September 1, 2016

2016 US Open – Women’s First Round Head-To-Heads

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

2016 US Open – Women’s First Round Head-To-Heads

(Without qualifiers)

 

WILLIAMS, SERENA vs MAKAROVA, EKATERINA WILLIAMS, SERENA 4 – 1

Surface I-O Round Winner

2009 BEIJING HARD O R32 WILLIAMS, SERENA 2 2 55 * 6-3 6-2

2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN HARD O R16 MAKAROVA, EKATERINA 56 * 12 12 6-2 6-3

2012 US OPEN HARD O R32 WILLIAMS, SERENA 4 4 42 * 6-4 6-0

2014 DUBAI HARD O R16 WILLIAMS, SERENA 1 1 24 * 7-6(8) 6-0

2014 US OPEN HARD O S WILLIAMS, SERENA 1 1 18 17 6-1 6-3

 

KNAPP, KARIN vs LARSSON, JOHANNA KNAPP, KARIN 3 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2013 ACAPULCO CLAY O R32 KNAPP, KARIN 104 * 69 * 6-3 6-1

2013 CINCINNATI HARD O Q R32 KNAPP, KARIN 59 12 68 18 5-7 6-2 6-4

2015 BAD GASTEIN CLAY O R16 KNAPP, KARIN 43 3 46 * 6-3 6-3

 

ALLERTOVA, DENISA vs IVANOVIC, ANA – First Meeting

 

KASATKINA, DARIA vs WANG, QIANG KASATKINA, DARIA 1 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2016 DOHA HARD O R64 KASATKINA, DARIA 47 * 101 * 6-1 2-6 6-3

 

ARRUABARRENA, LARA vs SHVEDOVA, YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA, YAROSLAVA 1 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2013 AUCKLAND HARD O R32 SHVEDOVA, YAROSLAVA 29 6 79 * 6-3 6-2

There are no head to heads

 

ZHANG, SHUAI vs PEREZ, ELLEN

First Meeting

 

GIORGI, CAMILA vs STOSUR, SAMANTHA

First Meeting

 

SUÁREZ NAVARRO, CARLA vs PEREIRA, TELIANA Both Have Equal Wins 1 – 1

Surface I-O Round Winner

2007 GRANADA HARD O Q PEREIRA, TELIANA 219 8 161 3 6-4 6-0

 

SUÁREZ NAVARRO, CARLA vs PEREIRA, TELIANA Both Have Equal Wins 1 – 1

Surface I-O Round Winner

2016 ROME CLAY O R32 SUÁREZ NAVARRO, CARL 11 8 90 * 6-1 7-5

 

DUQUE-MARIÑO, MARIANA vs JANKOVIC, JELENA JANKOVIC, JELENA 1 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2013 BOGOTA CLAY O R16 JANKOVIC, JELENA 24 1 147 * 6-3 6-2

 

KONTAVEIT, ANETT vs VESNINA, ELENA

First Meeting

 

SAFAROVA, LUCIE vs GAVRILOVA, DARIA Both Have Equal Wins 1 – 1

Surface I-O Round Winner

2015 TORONTO HARD O R32 GAVRILOVA, DARIA 40 * 7 7 4-6 7-5 7-5

2015 NEW HAVEN HARD O R32 SAFAROVA, LUCIE 6 4 37 * 6-3 6-4

 

FLIPKENS, KIRSTEN vs HALEP, SIMONA HALEP, SIMONA 4 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2010 TOKYO – PAN PACIFIC HARD O Q R32 HALEP, SIMONA 102 * 79 14 6-4 6-0

2011 FES CLAY O S HALEP, SIMONA 65 7 104 * 7-5 6-4

2013 ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH GRASS O F HALEP, SIMONA 45 * 20 4 6-4 6-2

2014 CINCINNATI HARD O R32 HALEP, SIMONA 2 2 54 * 6-4 6-2

 

SINIAKOVA, KATERINA vs BOUCHARD, EUGENIE

First Meeting

 

PARMENTIER, PAULINE vs GARCIA, CAROLINE PARMENTIER, PAULINE 2 – 1

Surface I-O Round Winner

2010 POITIERS HARD O R16 PARMENTIER, PAULINE 109 * 320 * 6-3 6-2

2012 BUCHAREST CLAY O R32 PARMENTIER, PAULINE 92 5 155 * 6-0 3-6 6-4

2016 MONTERREY HARD O Q GARCIA, CAROLINE 38 5 118 * 7-5 6-2

 

 

BERTENS, KIKI vs KONJUH, ANA BERTENS, KIKI 1 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2016 MIAMI HARD O Q R64 BERTENS, KIKI 108 * 76 5 6-2 6-3

 

NARA, KURUMI vs VOEGELE, STEFANIE NARA, KURUMI 3 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2012 DUBAI HARD O R16 NARA, KURUMI 158 * 95 7 7-6(6) 6-1

2015 KUALA LUMPUR HARD O R32 NARA, KURUMI 57 6 101 * 6-3 7-6(4)

2015 NÜRNBERG CLAY O R16 NARA, KURUMI 56 7 96 * 6-3 6-4

 

PENG, SHUAI vs LEPCHENKO, VARVARA Both Have Equal Wins 1 – 1

Surface I-O Round Winner

2011 US OPEN HARD O R128 PENG, SHUAI 14 13 101 * 6-3 6-4

2014 ROME CLAY O R64 LEPCHENKO, VARVARA 49 * 39 * 6-1 6-0

 

DIATCHENKO, VITALIA vs BACSINSZKY, TIMEA

First Meeting

 

PLISKOVA, KAROLINA vs KENIN, SOFIA

First Meeting

 

HIBINO, NAO vs MLADENOVIC, KRISTINA

First Meeting

 

CHIRICO, LOUISA vs PAVLYUCHENKOVA, ANASTASIA

First Meeting

 

SIEGEMUND, LAURA vs TIG, PATRICIA MARIA SIEGEMUND, LAURA 1 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2016 CHARLESTON CLAY O R64 SIEGEMUND, LAURA 75 * 131 * 4-6 6-3 6-3

 

GOERGES, JULIA vs WICKMAYER, YANINA WICKMAYER, YANINA 6 – 1

Surface I-O Round Winner

2006 FALKENBERG CLAY O Q WICKMAYER, YANINA 9999 * 904 * 6-2 4-6 6-3

2007 LUXEMBOURG HARD I Q R16 GOERGES, JULIA 142 * 328 * 7-5 4-6 6-2

2010 AUCKLAND HARD O R32 WICKMAYER, YANINA 16 3 77 * 6-3 7-5

2010 INDIAN WELLS HARD O R64 WICKMAYER, YANINA 15 13 69 * 6-2 6-4

2010 US OPEN HARD O R64 WICKMAYER, YANINA 18 15 44 * 6-4 7-5

2014 CINCINNATI HARD O Q R32 WICKMAYER, YANINA 67 16 89 * 6-4 3-6 7-5

2015 TORONTO HARD O Q R32 WICKMAYER, YANINA 98 25 60 8 0-6 6-3 7-6(4)

 

KOZLOVA, KATERYNA vs WILLIAMS, VENUS

First Meeting

 

KEYS, MADISON vs RISKE, ALISON KEYS, MADISON 4 – 1

Surface I-O Round Winner

2011 LEXINGTON HARD O R16 RISKE, ALISON 115 2 460 * 6-3 6-7(3) 6-3

2014 ROME CLAY O R64 KEYS, MADISON 47 * 44 * 6-2 6-2

2014 STRASBOURG CLAY O R16 KEYS, MADISON 44 * 43 8 6-4 6-4

2014 BEIJING HARD O R64 KEYS, MADISON 32 * 60 * 6-3 6-7(3) 7-5

2016 MADRID CLAY O R64 KEYS, MADISON 25 * 91 * 1-6 6-3 6-4

 

 

BRENGLE, MADISON vs DAY, KAYLA

First Meeting

 

OSAKA, NAOMI vs VANDEWEGHE, COCO

First Meeting

 

 

STRYCOVA, BARBORA vs NICULESCU, MONICA STRYCOVA, BARBORA 4 – 3

Surface I-O Round Winner

2007 FRENCH OPEN CLAY O Q R128 NICULESCU, MONICA 213 * 134 17 6-2 6-4

2010 MONTREAL HARD O Q R32 NICULESCU, MONICA 92 * 43 1 6-3 6-4

2011 SYDNEY HARD O Q R32 STRYCOVA, BARBORA 68 8 86 * 6-3 7-5

2012 ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH GRASS O R32 NICULESCU, MONICA 31 * 61 * 7-6(6) 6-3

2014 MIAMI HARD O R128 STRYCOVA, BARBORA 64 * 70 * 6-3 6-4

2014 US OPEN HARD O R64 STRYCOVA, BARBORA 29 30 68 * 4-6 6-4 6-2

2015 BIRMINGHAM GRASS O R64 STRYCOVA, BARBORA 28 10 49 * 6-2 3-6 6-2

 

SCHIAVONE, FRANCESCA vs KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA 9 – 6

Surface I-O Round Winner

2003 DOHA HARD O R32 KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA 48 * 41 6 6-2 6-3

2004 DUBAI HARD O R32 KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA 29 * 17 7 6-4 6-4

2004 WARSAW CLAY O S KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA 14 4 22 9 6-3 6-2

2005 MOSCOW CARPET I Q SCHIAVONE, FRANCESCA 22 * 15 8 6-3 6-1

2006 AMELIA ISLAND CLAY O S SCHIAVONE, FRANCESCA 13 3 10 5 7-6(2) 3-2 RET

2006 FRENCH OPEN CLAY O R16 KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA 10 8 12 9 1-6 6-4 6-4

2007 DOHA HARD O Q KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA 5 2 25 8 6-3 6-4

2007 NEW HAVEN HARD O Q KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA 4 1 26 * 6-2 RET

2007 FED CUP FINAL HARD I R4 KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA 2 * 25 * 4-6 7-6(7) 7-5

2007 ZURICH CARPET I Q SCHIAVONE, FRANCESCA 32 * 2 2 6-3 3-3 RET

2008 SYDNEY HARD O Q KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA 2 2 25 * 6-4 6-0

2009 FED CUP WEEK 2 CLAY O R2 SCHIAVONE, FRANCESCA 44 * 9 * 1-6 6-2 6-3

2011 AUSTRALIAN OPEN HARD O R16 SCHIAVONE, FRANCESCA 7 6 26 23 6-4 1-6 16-14

2011 DUBAI HARD O R16 KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA 23 16 4 3 1-6 6-0 7-5

2015 FRENCH OPEN CLAY O R64 SCHIAVONE, FRANCESCA 92 * 18 18 6-7(11) 7-5 10-8

 

 

KONTA, JOHANNA vs MATTEK-SANDS, BETHANIE

Scores

First Meeting

 

PIRONKOVA, TSVETANA vs RAZZANO, VIRGINIE RAZZANO, VIRGINIE 2 – 1

Surface I-O Round Winner

2004 ATHENS HARD O R32 RAZZANO, VIRGINIE 114 1 300 * 7-5 6-2

2009 HOBART HARD O Q RAZZANO, VIRGINIE 62 * 43 * 6-4 6-1

2011 US OPEN HARD O R128 PIRONKOVA, TSVETANA 50 * 74 * 6-2 6-3

 

CRAWFORD, SAMANTHA vs BENCIC, BELINDA CRAWFORD, SAMANTHA 1 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2016 BRISBANE HARD O R16 CRAWFORD, SAMANTHA 142 * 14 7 7-5 7-5

 

PUIG, MONICA vs ZHENG, SAISAI

First Meeting

 

HSIEH, SU-WEI vs BONDARENKO, KATERYNA BONDARENKO, KATERYNA 1 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2006 PATTAYA CITY HARD O Q Q BONDARENKO, KATERYN 124 8 129 * 6-4 6-4

 

SEVASTOVA, ANASTASIJA vs SCHMIEDLOVA, ANNA KAR SEVASTOVA, ANASTASIJA 1 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2013 AUCKLAND HARD O Q R32 SEVASTOVA, ANASTASIJA 184 * 186 * 6-4 6-1

 

VINCI, ROBERTA vs FRIEDSAM, ANNA-LENA FRIEDSAM, ANNA-LENA 1 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN HARD O R32 FRIEDSAM, ANNA-LENA 82 * 15 13 0-6 6-4 6-4

 

MCHALE, CHRISTINA vs BARTHEL, MONA MCHALE, CHRISTINA 2 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2014 SEOUL HARD O R16 MCHALE, CHRISTINA 57 * 54 * 6-1 4-6 6-3

2015 MADRID CLAY O R64 MCHALE, CHRISTINA 64 * 39 * 6-3 6-2

 

PUTINTSEVA, YULIA vs LISICKI, SABINE PUTINTSEVA, YULIA 1 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2016 CHARLESTON CLAY O R32 PUTINTSEVA, YULIA 61 * 51 15 7-5 4-6 6-3

 

 

WITTHOEFT, CARINA vs DOI, MISAKI WITTHOEFT, CARINA 1 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2015 KUALA LUMPUR HARD O R32 WITTHOEFT, CARINA 81 * 100 * 7-5 7-5

 

BEGU, IRINA-CAMELIA vs TSURENKO, LESIA TSURENKO, LESIA 2 – 1

Surface I-O Round Winner

2011 ACAPULCO CLAY O Q Q TSURENKO, LESIA 132 2 139 8 6-3 6-4

2014 TASHKENT HARD O R16 TSURENKO, LESIA 124 * 54 2 3-6 6-1 7-6(3)

2015 WIMBLEDON GRASS O R64 BEGU, IRINA-CAMELIA 31 29 68 * 7-5 6-7(4) 7-5

 

COLLINS, DANIELLE vs RODINA, EVGENIYA

First Meeting

 

LINETTE, MAGDA vs CIBULKOVA, DOMINIKA

First Meeting

 

KVITOVA, PETRA vs OSTAPENKO, JELENA OSTAPENKO, JELENA 2 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2016 DOHA HARD O R16 OSTAPENKO, JELENA 88 * 8 5 5-7 6-2 6-1

2016 BIRMINGHAM GRASS O R16 OSTAPENKO, JELENA 38 * 11 5 6-4 4-6 6-3

 

FALCONI, IRINA vs BUYUKAKCAY, CAGLA

First Meeting

 

SASNOVICH, ALIAKSANDRA vs DAVIS, LAUREN

First Meeting

 

ERRANI, SARA vs ROGERS, SHELBY ROGERS, SHELBY 1 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2014 BAD GASTEIN CLAY O S ROGERS, SHELBY 147 * 14 2 7-6(12) 6-3

 

CORNET, ALIZÉ vs LUCIC-BARONI, MIRJANA CORNET, ALIZÉ 2 – 0

Surface I-O Round Winner

2012 SYDNEY HARD O Q R32 CORNET, ALIZÉ 90 * 130 * 6-4 1-6 6-1

2015 FRENCH OPEN CLAY O R32 CORNET, ALIZÉ 29 29 70 * 4-6 6-3 7-5

 

HERCOG, POLONA vs KERBER, ANGELIQUE KERBER, ANGELIQUE 3 – 2

Surface I-O Round Winner

2008 MARIBOR CLAY O R16 KERBER, ANGELIQUE 159 3 215 * 6-2 3-6 6-2

2009 ATHENS HARD O R32 KERBER, ANGELIQUE 91 * 75 6 6-3 6-1

2010 WARSAW CLAY O R32 HERCOG, POLONA 55 * 64 * 6-2 6-3

2010 LUXEMBOURG HARD I Q KERBER, ANGELIQUE 52 * 47 * 6-4 6-2

2011 MONTERREY HARD O R32 HERCOG, POLONA 62 8 66 * 6-3 6-3

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 US Open – Men’s First Round Head-To-Heads

2016 US OPEN MEN’S FIRST ROUND HEAD-TO-HEADS

TOP HALF OF THE DRAW

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

 

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [PR] Jerzy Janowicz (POL) First Meeting

 

Jiri Vesely (CZE) vs [Q] Saketh Myneni (IND) First Meeting

 

[WC] Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) vs Guido Pella (ARG) First Tour-Level Meeting

Other Meeting:

15 Vicenza CH (Italy) Clay QF Bjorn Fratangelo 6-4 6-3

 

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs [28] Martin Klizan (SVK) Klizan Leads 2-0

12 St. Petersburg (Russia) Hard SF Martin Klizan 6-7(11) 6-4 7-6(3)

14 Munich (Germany) Clay R16 Martin Klizan 6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(2)

 

[20] John Isner (USA) vs [WC] Frances Tiafoe (USA) First Meeting

 

Jordan Thompson (AUS) vs [Q] Steve Darcis (BEL) First Meeting

 

Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs [WC] Ernesto Escobedo (USA) First Meeting

 

Kyle Edmund (GBR) vs [13] Richard Gasquet (FRA) First Meeting

 

[9] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs [Q] Guido Andreozzi (ARG) First Meeting

 

[WC] James Duckworth (AUS) vs Robin Haase (NED) First Meeting

 

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs [LL] Jozef Kovalik (SVK) First Meeting

 

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) vs [23] Kevin Anderson (RSA) First Meeting

 

[26] Jack Sock (USA) vs Taylor Fritz (USA) Sock Leads 1-0

16 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R128 Jack Sock 6-4 3-6 0-6 6-3 6-4

 

[Q] Mischa Zverev (GER) vs Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) First Tour-Level Meeting

Other Meetings:

16 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Q Hard Q2 Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 7-6(3)

16 ATP Masters 1000 Miami Q (U.S.A.) Hard Q2 Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-5 6-2

 

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) vs Gastao Elias (POR) Stakhovsky Leads 1-0

08 Davis Cup Group II Final (Ukraine) Hard RR Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4 7-6(5) 6-4

Other Meeting:

13 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Q Hard Q1 Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6(6) 7-5

 

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) vs [7] Marin Cilic (CRO) First Meeting

 

[4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Denis Istomin (UZB) Nadal Leads 4-0

10 London/Queen’s Club (Great Britain) Grass R16 Rafael Nadal 7-6(4) 4-6 6-4

10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-6(5) 7-5

12 Roland Garros (France) Clay R64 Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-2 6-0

14 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-0

 

Stephane Robert (FRA) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA) Seppi Leads 1-0

10 Hamburg (Germany) Clay R64 Andreas Seppi 6-4 6-3

 

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) vs Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) Kuznetsov Leads 1-0

13 Acapulco (Mexico) Clay R32 Andrey Kuznetsov 4-6 6-4 6-4

Other Meeting:

12 Nice Q (France) Clay Q2 Thomaz Bellucci 7-5 7-5

 

[PR] Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs [31] Albert Ramos-Viñolas (ESP) Ramos-Viñolas Leads 1-0

15 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R64 Albert Ramos-Viñolas 6-2 6-3

 

[24] Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) First Tour-Level Meeting

Other Meeting:

16 ATP Masters 1000 Rome Q (Italy) Clay Q2 Mikhail Kukushkin 7-5 6-2

 

[Q] Guilherme Clezar (BRA) vs [Q] Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) First Tour-Level Meeting

Other Meeting:

11 Recife CH (Brazil) Hard R32 Guilherme Clezar 6-4 2-2 ret

 

[PR] Brian Baker (USA) vs Federico Delbonis (ARG) First Meeting

 

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [15] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) Bautista Agut Leads 2-0

14 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay QF Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6 6-4 7-6(1)

15 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R64 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 6-3

 

[10] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Gilles Muller (LUX) Series Tied 1-1

15 ATP Masters 1000 Montréal Hard R32 Gilles Muller 6-3 3-6 7-6(4)

16 ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo Clay R64 Gael Monfils 7-5 6-0

 

[Q] Jan Satral (CZE) vs [WC] Mackenzie McDonald (USA) First Meeting

 

[Q] Marton Fucsovics (HUN) vs Nicolas Almagro (ESP) First Meeting

 

Dudi Sela (ISR) vs [18] Pablo Cuevas (URU) Cuevas Leads 2-0

15 Nottingham (Great Britain) Grass R32 Pablo Cuevas 7-5 6-4

15 US Open (U.S.A) Hard R128 Pablo Cuevas 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1

 

[32] Benoit Paire (FRA) vs Dusan Lajovic (SRB) Lajovic Leads 1-0

16 São Paulo (Brazil) Clay R16 Dusan Lajovic 6-0 4-6 6-3

 

Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs Facundo Bagnis (ARG) First Meeting

 

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs [Q] Ryan Harrison (USA) Mannarino Leads 1-0

11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R128 Adrian Mannarino 6-4 6-3 6-4

Other Meeting:

14 Knoxville CH (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Adrian Mannarino 6-1 6-1

 

Dustin Brown (GER) vs [5] Milos Raonic (CAN) First Meeting

 

Bottom Half of the Men’s Draw

 

[8] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs John Millman (AUS) Thiem Leads 1-0

16 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard R32 Dominic Thiem 7-5 6-1

 

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) vs Malek Jaziri (TUN) Jaziri Leads 2-1

14 Newport (U.S.A.) Grass R32 Malek Jaziri 7-5 6-3

15 Moscow (Russia) Hard R32 Ricardas Berankis 6-4 6-4

16 Halle (Germany) Grass R32 Malek Jaziri 7-5 6-4

 

Pablo Carreño Busta (ESP) vs [Q] Ilya Ivashka (BLR) First Meeting

 

[PR] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [29] Sam Querrey (USA) Series Tied 3-3

06 Indianapolis (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Sam Querrey 6-4 6-7(4) 6-4

10 Los Angeles (U.S.A.) Hard SF Sam Querrey 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 6-4

10 Washington (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(3) 6-3

11 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R64 Sam Querrey 6-4 6-4

12 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 Janko Tipsarevic 2-6 6-4 7-6(3) 6-3

13 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard R64 Janko Tipsarevic 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4

 

[19] Steve Johnson (USA) vs Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) Johnson Leads 1-0

16 Rio Olympics (Brazil) Hard R16 Steve Johnson 6-1 6-1

 

[WC] Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs Diego Schwartzman (ARG) First Meeting

 

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs Fabio Fognini (ITA) Series Tied 1-1

09 Casablanca (Morocco) Clay R32 Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2 6-1

15 Davis Cup Play-off (Russia) Hard RR Fabio Fognini 7-6(4) 6-3 7-6(5)

 

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [11] David Ferrer (ESP) Ferrer Leads 8-3

10 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard R64 David Ferrer 3-6 6-3 6-4

10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 David Ferrer 6-2 6-2 6-3

11 Acapulco (Mexico) Clay SF David Ferrer 5-7 6-1 6-1

11 Nice (France) Clay QF Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 1-6 7-5

11 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard R16 David Ferrer 6-3 6-2

12 Valencia (Spain) Hard F David Ferrer 6-1 3-6 6-4

13 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 David Ferrer 6-7(6) 7-6(2) 2-6 6-1 6-2

14 Doha (Qatar) Hard R32 David Ferrer 6-3 5-7 6-3

14 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Clay SF Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-4

15 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard R32 David Ferrer 6-2 6-2

16 Acapulco (Mexico) Hard R16 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-4

 

[14] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs Aljaz Bedene (GBR) First Meeting

 

Horacio Zeballos (ARG) vs Florian Mayer (GER) Mayer Leads 1-0

12 Hamburg (Germany) Clay R32 Florian Mayer 7-6(7) 7-5

Other Meeting:

16 Heilbronn CH (Germany) Clay R32 Florian Mayer 4-6 7-5 6-4

 

 

Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs Illya Marchenko (UKR) Series Tied 1-1

10 Zagreb (Croatia) Hard R16 Illya Marchenko 6-4 6-2

11 Zagreb (Croatia) Hard R16 Ivan Dodig 6-2 6-3

Other Meetings:

06 Nigeria F5 (Nigeria) Hard F Ivan Dodig 6-3 6-4

06 Nigeria F6 (Nigeria) Hard QF Illya Marchenko 6-1 6-1

16 Irving CH (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Ivan Dodig 6-3 1-6 6-3

 

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) vs [17] Bernard Tomic (AUS) Tomic Leads 1-0

15 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Bernard Tomic 5-7 7-6(4) 6-4 6-3

 

[27] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs [LL] Daniel Brands (GER) First Tour-Level Meeting

Other Meetings:

14 Vienna Q (Austria) Hard Q3 Daniel Brands 6-1 3-6 6-3

15 Braunschweig CH (Germany) Clay R16 Daniel Brands 6-7(5) 6-3 6-3

 

Daniel Evans (GBR) vs [WC] Rajeev Ram (USA) First Meeting

 

Denis Kudla (USA) vs [Q] Alessandro Giannessi (ITA) First Tour-Level Meeting

Other Meeting:

16 ATP Masters 1000 Rome Q (Italy) Clay Q1 Denis Kudla 7-6(3) 6-4

 

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs [3] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) Verdasco Leads 3-2

05 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R32 Fernando Verdasco 7-6(8) 6-2

05 Gstaad (Switzerland) Clay R16 Stan Wawrinka 3-6 6-4 7-6(8)

12 Acapulco (Mexico) Clay SF Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-3

15 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-3 6-4

16 London/Queen’s Club (Great Britain) Grass R32 Fernando Verdasco 6-2 7-6(3)

 

[6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs Benjamin Becker (GER) Nishikori Leads 2-1

10 Delray Beach (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Benjamin Becker 6-3 1-6 6-0

14 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Kei Nishikori 6-4 6-4

14 Tokyo (Japan) Hard SF Kei Nishikori 4-6 6-0 7-6(2)

Other Meeting:

10 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai Q Hard Q1 Benjamin Becker 7-5 4-6 7-6(4)

[Q] Karen Khachanov (RUS) vs [Q] Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) First Tour-Level Meeting

Other Meeting:

13 Geneva CH (Switzerland) Hard R16 Karen Khachanov 7-5 4-6 6-3

 

[Q] Christian Harrison (USA) vs Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) First Meeting

 

Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs [25] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) First Meeting

 

[21] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) Series Tied 2-2

12 London/Queen’s Club (Great Britain) Grass R32 Yen-Hsun Lu 6-7(3) 7-6(6) 7-6(7)

14 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard SF Ivo Karlovic 6-1 ret

14 Halle (Germany) Grass R16 Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6(2) 7-6(3)

14 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R32 Ivo Karlovic 7-6(6) 6-3

Other Meetings:

02 Binghamton CH (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Ivo Karlovic 7-5 7-6(5)

03 Binghamton CH (U.S.A.) Hard QF Ivo Karlovic 3-6 7-6(7) 6-4

 

Donald Young (USA) vs Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) First Tour-Level Meeting

Other Meeting:

14 ATP Masters 1000 Paris Q (France) Hard Q1 Donald Young 7-6(1) 6-4

 

Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs Radu Albot (MDA) Albot Leads 1-0

15 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Hard R32 Radu Albot 6-2 7-6(5)

Other Meeting:

14 San Marino CH (San Marino) Clay R32 Viktor Troicki 4-6 6-3 6-2

 

[Q] Jared Donaldson (USA) vs [12] David Goffin (BEL) First Meeting

 

[16] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Borna Coric (CRO) First Meeting

 

Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs Joao Sousa (POR) Sousa Leads 1-0

16 Nice (France) Clay R16 Joao Sousa 3-6 6-4 6-4

Other Meeting:

10 Leon CH (Mexico) Hard R32 Victor Estrella Burgos 6-3 6-2

 

[WC] Michael Mmoh (USA) vs Jeremy Chardy (FRA) First Meeting

 

Iñigo Cervantes (ESP) vs [22] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) First Meeting

 

[30] Gilles Simon (FRA) vs [Q] Radek Stepanek (CZE) Stepanek Leads 2-1

08 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 Radek Stepanek 6-2 6-4 6-1

08 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Gilles Simon 6-1 6-4

09 Davis Cup 1R (Czech Republic) Carpet RR Radek Stepanek 7-6(2) 6-3 7-6(0)

 

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) Berlocq Leads 1-0

16 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 Carlos Berlocq 6-3 6-0 6-2

Other Meetings:

05 Mantova CH (Italy) Clay QF Carlos Berlocq 6-2 6-3

09 Todi CH (Italy) Clay R16 Paolo Lorenzi 6-3 1-6 7-5

10 Caltanissetta CH (Italy) Clay R32 Paolo Lorenzi 6-4 7-6(5)

11 Todi CH (Italy) Clay SF Carlos Berlocq 6-1 6-2

 

Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs Juan Monaco (ARG) Granollers Leads 3-2

08 Warsaw (Poland) Clay QF Juan Monaco 6-4 6-3

10 Valencia (Spain) Hard QF Marcel Granollers 1-6 6-3 6-4

11 Valencia (Spain) Hard F Marcel Granollers 6-2 4-6 7-6(3)

13 Kitzbühel (Austria) Clay F Marcel Granollers 0-6 7-6(3) 6-4

14 Dusseldorf (Germany) Clay R16 Juan Monaco 6-1 6-2

 

Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs [2] Andy Murray (GBR) Murray Leads 2-0

14 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R64 Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2

15 Munich (Germany) Clay QF Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2

Statistics courtesy of the US Open.

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San Diego Aviators win first Mylan World TeamTennis championship

(NEW YORK, August 26, 2016) – The San Diego Aviators defeated the Orange County Breakers 25-14 to win their first Mylan World TeamTennis championship on Friday in the Mylan WTT Finals presented by Citi at historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club.

 

Darija Jurak (doubles, mixed doubles), Shelby Rogers (women’s singles, doubles) and Raven Klaasen (doubles, mixed doubles) each won two events to lead the top-seeded Aviators.

However it may have been Ryan Harrison who had the most impressive feat of the day. For Harrison, the league’s Male MVP, it was a double victory, as he also qualified for the US Open earlier in the day, dismissing Henri Laaksonen to earn a spot in the main draw. He then made the short drive across the borough of Queens to contribute to Coach John Lloyd’s team in winning the King Trophy.

 

“You’re trying not to get ahead of yourself,” said Harrison of his unique morning-afternoon twin-bill. “You’re focusing completely on your match, but in the back of your mind you’d like to win quickly. I tried to focus in on my service games, get ahead and put them away.”

 

Klaasen, ranked No. 10 in doubles on the ATP World Tour, was named the Mylan WTT Finals MVP presented by Forevermark for his performance. Klaasen, who was presented with a Forevermark diamond after the match, teamed up with Jurak and Harrison to post a pair of 5-2 wins in mixed doubles and men’s doubles.

 

“It feels really nice to get the MVP award but it feels a bit undeserving because our whole team played very well,” said Klaasen who credited team chemistry with their success. “We were apart for four days and when we saw each other again last night, it felt like we had been apart for a year. Our team chemistry has been great. We will friends for the rest of our lives.”

 

Jurak and Klaasen began the afternoon with a 5-2 mixed doubles triumph over the Breakers’ Alla Kudryavtseva and Scott Lipsky. Then Rogers and Nicole Gibbs battled it out in women’s singles, with Rogers upending Gibbs, 5-2, for a 10-4 Aviators advantage.

 

“It’s different playing for your team than just singles for myself,” said Rogers after the singles win, in which she rallied from down 1-2 and facing a game point in what may have been the turning point of the match.

 

Next was men’s doubles, with the duo of Harrison and Klaasen extending the Aviators’ advantage to a commanding 15-6 with another 5-2 set triumph, over Scott Lipsky and Dennis Novikov. Women’s doubles was next, with Rogers and Jurak teaming to topple Gibbs and Kudryavtseva by that same 5-2 score.

 

Men’s singles completed the day, as the Breakers’ Dennis Novikov salvaged the only set win, 5-4, to keep Orange County alive, Harrison then closed out the championship by winning the second Extended Play game. League co-founder Billie Jean King and Mylan WTT CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss presented the Aviators, including team owners Fred Luddy and Jack McGrory, with the their first King Trophy.

 

Winning the title at Forest Hills Stadium was also special for Lloyd who was named as the 2016 Mylan WTT Coach of the Year earlier this month. “It brings a lot of memories back; I played back in the US Open when it was on grass and clay,” added Lloyd, in his second year at the helm of the new champions. “In fact on this court I lost to the great Bjorn Borg. It was nice to play on this beautiful court. To come back and win this title was great.”

 

 

 

Mylan World TeamTennis Finals presented by Citi

SAN DIEGO AVIATORS def. Orange County Breakers 25-14 (EP)

 

Mixed Doubles – Darija Jurak\Raven Klaasen (Aviators) def. Alla Kudryavtseva\Scott Lipsky (Breakers) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Shelby Rogers (Aviators) def. Nicole Gibbs (Breakers) 5-2

Men’s Doubles – Ryan Harrison\Raven Klaasen (Aviators) def. Scott Lipsky\Dennis Novikov (Breakers) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Darija Jurak\Shelby Rogers (Aviators) def. Nicole Gibbs\Alla Kudryavtseva (Breakers) 5-2

Men’s Singles – Dennis Novikov (Breakers) def. Ryan Harrison (Aviators) 5-4

Extended Play – Men’s Singles – Ryan Harrison (Aviators) tied Dennis Novikov (Breakers) 1-1

 

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Top Seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Come Into US Open Overcoming Injuries

August 26, 2016 - Photos from the US Open Draw Ceremony during the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. Michael LeBrecht/USTA

August 26, 2016 – Photos from the US Open Draw Ceremony during the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. Michael LeBrecht/USTA

(August 26, 2016) FLUSHING MEADOWS, New York – The two top seeds at the 2016 U.S. Open enter the tournament coming back from injuries. The world No. 1 man, Novak Djokovic said that he’s “getting there” in terms of his wrist injury.

The 12-time major champion talked about how his injury came about: “It happened actually in Rio, just few days before the start of the tournament,” said the Serb. I did experience this for the first time in my career. Never had this particular wrist injury before. I played against (Juan Martin) Del Potro, who unfortunately was absent from the tour for the wrist injury himself.

“You know, it was interesting for me to experience how was it and how it is for him for so many years struggling with that essential part of your body as a tennis player.

“Yeah, after undergoing certain treatments I’ve gotten better. I’m just hoping that Monday when the tournament starts I’ll be able to, as I said, get as close to the maximum of executing my backhand shot as possible.”

 

Twenty-two-time major winner and No. 1 Serena Williams had been dealing with a shoulder injury. “I have not played a lot, I haven’t practiced a lot, but I’m just now starting to feel a little better, she said.

“I’m really fit right now,” Williams continued. “I mean, I think I did serve pretty well at Wimbledon this year. I felt like I was able to hit aces when I wanted to. So, yeah, couple months ago, couple — few weeks ago.”

 

Both top players will face challenges in the very first round. Williams will be facing Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova, who upset Williams in the round of 16 at the 2012 Australian Open.

Commenting on her opponent she said, “she’s a big fighter. She never really stops.

“I think one thing I think that’s pretty impressive is she’s pretty — she gets a lot of balls back. You think she’s not super quick, but she is.”

 

Could potentially meet her sister Venus in the semifinals.

Djokovic will face off against a former Wimbledon semifinalist, once ranked 14th in the world, Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz.

 

Two-time U.S. Open winner and 14-time major title holder Rafael Nadal could face Djokovic in the semifinals, is also coming off a wrist injury. Nadal won the gold medal in doubles at the Rio Olympics.

“I am a little bit better,” talking about the wrist injury. “It’s obvious that when you have been outside two months and a half you need a little bit of time.

“I try to go quick, especially in the Olympics and then competing last week in Cincinnati, but the wrist still bothers me a little bit. It’s true that the wrist bothers me a little bit less every day. I need to understand again to hit my normal forehand.

“During the wrist injury always you try to find movements to avoid the pain. So I think today I can start the forehand, I think my normal forehand, but still needs time to feel that I am more confident on my wrist.

“But I am practicing well and I am competing well, I think.”

 

The fourth seed Nadal will open his quest for another title in Flushing Meadows against Denis Istomin.

No. 2 Andy Murray and No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka are on the other side of the draw.

 

A potential dangerous floater in silver medalist and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro who sits on Murray’s side of the draw in Stan Wawrinka’s quarter.

 

The No. 2 seed in the women’s draw is Angelique Kerber who missed a chance to become No. 1 in the world when she lost the final of Cincinnati. The German also lost in the gold medal final of the Olympics to Monica Puig.

Asked about her confidence after these two tough losses she said: “Actually, to be honest, I’m feeling good, because I have great matches in the last weeks, and especially a lot of positive emotions. I mean, of course I have two tough matches in the finals, but I played not bad. I mean, my opponent is playing good in these matches.

“But I have a lot of confidence to being here again, having a lot of time now for practicing and preparing for the last Grand Slam of the year.”

 

Men’s Draw

Women’s Draw

 

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama at the U. S. Open.

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Kei Nishikori Clinches Emirates Airline US Open Series Title

Kei Nishikori

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KEI NISHIKORI CLINCHES EMIRATES AIRLINE US OPEN SERIES MEN’S TITLE

Nishikori Wins First Emirates Airline US Open Series Title – 2014 US Open Finalist Will Now Compete for a Record $4.5 Million Payout at US Open

Women’s Bonus Challenge to be Decided This Weekend at Connecticut Open

From the USTA – August 25, 2016 – World No. 7 and 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori clinched the 2016 Emirates US open Series men’s title tonight, with Viktor Trocki’s victory over Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals of the Winston-Salem Open in Winston-Salem, N.C. Nishikori will now attempt to set a record for the largest payout in tennis history at the US Open – $4.5 million; $3.5 million for winning the US Open and a $1 million bonus for winning the US Open as Emirates Airline US Open Series champion.

Nishikori finishes the Bonus Challenge with 85 points – 70 for reaching the Rogers Cup final in Toronto and 15 for advancing to the Round of 16 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Verdasco was the only remaining player in Winston-Salem who could have overtaken him in the final standings.

Grigor Dimitrov finishes second in the men’s Bonus Challenge, while 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s champion Milos Raonic finishes third. Both players tied with 70 points; Dimitrov finishes second based on tiebreakers, having won seven matches on the Series this summer, as opposed to Raonic’s five. The second and third place finishers will compete for US Open bonus payouts of $500,000 and $250,000, respectively.

Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic each earned 100 points for their Rogers Cup and Western & Southern Open victories, respectively. Players must earn points in two or more Emirates Airline US Open Series events to be eligible for the final Bonus Challenge standings and US Open bonus prize money.

The women’s Bonus Challenge will be decided this week at the Connecticut Open in New Haven, where Agnieszka Radwanska can overtake current leader Johanna Konta by winning the title.

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“On The Call” with ESPN Tennis Analysts Cliff Drysdale, Chrissie Evert and Mary Joe Fernandez

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(August 24, 2016) ESPN tennis analysts Cliff Drysdale, Chrissie Evert and Mary Joe Fernandez spoke with media Wednesday to discuss the upcoming US Open.  Highlights of the call follow.

 

Soundbites

On:  Does Serena Feel the Pressure of Winning Major No. 23 and breaking the streak of weeks at No. 1?

  • “The pressure… is going to be a lot less intense this year than it was last year; that she finally buckled during the semifinal.  I think she’s always the clear favorite for every major.  Everybody knows that.  That’s been the case for so long now.  And I think, this to me, anyway, this is hers.  It’s always hers to win, but I think she’s going to win it this year.” – Drysdale

 

On: The evolution of Serena the player.

Somebody once asked her, do you remember winning your first US Open, she goes, ‘Yeah, I just went out and hit the ball.  I had no idea what I was doing.’  And I think that sums it up.  She had no strategy.  She just hit the ball.  That’s the way she was taught by Richard; just hit the ball, and she made a lot more errors.  But she was a great athlete and she had the power.  But you know, as like now, she uses her head a lot more on the court.” – Evert

 

On: Is Rafa again the Rafa of old?

“I saw him in Rio and he looked really good.  He looked very hungry.  I felt like his forehand was better than it had been.   I do feel he played so much in the first few days that it caught up to him towards the end.  He had to play del Potro and Nishikori back‑to‑back after having the Gold Medal in doubles, and I think that took a lot out of him, and you saw the effects in Cincinnati.   But I have no doubt that he’s going to be a huge challenger.” – Fernandez

  1. What do you all feel about this race for No. 1, and exactly where Serena might be at this point in time with her tennis?

FERNÁNDEZ:  I was with her in Rio.  She definitely was not 100 percent physically with her shoulder.  I think she made the right choice by not playing in Cincinnati and giving the shoulder a little bit more rest.  I think it was tough for her because the No. 1 ranking is important to her, and she’d like to not just tie Steffi Graf for No. 1 at consecutive weeks, but she’d like to break it. I think it’s great that it’s in her hands.  If she wins the US Open, she’ll keep the No. 1 ranking.  I do also feel like she’s played less this season.  I was looking at her tournaments, I want to say she’s only played seven tournaments, compared to everybody else, not that much.   It was inevitable that players were going to catch up, and Kerber has had such an amazing year by winning the Australian and reaching the finals at Wimbledon, she’s the first one.   I think Muguruza is pretty close, too.  So it makes it exciting.  They are playing for a lot.  They are playing to break records and for the No. 1 ranking.

EVERT:  Yeah, I think just to add on to that, there’s a lot at stake for her, like Mary Joe says, to break Steffi in so many different ways:  First of all, to win 23, and also the consecutive weeks.   She’s had enough time off so that ‑‑ whereas, a lot of the other players seem to be a little tired after the Olympics, because it’s been a really intense, demanding summer for players who have done well at the French and Wimbledon and the Olympics; Serena on the other hand seems to be rested up.  Yes, she was injured.  Hopefully she can get that shoulder ‑‑ I think a lot of it has to do with her shoulder because that serve is the big key for her to win matches.  Yes, she has a lot to fall back on if her serve is not working but it makes life tough for her and she wins a lot of free points on that serve.  The women are only getting better and only gaining more confidence when they play against her.   There’s going to be pressure on Serena.  There was pressure on her last year for different reasons, but this year, Mary Joe, don’t you think there will be a lot of pressure on her also?

FERNÁNDEZ:  There’s still so much.

EVERT:  Serena being No. 2 in the world doesn’t sort of sit well with her.  I think, once again, it’s going to be a pressure.  And the other players, hopefully Kerber is not burned out, because she has every right to be after this year she’s had.   Muguruza, to me, really hasn’t gotten her game back after winning the French.  So a lot of it is dependent also on how the other women are playing and if they believe they can beat her.

DRYSDALE:  From where I sit, the pressure that you two are talking about is going to be a lot less intense this year than it was last year; that she finally buckled during the semifinal.  I think she’s always the clear favorite for every major.  Everybody knows that.  That’s been the case for so long now.  And I think, this to me, anyway, this is hers.  It’s always hers to win, but I think she’s going to win it this year, because I think the pressure in general is off of her now.   As you said, she’s had, generally speaking, a very short year, played very few matches.  I think she’ll be eager to go, and I think that for her, the US Open will always be probably the most important event of her year, and I think she’s going to win it again.

 

  1. You talked specifically about the demands that have been placed on the players with the busy schedule.  Who else to you looks fresh that could possibly threaten Serena at The Open, and whimsical question, if we look at our crystal ball, who for Roberta Vinci this year?

EVERT:  You know, I always think Madison Keys inevitably will come through.  She seems to have had ‑‑ she’s come close.  She’s beaten Venus and she’s played Serena some good matches, and I always think if she’s on her A Game, and Serena is off, I always give her a shot.   But you know, you’re right, Muguruza, as I said before, unless she’s playing her A Game, she just doesn’t ‑‑ she’s like hot or cold.  But unless she plays her A Game, she doesn’t have a chance.   Kerber always will, and if she’s fresh, I think that she is going to be a contender.  But you know, and I’m thinking Cliff Drysdale, who always disagrees with Mary Joe and I no matter what we say, I’m kind of ‑‑ he kind of brought up a good point in the sense of Serena, yes, because she’s had time off, and because she’s ‑‑ I think this will give her motivation and she will be fresher than ever.   You know, it’s Serena playing well ‑‑ I mean, Serena not being in top form, that’s how she loses matches.  But it’s also, the other side of the equation, is somebody coming up and playing some really great tennis.   And who is that going to be?  I mean, are the players tired?  Are they ‑‑ can Radwanska, does she have enough weapons?  I don’t think so.  So that’s why I’m looking at Madison and I’m looking at Kerber, Muguruza on a great day.  But it’s going to be tough.   And there’s so many other girls, women, out there, that all of a sudden, at the Olympics, started playing well.  You don’t know if a dark horse is going to come along and play Serena a great match.  But I think that once she’s in the second week, I think that’s when she’s her toughest.

DRYSDALE:  What about Monica Puig, ladies?

FERNÁNDEZ:  She’s the outsider.  She’s not even seeded.  She could definitely cause some damage.  And she hasn’t played since the Olympics.  Madison has not played since the Olympics and she’ll be fresh.   I also think players like Halep and Pliskova, they didn’t go to the Olympics, so they will be a little bit more fresh mentally and physically, and they are both playing well.  But I think those that went and played well, like a Kerber; poor Radwanska had to fly, I don’t know, like three days to get to the Olympics.  That took a lot out of her.   But I think the one player that’s always dangerous that has never really done well at the US Open, but if she gets hot, is Kvitova.  You have to sort of always look out for her.

DRYSDALE:  Keys and Halep for the reasons you mentioned, and Sloane Stephens has beaten her on a huge occasion.  I would put her as the third one of my dark horses.  And other than the obvious ones that you’ve been talking about, Kerber, Muguruza, Radwanska, I don’t think they have the arsenal of shots to be able to play with Serena.

EVERT:  You know, Mary Joe, you brought up Halep before.  She is somebody that, I mean, she’s somebody who is starting to play well, but her ‑‑ if she just had a better attitude and if she just wasn’t so tough on herself, she’d be another level higher.  I think Halep on a really good day, she’s potential, too.  She’s got potential to beat Serena.

FERNÁNDEZ:  This is the most consistent I’ve seen her for awhile, winning the two back‑to‑back tournaments, reaching the semis against Kerber.  She started to play well after she was down a set at 40‑love.  But if she can bottle that kind of tennis and intensity and concentration and keep the attitude positive, she’s definitely one that should be a contender.

 

  1. Curious if you think that Djokovic is not the favorite going in?  Federer said earlier today he thought he still is, even though he’s had a little bit of a murky summer.  And curious from your perspective what kind of player Serena was 17 years ago when at age 17, she won her first US Open.  Was she a very different player?  And maybe first impressions you’ve had of that breakout run.

DRYSDALE:  Djokovic is to me still the favorite.  I’m giving him 55 to 45.  Andy Murray obviously having a really good second half of the year.   This game is based on really four legs:  You’ve got to be able to get to the ball, you’ve got to be able to hit it and you’ve got to have some strategic jeans to you when you reach that level, but the other one is confidence.   And to the extent that confidence is the most important leg, and Andy Murray is obviously more than a contender, but Djokovic is in my view going to win it again.   How quickly we forget, what have you done for me lately.  It was two months ago that we were talking about him winning the Grand Slam, the first man since Rod Laver to do it, and now we say, suddenly, gee, can he win the US Open.  The answer to me is yes, he can and yes, he will.

FERNÁNDEZ:  He’s only lost five matches all year, so he’s still a favorite for sure.   It’s curious, I don’t know, Chrissie, if you got to see any of the Tennis Channel yesterday.  I was with my son at the tennis courts, and they were showing old matches, and it was Serena, and my son was like, oh, my gosh, they were so good such a long time ago (laughing).  And it was fun to watch.   I think she’s better now, but she was really good back then.  Now she has a better understanding of how to construct points and uses angles and I think is more aware of strategy.  But wow, I mean, she was still, back then, the serve was as powerful.  They were great.  It was fun to watch.

EVERT:  I think you could see the eagerness and the hunger in her more back then.   Obviously at this point in her career, she’s going to have scratchier ‑‑ at the end of your career, you always have scratchy matches where you just can’t be as consistent.   But I mean, if somebody once asked her, do you remember winning your first US Open, she goes, “Yeah, I just went out and hit the ball.  I had no idea what I was doing.”  And I think that sums it up.  She had no strategy.  She just hit the ball.  That’s the way she was taught by Richard; just hit the ball, and she made a lot more errors.  But she was a great athlete and she had the power.  But you know, as like now, she uses her head a lot more on the court.

 

  1. Steve Johnson is now the top‑ranked American.  How surprised are you guys at that, and what do you think his ceiling is?  And for the women’s side, besides Serena, who are your favorites?

DRYSDALE:  Stevie Johnson, he’s come of age, 26 years old.  He’s got a lot of years, so he’s overtaken Isner as the top American.  He’s a strong competitor.  If you’re asking me if he’s a contender to win The Open, I would be very hesitant to say that.   I think he has obviously a good chance and he’s got a great arsenal.  And it’s sort of ‑‑ sometimes later on in life, because he was a USC grad.  I look forward to seeing him continue to progress.  I guess he’s got a medal under his belt, too, now.  So it’s a nice story.

 

  1. What’s his ceiling?  Does he have Top‑10 potential?

DRYSDALE:  I would hesitate to put him in the Top‑10.  I’m going to have to look at him for another 12 months before I’d commit to that.  Because he started out really badly, you know, and now he’s come on.   And again, if his confidence level is up and I think he’s had a good last few months generally speaking.  But it’s too early in my book, anyway, to put him in the Top‑10.

FERNÁNDEZ:  I was able to see him up close in Rio and I was really impressed with his speed.  He is so fast.  He hides his weaknesses extremely well, which is his back hand, but it’s actually not that bad of a weakness because he keeps the ball low and waits to use his forehand.  He serves really well.  Comes to the net really well.  Has a great attitude.  He really was so positive from start to finish.   But you look at the rankings, and he’s 19, I believe, right now.  So can he get to 10?  Yeah, why not.  You have players up there like Balsan (ph) and Lopez (ph) are ahead of him.  He could.  If he has these consistent results week‑in and week‑out, like he did just did in Cincinnati, there’s no reason why not.  Because he plays to his strengths really, really well.

EVERT:  As far as you’re talking about the women, challenging Serena, was that the next question?

 

  1. Who are the other contenders?

EVERT:  You’ve got to look at Serena with the shoulder injury; you don’t know where she’s going to be, okay.  But at the same time, she’s got to be going in there fresh and I think motivated to maintain, to keep the No. 1 ranking and win 23.  Kerber, we answered this before, but you probably weren’t on the line.  Kerber obviously is playing some unbelievable tennis this summer.  Mentally got a lot stronger.  Muguruza, she wins the French, and then the last two tournaments, she’s really not looked good the last two tournaments.  Not looked like she’s made any adjustments to the hard court.   I’m a Madison Keys fan because of her power on her serve and her ground strokes.  And if she could ever get it all together and believe and trust herself and play her A Game, I think she could be a threat.  And then the other one was Halep, who seems to be playing a little sharper.  But she needs to believe in herself and have a little bit better attitude.   Mary Joe mentioned Kvitova.  Even she doesn’t look like she’s playing her best tennis.  It’s something that somebody’s got to step up, and it’s been a tough year, because a lot of people are getting probably a little bit tired.   But at this point, you know, someone’s got to realize that they have got a chance against Serena.  Someone’s got to step up.  We’ll see who that is.

DRYSDALE:  One quick comment.  You talk about Steve Johnson, the sliced backhand.  I’m so fascinated by the fact that Juan Martín del Potro ‑‑ and this was not your question.   But here is a guy who is playing with 50 percent of what he used to have on one side of his body, the backhand side.  He’s slicing the ball now for the most part.  He’ll hit two‑handed every so often.   But we’ve sort of seen a mini‑come back of the sliced back hand, and I’m thrilled about it.  I like it.  I’m just in awe of how del Potro has been able to come back basically on crutches when it comes to your tennis game.  You lose one of your major shots, and usually it spells doom.  So fascinated by how he’s been able to do it.

EVERT:  Mary Joe, did you watch any of his matches up close?

FERNÁNDEZ:  I did.  Yeah, I did.  He’s definitely hitting his back hand more than he was at Wimbledon.  But I think he’s realized that the slice is quite effective and it’s setting up his forehand nicely ‑‑ bigger than it was before.

EVERT:  That was my question.  Seems like he’s hitting it bigger than before.  It seems like he’s hitting it bigger than before and it seems like he’s moving pretty well.

FERNÁNDEZ:  Definitely.

EVERT:  He’s a big guy.

FERNÁNDEZ:  He played great.  He was so emotional about all his victories.  But I think because, what Cliffy said, the slice isn’t always a weakness and he’s learned to use it to set himself up.  And because he wants to cover the backhand a little bit more, I think that’s why he’s going for an even bigger forehand.

EVERT:  That’s true.

DRYSDALE:  Not to forget, he’s got an unbelievable serve anyway.  But that was not the question, sorry.

 

  1. Picking up what you were just all talking about…..if you had to pick an outsider like a del Potro, Cilic, someone like that on the men’s side, who would you look at?  And to pick up on what Chrissie was saying about Serena, if the shoulder is in a state where she can’t consistently hit 115, 118, can she be a spot server, mix in the slice and the kick, and still be a US Open Champion, or does Serena need the fastball, really need to be able to bring the heat, at 5‑all, 30‑all, to beat Serena?

DRYSDALE:  First of all, you didn’t introduce yourself to me.  Usually we start off by you telling me your name and who you represent, after all these years (laughter).   So the dark horse, the dark horses on the men’s side for me are the aforementioned del Potro.  It’s really setting up to be a fascinating contest at the Open because Raonic is again one of the big servers who on a relatively fast hard court, just like on grass, has got a potential.   Cilic is coming back, and getting his serve to where it was when he won the US Open a couple of years ago, means that he’s another real tough dark horse.  Then you’ve got the big four, with the exception, obviously Roger is not playing, but even Rafa, apparently, Mary Joe looked pretty good down in Rio, as well, even though he didn’t win the singles.  I like Kyrgios has also had a win this summer in Atlanta.  So, man, you’ve got a lot of contenders and I think for the first time, you’ve got the top three now in the world who are ‑‑ this is not a cakewalk for them anymore.

FERNÁNDEZ:  On the guy’s side, I’d go with all those that Cliffy mentioned.  I mean, Cilic, it was the first time he got to a Masters 1000 final and he ends up beating Murray in it, playing really well.  It was nice to see that happen.   Dominic Thiem has had a great season.  He said he was beat up after Wimbledon.  Is he fresh; can he translate his great play to the US Open?  I think we’ll see.  I think Monfils (ph), is the best I’ve seen him week‑in and week‑out.  He’s had injuries, though, so that’s always a question mark in my book.  Kyrgios can beat anyone on a given day.  Can he do it over two weeks, three out of five, I’m not sure yet.  And then you have your big servers.  You have Isner and Karlovic, can they come up with some upsets.  It was nice to see Grieger (ph) have two great weeks and winning some matches again.  But at the end of the day you still go with Djokovic, Murray and Rafa in my book.

EVERT:  Don’t forget Wawrinka.  He could all of a sudden up his game.  He’s shown that he can play great on a hard court.  My two dark horses would be del Potro and Cilic.  Those two I think could have a chance to win the tournament.  The other ones, again, that you named Mary Joe, I think are great for an upset or two, but I think to win the tournament, you’ve go to have that big power game.

FERNÁNDEZ:  And Nishikori.  He played great at the Olympics, too, and he’s been to the finals there.  So he’s a potential, too.

 

  1. Any thoughts on Serena?  (followup from above)

EVERT:  Oh, geez, that’s a tough question.

FERNÁNDEZ:  It is.  I think she can still win without her serve blasting all the time.  It will be that much harder.  I think the type of player ‑‑ the draw can obviously be a big part of it.  If she plays a lot of players that are fast and can counter‑punch and make her hit a ton of balls, it will be more challenging.  But you know, can she get away with it?  Yeah, she’s that good, of course.  It will just be much, much harder.

EVERT:  Yeah, I think we saw her at the Olympics.  We’ve seen her in tournaments at her three‑quarter, and she has that serve out wide and she has the nice one down the T.  But I think because she has such a great return serve and she can break easily, especially with a lot of players like a Halep and a Kerber and Radwanska having weaker second serves, I think because she has such a great second serve, she can get away with not having her a serve and placing it.

DRYSDALE:  If you would have asked me the question six months ago, I would have said there’s really no chance that she with one of her major weapons and the biggest shot in tennis ‑‑ 50 to 75 percent, would I have said no chance.  But I would is said the same thing with del Potro and with his injury and his left wrist.  It’s become a tough one.   I don’t think she’s going to be able to do it, if she’s that far down on the serve effectiveness or her serve speed.  But we will see.

 

  1. Is there an 800‑pound elephant in this world called age?  34 years is quite a lot, I’m both on the clock physically and emotionally.  And the other question is about Rafa.  Have you all given up hope on him?  Do you think he can really do it?

EVERT:  You know, I’m just going to answer the thing about Serena.  I played the Tour when I was 34.  I retired when I was 34.  And mind you, we definitely had different games and I didn’t rely on what she relies on.  But the fact of the matter is, when you get older, you have less days that you’re motivated and you have less days that you ‑‑ you really have more flat days, because it’s just mentally, emotionally and physically, those three components, aren’t always in sync.   And when you’re young and you’re eager and you’re just on the Tour, those three components are usually in sync, and that’s why you play so well.   So it’s so understandable to me, as I said before, that she has some scratchy matches during the year and she doesn’t play well.  But her high level of play is still higher than any other player.   So you know, who knows if she can get ‑‑ what it takes for her to get that high level out there, but we know it’s still there.  We’ve seen it this year and it is still there.  And if she can get it going, she’s still going to win majors.   But she’s definitely going to have more bad days.

DRYSDALE:  Jimmy Connors, 39 years old, semifinal US Open; Kenny Rosewall, finalist at Wimbledon, 39, finalist at the US Open.  Age is very much a relative thing.  As you said, Chrissie, to me, it’s not an issue.  Very interesting what you say, by the way, about motivation, because I think that’s correct.  It’s so much easier to go out when you’re 17 years old and just hit the crap out of the ball and don’t worry about it, and then you start to think about what you’re doing.   So you probably have more up and downs.  Except that how many downs has she had since this latest come back?  She’s still No. 1 after going on a record number of weeks.  Age is not an issue for Serena for me, not an issue.

FERNÁNDEZ:  I was just going to add, the only issue I see as she gets older is her wanting it that much more and knowing that maybe the window is closing, so that adds pressure to Serena.  But not because physically she can’t do it.  I think if she’s healthy, she can stay at the top of the game for another three years.

EVERT:  But at the same time, don’t you feel like her body is starting to let her down a little bit?  I mean, she’s had, the last two years, really, she’s had ‑‑ I could venture six to eight times she’s had to pull out of tournaments because of injury.  Definitely the body is starting to feel the effects.

FERNÁNDEZ:  And the Rafa question, I saw him in Rio and he looked really good.  He looked very hungry.  I felt like his forehand was better than it had been.   I do feel he played so much in the first few days that it caught up to him towards the end.  He had to play del Potro and Nishikori back‑to‑back after having the Gold Medal in doubles, and I think that took a lot out of him, and you saw the effects in Cincinnati.   But I have no doubt that he’s going to be a huge challenger.  I still think he’s going to win another French Open.  I still think he’s that motivated and he’s that good.   He’s seeded four, so that could work in his favor with the draw, and nobody likes to play Rafa.  Everybody knows that to play Rafa, they know they have to play their very best to beat him.

DRYSDALE:  I have a fine dining dinner bet with Chris Fowler that he’s going to win another major, and I’m beginning to lose confidence that I’m going to win the bet.  With that said, I agree with everything Mary Joe said and I think that I would put him in my book as a No. 3 or 4 favorite to win the title in New York.

EVERT:  Yeah, after watching him play, if he’s as eager as he seemed to look on the court, he’s only going to get better.  And he knows the little tweaks he can make in his game, which is from rust and from maybe not hitting with enough confidence.   He knows what he needs to do, and I think if he gets a little more aggressive, and makes a few more little adjustments and really wants it badly enough, he’s going to go nowhere but up.  So I think he’s still in the game.

DRYSDALE:  We have not given up on Rafa (laughter).

 

  1. I’m going to follow up on Monica Puig.  Have you seen her over the years?  And Mary Joe, you just witnessed it as her captain.  Was it a fluke?  Does she have an arsenal that that could be her breakout?

FERNÁNDEZ:  I was so impressed, I have to tell you, I watched a few of her matches, and I haven’t seen her that consistently.  If she played that kind of tennis, she would be in the Top‑10.  She served really well.  Tough to attack in her back hand.  That was her major strength.  She really attacked well with the back hand and ran well.  Like it was tough to get the ball by her.  The question is her consistency.  And Chrissie, you probably have seen her more with her training and stuff, but she has all the tools in my opinion.

EVERT:  And I think I said this to you before:  She has had a new purpose this whole year in her practicing.  She’s had a different intensity, Darren work ethic.  She worked her butt off, and I think Juan Todero serves a lot of credit because of that.  They make a great team.  And I ‑‑ along the lines of Mary Joe, it’s one thing, we knew she could always hit the ball hard, but never being that consistent.  She was out rallying players with a lot of power, and I hope she can keep it up.  You don’t know what that big elephant, that big word, pressure, you don’t know what that’s going to do, now that she’s won the Olympics; the expectations, what we’ve seen it’s done to other players.  Hopefully she won’t fall into that category.  But if she can keep that up level and not make the errors that she’s making and still hit the ball; and she’s also leaner.  She’s lost weight.  She’s in better shape.  It’s not only her game; her moving was a lot better.  Is she a fluke?  No.  She’s not a fluke.  I agree; she could be in the Top‑10.  Could she be No. 1?  I’m not going to go that far.  But I think just to consistently be in the Top‑10, if she continues this wave of momentum, yes, she could be.

 

  1. Sloane Stephens, I guess she won three smaller tournaments this year.  Similar, is it a fire‑in‑the‑belly thing?  Will Sloane ever get it back?

FERNÁNDEZ:  I hope she gets it well.  It’s funny, she was doing well at the majors and not the Tour level and now she’s doing well at the Tour level and not as well as the majors.  We have to get Sloane to do both at the same time.  She’s another one, she’s got all the ingredients, she’s got all the weapons.  It’s a matter of putting it together consistently, and that’s the toughest part.  I mean, Chrissie knows better than everyone.  Mentally, to be there week‑in, week‑out, that’s what separates everyone from the top of the field.

EVERT:  You really have to make that mental and emotional commitment to the game.  I think that’s what Madison Keys is learning right now.  She’s put more of a ‑‑ she’s made more of a commitment to tennis.  She could still be better.  But I think that’s what Sloane is lacking and I cringe when I say it, because I think everybody ‑‑ she has so much talent and everybody goes at their own speed and at their own pace.  But I think that has to be revved up a little bit, again, that intensity and that desire, really, to do well.

DRYSDALE:  I just wanted to say quickly on Sloane, in the career of an athlete, and tennis players in particular, there comes a moment in the career when sort of the light switch gets turned on.  And it’s hard for me to imagine that Chrissie, both you and MJ talk about the talent question.  When you’ve got that talent that Sloane has, I’m just waiting more the moment when the light goes on and she really breaks through.  Because I think it’s going to happen.

FERNÁNDEZ:  Yeah, that would be great.  We all want that for her.

 

  1. I wanted to hear opinions on how significant the No. 1 ranking is.  Serena is holding on for dear life and Novak is getting chased a bit by Andy here.  Particularly Chrissie, you spend 260 weeks at the top; you wrestled back and forth with Martina for about five years.  How important was it for you then, and how do you look back on the significance of those weeks at the top now?  And in general, how important do you think today’s players perceive the No. 1 ranking to be?

EVERT:  I mean, when I was No. 1, there’s no way I wanted to lose it.  It’s a pride thing.  It could be an ego thing, too.  It’s a pride; there’s just a big difference between being No. 1 and being on top, and being No. 2 and being No. 3.  It’s a tremendous, powerful feeling to be on the top and to be the one that everybody is striving to beat.  I mean, that’s how I felt.  I think Martina felt the same way, and I think Billie Jean in our day.  Serena is the No. 1 player.  Serena is arguably the greatest player of all time.  So for her not to be bothered to be No. 2 ‑‑ I don’t think that’s ‑‑ I don’t think that’s a true statement.  Because I think she does take great pride in being No. 1.

DRYSDALE:  Any idiot knows that if you’re No. 1 in the world, it’s a huge confidence booster.  My feeling about No. 1, in tennis, particular, confidence plays such a big part.  And if you go through the history of the sport, it’s always been dominated by somebody, by the No. 1 player.   And for the confidence quotient in a career, it’s just so important; that if you are No. 1 ‑‑ look, there’s another issue.  And that is I think if you were to say to Serena, would you rather at the end of the year be No. 1 or win the US Open, for her, I would say, I’m 90 percent sure that she would say, I want to win the US Open, because I think titles are as important as No. 1 in the world.  But that confidence quotient thing, that, to me, tennis ‑‑ it’s true in every sport.  It’s true in golf obviously.  In the team sports, individual confidence is not nearly the same, it’s not nearly as much of a factor.  In tennis, the confidence thing is huge.  If you are No. 1, you’re really confident.  So those things work in tandem.

FERNÁNDEZ:  For every top player, it’s important.

EVERT:  I just want to say one sentence before Mary Joe.  I’m thinking about, you said comparing the days.   In my day, I think our ‑‑ because the Grand Slams were not as important, we would rather end up No. 1 and win one Grand Slam versus win two Grand Slams and end up No. 2.

FERNÁNDEZ:  That’s so interesting.   You’re right, and I think it’s changed.  Now the slams are so important and the focus is so much on them that it probably would take a major before the No. 1 ranking.   But I think just seeing Serena take the wild‑card in Cincinnati, not being 100 percent, because she wanted to see if there was any chance she could prevent Kerber from taking her spot, shows how important it is to her.  I think when players say the No. 1 ranking is not important is when they know they are not going to be there.  So I think the No. 1 ranking for the very few at the top is super important.

 

  1. Talking about Andy Murray, he’s played an awful lot, coming straight from Rio to Cincinnati.  Is there a danger, can you play too many matches if you’re playing as well as that?  And how do you think his preparation will contrast with Djokovic, who obviously skipped Cincinnati?  And Johanna Konta could be a bit of an outsider to make a run in the women’s event?

DRYSDALE:  Yeah, that’s a good reminder.  Johanna Konta, down in Australia, I remember telling the chairman of the All England Club, I said:  To me, this is not just a flash in the pan, because she’s got some serious ‑‑ some serious shots.  So yeah, we should throw Johanna Konta into this little mix as somebody who could be a factor at the Open.  As for your man from Scotland, the kind of condition that he has kept himself in for these years; he made a decision to turn himself into a super human athlete, as opposed to just tennis player.  I think that’s going to stand him in really good stead; that No. 1.  No. 2. is the confidence quotient, is for him now ‑‑ with all of the match 22, I guess in a row, and before he lost in the final in Cincinnati.  But the confidence quotient, when you’re winning that number of matches, is huge.  And again, that’s one of the four pillars of what makes an athlete and what makes a great champion is the confidence quotient, and he certainly has it.  Now, I’m still backing his nemesis at the majors, Mr. Djokovic, but if you are asking ‑‑ if the question is, is this the best chance going into a major for Andy Murray, my answer is unquestionably yes.

FERNÁNDEZ:  About Konta.  She’s been impressive.  The last 12 months, what a jump.  She had to qualify for the US Open last year, was ranked outside the top 110.  She has improved in so many categories starting with her serve.  I think she has the third most aces for the season.   The backhand is very good; that’s her weapon.  The forehand used to be a weakness, and now she can get more topspin on it and pull players off the court with it.  She has been impressive.  She’s in the Top 15 now.  Most improved by far in the last 12 months.   So yes, can she make a deep run?  Definitely.

EVERT:  Yeah, she’s a big hitter and she wins a lot of free points off her serve.              I just think these players, if they have one big weapon, they are going to be the ones that are going to make the deep runs, and she’s got the serve.  She’s got the backhand.  I love her attitude and I think she’s very intense and I think she’s very smart on the court.  I think she analyzes the situation very well.  She’s one of the more mature players, one of the more composed players.  So definitely, she could get deep in to make a quarter or even make a semi, if all her weapons are in place.

 

  1.  In the prognostication game, I would love to hear who you think will become the next No. 1 on the men’s and women’s side?  Do you think Kerber and Murray are locks to be the next?

FERNÁNDEZ:  I think Kerber has obviously the best chance.  Serena has got to make it through at least the semis to hold on it because she got to that stage last year and Kerber I believe lost in the third round.  So just mathematically, she has the best chance of overtaking her.   Yeah, Murray is gobbling up the points.  He’s played so well and he plays consistently week‑in and week‑out.  He’s winning when he’s not playing his best and I think that gives you confidence.  Those two for me would be the next ones.

EVERT:  This might not happen.  It might not happen.  But if it does happen, it will be Murray and Kerber Muguruza for me.   Cliffy, what about you?

DRYSDALE:  Stewart, he throws these questions at us, knowing full well he wants the answer:  It’s Andy Murray, of course.

FERNÁNDEZ:  He got what he wanted.

DRYSDALE:  He’s a Scot.  He understands.  So definitely Andy Murray.  As for the ladies, it’s definitely not as much of a sink for Kerber, but she ‑‑ I’m really in awe of her talents as a tennis player.  She has got a very ‑‑ the other thing is I think mentally she’s stronger.  So yeah, Kerber, Murray.

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From Rio Olympics to Flushing Meadows, Barbados’ Olympian Darian King Advances at US Open Qualifying

(August 23, 2016) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Barbados’ Darian King advanced to the second round of the US Open Qualifying tournament on Tuesday with a comeback victory over 31st seed Grega Zemlja 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Court 5.

 

King was up a break in the first set, but could not hold it. In the second set he went up two breaks against the hard-serving Slovenian, which he said was the turning point of the match.

“I think we both played great tennis,” he said. “And I’m glad that I kept (my) focus and got a great victory over Zemlja.

 

The 24-year-old born in Bridgetown, Barbados is currently ranked at No. 167 on the ATP World Tour. He just participated in the Rio Olympic Games, where he lost in the first round to No. 22 Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-2.

 

“It was great for me,” King said of his Olympic experience. “Coming from a Caribbean country, the only person that was there, it was a great achievement.”

 

“Also playing against a Top 20 player, everybody wants to play against the top players and for me to participate for my country against a Top 20 player, I think it was a great experience for me overall.”

 

Asked about if there is more pressure playing in the Olympic Games or the US Open Qualies, he said: No pressure. I’ve been playing the sport for at least five years and I don’t think there is any pressure, it’s what you train for. To train hard and hope it comes out in a match. I’m a guy who never gets nervous against anyone because I train hard for this, I’m willing to play anyone who comes up.”

 

King, who also plays Davis Cup for Barbados, has won two challenger events this summer just prior to the Olympic Games – one in Binghamton, New York and the other in Cali, Colombia.

 

“I’m transitioning from the Future to the Challengers,” he said. “It was a big move for, the first time out playing a lot of Challengers – two-time victory in the Challengers is a great achievement for me. It shows the progress I’ve been doing, the hard work I’ve been putting in. Hopefully after the US Open, I’ll continue playing Challengers more.”

 

King hopes to raise his ranking to 150 this year, a goal he set for himself in the beginning of 2016. “That’s what I’m really aiming for. It’s going to be tough because the margin from 170 to 150 is a big margin. Have to play in the big tournaments and hopefully do well in them.”

 

King will face Kazaakh Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the second round of the US Open Qualies on Thursday. The 29-year-old Nedovyesov is ranked 218th in the world.

 

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News at the US Open.

Dustin Brown was in the crowd at Court 5 cheering on Darian King.

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Rafael Nadal to Play Brisbane

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

(August 23, 2016) From Tennis Australia – Fourteen-time major champion Rafael Nadal (ESP) will commence his season in Australia for the first time when he joins the field at Brisbane International presented by Suncorp this summer.

The Spanish ace has traditionally favored the Middle East to start his new year campaign, but will break with tradition in January for his maiden appearance in the Sunshine State.

“It’s going to be the first time in my career that I’m going to play in Australia the first week of the season and I’m really excited about it,” Nadal said.

“I think this is something I have to do during my career and I think at the same time it’s going to be a great preparation to be in Australia early. Everybody who has been in Brisbane has told me very beautiful things about the tournament and the place so I want to try it.”

Nadal completes a clean sweep of the ‘Big Four’ to step out at Pat Rafter Arena, with fellow men’s tennis stars Roger Federer (SUI), Novak Djokovic (SRB) and Andy Murray (GBR) all having competed at previous editions of the event.

Earlier this month Nadal teamed with compatriot Marc Lopez to win gold in the men’s doubles at the Rio Olympics and narrowly missed a medal in the men’s singles event, capping a remarkable return to form.

Brisbane International Tournament Director Geoff Quinlan said the world No.5 would be a sure-fire favourite with fans this summer.

“We’re thrilled to announce Rafael Nadal will start his season in Brisbane in 2017 and can’t wait to welcome him to Queensland Tennis Centre,” he said.

“The Brisbane International has a reputation for attracting the biggest names in world tennis and we’re really excited our fans will have the chance to see Rafa in action this summer. We’ve been in talks with Rafa for a number of years about competing in Brisbane, he’s seen the event get bigger and better every year and we’re ecstatic he’s decided to join the field in 2017.

“Rafa is a legend of the sport and one of the most exciting players to see live so I’m sure fans will be counting down the days to January.

“This is just the start of a very exciting line-up of players we will announce over the coming months as we look ahead to Brisbane International 2017.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said securing Nadal was a win for the tournament and Queensland tourism.

“In 2016 we welcomed legend Roger Federer for a third time, and it’s fantastic to now add Rafa to the list of champions to play in Queensland’s premier tennis tournament,” Minister Jones said.

“Securing marquee players like Rafael Nadal provides a big drawcard for the Brisbane International and boosts the reputation of this world class Queensland event.”

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US Open Seeds Announced – Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic Top Seeds

Novak Djokovic

(August 23, 2016) FLUSHING, N.Y., – The USTA announced that world No. 1 and defending US Open champion Novak Djokovic and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray have been named the top two seeds, respectively, in men’s singles at the 2016 US Open, headlining the four US Open and five Grand Slam champions to earn Top-10 seeds. The 2016 US Open will be played Aug. 29-Sept. 11 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

World No. 1 and six-time US Open champion Serena Williams has been named the top seed in women’s singles at the 2016 US Open.

This is the fifth time that Serena Williams has been the No. 1 seed at the US Open. She won the title on three of the prior occasions (2002, 2013, and 2014). Following Williams will be No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber, of Germany, the 2016 Australian Open champion; No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza,of Spain, the 2016 French Open champion; No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, a 2016 Australian Open semifinalist; No. 5 and 2015 US Open semifinalist Simona Halep,of Romania; No. 6 and two-time US Open champion Venus Williams, of the United States; No. 7 and 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci, of Italy; and No. 8 Madison Keys, of the United States, a 2015 Australian Open semifinalist.

Djokovic, 29, is 51-5 this year and won his 11th and 12th Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and French Open, respectively. Murray comes into the US Open as the reigning Wimbledon champion and the won the gold medal in men’s singles at the Rio Olympics.

The singles draws for the 2016 US Open will be revealed live during an official draw ceremony on Friday, August 26, at 11:30 a.m. ET at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Defending US Open champions Novak Djokovic and Flavia Pennetta will make an appearance at the event.

2016 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds

1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia

2. Andy Murray, Great Britain

3. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland

4. Rafael Nadal, Spain

5. Milos Raonic, Canada

6. Kei Nishikori, Japan

7. Marin Cilic, Croatia

8. Dominic Thiem, Austria

9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France

10. Gael Monfils, France

11. David Ferrer, Spain

12. David Goffin, Belgium

13. Richard Gasquet, France

14. Nick Kyrgios, Australia

15. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

16. Feliciano Lopez, Spain

17. Bernard Tomic, Australia

18. Pablo Cuevas, Uruguay

19. Steve Johnson, United States

20. John Isner, United States

21. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia

22. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria

23. Kevin Anderson, South Africa

24. Lucas Pouille, France

25. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany

26. Jack Sock, United States

27. Alexander Zverev, Germany

28. Martin Klizan, Slovakia

29. Sam Querrey, United States

30. Gilles Simon, France

31. Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain

32. Benoit Paire, France

 

2016 US Open Women’s Singles Seeds

1. Serena Williams, United States

2. Angelique Kerber, Germany

3. Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain

4. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

5. Simona Halep, Romania

6. Venus Williams, United States

7. Roberta Vinci, Italy

8. Madison Keys, United States

9. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia

10. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic

11. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain

12. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia

13. Johanna Konta, Great Britain

14. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic

15. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland

16. Samantha Stosur, Australia

17. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia

18. Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic

19. Elena Vesnina, Russia

20. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands

21. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania

22. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine

23. Daria Kasatkina, Russia

24. Sloane Stephens, United States

25. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland

26. Caroline Garcia, France

27. Laura Siegemund, Germany

28. Sara Errani, Italy

29. Coco Vandeweghe, United States

30. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia

31. Misaki Doi, Japan

32. Timea Babos, Hungary

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ESPN 2016 US Open Broadcast Schedule

 

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ESPN & the 2016 US Open

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Fri Aug 26 11:30 a.m. Men’s and Womens’ Singles Draw

Media Day Press Conferences

WatchESPN
Sun Aug 28 1 p.m. SportsCenter on the Road powered by Ford ESPN2
  2 p.m. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess ABC
Mon Aug 29 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open First Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open First Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – First Round ESPN2
Tue Aug 30 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open First Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – First Round ESPN
Wed Aug 31 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Second Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Second Round ESPN2
Thur Sep 1 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Second Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Second Round ESPN2
Fri Sep 2 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Third Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open Third Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Third Round ESPN2
Sat Sep 3 11 a.m.

 

US Open Third Round ESPN2

WatchESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Third Round ESPN2
Sun Sep 4 11 a.m. US Open Round of 16 ESPN2

WatchESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2
Mon Sept 5 11 a.m.

 

US Open Round of 16 ESPN2

WatchESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2
Tue Sep 6 11 a.m.

Noon

US Open Quarterfinals WatchESPN

ESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Quarterfinals ESPN
Wed Sep 7 11 a.m.

Noon

US Open Quarterfinals WatchESPN

ESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Quarterfinals ESPN2
Thur Sept 8 Noon

7 p.m.

US Open Doubles Matches

US Open Women’s Semifinals

WatchESPN

ESPN / ESPN Deportes

Fri Sept 9 Noon US Open Mixed Doubles Championship ESPN2
  3 p.m. US Open Men’s Semifinals ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Sat Sept 10 Noon US Open Men’s Doubles Championship WatchESPN
  4 p.m. US Open Women’s Championship ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Sun Sept 11 Noon US Open Women’s Doubles Championship WatchESPN
  3:30 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship Preview Special ESPN
  4 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship ESPN / ESPN Deportes

 

ESPN Goes “All in” for US Open:  Serena Seeks 23rd Major to Break Open Era Record;
Murray and Djokovic Lead the Men…all under the New Roof
·         First Ball to Last Ball, Exclusive to ESPN Starting August 29
·         130+ Hours on TV and WatchESPN; A Record 1,300 More on WatchESPN from 12 Courts
·         Phil Collins Performs Opening Night including Duet with “Hamilton” Star Leslie Odom, Jr.

 

Whether under the hot summer sun, the starry New York skies or – for the first time – a roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, ESPN will go “all in” on its exclusive coverage of the US Open with 130 live hours on television plus a record 1,300 on WatchESPN with daylong matches from up to 12 courts (was 11 last year).  The action at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center starts Monday, Aug. 29, and continues with daily, extensive and exclusive coverage through the Women’s Championship on Saturday, Sept. 10, and the Men’s Championship on Sunday, Sept. 11.

 

The guest list for the annual late-summer party is headlined by top-ranked Serena Williams, who seeks her 23rd Major title, to break the Open Era record she currently shares with Steffi Graf.  The recent Wimbledon champion is also currently tied with ESPN’s Chrissie Evert with six US Open trophies.  On the men’s side No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Andy Murray have combined for five of the six slots in Major finals this year; Djokovic downed Murray in Australia and France, Murray defeated Milos Raonic at Wimbledon.

 

“We’re excited to showcase the US Open in our second year as the exclusive media partner in the U.S.,” said Scott Guglielmino, ESPN senior vice president, programming.  “In 2015, we saw the audience grow and get younger on TV and we expanded our coverage with more matches than ever before across all platforms on WatchESPN.  The new roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the new Grandstand court and the storylines coming off compelling action at the Olympics will ensure a fantastic two weeks in New York.”

 

What’s New?

Besides, of course, the roof on Ashe and the new Grandstand court….

  • WatchESPN has an additional court of coverage – now 12 – making for a record 1,300 hours offered.
  • Press Conferences on WatchESPN – Media Day is August 26, then all day everyday once play begins.
  • Expanded SportsCenter on the Road preview show, now 60 minutes Sunday, Aug. 28, on ESPN2 at 1 pm. ET.
  • ESPN Deportes now to carry the semifinals in addition to the championships.
  • Arthur Ashe Kids Day moves to ABC – Sunday, August 28, at 2 p.m. ET.

 

ESPN2’s live coverage of the opening Monday night will include a performance from Arthur Ashe Stadium by Phil Collins in his first major public appearance in six years.  For the ceremony, the Oscar winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform his debut solo single, “In the Air Tonight,” which is the opening track on his forthcoming album, “The Singles,” to be released in October along with the publication of his autobiography, “Not Dead Yet.”  Collins will also be joined by “Hamilton” star and Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. for a duet.  The Broadway star, a native of Queens, N.Y., will sing the national anthem.

 

Before the action begins, WatchESPN will present live the singles brackets draw Friday, Aug. 26 at 11:30 a.m., followed by press conferences with top players from Media Day.

 

Also, on Sunday, Aug. 28, ESPN2 will air SportsCenter on the Road at 1 p.m. to preview the tournament, followed by a one-hour review of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess at 2 p.m. and airing for the first time on ABC.  Joey Bragg of the Disney Channel will host the telecast.  Multi-platinum hip-hop artist Flo Rida, international pop star Zara Larsson, award-winning Disney Channel actress Laura Marano, Entertainment Weekly’s “One To Watch” Jordan Fisher, breakout pop band Forever In Your Mind and Australian singer-songwriter Troye Sivan will team up with tennis icons Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the 21st Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess.

 

ESPN has televised the US Open since 2009. An 11-year agreement with the USTA for exclusivity starting in 2015 was announced in May 2013.  Last year’s first-ever all-ESPN US Open was a tremendous success on television and on WatchESPN.

 

Highlights

  • The television coverage starts on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET each weekday the first week, and will continue nonstop – transitioning at 6 p.m. to ESPN2 (except Tuesday) – for at least 10 hours through both the day and the 7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM sessions until play is concluded.
  • All the action on Labor Day Weekend will be found in one place – ESPN2, starting at 11 a.m. all three days and likely to continue 12 or more hours.
  • Play on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Wednesday, Sept. 7, will start on ESPN at noon, with prime-time matches on ESPN on Tuesday and ESPN2 on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m.
  • The women’s semifinals and championship will be played the second Thursday and Saturday; the men’s semis and championship on the second Friday and Sunday, Sept. 11, all on ESPN and Spanish-language ESPN Deportes.
  • In addition, the Mixed Doubles Championship will air live on ESPN2 on Friday, Sept. 9, at noon.
  • Play will begin each day on WatchESPN – at 11 a.m. through Wednesday, Sept. 7, and at noon the final four days – totaling a record 1,300 hours of action from up to 12 courts simultaneously (the most ever), including the Women’s and Men’s Doubles Championships.  For the first five days, full coverage of the matches on TV courts for the first two hours of action are exclusive to WatchESPN.
  • Also, an additional feed, the “US Open Chase Review Multicam,” will return. For the first eight days of the tournament (through Monday, Sept. 5) during the daytime action it will have three screens – the courts on Ashe, Armstrong and Grandstand (see below).  Starting with the quarterfinals Tuesday, Sept. 6, the three screens will cover matches on Ashe, with iso-cams on each player and the traditional TV production.

 

 

  • New for 2016, WatchESPN will provide a feed dedicated to press conferences and other events in the main press conference room at the Bud Collins Media Center all day, every day.
  • WatchESPN is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets, connected devices and smart TVs and available nationwide across all major providers through an affiliated video subscription.

 

Surveying the Fields

 

MEN

  • Is the ATP’s “Big Four” (“Big Five”?) now simply a “Big Two”? Of the last 46 Majors (more than 11 years), five players own every trophy but two:  Roger Federer (17 career Major wins), Rafael Nadal (14), Novak Djokovic (12), Andy Murray (3) and Stan Wawrinka (2).  The “Big Four” (all but Wawrinka) comprise 42 of the last 48 Major finalists and 70 of the last 84.
  • But, focusing on more recent competition….Djokovic has captured 11 of the last 24 Major titles, reaching the championship seven other times. In that span, Murray has won three, including this summer’s Wimbledon, while reaching the final on six other occasions.  In total, the duo – born one week apart in May 1987 – have filled 27 of 48 Major championship slots, including five of six in 2016.  Murray also has claimed the last two Olympic Gold Medals.

 

WOMEN

  • Fresh off a resounding triumph at Wimbledon – but recently troubled by a shoulder injury – a victory would be her 23rd Major title and a new Open Era record.  Steffi Graf has 22 (Margaret Court won 24, including 13 before 1968).  It would also be her seventh victory in New York, breaking the Open Era record of six she shares with ESPN’s Chrissie Evert.
  • The Field. If someone else were to win, it could be almost anyone.  Especially with Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka sidelined.  A year ago, it was Roberta Vinci who shocked the tennis world by ousting Serena before falling in the final to Flavia Pennetta (since retired).  In Australia, it was Angelique Kerber and at Wimbledon Garbiñe Muguruza. Meanwhile, the field includes former Major winners Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Petra Kvitova, Francesca Schiavone, Sam Stosur and Venus Williams and players seemingly on the brink of breaking through:  Simona Halep, Aga Radwanska, American Madison Keys (won bronze in Rio) and perhaps others….maybe surprise Olympic champion Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.  Also, after taking the trophy in Cincinnati this past weekend in a solid victory over Kerber, Karolina Pliskova is up to No. 11 in the world and must be considered.

 

The ESPN Tennis Team, the best in television, at the US Open:

  • Darren Cahill, who once reached the US Open semifinals and the Australian Open doubles finals and went on to coach fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, has worked for ESPN since 2007.
  • Cliff Drysdale, who was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2013, has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast in September 1979 (Davis Cup, U.S. vs. Argentina).  He reached the US Open finals and is a two-time Wimbledon and French Open semifinalist.  Drysdale was a leader on the court – a top player for many years who was one of the first to use a two-hand backhand – and off the court, as the first president of the ATP.
  • Chrissie Evert, a Hall of Famer who joined ESPN in 2011, counts a record six US Opens among her 18 Major titles.  She recorded the best career win-loss record in history, reached more Major singles finals than any man or woman (34), and reached the semis or better in 34 consecutive Majors (1971-83).  The AP Female Athlete of the Year four times, in 1976 she was the first woman to be the sole recipient of Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year.
  • Mary Joe Fernandez, who played in three Major singles finals and won two Majors in doubles, won a Gold Medal in doubles at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and a Bronze in singles in 1992.  An ESPN analyst since 2000, she leads the United States’ Fed Cup team and coached the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic women’s teams.
  • Chris Fowler – who joined ESPN in 1986, is the lead ESPN/ABC college football play caller and joined the ESPN tennis team in 2003 – will call matches.  He hosted College GameDay on football Saturdays 1990-2014, and has hosted World Cup soccer, college basketball including the Final Four, the X Games and Triple Crown horse racing events.  Originally, he was the first host of Scholastic Sports America and later was a SportsCenter
  • Brad Gilbert, whose flair and unique nicknames for players has enlivened ESPN’s tennis telecasts since 2004, parlayed his playing career – once reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open and at Wimbledon – into coaching Andre Agassi (six Major titles with Brad), Andy Roddick (US Open victory) and Andy Murray.
  • Jason Goodall will serve as a studio and match analyst.  A one-time standout among Juniors in Britain whose career was ended by injury at 21, he later coached Jennifer Capriati as well as ESPN’s Mary Joe Fernandez and Pam Shriver.
  • LZ Granderson, a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine (and formerly a tennis editor) and ESPN.com and an ABC News contributor, will provide his perspective in reports and features.  He often appears on SportsCenter, Outside the Lines and other ESPN programs.  He recently added TheUndefeated.com to his resume, as a writer.
  • John McEnroe won four US Open crowns – plus three at Wimbledon – during his storied career, which included 10 more major championships in doubles or mixed doubles.  He also led the U.S. to four Davis Cup titles and won the NCAA’s while attending Stanford.  He has worked for ESPN since 2009.
  • Patrick McEnroe, who has worked for ESPN since 1995, was the U.S. Davis Cup captain 2001-2010 and in 2007 the team won its first championship since 1995.  A three-time singles All-American at Stanford – where the team won NCAA titles in 1986 and 1988 – he served as General Manager, USTA Elite Player Development from 2008 – 2015.  He won the 1992 French Open doubles title and reached the 1991 Australian Open semifinals in singles.
  • Chris McKendry returns as host, a role she has filled at all the Majors for ESPN. She joined ESPN in 1996 as a SportsCenter anchor, and later hosted the Little League World Series and X Games.  As of this Spring, she focuses on tennis.  She attended Drexel University on a tennis scholarship.
  • Tom Rinaldi will serve as a reporter and will call matches.  His features and interviews have graced a wide variety of ESPN programs – including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, E:60 and event telecasts such as Wimbledon, golf’s Majors, college football and more – since 2003, winning numerous Sports Emmy Awards.
  • Pam Shriver, who started working for ESPN in 1990, long before her Hall of Fame career ended, played in the US Open finals at age 16 (losing to Evert) and won 21 Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles (another in Mixed) including five at the US Open plus a Gold Medal in doubles at the 1988 Olympics.
  • Hannah Storm joined ESPN in 2008 as a SportsCenter anchor and will serve as a host.  Previously, she spent five years with CBS’ The Morning Show and for NBC Sports hosted a variety of sports, including Wimbledon.  She was a producer on two ESPN Films tennis projects:  the 2010 documentary Unmatched reviewing the rivalry and friendship between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and Venus Vs. in 2013 about Venus Williams and her fight for gender equity in prize money.

 

Technology Provides Camera Angles to Take Viewers around, across and above the Action

ESPN’s commitment to the US Open provides an impressive range of technologies, including

  • Voya Axis replay technology freezes a moment in time and virtually spins the image in a full 360-degree rotation, using an array of 36 camera sensors installed around the Arthur Ashe Stadium.  ESPN, the only network to employ it at a Major, debuted it at last year’s US Open.
  • RailCam, a robotic camera that moves silently along the base of the wall on the southern end of Ashe Stadium, provides a superior ground-level look than the traditional static camera at a higher angle.  It is particularly useful in studying a player’s footwork and seeing the action from his or her point of view.
  • SpiderCam (see below), which ESPN debuted at the US Open in 2010 and has been exclusive to ESPN (for 2016, it is added to the world feed), is suspended high above the court and fans at Ashe and is able to move in all three dimensions with a camera that can pan, tilt and zoom.

 

 

MORE TV & DIGITAL MEDIA, AT HOME AND ABROAD

ESPN.com will have previews, reviews, analysis, the latest news, polls, videos and more:

  • Courtcast:  One-stop shopping for the fan who wants to keep up on the action while on the go, as well as get involved in the social media conversation.  As a multi-tool application with live events via the WATCHESPN syndicated player, it provides all-court scoring, match stats, NOW card implementation, poll questions that are discussed on television, a rolling Twitter feed with the latest from the ESPN commentators and a scrolling bottom line.
  • Five Things We Learned:  Video series reviewing the top five storylines of the day
  • 60-Second Slice:  The key news of the day, in a one-minute video.
  • Digital Serve:  Daily original videos previewing the next day
  • Baseline Buzz:  Greg Garber, Peter Bodo, Melissa Isaacson, Johnette Howard, Howard Bryant and Matt Wilansky weigh in on the hottest topics with a daily, written, roundtable discussion.
  • At this minute video update:  Instant analysis off an exciting match or preview into the night session.

 

espnW will cover the US Open as always from its distinctive perspective. With Serena Williams going for a historic 23rd major title, coverage will focus on the American legend.

  • There’s something about Serena at the US Open: You can’t talk about Arthur Ashe Stadium without Serena Williams and you can’t talk about Serena Williams without Arthur Ashe Stadium. How the US Open’s show court and one of its greatest champions grew up together.
  • Quiz of the day: From Serena Williams’ Open history to her squad in the stands, test your US Open knowledge in a daily quiz.
  • Video features: Daily dispatches from America’s Major.
  • Plus,special tributes to Serena throughout her run at Flushing Meadows.

 

ESPN Interactive TV (see below) will be presented on DIRECTV and WATCHESPN. During the ESPN telecast windows for the first seven days, a six-screen mosaic will include the ESPN program, along with matches with commentary from five other courts. In total, viewers will have access to more than 435 hours of live tennis action and 140 extra matches.  Production will be enhanced with press conferences, interviews and features that will be added during court changeovers and between matches.  All six screens can be expanded to full screen or picture-in-picture at the touch of the remote button.  In addition, DIRECTV will offer interactive social media options for fans, plus real-time scoring, draws, and on-demand highlights – all without leaving the match the viewer is watching. For the first five days of the tournament, the two-hour CrossCourt program at 11 a.m. will return, previewing the matches of the day and showcasing early play from around the grounds.  Commentators include ESPN’s Allen Bestwick, and former players Leif Shiras, Luke Jensen, Rennae Stubbs, Jeff Tarango and Mark Woodforde.

 

 

ESPN Deportes will provide more than 140 live hours of Spanish-language content on television and via ESPN3, available via WATCHESPN. ESPN3 will present select matches, including the singles quarterfinals for both men and women and the men’s doubles championship.  ESPN Deportes TV will air the Men and Women’s semifinals and finals.  In addition, the men’s final will be preceded by a special pre-match show live from National Tennis Center. The Spanish-language live coverage will be complemented by the latest highlights, news, analysis and information every day on ESPNDeportes.com.  The web series ESPiaNdo will also return with daily recaps and analysis from the experts.

 

ESPN International will offer extensive high-definition US Open coverage throughout the Caribbean and Latin America including Brazil via its numerous regional media platforms.  ESPN Caribbean will televise first ball through to the final in English, totaling more than 125 hours.  In Spanish-speaking Latin America, ESPN will televise a total of 140 hours of live action, as well as a daily one-hour review of the best match of the day plus preview shows leading into the Men’s and Women’s Finals.  Veterans Luis Alfredo Alvarez and Eduardo Varela will provide the Spanish play-by-play alongside analysts Javier Frana and Jose Luis Clerc, both former US Open competitors.  That coverage will be enhanced by an anchor desk at the USTA National Tennis Center, with hosts Nicolas Pereira, Martin Urruty and Carolina Guillen.  In Brazil, ESPN will air side-by-side telecasts on two linear networks, offering over 170 hours of live tennis action combined.  Online, Latin America’s broadband service, ESPN Play (Watch ESPN in Brazil) will offer more than 1,400 hours of live streaming, which will include exclusive coverage of 12 different courts.  In addition, ESPN Argentina and ESPN Brasil will have reporters in New York conducting interviews and producing daily features for SportsCenter and ESPN’s complete line-up of daily news and information shows.  A daily Spanish-language recap, ESPiaNdo, hosted by Varela, Clerc, Frana and Alvarez, will include highlights and analysis within ESPNTenis.com – and in Brazil, ESPN will air a daily Portuguese-language wrap up show – Pelas Quadras.

 

ESPN Classic:  Great US Open Matches from the Past

ESPN Classic will allow fans to relive great US Open matches from the past in a 68-hour, 30-match marathon starting Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 1 a.m. and continuing to Friday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m.  Highlights:

  • The oldest matches on the schedule are victories by John McEnroe in 1980 – a semifinal vs. Jimmy Connors and the final against Bjorn Borg – on Friday, Aug. 26, at 2 and 5 p.m.
  • The marathon starts with two memorable women’s finals – 1989, Steffi Graf vs. Martina Navratilova, August 24 at 1 a.m. (August 23 at 10 p.m. PT) followed at 3 a.m. by Navratilova vs. Chris Evert Lloyd from 1984.
  • The three-set 2012 women’s final – Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka – will air Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m.
  • In a 2004 quarterfinal that included a number of questionable lines calls, Jennifer Capriati ousted Serena Williams 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, to be aired Thursday, Aug. 25, at 8 p.m.

 

The network will air more matches in the mornings of the second week of the tournament, notably the 1995 women’s final (Steffi Graf vs. Monica Seles) Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8 a.m., the 1994 men’s final (Andre Agassi vs. Michael Stich) Friday, Sept. 9, at 8 a.m. and the 1995 men’s final (Pete Sampras vs. Agassi) immediately following at 10 a.m.

 

ESPN & the 2016 US Open

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Fri Aug 26 11:30 a.m. Men’s and Womens’ Singles Draw

Media Day Press Conferences

WatchESPN
Sun Aug 28 1 p.m. SportsCenter on the Road powered by Ford ESPN2
  2 p.m. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess ABC
Mon Aug 29 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open First Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open First Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – First Round ESPN2
Tue Aug 30 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open First Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – First Round ESPN
Wed Aug 31 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Second Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Second Round ESPN2
Thur Sep 1 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Second Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Second Round ESPN2
Fri Sep 2 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Third Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open Third Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Third Round ESPN2
Sat Sep 3 11 a.m.

 

US Open Third Round ESPN2

WatchESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Third Round ESPN2
Sun Sep 4 11 a.m. US Open Round of 16 ESPN2

WatchESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2
Mon Sept 5 11 a.m.

 

US Open Round of 16 ESPN2

WatchESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2
Tue Sep 6 11 a.m.

Noon

US Open Quarterfinals WatchESPN

ESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Quarterfinals ESPN
Wed Sep 7 11 a.m.

Noon

US Open Quarterfinals WatchESPN

ESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Quarterfinals ESPN2
Thur Sept 8 Noon

7 p.m.

US Open Doubles Matches

US Open Women’s Semifinals

WatchESPN

ESPN / ESPN Deportes

Fri Sept 9 Noon US Open Mixed Doubles Championship ESPN2
  3 p.m. US Open Men’s Semifinals ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Sat Sept 10 Noon US Open Men’s Doubles Championship WatchESPN
  4 p.m. US Open Women’s Championship ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Sun Sept 11 Noon US Open Women’s Doubles Championship WatchESPN
  3:30 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship Preview Special ESPN
  4 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship ESPN / ESPN Deportes

 

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