think rules like that should be uniform across both men’s and women’s? That’s not the only rule that’s different. Time violations, women don’t get the exact same set of warning, serve, penalty in the way that you men do.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I think that’s where obviously the WTA Tour and the ATP Tour have different rules and regulations. Unless one day, which I’m sure it may happen, that everybody comes together, then yeah, you know, it kind of is up to each sort of governing body to decide what the rules are.

But I think, yeah, I mean, when it’s extremely hot and humid, it helps to have that break. I don’t know exactly what it’s for. But I guess you get the chance to sort of go off and change, get under a cold shower if you want to.

Q. A question on retirements. There were 11 in the first round. Obviously has its complications in terms of tournament integrity. Fans paying their money. Do you have any thoughts on possible solutions?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I spoke about that the other day. It’s a very easy thing to solve. You know, obviously people can get injured in a match. In an individual sport, you can’t just substitute someone else in, like, during a match. If someone’s injured before they go out there, they’re just going to play five games or a few games just to get the first-round check, then that’s really bad for anyone that’s paid to come and watch.

So the best thing to do, I think if you’ve worked the whole year to get into these events and earned the right to play, if you show up here and withdraw, give the lucky loser a chance. But the player that pulls out just takes the first-round prize money. If I was the lucky loser, I’d be delighted to have the chance to play for the second-round prize money.

I think the player that’s earned the right to be there in the first place, you give them the first-round prize money and you avoid people walking on the court for a few games. It’s a waste of time for everyone.

Q. In a match like today, do you worry about the toll it takes on you later in the tournament or do you walk away feeling confident by the way you dominated the last three sets?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, well, that’s the thing. In these conditions, obviously it can take its toll later on in the tournament. But unfortunately you don’t always have the luxury of winning matches in straight sets. Sometimes you have to fight through. Maybe if you’re not playing your best, just find a way to get through.

You know, thankfully the last three sets were fairly comfortable in terms of scoreline; otherwise I could have been out there much longer. Would have been, you know, very tough to recover from.

But, you know, I believe just over three hours that we played, I’ve played matches much longer than that. But, yeah, it’s not easy to recover in these conditions.

Q. As active players, you are the most successful as Roger with coming back. Does it raise your confidence level and give you motivation for the rest of the tournament? Especially the last time when you did it, you won the tournament in Wimbledon against Verdasco.
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I think, like I said, when you’re not playing your best, you find a way to come through matches like that. Yeah, it can give you confidence. You feel a little bit like you’re fortunate to still be in the event and you’re a bit more maybe relaxed going into the next matches.

But, yeah, I mean, I’ve come through many tough matches in my career, and I think that’s why when you are behind like that in the scoreline, when you’ve done it in the past, you have the belief that you can come through and do it again. That definitely helped me here today.

Q. Bellucci next for you. Talk about what you’re expecting from him, what you think you need to do well to beat him.
ANDY MURRAY: I expect a tough match. I would imagine he’s pretty close to his career-high ranking just now. He’s played well this year.

Good serve. Plays predominantly from the back of the court. But he’s an aggressive player. He likes to try and dictate the points from the back. Like I say, he’s had some good results this year. Won two matches here very comfortably.

So, yeah, I expect a tough match and one that I’ll need to, you know, play very well to win.

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US Open 2015 – Schedule for Day 5: Friday, September 4, 2015

 

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US Open 2015

Schedule for Day 5: Friday, September 4, 2015

Revised – NB Time Added

 

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 3

Elina Svitolina (UKR)[17] vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)[13]

Not Before: 1:00 PM

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 3

Belinda Bencic (SUI)[12] vs. Venus Williams (USA)[23]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 3

Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA)[25]

 

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 3

Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 3

Fabio Fognini (ITA)[32] vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[8]

 

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 3

Marin Cilic (CRO)[9] vs. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 3

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)[25] vs. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 3

Jeremy Chardy (FRA)[27] vs. David Ferrer (ESP)[7]

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 3

Madison Keys (USA)[19] vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[15]

 

Grandstand 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 3

Daria Kasatkina (RUS) vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 3

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[19] vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 3

Anett Kontaveit (EST) vs. Madison Brengle (USA)

Not Before: 5:00 PM

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 3

Milos Raonic (CAN)[10] vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)[18]

 

Court 4 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 2

Philipp Oswald (AUT) vs. Marcus Daniell (NZL)

Adil Shamasdin (CAN) Jonathan Marray (GBR)

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 2

Vania King (USA) vs. Michaella Krajicek (NED)[13]

Saisai Zheng (CHN) Barbora Strycova (CZE)[13]

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 2

Nicole Gibbs (USA) vs. Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)[15]

Taylor Townsend (USA) Andreja Klepac (SLO)[15]

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Frantisek Cermak (CZE) vs. Hyeon Chung (KOR)

Jiri Vesely (CZE) Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 2

Santiago Giraldo (COL) vs. Jamie Murray (GBR)[8]

Rameez Junaid (AUS) John Peers (AUS)[8]

 

Court 5 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 2

Steve Johnson (USA) vs. Leander Paes (IND)

Sam Querrey (USA) Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 2

Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) vs. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)[10]

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)[10]

Not Before: 2:00 PM

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Sam Groth (AUS) vs. Henri Kontinen (FIN)

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) Horacio Zeballos (ARG)

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Sania Mirza (IND)[1] vs. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)

Bruno Soares (BRA)[1] Lukasz Kubot (POL)

 

Court 6 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 2

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)[8]

Raluca Olaru (ROU) Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)[8]

Not Before: 12:30 PM

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Andre Begemann (GER) vs. Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)[3]

Oliver Marach (AUT) Horia Tecau (ROU)[3]

Not Before: 2:00 PM

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 2

Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)[12]

Olga Savchuk (UKR) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[12]

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Federico Delbonis (ARG) vs. Martin Klizan (SVK)

Diego Schwartzman (ARG) Lukas Rosol (CZE)

 

Court 7 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 2

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA)[5]

Laura Robson (GBR) Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[5]

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 2

Olga Govortsova (BLR) vs. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)[4]

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)[4]

Not Before: 2:00 PM

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 2

Michael Russell (USA) vs. Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)[14]

Donald Young (USA) Robert Farah (COL)[14]

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 2

Mate Pavic (CRO) vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)[12]

Michael Venus (NZL) Nicolas Mahut (FRA)[12]

 

Court 10 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 2

Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)[9] vs. Mona Barthel (GER)

Hao-Ching Chan (TPE)[9] Laura Siegemund (GER)

Not Before: 12:30 PM

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 2

Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)[14] vs. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)

Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)[14] Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)

Not Before: 2:00 PM

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Marcel Granollers (ESP)[7] vs. Robin Haase (NED)

Marc Lopez (ESP)[7] Julian Knowle (AUT)

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Steve Darcis (BEL) vs. Adrian Mannarino (FRA)

Benoit Paire (FRA) Fabrice Martin (FRA)

Court 11 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 2

Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)[7] vs. Tornado Alicia Black (USA)

Lucie Hradecka (CZE)[7] Ingrid Neel (USA)

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 2

Tommy Haas (GER) vs. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

Radek Stepanek (CZE) Marcelo Demoliner (BRA)

Not Before: 2:00 PM

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Sara Errani (ITA)[11] vs. Irina Falconi (USA)

Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[11] Anna Tatishvili (USA)

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs. Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)[2]

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) Rohan Bopanna (IND)[2]

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs. Christina McHale (USA)

Alexander Peya (AUT) Stefan Kozlov (USA)

 

Court 13 12:30 PM Start

Play Begins at 12:30 PM

1.

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) vs. Raven Klaasen (RSA)[15]

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) Rajeev Ram (USA)[15]

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 2

Kiki Bertens (NED) vs. Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)

Johanna Larsson (SWE) Nadiia Kichenok (UKR)

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) vs. Raquel Kops-Jones (USA)[7]

Dominic Inglot (GBR) Raven Klaasen (RSA)[7]

 

Court 17 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 3

Benoit Paire (FRA) vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP)[26]

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 3

Roberta Vinci (ITA) vs. Mariana Duque-Marino (COL)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 3

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)[23] vs. David Goffin (BEL)[14]

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs. Elina Svitolina (UKR)

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) Artem Sitak (NZL)

 

Court P10 10:00 AM Start

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Gabriella Pollner (USA) vs. Vanessa Wong (CAN)[16]

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Victoria Emma (USA) vs. Katarina Zavatska (UKR)[13]

  1. Junior Boys’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Jeff Wolf (USA) vs. Corrado Summaria (ITA)[13]

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Carson Branstine (USA) vs. Mayuka Aikawa (JPN)[10]

 

Court P11 10:00 AM Start

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Georgia Craciun (ROU)[1] vs. Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE)

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Maddison Inglis (AUS)[7] vs. Mia Horvit (USA)

  1. Junior Boys’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Denis Shapovalov (CAN)[3] vs. Hady Habib (USA)

 

Court P12 10:00 AM Start

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Anastasia Detiuc (MDA)[4] vs. Sophia Chow (BRA)

  1. Junior Boys’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Yibing Wu (CHN)[2] vs. Yuya Ito (JPN)

  1. Junior Boys’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Alex De Minaur (AUS)[6] vs. Yuki Mochiduki (JPN)

 

Court P13 10:00 AM Start

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Thaisa Pedretti (BRA)[5] vs. Sofia Sewing (USA)

  1. Junior Boys’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Gabriel Roveri Sidney (BRA) vs. Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS)[11]

  1. Junior Boys’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Naota Kai (JPN) vs. Lev Kazakov (RUS)[15]

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Whitney Osuigwe (USA) vs. Jade Lewis (NZL)[11]

 

Court P16 10:00 AM Start

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Oana Gavrila (ROU)[6] vs. Olivia Hauger (USA)

  1. Junior Boys’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Tung-Lin Wu (TPE)[7] vs. John McNally (USA)

  1. Junior Boys’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Jake Van Emburgh (USA) vs. Youssef Hossam (EGY)[12]

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Maria Herazo Gonzalez (COL)[2] vs. Amanda Anisimova (USA)

 

Court P17 10:00 AM Start

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Ana Paula Neffa De Los Rios (PAR) vs. Yuliana Monroy (COL)[14]

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Ioana Pietroiu (ROU)[3] vs. Emiliana Arango (COL)

  1. Junior Boys’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Zeke Clark (USA) vs. Alexandar Lazarov (BUL)[9]

  1. Junior Boys’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Benjamin Hannestad (DEN)[5] vs. Trent Bryde (USA)

 

Court P18 10:00 AM Start

  1. Junior Girls’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Yue Yuan (CHN)[8] vs. Eri Shimizu (JPN)

  1. Junior Boys’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Mattias Siimar (EST)[4] vs. Sameer Kumar (USA)

  1. Junior Boys’ Qualifying Singles – Round 1

Liam Caruana (USA) vs. Renta Tokuda (JPN)[10]

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Murray Rallies From Two Sets Down to Win, Hewitt Falls Short in Comeback, Federer Cruises at US Open

(September 3, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY –
“But, you know, was a great atmosphere out there on that court. “The crowd was really involved. You know, it was nice to be able to turn it into a decent match.”

“Tennis has given me the life that I have, and that’s the best thing. Obviously I’ve had a lot of success. A lot of hard work and dedication and sacrifices. But obviously at the end of the day, you know, tennis has given me this great life.”

No need for a comeback for second seed Roger Federer. He hit 46 winners in demolishing Steve Darcis 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 in the first night session match.

“I think this year is another good year. Doing the right things on the court,” Federer said. “It was pretty on the easier side, you know, so I was able to mix it up, was attacking, was also staying back some. I was pretty much all-out attack as much as I could. Obviously I have to manage that against different players when the scoreline isn’t maybe so one-sided.”

American Jack Sock had to retire against Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium while leading due to cramps. The heat during the day was over 90 degrees.

There are two American men left in the draw- No. 13 John Isner and unseeded Donald Young.

“Isner said: “Well, he’s fine now. I didn’t speak in-depth with him. I imagine he got an IV. I hope so. Those help a lot when your body is completely cramping.

“But it’s tough to see. You see it on TV and you’re helpless at that point, completely. He sweats more than anyone I’ve ever seen.

“It’s not a fitness thing. I think that’s a big, big misconception. He’s in very good shape. He can play 50-ball rallies if he wants to. But he sweats a lot. He loses a lot when he’s sweating.

“It’s all about, in my opinion, putting the right things in your body beforehand. He’s in very good shape. It’s not a fitness thing, if people are saying that. His body was at a deficit of whatever it is, sodium, magnesium, potassium. Whatever it is, in these humid conditions, you have to put all that in your body.

“It’s a huge bummer. No offense to his opponent today, but if Jack’s body held up, he would have won the match, so…

“Huge bummer, especially at his home Grand Slam. He obviously was playing well, too, up until that point. Good thing for Jack is he’s very young. He’s very, very good. So he’s going to have a lot more cracks at this tournament, that’s for sure.”

US Open

Men’s Singles Second Round 

[2] Roger Fefderer (SUI) d. Steve Darcis 6-1 6-2 6-1
[3] Andy Murray (GBR) d. Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 5-7 4-6 6-1 6-3 6-1
[5] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Hyeon Chung (KOR) 76(2) 76(4) 76(6)
[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 7-6(2) 6-1 6-3
[12] Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Robin Haase (NED) 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-4
[13] John Isner (USA) d. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 6-3 6-4 6-4
[15] Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs. Austin Krajicek (USA) 6-3 6-4 6-2
[20] Dominic Thiem (AUT) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-4 6-4 1-0 ret.
Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. [21] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 76(3) 36 36 62 76(4)
[22] Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs. Rajeev Ram (USA) 7-6(10) 6-4 3-6 6-3
Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) d. [28] Jack Sock (USA) 46 46 63 21 ret.
[29] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 7-6(4) 6-2 6-2
[30] Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 6-0 6-3 6-4
[31] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d. Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4 6-2 6-7(4) 6-1
Donald Young (USA) d. Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2

Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[20] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) def. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 7-5, 6-4

[2] Simona Halep (ROU) def. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 6-3, 6-4

[22] Samantha Stosur (AUS) def. Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 6-1, 6-1

[16] Sara Errani (ITA) def. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 0-6, 6-4, 6-3

Johanna Konta (GBR) def. [9] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 6-2

Mona Barthel (GER) def. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) def. Lesia Tsurenko 7-6(7), 6-2

[18] Andrea Petkovic (GER) def. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 6-3, 7-6(4)

[11] Angelique Kerber (GER) def. Karin Knapp (ITA) 7-5, 6-2

Barbora Strycova (CZE) def. Qiang Wang (CHN) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

[26] Flavia Pennetta (ITA) def. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 6-1, 6-4

[5] Petra Kvitova (CZE) def. Nicole Gibbs (USA) 6-3, 6-4

[24] Sabine Lisicki (GER) def. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-4, 6-0

Shelby Rogers (USA) def. Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-4, 6-4

[32] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) def. Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

Petra Cetkovska (CZE) def. [4] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(1)

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US Open 2015 – Schedule for Day 4: Thursday, September 3, 2015

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Schedule for Day 4: Thursday, September 3, 2015

 

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[20] vs. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)

Not Before: 1:00 PM

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) vs. Simona Halep (ROU)[2]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[3]

 

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Steve Darcis (BEL) vs. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Petra Cetkovska (CZE) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[4]

 

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[22]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[5] vs. Hyeon Chung (KOR)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

John Isner (USA)[13] vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Petra Kvitova (CZE)[5] vs. Nicole Gibbs (USA)

 

Grandstand 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Sara Errani (ITA)[16] vs. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) vs. Jack Sock (USA)[28]

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Camila Giorgi (ITA) vs. Sabine Lisicki (GER)[24]

Not Before: 5:00 PM

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Bernard Tomic (AUS)[24] vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

 

Court 4 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Maya Jansen (USA) vs. Raquel Kops-Jones (USA)[6]

Erin Routliffe (CAN) Abigail Spears (USA)[6]

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Colin Fleming (GBR) vs. Simone Bolelli (ITA)[5]

Treat Huey (PHI) Fabio Fognini (ITA)[5]

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Florian Mayer (GER) vs. Leander Paes (IND)

Frank Moser (GER) Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Madison Brengle (USA) vs. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)

Tatjana Maria (GER) Elena Vesnina (RUS)

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Jennifer Brady (USA) vs. Taylor Townsend (USA)

Mitchell Krueger (USA) Donald Young (USA)

 

Court 5 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Andrea Petkovic (GER)[18] vs. Elena Vesnina (RUS)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Karin Knapp (ITA) vs. Angelique Kerber (GER)[11]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)[31]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Robin Haase (NED) vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA)[12]

 

Court 6 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Madison Keys (USA) vs. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

Lisa Raymond (USA) Laura Robson (GBR)

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Lucie Hradecka (CZE)[3] vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)

Marcin Matkowski (POL)[3] Sam Querrey (USA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Jiri Vesely (CZE) vs. Ivo Karlovic (CRO)[21]

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Simona Halep (ROU) vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)

Horia Tecau (ROU) David Marrero (ESP)

 

Court 7 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Alexander Peya (AUT)[10] vs. Philipp Oswald (AUT)

Bruno Soares (BRA)[10] Adil Shamasdin (CAN)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs. Qiang Wang (CHN)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Denis Istomin (UZB) vs. Dominic Thiem (AUT)[20]

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Martina Hingis (SUI)[1] vs. Kaitlyn Christian (USA)

Sania Mirza (IND)[1] Sabrina Santamaria (USA)

 

Court 9 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Timea Babos (HUN)[3] vs. Andreea Mitu (ROU)

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)[3] Teliana Pereira (BRA)

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Feliciano Lopez (ESP)[16] vs. Eric Butorac (USA)

Max Mirnyi (BLR)[16] Scott Lipsky (USA)

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs. Margarita Gasparyan (RUS)

Katerina Siniakova (CZE) Alexandra Panova (RUS)

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Abigail Spears (USA) vs. Sara Errani (ITA)

Scott Lipsky (USA) Fabio Fognini (ITA)

 

Court 10 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Klara Koukalova (CZE) vs. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)

Chen Liang (CHN) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) vs. Melanie Oudin (USA)

Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) Jessica Pegula (USA)

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Taylor Harry Fritz (USA) vs. Marcus Daniell (NZL)

Reilly Opelka (USA) Jonathan Marray (GBR)

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) Samantha Stosur (AUS)

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Michaella Krajicek (NED)[5] vs. Sachia Vickery (USA)

Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)[5] Frances Tiafoe (USA)

 

Court 11 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) vs. Varvara Lepchenko (USA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Viktor Troicki (SRB)[22] vs. Rajeev Ram (USA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Kevin Anderson (RSA)[15] vs. Austin Krajicek (USA)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Danka Kovinic (MNE) vs. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)[32]

 

Court 12 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Pablo Cuevas (URU)[13] vs. Tommy Haas (GER)

David Marrero (ESP)[13] Radek Stepanek (CZE)

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Eva Hrdinova (CZE) vs. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)[10]

Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)[10]

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. Sergey Betov (BLR)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Lauren Davis (USA) vs. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)

Eric Butorac (USA) Henri Kontinen (FIN)

 

Court 13 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)[30] vs. Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Mona Barthel (GER) vs. Olga Govortsova (BLR)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Kurumi Nara (JPN) vs. Shelby Rogers (USA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[29] vs. Lukas Rosol (CZE)

 

Court 14 11:00 AM Start

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) vs. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)

John Peers (AUS) Florin Mergea (ROU)

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Polona Hercog (SLO) vs. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)[12]

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[12]

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Jonathan Erlich (ISR) vs. Marco Cecchinato (ITA)

Artem Sitak (NZL) Andreas Seppi (ITA)

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Karin Knapp (ITA)[17] vs. Denisa Allertova (CZE)

Roberta Vinci (ITA)[17] Ana Konjuh (CRO)

 

Court 15 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Alize Cornet (FRA) vs. Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)[15]

Magda Linette (POL) Andreja Klepac (SLO)[15]

  1. Women’s Doubles – Round 1

Julia Goerges (GER)[16] vs. Kiki Bertens (NED)

Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (POL)[16] Johanna Larsson (SWE)

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Andreja Klepac (SLO) vs. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)[6]

Robert Farah (COL) Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)[6]

  1. Mixed Doubles – Round 1

Julia Goerges (GER)[8] vs. Victoria Duval (USA)

Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[8] Christian Harrison (USA)

 

Court 17 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Johanna Konta (GBR) vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)[9]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Aljaz Bedene (GBR) vs. Donald Young (USA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 2

Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6] vs. Jurgen Melzer (AUT)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 2

Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[26] vs. Monica Niculescu (ROU)

 

TBA 5:00 PM Start

  1. Men’s Doubles – Round 1

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) vs. Raven Klaasen (RSA)[15]

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) Rajeev Ram (USA)[15

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Mardy Fish – In His Own Words

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U.S. OPEN

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mardy Fish

Press Conference

F. LOPEZ/M. Fish

2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What are the emotions, Mardy? How are you feeling?
MARDY FISH: It’s tough to say because I don’t feel that great just from the match. So it takes a little bit away, you know, just — I don’t know.

I mean, it will probably sink in a little bit later when I start feeling a little bit better.

Q. You got to be proud of the way you fought over five sets considering how many matches you have played over the last few years?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, not many.

Yeah, I put myself in a couple of difficult positions and came away pretty well. That was the goal.

Q. Can you describe the emotions that you had when you went up 5-4 in the fourth set? Looked a little bit like disbelief that you might win that one.
MARDY FISH: Oh, not really. I was starting to sort of feel pretty tired and starting to get a couple of twinges in my legs at the end of the fourth set, so I figured that was my opportunity. You know, didn’t pick a great time to play the worst game I played all day.

You know, I haven’t been in that position in a long time, obviously. So things happen.

Q. Lopez said afterwards that when you guys met at the net he told you he felt you deserved to win; you outplayed him. What did that mean to you?
MARDY FISH: I felt the same. (Smiling.)

No, we have played a lot of matches. I have had some success against him. I was playing fine. Certainly put myself in an opportunity to win the match.

Q. You were playing so well for a while. Did the thought occur to you somewhere in the third set, Maybe I shouldn’t quit? I should keep going?
MARDY FISH: No, no.

Q. No second thoughts?
MARDY FISH: None.

Q. What message would you most want people to take from your career and the way you have handled the challenges before you?
MARDY FISH: I don’t know. I mean, I’ve got a lot of great memories. I have got a lot of great memories; I’ve got a lot of good wins out here. I have made a lot of really good friendships with almost everyone out here.

You know, I’ll miss that. I can’t answer that. I mean, I’m not sure. Someone else, other people, you guys, have to answer the career part.

And then the health stuff, I mean, I’m just trying to help any way I can and share my story. Like I say, if it helps other people, that’s great.

Q. What do you consider most important about your story and the health obstacles that you would want people to draw from?
MARDY FISH: Well, just that you can beat it. That you can put yourself back — it’s always going to be part of your life, and you can pull yourself right back in the fire and come through okay. I think I showed that here at this tournament.

Q. You said you felt a couple twinges in your legs in the fourth. Did you pull a hamstring later on? Did you ever think about you would just have to quit?
MARDY FISH: No, I wasn’t quitting. I was just cramping. I mean, both sides of both legs, if I moved anywhere close to three or four steps, two or three steps, it would go.

So, no, you would have had to carry me off the court. I was definitely not stopping at that point.

Q. You chose this as your last venue. What does this event mean to you? Was there more fight in you than you expected? Some people go through a farewell tour that’s kind of routine. There seemed to be quite tremendous amount of spunk and fight in you today.
MARDY FISH: Thank you. Well, I have worked hard to try to get back. Obviously I’m not in as good of shape as I used to be a few years ago.

That probably wouldn’t have happened a few years ago. I probably would have been fine in the fifth set. I worked as hard as I could. My body is just about done.

So I gave it everything I had; that was all I had.

Q. Can you maybe give us some insight on why you thought it was important to come back?
MARDY FISH: For the three events or just this event?

Q. No, the three events, just to come back and have your good-bye.
MARDY FISH: Yeah, they are my favorite events. They’re some of the events where I have had my most success, best fan experience that I have throughout the years: Atlanta and Cincinnati especially, and here.

You know, I wanted this to be — this one specifically to be the last one. I probably would have chosen this one as my last one regardless if I didn’t have any issues with my health in the past couple of years just because this is the biggest one and the most fun and the one that you want to go out on.

But this one was extra special or extra special meaning for me because of how it happened in 2012.

Q. What’s next for you? What are you looking forward to? What are you going to do now?
MARDY FISH: I’m going to try to take an ice bath and try to feel better. (Laughter.)

Q. Not that immediate.
MARDY FISH: I’m going to, I don’t know. I’m going to play in my club championship at Bel Air. I haven’t played a lot of golf recently.

And then I have got some stuff in the works. (Smiling.)

Q. You had a real good career, and then you really turned it up around 2012 with a win over Andy, better ranking. But if someone says, Seems like that kicked off your anxiety, that you were sort of used to playing under the radar and now it’s a bit tougher, could you just talk about that process if you don’t mind?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, I mean, expectations changed and pressure was a lot higher and a lot more on myself and from others.

I mean, that’s how it all happened. That’s how it all came. Expectations changed. There was a lot more pressure on myself to play well at every event, and, you know, every week.

That was the position that I wanted to be in, you know, the top American, top 10 in the world, and, you know, sort of a marked man.

It was too much for me to handle.

Q. Do you think you put that pressure on yourself also as well as coming from others?
MARDY FISH: Sure. I mean, everyone puts some pressure on themselves to succeed, and I just — I was maybe a little bit different because I was working so hard and trying so hard to be as good as I could be and I was sacrificing a lot on and off the court. So that’s why I always was hard on myself.

Q. You seem somewhat sad. Is it because of the way it ended or the fact that it’s ended?
MARDY FISH: Definitely not the way it ended. Just I don’t feel great right now. (Smiling.)

Obviously with my history of anxiety disorder, I, you know, get a little nervous when I don’t feel well.

But, no, look, those are the situations you work so hard to be in. You know, just an awesome crowd, and it’s a really nice memory to have on my final match. Obviously not the last set, but my final match.

Q. You speak of expectations and the pressure creating some anxiety and some nervousness in you. Were you feeling that at all when you were serving for it at 5-4?
MARDY FISH: No, not specifically at that part. I certainly felt like that was, you know, my opportunity, big-time opportunity to really capitalize.

But, you know, once that had sort of came and gone, I knew I was sort of in trouble because of, you know, the way my legs felt. I tried as hard as I could to hydrate as best I could. I did everything I could.

My body gave out, and that’s why I’m stopping.

Q. Can you describe what you were saying to yourself when your legs were really starting to hurt and cramp up? If this wasn’t US Open and your last match, would you have quit, retired if it were somewhere else?
MARDY FISH: No, I mean, I would have tried. I haven’t cramped very much in my career at all. In the beginning of my career I never played long matches like that to cramp, and the end of my — sort of 2010 through 2012 I was so fit that I never needed to worry about it.

So it was kind of the perfect storm of, you know, doing everything I could, but, you know, a little bit — you know, not enough left in the tank.

That’s the way it goes.

Q. What were you saying to yourself when it was happening as it was happening?
MARDY FISH: I’m in trouble. (Smiling.) No, I wasn’t really thinking. Then it starts –you know, look, we were 3-All, 3-4 serving. I was somehow figuring out a way to hit winners and hold serve. I had two 15-40s because it’s hard to play a guy that’s, you know, sort of wounded and you can — I have been there. I understand that.

I haven’t actually been in my position very often at all. It’s very hard to play someone like that when you know that, you know, their body is sort of giving out.

So I actually had, you know, more chances than he had in the fifth before the eighth game. Way more chances.

I was sort of, you know, wondering if I could actually get through it, but obviously I knew I was in a bit of trouble.

Q. In the months and years ahead, what do you think will give you the most satisfaction about what you have accomplished both as a player and as a person, given what you have had to deal with?
MARDY FISH: That’s a good question. I mean, I put my head on my pillow every night — I’m very comfortable knowing how hard I have worked in the later stages of my career. Very comfortable with how this summer has gone. Just at peace personally.

You know, I’m bummed that obviously my career didn’t end the past few years, you know, the way I had imagined. But it is what it is, and you try to make the best of your situation obviously.

You know, it’s tough. I mean, it’s tough. It sort of, you know, starts kind of kicking in every once in a while in my head as I answer these questions that this is probably the last time I will do this.

Q. How does that make you feel?
MARDY FISH: It doesn’t make me feel sad or happy or anything. It’s just I have done a lot of these. (Smiling.)

You know, it’s an interesting lifestyle. It’s a different lifestyle to live as a tennis player and as a professional athlete.

You know, to be up here and answering questions from you guys is different than most. So I will probably never do it again. It’s different. (Smiling.)

Q. Besides playing golf, there are new opportunities for tennis players with maybe less pressure, like the International Premier Tennis League. Is that something you might be interested in doing one day?
MARDY FISH: Yes. I’m sure tennis will always be a part of my life. I’ll always be around it.

Yeah, so I’m not going to go too far. I’m going to try to help out with the USTA as much as I can, some of the younger Americans. I have a lot of experience over the last 15, 16 years. I have been playing tennis tournaments since I was six years old, so it’s a long 27 years of playing tournaments that matter, and now it’s over.

Q. I’m sure you spoke to James and Andy about how it feels to close it up and to close here. I’m wondering how you have experienced the last few days and also the last hour or two?
MARDY FISH: Like I said, I don’t feel great, so it’s not that part. That part is tough and different.

Those guys both announced here that they were stopping, so it’s a little different feeling. I have known for a little while.

I knew with Andy, knowing him personally, he didn’t know his — he didn’t know he was going to stop until relatively recent when he announced it.

And James may have known or may not have known. He didn’t tell us too much. I forgot the first part of your question.

Q. Has it matched your expectations kind of on what they told you or what you expected?
MARDY FISH: Yeah. Yeah. I mean, yeah. I mean, I’m not looking for everyone to bow down when I leave the room and carry my racquets out today. I mean, that’s not what it’s — it’s uncomfortable and that’s not what I’m looking for.

I accomplished everything that I set out to this summer, and I’m happy about that.

Q. You talk about this being your last time you do this and that it’s an odd feeling. I’m sure that it is. I just read your first-person piece you wrote about your experiences. I was struck by the fact you said you didn’t want yourself to be defined by sports terms like winning and choking, and that this wasn’t a sports story so much as it was a life story.
MARDY FISH: Uh-huh.

Q. Being a life story, what aspects of that, you know, what verbs would you use for your life story? What part would you want us to think about your life as opposed to your tennis necessarily?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, I mean, just that I was — just that I was helpful to other people, that I was open and honest about a topic that is supposed to be masculine, or not supposed to be masculine.

We are trained as tennis players from a very young age to not show weakness. I was very good at that throughout my career. I would not complain very much if I didn’t feel well or, you know, fake it on the court if I didn’t feel well, and, you know, not show that side of it.

So I’m sort of out front with that part of my life because it helps me a lot when I talk about it. Makes me feel better when I talk about it. I want to help people that have gone through it and try to be a role model for people that are deep into some bad times, that they can get out of it, because I was there. They can conquer it.

(Applause.)

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Serena Williams Rebounds From Slow Start to Advance to Third Round of the US Open

 

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(September 2, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Serena Williams escaped a 0-4 deficit in the first set tiebreak to win her second round match against Kiki Bertens 7-6(5), 6-3 at the US Open on Wednesday.

Williams stands five wins away from tennis history – winning the Grand Slam and her 22nd majors which would tie her with Steffi Graf for second on the all-time list.

Williams was far from her “A” game on Arthur Ashe Stadium, committing 34 unforced errors and hitting 10 double-faults.

“I felt a little tight today,” Williams said. “I think I’ll do things different, just things with myself, and I’ll be better for my next match.”

“I just got a little nervous today. But, you know, I’ve been doing totally fine. I’ve been completely relaxed, chill. I’ve been really, really fine.

“So I’m going to get back into the place that I was and I’ll be fine again.”

After the match Williams went with her coach to the practice court to work on serve.

“Patrick (Mouratoglou) told me some things that he saw that he thought I could work on to improve it and to get better,” she told media.

She will take on US countrywoman Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the third round. Sands dominated Coco Vandeweghe 6-2, 6-1. Mattek-Sands hit only 9 unforced errors to her opponents 25 and was 10 for 14 at the net.

“She’s playing great,” Mattek-Sands said of her next opponent. “I mean, right now she’s on a mission to get a record, and I’m here playing my game. I think it’s going to be a battle out there. I’m going to do my best.”

Mattek-Sands talked about her aggressive style of game:”That’s a game style that I’ve played with since I’ve been little. That’s how I’m going to go out there and play. Obviously Serena’s pretty aggressive. She’s going to rip some balls, hit some big serves. I think it’s going to be a good match.
“That’s obviously going to be the clash there. I’m excited for it”

“Sure,” Mattek answered about liking to be the spoiler. “That’s a fun role to play. Mess up the draw a little bit.

“No, you know what? I go into each match giving myself the best chance, I mean, knowing I can win any match I go into. Whether you’re going to get it done or not, your opponent has something to do with that, too. I’ll always feel confident in my game, confident in myself, and go out there and give my best.

“Every time I step on the court, that’s what I’ll give.”
“Right now I’m giving myself the best chance I can to play well. That’s all I can ask for.

Williams knows that it won’t be easy against her countrywoman.

“Knowing that she’s capable of having big wins kind of relaxes me because I know she’s going to come out and I know what to expect. She’s going to give 300%. She’s a huge fighter.

“She has a great game, by the way. I know that will help me, that I have to start out strong if I want to stay in the tournament. If not, I can go on vacation.”

“I love her personality,” Williams explained. “It really shows in her dresses and the clothes and the outfits. I love her spirit. She’s had a lot of ups and downs throughout her whole career.

“She’s just incredibly positive, you know. It’s so inspiring for someone like me. So I love that about her. And she has a really aggressive game. You know, I just don’t think there’s anyone on tour that says, I don’t like Bethanie Mattek. I don’t think that exists.”

“I definitely feel more determined to do better than what I did,” Williams said about Wednesday’s match. “I know I can play better, so…

“Yeah, it definitely wasn’t my happiest of moments. You know, I don’t think you should be happy with just winning. At least I’m not. Maybe other people can. Always looking to do better.

“You know, if I don’t play well, I’m not going to be happy even if I won.”

Serena’s 35-year-old sister Venus was extended to three sets by Irina Falconi 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2, Venus served for the match twice in the second set and Falconi made her way back to win the tiebreak.

“She really competed well,” Venus said of Falconi. “Played a great tiebreaker. I was really impressed with those dropshot returns off her serve. It was insane. Just great hands.

“Always definitely in a position to win the match, win the set, so that’s always a positive.”

Venus’ next opponent defeated her sister Serena in Montreal a few weeks ago. Belinda Bencic saved three match points and cried on a changeover before rallying to defeat Misaki Doi 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

 

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (Q) Kiki Bertens (NED) 76(5) 63
(12) Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 57 76(3) 63 (saved 3 mp)
(13) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Lauren Davis (USA) 61 62
(15) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Magda Linette (POL) 63 62
(17) Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 63 64
(18) Madison Keys (USA) d. Tereza Smitkova (CZE) 61 62
(23) Venus Williams (USA) d. Irina Falconi (USA) 61 67(2) 62
(25) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 63 67(2) 63
(Q) Anett Kontaveit (EST) d. (31) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 75 64
(WC) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) 62 61
Madison Brengle (USA) d. (Q) Anna Tatishvili (USA) 63 62
(LL) Daria Kasatkina (RUS) d. Ana Konjuh (CRO) 64 64
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 75 61
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Denisa Allertova (CZE) 26 63 61
Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) d. (WC) Oceane Dodin (FRA) 61 57 62
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (Q) Jessica Pegula (USA) 57 75 63

Men’s
Singles – Second Round

[7] David Ferrer (ESP) d. Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 75 75 76(4)
[8] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 76(5) 63 75
[9] Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 62 63 75
[10] Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 62 64 67(5) 76(1)
[14] David Goffin (BEL) d. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 57 64 36 62 61
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d. [17] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 63 76(5) 26 46 64
[18] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) d. Mardy Fish (USA) 26 63 16 75 63
[19] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Marcel Granollers (ESP) 63 64 63
[23] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 46 64 60 26 64
Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs. [25] Andreas Seppi (ITA)
[26] Tommy Robredo (ESP) d. Sam Groth (AUS) 64 76(3) 64
[27] Jeremy Chardy (FRA) d. Martin Klizan (SVK) 75 64 76(1)
[32] Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Pablo Cuevas (URU) 63 64 64
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Illya Marchenko (UKR) 64 76(2) 46 64
Benoit Paire (FRA) d. Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 63 36 64 63

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Mardy Fish Ends Pro Career with a Five-Set Loss at the US Open

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(September 2, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Former Top 10 player Mardy Fish ended his singles tennis career on Wednesday in the second round of the US Open, falling to 18th seed a fellow 33-year-old Feliciano Lopez 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. Fish had a chance to serve out the match in the fourth set in a match which lasted 3 hours, 11 minutes. Fish began suffering from leg cramps in the fifth set.

“I was starting to sort of feel pretty tired and starting to get a couple of twinges in my legs at the end of the fourth set, so I figured that was my opportunity,” Fish said. “You know, didn’t pick a great time to play the worst game I played all day.
“You know, I haven’t been in that position in a long time, obviously. So things happen.”

Fish came back to the tour this year admitting that he’s been suffering from anxiety disorder. He wrote about it in the Players’ Tribune.

“I was lucky that I won the fourth set,” said Lopez on court “And then in the fifth set, he was not feeling well. He was cramping and he was so tired. I think he really deserved the win today.”

“It’s been many years together. We played many times. He beat me a couple times,” Lopez said. “I have to say, he was the better player, normally, when we played. And he was a great player, had a good career. It was very sad what was happening the last two, three years with this illness, and it’s great to have him back at least for a few weeks.”

“I’ve got a lot of great memories,” said the former world No. 7. “I have got a lot of great memories; I’ve got a lot of good wins out here. I have made a lot of really good friendships with almost everyone out here.”

“And then the health stuff, I mean, I’m just trying to help any way I can and share my story. Like I say, if it helps other people, that’s great.”

“I wanted this (US Open) to be — this one specifically to be the last one. I probably would have chosen this one as my last one regardless if I didn’t have any issues with my health in the past couple of years just because this is the biggest one and the most fun and the one that you want to go out on.

“But this one was extra special or extra special meaning for me because of how it happened in 2012.”

“I’m bummed that obviously my career didn’t end the past few years, you know, the way I had imagined. But it is what it is, and you try to make the best of your situation obviously.

“You know, it’s tough. I mean, it’s tough. It sort of, you know, starts kind of kicking in every once in a while in my head as I answer these questions that this is probably the last time I will do this.”

As to the future: “I’m going to try to help out with the USTA as much as I can, some of the younger Americans. I have a lot of experience over the last 15, 16 years. I have been playing tennis tournaments since I was six years old, so it’s a long 27 years of playing tournaments that matter, and now it’s over.”

ASk about telling his “life story” he said: “I was helpful to other people, that I was open and honest about a topic that is supposed to be masculine, or not supposed to be masculine.

“We are trained as tennis players from a very young age to not show weakness. I was very good at that throughout my career. I would not complain very much if I didn’t feel well or, you know, fake it on the court if I didn’t feel well, and, you know, not show that side of it.

“So I’m sort of out front with that part of my life because it helps me a lot when I talk about it. Makes me feel better when I talk about it. I want to help people that have gone through it and try to be a role model for people that are deep into some bad times, that they can get out of it, because I was there. They can conquer it.”

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2015 US Open: An Upbeat Jamie Loeb Loses to Caroline Wozniacki in Her Pro Debut

 

(September 1, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – After all these many years making the commute to Flushing Meadows to watch the US Open with her family, 20-year-old Jamie Loeb made her Grand Slam debut there on Tuesday after recently turning pro.
The Ossining, New York resident, who drove to the tournament on Tuesday morning with her family, came into the US Open as a wildcard, given to her as the reigning NCAA Division I champion out of North Carolina. Loeb was ranked No. 1 in the country as a freshman, and she was named the ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year in her second year at UNC.

Despite world No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki demolishing the new pro 6-2, 6-0 in 67 minutes in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Loeb was very upbeat calling her debut “awesome. Stepping on the court and everyone cheering and saying my name. It’s something I’ll never forget. I was dreaming of this first moment on the court.”

“It was a great experience being on Arthur Ashe with all the support out there.”

“I’d always dreamed of playing of playing on Ashe, I was excited I practiced here once five years ago”

“My whole family was in my box.”

One celebrity in attendance was former Yankee shortstop and sure to be Hall of Famer Derek Jeter. “I was aware of it on the changeover,“ Loeb said. I looked up and they were showing him (on the screen).

“I would love to meet him, but that was pretty awesome, cause I’m a Yankees fan and he’s one of the best baseball players ever. For him to be there, that was a lot.”

“She (Wozniacki) played the pressure moments better than I did.”

At the end of the match, Wozniacki spoke to Loeb.

“She congratulated me on turning pro and wished me good luck,” she said. “Very complementary. Hearing her speak afterwards, it meant a lot coming from her. She doesn’t have to say anything. She was very sweet.”

“My success in college dictated how well I would make that decision (to go pro) I basically accomplished as much as I basically can, besides winning a team event in college but, I knew I was ready. Obviously I was kind of thrown into it in my first pro tournament but it’s something I’ll definitely learn from and I’ll watch it to see what I have to work on.

As for goals for the end of this year, Loeb said,” to get my ranking up so I can make qualies at the Australian Open on my own. But I definitely want to be in qualies at next year’s US Open. Main draw would be nice but I have to look over my schedules to see what tournaments I’m playing. Like I said it’s a process. So hoping to be back here in the near future.”

On the day of her pro debut, FILA announced that they are sponsoring Loeb and it has entered into a multi-year endorsement agreement with her. “I’m with FILA now and I will be wearing their tennis shoes shortly.”

“They want my input in their outfits, what I’m comfortable wearing.”

Loeb will continue her training at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York.

“I saw John (McEnroe) the other day and he gave me a hug and wished me good luck and everything. It’s like my second home.”

As for the hard work ahead, Loeb said: “My fall will consist of playing a lot of Challengers, right now.”

 

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama at the US Open.

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