September 3, 2015

An “Unreal” Experience at the US Open for French Open Junior Champion Tommy Paul, Inspired by Roddick’s 2003 US Open Outfit

(August 31, 2015) 2015 French Open Junior champion Tommy Paul, earned a spot into the 2015 US Open through the qualifying tournament to make his first main draw of a major.

The 18-year-old who was born in New Jersey, but hails from Greenville, NC, lost on Monday to Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-0, 7-5. Paul had a 3-0 lead in the first set.

“Well I came out high on confidence, playing really well, hitting every ball pretty hard on top of the baseline, couldn’t really keep that up during the whole match.

“I said alright I’m going to stay on the baseline, hitting every ball as hard as I can, and then it started not going in. I didn’t think to back up and start playing more points.

“That’s what I tried to do after the second set, it was a little late.

“I was stepping back on his second serve, trying to move in on the first ball.”

After the second set, when his lost it 6-0, paul said to himself: “Just get one game”


“It was an unreal experience,” Paul said. “I mean I really always watched Seppi a lot when I was younger playing and really always liked his game a lot. It was awesome to draw him.”

Paul is set to play his final Junior major at the US Open, as he turned pro after the French Open.

“Home slam this is going to be my last junior tournament so I want to go out and do as well as I can and having fun while I’m doing it,” Paul said.

In a strange sort of way, Paul was inspired by Andy Roddick and his 2003 US Open outfit.


“I loved Roddick.” He was really young but he remembers when when Roddick won the 2003 US Open. “I had just started playing tennis then. He was in the top 10 for 10 years, I remember all of that.”


What he remembers most about Roddick winning the US Open? – His outfit. “And I wanted to dress just like him,” Paul said.

“Wow, that’s a crazy outfit” I remember him winning, at the place where I played at, I remember them buying a bunch of his Reebok clothes. I wanted all of it.

“It was crazy black and white things going across the chest, and the hat sort of like a trucker hat.”

“I met him at Wimbledon this year,” Paul said. “I got to hit with him a little bit. So cool. I got to talk to him and think he’s going to start helping us a little bit.”

“Was always a goal for me to turn pro,” he said. “I committed to (University of) Georgia, I really thought I was going to school until before the French Open. I went to some futures in Europe and I did pretty well there.

After the French, I said ‘now I’m going to do it’.

After the Juniors next week, Paul will be playing Challenger events.


Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News at the US Open


A First Round Loss at US Open for Sofia Kenin Provides the “Best Experience”



(August 31, 2015)FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Flashback to a year ago – 15-year-old Sofia Kenin lost in the first round of the US Open Juniors on Court 6. Move forward to this year, when Kenin, the No. 8 ranked junior girl, loses a first round match on the same court, but this time, it’s the main draw at Flushing Meadows to Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia 6-3, 6-1. Kenin won the USTA Girls’ National 18s singles title in August to receive a wildcard into the US Open.


“I won seven matches,“ Kenin said about the national event. “In the final, I beat (No. 1 seed) (Tornado) Alicia Black. It was a very tough match so I knew if I’d win I’d be here and I was just so happy, took it one match at a time there. Played my game and tried to get to this position.”

Despite her main draw loss, the Floridian, who was born in Moscow, remained upbeat.

“So different playing in a major. The fans out there were just cheering me on. It was such an amazing experience, I was unfortunate to have lost but I knew it was going to be tough.”

“Best experience, just going, staying in the tournament hotel and having those cars take me here is just a different experience. It’s so great.” (Main draw singles players get access to cars to take them where they want to go, in addition to transporting them to their matches.)

Kenin who’ll be practicing between now and when the Junior competition begins on the weekend has not decided whether or not she’ll turn professional.

“I think I’m going to have to decide after this tournament,” said the 16-year-old.

Kenin began playing tennis at a very young age.

“When I was little I was always playing with (tennis) balls and my Dad and my Mom decided to see if I’m good at tennis and I went and I had massive talent,” she said Ok let’s try. I trained at Rick Macci (Tennis Academy) when I was little and he got me the strokes and the motion.”

Kenin said that Macci said that “wow she’s learning real fast” and she just continued on to the point in her career. She is primarily coached by her father

Kenin, whose tennis role model is Serena Williams said: “I hope to be No. 1 in the world,” but would be happy being in the Top Ten. “She’s always winning and trying hard,” she said of Williams.

What’s next for Kenin after the US Open Junior tournament? She plans on playing some ITF events in the US and in the winter the Orange Bowl. She won the Orange Bowl last year.


Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama at the US Open.


Serena Williams Advances Easily While Fourth Seed Nishikori Falls on Day 1 of US Open


(August 31, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Last year’s US Open men’s finalist and fourth seed Kei Nishikori lost in the first round on Monday while several women’s seeds tumbled out on the first day of Flushing Meadows.

No such drama for the No. 1 seed Serena Williams seeking the US Open to complete a calendar Grand Slam. She moved a step closer to history with an easy win over 86th ranked Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia who retired from the match trailing 6-0, 2-0. She said that she felt a sharp pain hitting a backhand during a point.

“It was definitely different and bizarre,” the 33-year-old Williams said. “But at the same time, I was still focused. I kept thinking: Just stay focused; don’t lose it. You never know what can happen.”

Williams march to completing the first Grand Slam since 1988 seems to have been made easier when a deluge of seeds from her half of the draw lost. They included: No. 3 Maria Sharapova who withdrew on Sunday with an injured right leg, No. 7 Ana Ivanovic, No. 8 Karolina Pliskova and No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 21 Jelena Jankovic, No. 29 Sloane Stephens (who beat Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2013) and No. 30 Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The 21-time major champion will play the Netherlands Kiki Bertens. “I think she’s playing well, Williams said. “She does a lot of things well. She has a big serve. It’s definitely something that I look forward to. See what happens.”

“I’m not a person that usually looks at the draws,” Williams said. “I just take it as it comes and as it goes.”

Kei Nishikori was the only shock on the men’s side when the fourth seed fell to France’s Benoit Paire Nishikori’s 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 despite having two match points in the fourth set tiebreak.

“It’s very sad to lose always first round, but I think he was playing good tennis,” Nishikori said. “So, I mean, I don’t think I played bad. Didn’t play great, but still, it’s never easy first match. He’s a good player.

“You know, try to think about next one, and I hope I can come back strong next year.”

“Today for me, when I come on court I know I can beat Nishikori,” Paire said. “I place twice time; I lost two time, but very tough match.

“So when I come on the court, I say, come on. You can beat Kei. He has a game — it’s not like if I play against Roger Federer. For me it’s different because he has good serve.

“Against Kei I know I can play, and for sure some volleys. For me it’s important because I know I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I say, Okay, for sure you can break him.

“So the most important thing is to feel good and to have fun. I think today that’s the most important thing.”

The man Nishikori lost to in last year’s final had few problems in his 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 win.

“I think this tournament is giving me the best chance to play the best over here,” Marin Cilic said. Even before last year, in the past years I was always playing pretty well and reached few times quarterfinals. Even in those matches had some chances. Close to making it to the semis.

“Coming this year again is definitely very special moment for me in my whole career. This experience of, you know, defending the Grand Slam title for the first time is something that I’m going to learn for sure a lot from.”

No. 1 Novak Djokovic destroyed  Brazil’s Joao Souza 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in 71 minutes.

“I couldn’t ask for a better opening of this year’s US Open,” Djokovic said.” Hopefully I can continue in that rhythm.”

Sixteenth seed Gael Monfils retired from his match with a back against Illya Marchenko while trailing 2-6, 6-4, 5-0, 30-0.

Eighth seed Rafael Nadal, playing in the Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2013, beat teenager Borna Coric 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in second night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium. “Very happy to be back,” Nadal said, “and to be through.”

“I think I played great. The first two sets I played a very high level of tennis. Seriously, then I get a little bit tired. I had some problems. I was sweating a lot. I lost little bit — you know, I don’t feel enough strong after that, no?

“I had little bit of stomach problem so I felt not perfect, physically perfect then.

“But then in the fourth I recovered little bit. I played again more aggressive. Finally was important victory for me. Happy the way that I played when I was, you know, physically good.”

Singles – First Round

(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 60 20 retired (Left ankle injury)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (7) Ana Ivanovic 63 36 63
(Q) Anna Tatishvili (USA) d. (8) Karolina Pliskova 62 61
Denisa Allertova (CZE) d. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 61 76(5)
(12) Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Sesil Karatantcheva (BUL) 61 62
(13) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Teliana Pereira (BRA) 63 63
(15) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 62 63
(17) Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. (Q) Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 61 64
(18) Madison Keys (USA) d. Klara Koukalova (CZE) 62 64
(WC) Oceane Dodin (FRA) d. (21) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 26 75 63
(23) Venus Williams (USA) d. Monica Puig (PUR) 64 67(7) 63
(25) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Alison Riske (USA) 64 63
CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. (29) Sloane Stephens (USA) 64 63
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. (30) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 63 75
(31) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 64 75
(Q) Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 36 64 62
(WC) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (Q) Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 64 63
Tereza Smitkova (CZE) d. Andreea Mitu (ROU) 76(4) 62
Magda Linette (POL) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 76(3) 61
Misaki Doi (JPN) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 63 63
Irina Falconi (USA) d. (WC) Samantha Crawford (USA) 64 62
(Q) Anett Kontaveit (EST) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 75 62
Madison Brengle (USA) d. Saisai Zheng 62 57 75
(LL) Daria Kasatkina (RUS) d. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 62 46 75
Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Tatjana Maria (GER) 64 64
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 62 62
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 61 61
Lauren Davis (USA) d. Heather Watson (GBR) 76(3) 76(0)
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Vania King (USA) 64 64
Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) d. (WC) Sofia Kenin (USA) 63 61
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 62 75
(Q) Jessica Pegula (USA) d. Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 75 63

Men’s singles

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] d. Joao Souza (BRA) 61 61 61
Benoit Paire (FRA) d. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [4] 64 36 46 76(6) 64 – saved 2 MP
Marin Cilic (CRO) [9] d. Guido Pella (ARG) 63 76(3) 76(3)
Milos Raonic (CAN) [10] d. Tim Smyczek (USA) 64 76(8) 61
David Goffin (BEL) [14] d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 64 61 62
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [17] d. Matthew Ebden (AUS) 64 62 64
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [18] d. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 76(5) 61 63
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [19] d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 63 61 61
Andreas Seppi (ITA) [25] d. Tommy Paul (USA) 64 60 75
Tommy Robredo (ESP) [26] d. Michael Berrer (GER) 62 62 64
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) [27] d. Ryan Shane (USA) 62 61 67(6) 62
Mardy Fish (USA) d. Marco Cecchinato (ITA) 67(5) 63 61 63
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) d. Tommy Haas (GER) 36 61 67(3) 63 61
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 63 63 30 ret.
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. John Millman (AUS) 61 36 76(3) 64
Marcel Granollers (ESP) d. Lukas Lacko (SVK) 62 63 61
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) d. Lucas Pouille (FRA) 62 67(3) 62 64
Marsel Ilhan (TUR) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 60 26 64 32 ret,
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Joao Sousa (POR) 62 62 46 26 76(4)

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News at the US Open




Maria Sharapova Withdraws from the US Open

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

(August 30, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Third seed Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the US Open with a leg injury which kept her out of Toronto and Cincinnati events this summer.

She said on her FaceBook page:

“Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in this years US Open. I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time. To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look forward to finishing the year healthy and strong.”

Sharapova will be replaced in the draw by Russian Daria Kasatkina.

The tournament begins on Monday.


US Open 2015 – Schedule for Day 1: Monday, August 31, 2015


US Open 2015

Schedule for Day 1: Monday, August 31, 2015

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[7]

Not Before: 1:00 PM

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Monica Puig (PUR) vs. Venus Williams (USA)[23]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Joao Souza (BRA)

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start



  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Borna Coric (CRO) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[8]


Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Kei Nishikori (JPN)[4] vs. Benoit Paire (FRA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Marin Cilic (CRO)[9] vs. Guido Pella (ARG)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Sloane Stephens (USA)[29]

Not before 5:00 PM

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Illya Marchenko (UKR) vs. Gael Monfils (FRA)[16]


Grandstand 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Marco Cecchinato (ITA) vs. Mardy Fish (USA)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Anna Tatishvili (USA) vs. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)[8]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Radu Albot (MDA) vs. David Ferrer (ESP)[7]

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Madison Keys (USA)[19] vs. Klara Koukalova (CZE)

Court 4 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Saisai Zheng (CHN) vs. Madison Brengle (USA)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Magda Linette (POL) vs. Urszula Radwanska (POL)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) vs. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Sam Groth (AUS) vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)

Court 5 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)[17]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs. Tommy Haas (GER)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Belinda Bencic (SUI)[12] vs. Sesil Karatantcheva (BUL)

Court 6 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Sofia Kenin (USA) vs. Mariana Duque-Marino (COL)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Tommy Paul (USA) vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA)[25]

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)[10] vs. Denisa Allertova (CZE)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)[23] vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)

Court 7 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Jessica Pegula (USA) vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[30]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Jeremy Chardy (FRA)[27] vs. Ryan Shane (USA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

Court 9 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) vs. Kaia Kanepi (EST)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) vs. John Millman (AUS)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Ana Konjuh (CRO) vs. Tatjana Maria (GER)

Court 10 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Anett Kontaveit (EST) vs. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)[18]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Florian Mayer (GER) vs. Martin Klizan (SVK)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) vs. Misaki Doi (JPN)

Court 11 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Katerina Siniakova (CZE) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[15]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[19] vs. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Irina Falconi (USA) vs. Samantha Crawford (USA)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

LL Daria Kasatkina (RUS) vs. Daria Gavrilova (AUS)


Court 12 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Teliana Pereira (BRA) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)[13]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Kiki Bertens (NED) vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)

Court 13 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs. David Goffin (BEL)[14]

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Oceane Dodin (FRA) vs. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[21]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Michael Berrer (GER) vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP)[26]

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Vania King (USA) vs. Roberta Vinci (ITA)

Court 14 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) vs. Radek Stepanek (CZE)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Elina Svitolina (UKR)[17] vs. Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Polona Hercog (SLO) vs. Zarina Diyas (KAZ)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Elias Ymer (SWE) vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG)

Court 15 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Joao Sousa (POR) vs. Ricardas Berankis (LTU)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[31v]s . Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs. Dudi Sela (ISR)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Tereza Smitkova (CZE) vs. Andreea Mitu (ROU)

Court 16 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) vs. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs. Pablo Andujar (ESP)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Filip Krajinovic (SRB) vs. Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)

Court 17 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Lauren Davis (USA) vs. Heather Watson (GBR)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Milos Raonic (CAN)[10] vs. Tim Smyczek (USA)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)[25] vs. Alison Riske (USA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Fabio Fognini (ITA)[32] vs. Steve Johnson (USA)

Men’s Singles Draw

Women’s Singles Draw


2015 US Open Women’s Contender Profiles

serena williams with trophy

(August 30, 2015) Profiles of the top Women’s Singles contenders for 2015 U.S. Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff


Serena Williams

2015 Record: 48-2

Grand Slam Record: 280-39

U.S. Open Record: 79-9

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (1999, 2002, ’08, ’12, ’13, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Besides trying to become the 3rd woman to win the calendar year Grand Slam, Serena also trying to become the 3rd player to win five consecutive Grand Slam titles (Graf, 1988-89; Navratilova 1983-84).


Simona Halep

2015 Record: 40-11

Grand Slam Record: 32-21

U.S. Open Record: 7-5

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2013)

Fast Fact: Eighty percent of Halep’s 2015 wins have come on hard courts (32-5 on hard, 8-6 on other surfaces).


Maria Sharapova

2015 Record: 34-7

Grand Slam Record: 179-43

U.S. Open Record: 32-9

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2006)

Fast Fact: Since winning the 2006 U.S. Open, Sharapova has made it past the 4R only once at the event (2012, SF).


Caroline Wozniacki

2015 Record: 34-17

Grand Slam Record: 84-34

U.S. Open Record: 28-8

U.S. Open Best Result: RU (2009, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Between September 2014 – April 2015, Wozniacki reached the finals in 5 of the 14 events she played, but since then she has missed the finals in 9 consecutive events.


Petra Kvitova

2015 Record: 30-10

Grand Slam Record: 71-27

U.S. Open Record: 12-7

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2009, ‘12)

Fast Fact: Kvitova lost consecutive 1R matches in Toronto and Cincinnati, the first time since March 2011 that she’s suffered back-to-back 1R defeats.


Lucie Safarova

2015 Record: 31-16

Grand Slam Record: 51-41

U.S. Open Record: 11-10

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2014)

Fast Fact: Safarova is currently ranked No. 6 in both Singles and Doubles, giving her the highest combined ranking (12) of any player on tour.


Ana Ivanovic

2015 Record: 21-14

Grand Slam Record: 103-42

U.S. Open Record: 20-10

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2012)

Fast Fact: In 2015, Ivanovic has defeated only one Top 20 player (Makarova, French Open).


Karolina Pliskova

2015 Record: 42-18

Grand Slam Record: 10-13

U.S. Open Record: 2-2

U.S. Open Best Result: 3R (2014)

Fast Fact: In August, Pliskova became the third player in WTA ranking history to reach the Top Ten without ever having made the 4R of a Grand Slam event (Manuela Maleeva, Catarina Lindqvist).


Garbine Muguruza

2015 Record: 27-15

Grand Slam Record: 23-11

U.S. Open Record: 0-2

U.S. Open Best Result: 1R (2012, ’14)

Fast Fact: Muguruza has a 14-2 record vs. lower ranked opponents at Grand Slams.


Carla Suarez Navarro

2015 Record: 35-17

Grand Slam Record: 47-27

U.S. Open Record: 11-7

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2013)

Fast Fact: In her last four losses at Grand Slam events, Suarez Navarro has won a total of eighteen games, averaging 4.5 games per match.


Angelique Kerber

2015 Record: 39-15

Grand Slam Record: 52-31

U.S. Open Record: 14-7

U.S. Open Best Result: SF (2011)

Fast Fact: Over the last 5 months, Kerber has compiled a 31-6 record, winning 4 titles in the process.


Belinda Bencic

2015 Record: 33-18

Grand Slam Record: 11-7

U.S. Open Record: 4-1

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2014)

Fast Fact: Since the French Open, Bencic has defeated 10 of the players seeded at the U.S. Open, including 4 of the top 8 seeds, while compiling a record of 23-5.


Ekaterina Makarova

2015 Record: 23-14

Grand Slam Record: 57-32

U.S. Open Record: 15-8

U.S. Open Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: She first played a Grand Slam event in 2007, but more than half of Makarova’s Grand Slam match wins (29) have come in the last nine events.


Agnieszka Radwanska

2015 Record: 32-20

Grand Slam Record: 98-37

U.S. Open Record: 17-9

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2007, ’08, ’12, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Radwanska has defeated a higher ranked opponent only once in 2015 (def. Pliskova, Eastbourne).


Victoria Azarenka

2015 Record: 29-11

Grand Slam Record: 110-35

U.S. Open Record: 28-9

U.S. Open Best Result: RU (2012, ’13)

Fast Fact: Since 2008, 22 0f the 27 matches Azarenka has lost in Grand Slam events were to players who have reached a Grand Slam final, including 10 losses to Serena Williams.


Venus Williams

2015 Record: 24-10

Grand Slam Record: 227-59

U.S. Open Record: 64-13

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2000, ’01)

Fast Fact: Venus is appearing in her 68th Grand Slam event, passing Martina Navratilova for the 2nd most appearances in the Open Era; she will become No. 1 in Grand Slam events played if she appears in all four of the majors in 2016 (Amy Frazier, 71),




2015 US Open Men’s Contender Profiles

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

(August 30, 2015) Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for the 2015 U.S. Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff



Novak Djokovic

2015 Record: 56-5

Grand Slam Record: 200-34

U.S. Open Record: 50-9

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2011)

Fast Fact: With his losses to Murray (Montreal) and Federer (Cincinnati), Djokovic lost in consecutive events for the first time in a year (2014 Cincinnati – 2014 Toronto).


Roger Federer

2015 Record: 45-7

Grand Slam Record: 291-48

U.S. Open Record: 72-10

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2004, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08)

Fast Fact: With a win in the opening round, Federer will tie Ivan Lendl with 73 match wins at the U.S. Open, 3rd most in Open era history; he could tie for No. 2 with a U.S. Open title (Connors – 97, Agassi – 79).


Andy Murray

2015 Record: 56-9

Grand Slam Record: 150-36

U.S. Open Record: 37-9

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2012)

Fast Fact: Since 2011, Murray is 83-1 at Grand Slams against opponents ranked outside of the Top Ten (l. Dimitrov, 2014 Wimbledon).


Kei Nishikori

2015 Record: 46-10

Grand Slam Record: 45-23

U.S. Open Record: 13-6

U.S. Open Best Result: RU (2014)

Fast Fact: Nishikori hasn’t defeated a Top 5 player since beating Djokovic in the 2014 U.S. Open Semifinals.


Stan Wawrinka

2015 Record: 36-12

Grand Slam Record: 98-40

U.S. Open Record: 26-10

U.S. Open Best Result: SF (2013)

Fast Fact: Before even playing at the U.S. Open, Wawrinka has won more matches at 2015 Grand Slam events (16) than he has had in any other year of his career.


Tomas Berdych

2015 Record: 42-14

Grand Slam Record: 114-48

U.S. Open Record: 28-12

U.S. Open Best Result: SF (2012)

Fast Fact: After reaching the semifinals in 7 of his first 8 events of the year, Berdych has failed to reach that stage in his last six events.


David Ferrer

2015 Record: 36-9

Grand Slam Record: 128-50

U.S. Open Record: 28-12

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2007, ‘12)

Fast Fact: When he withdrew from Wimbledon, Ferrer ended his streak of appearances in 50 consecutive Grand Slam events, dating back to the 2003 Australian Open.


Rafael Nadal

2015 Record: 42-14

Grand Slam Record: 196-28

U.S. Open Record: 41-8

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2010, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Nadal has won 20 of his last 21 matches at the U.S. Open, with his only loss in the last five years coming to Djokovic in the 2011 Final (did not compete in 2012 or 2014).


Marin Cilic

2015 Record: 18-13

Grand Slam Record: 70-29

U.S. Open Record: 20-5

U.S. Open Best Result: W (2014)

Fast Fact: Cilic is the lowest ranked and lowest seeded defending U.S. Open champion in the Open era.


Milos Raonic

2015 Record: 25-13

Grand Slam Record: 41-18

U.S. Open Record: 9-4

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2012, ’13, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Raonic reached the quarterfinals in 7 of his first 9 events this year, but has won only two matches in his last three events.


Gilles Simon

2015 Record: 34-18

Grand Slam Record: 65-37

U.S. Open Record: 16-8

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2011, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Simon has a 3-15 record vs. Top Ten players at Grand Slam events, but two of those wins have come in the last 4 majors (d. Ferrer, 2014 U.S. Open, d. Berdych, 2015 Wimbledon).


Richard Gasquet

2015 Record: 30-11

Grand Slam Record: 84-43

U.S. Open Record: 21-9

U.S. Open Best Result: SF (2013)

Fast Fact: Of Gasquet’s eleven losses in 2015, nine have been to higher-ranked players, and eight have been to Top Ten opponents.


John Isner

2015 Record: 34-19

Grand Slam Record: 42-29

U.S. Open Record: 17-8

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2011)

Fast Fact: Isner has defeated only two top ten opponents in the last two years (2-19), and both wins were at 2015 Miami (Nishikori, Raonic).


Kevin Anderson

2015 Record: 35-18

Grand Slam Record: 38-26

U.S. Open Record: 7-5

U.S. Open Best Result: 3R (2010, ’11, ‘14)

Fast Fact: If Anderson wins his opening round match at the U.S. Open, it will be the longest ATP match win streak of his career (6).


Gael Monfils

2015 Record: 31-15

Grand Slam Record: 73-35

U.S. Open Record: 17-8

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2010, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Before losing to Jerzy Janowicz in the 1R of Cincinnati, Monfils had won 24 consecutive opening round matches (2014 Miami, l. to Garcia Lopez).


Grigor Dimitrov

2015 Record: 26-16

Grand Slam Record: 25-20

U.S. Open Record: 3-4

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2014)

Fast Fact: Since defeating Andy Murray in the 2014 Wimbledon quarterfinals, Dimitrov hasn’t defeated a Top 50 opponent at a Grand Slam event.


ESPN US Open Tennis Schedule

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ESPN & the 2015 US Open

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Mon Aug 31 10:45 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open First Round ESPN3


  6 p.m. US Open First Round ESPN2
Tue Sep 1 10:45 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open First Round ESPN3


Wed Sep 2 10:45 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Second Round ESPN3


  6 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN2
Thur Sep 3 10:45 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Second Round ESPN3


  5 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN2
Fri Sep 4 10:45 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Third Round ESPN3


  6 p.m. US Open Third Round ESPN2
Sat Sep 5 10:45 a.m.

11 a.m.

US Open Third Round ESPN3


Sun Sep 6 10:45 a.m.

11 a.m.

US Open Round of 16 ESPN3


Mon Sept 7 10:45 a.m.

11 a.m.

US Open Round of 16 ESPN3


Tue Sep 8 10:45 a.m.


US Open Quarterfinals ESPN3


Wed Sep 9 10:45 a.m.

11 a.m.

US Open Quarterfinals ESPN3


  8 p.m. US Open Men’s Quarterfinals ESPN2
Thur Sep 10 Noon

7 p.m.

US Open Doubles Matches

US Open Women’s Semifinals



Fri Sep 11 Noon US Open Mixed Doubles Championship ESPN3
  3 p.m. US Open Men’s Semifinals ESPN / ESPN3
Sat Sep 12 Noon US Open Men’s Doubles Championship ESPN3
  3 p.m. US Open Women’s Championship ESPN / ESPN3

ESPN Deportes

Sun Sep 13 Noon US Open Women’s Doubles Championship ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship Blue Carpet Special ESPN
  4 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship ESPN

Matches will also be streamed on WatchESPN. Tennis Channel will have daily pre-game coverage “Breakfast at the Open” from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and post-match coverage “US Open Tonight” daily.


Top US Open Seeds Meet the Media in Flushing Meadows

(August 29, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY) The top seeds at the 2015 US Open met the media on Saturday ahead of Monday’s start of the last major of the year.

Third seed Andy Murray and second seed Simona Halep spoke to the media in the relaxed setting of Media Garden located behind Arthur Ashe stadium.

Murray was asked about playing the controversial Nick Kyrgios in the first round, which is projected to be a very competitive match for the Scotsman.

“For me it’s just a tennis match,” Murray said. “I go about the match in the best way possible by getting all the things, getting all the tactics, and everything sorted and you know, tailor my practices the next few days around his game style and that’s what I’ll be doing. You don’t obviously pay attention to the other stuff.”

Murray talked about past match-ups with the Australian. Murray holds a 3-0 record against his challenger.

“Every match is a new match. You can learn, obviously, from those previous matches, see what things worked and what things didn’t, but he might come in and do something completely different against me next time, so I need to be prepared for that. He’s quite an unpredictable player so you need to expect that when you go on the court.

Yeah I’ve played well against him, I played good matches, but he’s obviously a top player, you know, just missed out in a seeding here and I’m sure he’ll be one of the top players here in the next few years.

On playing Kyrgios at the US Open: “To be honest, I think he likes playing on big stages. That’s where he’s played his best tennis throughout his career. Last year he’d only won one or two matches outside of Slams in the whole year. This year, his results have been inconsistent but at the Slams he made quarters. In Australia, I played him in the third round at the French and at Wimbledon he was close to reaching the quarters again there. I would expect him to be ready for the match. He gets himself fired up for the big events.”

Simona Halep

Simona Halep

For Romania’s Simona Halep, despite a recent left knee problem, she’s really to go.

“Now, I’m feeling great; I’ve recovered and I’m ready to start.”

“I think in the past I didn’t believe that I had the chance to do great here. Now, I’m feeling better and I’m feeling more confident. I had two great weeks before here and I think it’s going to help me. I’m just going to enjoy it and I’m not going to think about the pressure.

“Actually, I play well when there’s pressure, but not too much.”

Asked she wanted Serena Williams to win the Grand She said:

“If I will not be in the finals, then I want her to win. If I’m in the finals with her, then I want to win.

“I said that because she has a big chance to win all four Grand Slams this year. I think she has enough power to do that, but of course I want to win. I just want to take it match-by-match.


The Media Day interviews moved over to Media Interview Room One as last year’s US Open finalist Kei Nishikori took on the press.

“I think from last year this time I kind of stepped one up and I raised my level after this tournament, so I’m very happy with everything this year. Especially this summer I’ve been playing really well, from Washington and Montreal. I unfortunately got hurt and couldn’t play Cincinnati but still I feel very good physically and also tennis-wise, so very exciting, and it’s going to be a big challenge for me to play this year, again, but I’m very confident.”

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic entered his news conference with a stuffed animal Mickey Mouse, which he sat on the desk.

The Serb is really to take on New York. “Generally I have huge incentive and motivation to play US Open as any other Grand Slam, Djokovic said.”
“These are the events where you want to perform your best. These are the events
where you want to go far and compete for the title. Just being here is a pleasure and of
course as anybody else, I’m excited and looking forward to getting on the court”
Djokovic is coming into the US Open aiming to win his third major of the  year. He won three majors in 2011.
He compared his game in 2011 to now:
“I’m a different person, a different player today than I was in 2011, so it’s kind of hard to
compare tennis-wise. I think physically I’m stronger and I’m able to endure longer than I did in 2011 and maybe there are some slight differences in the game, but generally as you grow older you’re kind of maturing and you’re trying to develop your game and get your game to the highest possible level. I think this season, results-wise (is) pretty close to 2011. What I achieved in 2011 is hard to repeat, so this season is definitely just behind that one. But I don’t usually like to compare myself to any other season because every season brings some new challenges at both professional and private levels so it’s pretty different.”
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Roger Federer is coming off a title in Cincinnati where he played a more aggressively, beating Djokovic in the final, and in some matches returning serves from just behind the service line. The Swiss was asked about this aggressive style game.

“It all starts with the serve, to be quite honest,” Federer said.

If you’re able to hold your serve, I don’t want to say you can do pretty much anything on the return, but chances are it’s in your favor. You don’t know if you’re going to hold most of the serves, but I did that very well last week, so I’m sure that’s where the service helped me, but … after that, as the tournament went on, I decided to keep up aggressive play because it didn’t just start against Murray and Djokovic, I had already been doing it against Bautista and also Kevin Anderson, so from that standpoint I was very happy that I was able to keep it up.”

“If I’m going to do it here, as well, at practice so far conditions definitely allow you to do. I think the ball flies faster here. The surface is slightly different than last week, so a slight adjustment to be done there. I’m just really focused on my first round. It’s really tough to be playing Leonardo Mayer, so I have to come back to reality after the good week I had last week and go from there.”

Federer, a five-time winner at the US Open, last made a final in 2009. He has not come close since and was asked about it.

“On the run I was on, to ‘08 and even ‘09, in the finals, clearly I was hoping for it to be endless, but you know that’s not realistic, and ’10 and ’11 were tough matches in the semis against Novak, “Federer said. “So I came very close.”

“Clearly my focus needs to be not trying to win the tournament right away, that’d be thinking too far ahead. I haven’t been in a finals in this tournament as of late. I came close, but close is not good enough. I’ve tried to build up as we move forward.”

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal comes into Flushing Meadows ranked the lowest he’s been in many years at No. 8. The Spaniard will face a rising star on the ATP tour in Borna Coric in his first round.

“He’s a tough player,” Nadal said. “He’s a young player with a lot of energy and he’s a big competitor. He’s one of the players that is the future of our sport, so it’s a tough one, but I’m playing well. I feel like I’m ready. He’s a complete player with a great serve and a very good backhand. He’s a big competitor. I don’t remember playing him before. It was a tough week for me; I had the surgery the week after. I don’t remember it very well, but I think I played very bad. If he played well then he deserved to win, but hopefully Monday will be a different story.

Nadal says that he’s coming into the tournament with not as much stress.

‘My stress is much less than it was at the beginning of the season,” said the two-time US Open champion. I’m feeling better

myself. As a tennis player, I’m feeling better today than I was a couple of months ago. I’ve worked a lot these last couple of months.

“I know the process; It’s a challenge for me. to find the level of play that I’ve been at a lot of times in my career. I’m practicing great, now it’s time to play that great against the competition. The level of tennis is very close to being back there.”

On getting his confidence back, Nadal said: “To have the confidence back you need to win. If you’re not winning, then you won’t have high confidence. To win you need to play well. To win a lot you need to play very well and have a lot of confidence, and I’m playing well today.”

Nadal also clarified to press that he did not refuse to play with or against Nick Kyrgios in a charity exhibition for John McEnroe’s foundation.

“I was never supposed to play a doubles match,” Nadal explained. “First, I was only supposed to play singles in the exhibition. That was wrong information. Second, I never knew I had to play against Kyrgios; I was told I was going to play Lleyton Hewitt. No one asked me to play doubles with Nick Kyrgios. I was only asked to play a singles match; since Roland Garros I knew that. This story that I was supposed to play a doubles match? I don’t know where that story comes from.”

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Maria Sharapova is coming back from a muscle strain in her leg which kept her out of Cincinnati and Toronto.

“It’s always just the adjustment of being a professional athlete in a sport that requires many weeks out of the year to compete ata high level,” said the 2006 US Open champion. “Don’t always know where some things come from but sometimes you have to make adjustments to be healthy and ready for the big ones. I’ve had to make adjustments throughout the year and it only gets tougher as you get older, of course”


Asked about her preparation for the US Open, the Russian said: I’ve done everything I could to be ready. There’s nothing more that I could have done, so yeah, I hope to be ready.”


Sharapova faces a test in her first round match-up against countrywoman Daria Gavrilova who beat her in Miami.

“Well, obviously she’s a really great player and a tough first round we’ve gone back and forth with our results this year,” Sharapova said. “She beat me in Miami and I had a good win against her in Rome so yeah, she’s a really good opponent.”


Serena Williams held her pre-US Open news conference after the draw on Thursday.

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama at the US Open


Brad Gilbert Talks US Open Draws with Tennis Panorama News

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(August 27, 2015) NEW YORK, NY – Former pro tennis player coach and current ESPN tennis analyst Brad Gilbert is known for having a unique tennis vocabulary. The former world No. 4 is putting his tennis glossary to good use starring in six Voya Financial-produced videos for social media.


This is the second edition of the “Gilbert’s Glossary” videos that began during Wimbledon received more than four million views. The new campaign includes six new comical video shorts featuring Gilbert.

Voya’s sponsorship of ESPN’s coverage spans the entire duration of the US Open and will air over two weeks — from Aug. 31 through Sept. 13 — across ESPN networks. The agreement features a number of media rights including significant commercial inventory, live Voya “Bench Talk” segments with accompanying graphics and audio mentions, and the debut of 360-degree “freeD” replay technology with Voya on-screen branding.


Gilbert spoke to Tennis Panorama News to talk about the videos and the US Open singles draws which were made on Thursday.

Tennis Panorama News: Let’s talk about the men’s draw first. What were your impressions?

Brad Gilbert: There are about a half a dozen really good popcorn matches in the first round. We’re going to have some intriguing matches.


Definitely Rafa (Nadal) – (Borna) Coric, The bad boy (Nick) Kyrgios versus (Andy) Murray, I think that’s a bad match-up for him anyways. (Thanasi) Kokkinakis versus (Richard) Gasquet.


I think Djoker (Novak Djokovic) got a great draw and down on the bottom (of the draw), I’m not really sure if he had a good draw or a bad draw, if (Roger) Federer is playing the way he did in Cincinnati, I think he’s in store for a big run. It’s been six years since he made a final at the (US) Open. What he showed in Cincinnati was really impressive. I’m looking forward to see if he can bring that in New York.


TPN: Can you predict the winner after seeing the draw today?

BG: No. I will pick a winner in a couple of days. I do it for One thing’s for sure, sometimes you look at a draw, you look at a brutal draw and a couple days later it can open up. So, Serena’s (Williams) draw on paper is brutal, but you never know if she’ll have to navigate all the way through the draw the way it is ‘cause things can change.


Last year was a major surprise (on the men’s tour) with what we had and probably the first time, we had a couple of surprises. We had Stan (Wawrinka) winning (the Australian Open) and (Marin) Cilic (US Open) – I don’t think we are going to see a major surprise like that this year (at the US Open) that’s for sure.


TPN: So do you want to go out on a limb and make a prediction for the women?

BG: No, not yet. I have to think about it for a few more days. I usually fill out 2 or 3 draws. I sit there and scratch through them in my room until I come up with the right one.


TPN: I want to ask you about your new videos that were launched Voya Financial. How much fun was it making them, especially with your unique spin on things.

BG: It was a blast doing them. Obviously Voya is a great company. They had a tremendous team making me look good. And one of the coolest compliments – I had a young kid come up to me and say “Are you that YouTube dude?” (Laughter)


So, I’ve been called a lot about being a coach and playing, the way the kid said it, it kind rang home – like to him it really meant something. I like to have a lot of fun on Twitter, and I like to have a lot of fun, when I do the studio stuff, so I am really happy that Voya gave me a platform to have fun.



Here are two of the videos in “Gibert’s Glossary” campaign for Voya Financial

Videos called Moonball, Flatliner, Fearhand and Dead Let Court will be released during the US Open.

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