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Fish Withdraws from US Open, Federer Moves into Quarterfinals

September 3, 2012

 

Statement from the US Open Tournament Referee Office

on Mardy Fish’s withdrawal from the 2012 US Open

 

“Mardy Fish has withdrawn from the 2012 US Open due to health concerns. Roger Federer advances to the quarterfinals via a walkover.

 

The Marin Cilic vs. Martin Klizan match will be moved to Arthur Ashe Stadium with a not before 3 pm start time.”

 

September 3, 2012

 

Statement from Mardy Fish on his withdrawal from the 2012 US Open

 

“I regret that I have to withdraw from the US Open for precautionary measures.  I was reluctant to do so, but am following medical advisement.  I had a good summer and look forward to resuming my tournament schedule in the fall.”

 

September 3, 2012

 

Statement from Roger Federer on advancing to the 2012 US Open quarterfinals via a walkover

 

“I am really sorry for Mardy. I just want to wish him a speedy recovery. We all want to see him back on tour soon.

 

It will be a tough match against Tomas.  We have played many times in the past and he has always been a tough opponent.  I will have to continue to serve well and dictate the points.”

 

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Federer Rolls Past Verdasco at US Open

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 1 Roger Federer continued his perfect record against  25th seed Fernando Verdasco on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win at the US Open.

Federer is vying to win his sixth US Open title which would be an Open Era record.

The Swiss moved into net frequently winning 26 of 27 points while earning 36 points from the baseline.

“I had no clue my stats were that good coming in, said Federer.

Fernando did have some good chances for good passing shots. Looking bacl, I don’t remember missing too many volleys and overheads, all that stuff. Probably half of the time I didn’t have to volley because it was hard to hit a good pass. It was windy. Usually when I do come in, it’s probably on one I can be offensive on.”

Federer was not really challenged on his serve, only having to save one break point.

Playing under the heat and humidity of New York City, does not bother Federer. “Wasn’t hot at all for me. Bit of a breeze,” Federer said.

“Had a great time out there. I was happy with my performance today.”

Federer will meet the winner of Mardy Fish- Gilles Simon match in the fourth round.

 

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Baker Sails through

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The last time Brian Baker won a match at the US Open it was 2005. Since then Baker has been on the road back to tennis, battling injuries, surgeries until his comeback a few months ago.

The man from Nashville, won his second career match at the US Open seven years since the first moving past Czech Jan Hajek 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday.

“I think just being older and, you know, knowing how easy the game was taken away from me, said Baker. It’s very easy to appreciate it a lot.  I don’t take anything for granted.

 

“I remember several years watching it on TV wishing I was here, so just to be here is an awesome feeling.  And then at the same time, the competitive side kicks over and I want to do really well.

“I had some nerves,” said Baker.  “I don’t think it was probably the prettiest match ever.  A win is a win.  I felt like when I needed to I played well.  I’m not sure exactly the break point stats, but I know I didn’t get broken and was probably pretty high percentage on my conversion rate.”

Baker began the year with a ranking of 458th in the world and now he’s at 70.

“It’s always exciting to play the Open, said Baker, “but that was another sense of just pride knowing I had done it on my own.  I hope to be able to play several more US Opens, but I don’t take any of them for granted.

“My mind is in the present right now, and I still have a long way to go this next couple of weeks.”

Next up for Baker is Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia. Tipsarevic needed to rally from two sets down to get past Frenchman  Guillaume Rufin of France 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

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Murray, Sharapova into Second Round of the US Open

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY - Third seeds Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova have reached the US Open second round on Monday with straight set victories.

Despite the 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 win over Russian Alex Bogomolov, he struggled at times with his serve and play in general.

“I just didn’t serve that well” Murray told media.  “Didn’t serve well most of the match.  That was why I actually felt okay.  I mean, I lost serve, then I broke straight back I think both times.

“It was more the serving.  I just didn’t serve that well.

“I won in three sets.  You know, I didn’t serve very well.  Only lost seven games in three sets, so I must have done something well today.

“Bogomolov, you know, I think he was seeded here last year.  He made the third round.  He plays his best tennis on the hard courts.  He’s a tough player.

“I played fairly well from the back of the court.  I just would have liked to have served a bit better because, you know, I wasn’t getting many free points on my serve.

“Because of that, there were a lot more rallies.  When he’s in a rhythm, he’s tough to break down.”

Sharapova cruised past Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-2, 6-2 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“ It’s been a few weeks,” said the Russian who has been out of action since the Olympics with a stomach virus.  “It was a nice break in a way, but after so many weeks of practicing, you’re just eager to get back on the court.

“The tournament almost seems a little bit easier because the practice is a little bit shorter getting ready to play matches.  It’s so much better than having practice weeks, to be honest.

“But I was happy with the way I came out.  Never played my opponent before.  A lefty.  Conditions weren’t exactly perfect.  Overall I played steady, but there’s room for improvement, that’s for sure.”

Karen Pestaina is covering the US Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.

 

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Americans Blake and Sock Gain Second Round at US Open

 

James Blake

FLUSHING MEADOWS –  American “elder statesman” James Blake and the “new kid on the block” Jack Sock advanced to the second  round of the US Open on Monday.

In a rain interrupted match on Louis Armstrong, 32-year-old Blake defeated Lukas Lacko Slovakia 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

“It’s a good feeling,” said Blake of the win.  “You know, every time I come back here it’s still sort of the goosebumps walking out on Louis Armstrong or Arthur Ashe.  I’m excited, and I get a lot of ticket requests.  I get to see my fans and friends having a good time.  That definitely keeps my spirits up, keeps my head up throughout the whole match.

“I can’t believe that it’s been I think 12 years I have been playing here just about every year.  You know, it still doesn’t feel normal.  It’s still an incredible feeling to be here and to be doing what I dreamed of as a kid.”

Blake  who is playing the tournament as a wildcard was asked about what it will take for an American like himself or John Isner to break through and make a run against the top three players.

“ I need to worry about one match at a time,” the 32-year-old Blake said.  “I can’t worry about quarters or semis or finals right now.

“I’m still kind of scratching to get through these matches and get my confidence back and feel like I’m ready to compete.  I don’t think that will change if I’m playing someone that’s 1, 2, or 3 in the world.

“I have been fortunate enough.  I am an elder statesman.  I have been around and have won a lot of matches.  I have beaten guys 1 in the world, I’ve beaten guys that are top 3, top 4, top 5 plenty of times.  There is no reason for me to go out there and play one of players those guys and be scared.

“I think it will take an unbelievable effort.  I will have to play my best tennis.”

Jack Sock led 27th seed Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-2, 3-2 when the German retired with an illness. “I think today is definitely good for the confidence and good for the overall game and everything going into the next round,” said the young American in his second-ever win at the US Open.

“I think my serve was definitely pretty reliable when I was down.  I was down Love‑30 once or twice, down Love‑40 once.  Came up with some good serves, first‑ball combos.  I think that was definitely some turning points, not letting him get a break and not letting him get some momentum back.

The 19-year-old loves playing on the Grandstand court. “ You can’t ask for a better tournament, a better atmosphere, a better environment,” sock said.  “That grandstand court was awesome.  The fans were pretty close and really into it.  It was a great environment.  I’d love to play on there again sometime.”

Jack Sock paired with Melanie Oudin last year to win the US Open Mixed Doubles title.

Karen Pestaina is covering the US Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.

 

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Li Na Advances at US Open with New Confidence and a New Coach

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Li Na received a boost of confidence by winning Cincinnati less than two weeks ago, her first tournament win of the year. The momentum carried over to her first round match of the US Open on Monday, where the former French Open champion displayed her experience, power and control in defeating Great Britain’s  Heather Watson 6-2, 6-3 on Court 17.

“At least I win the title this year,” said a smiling Li of her  Western and Southern Open tournament win.

“Because before I was like three times in the final but I always lose in three sets.  I was happy I can win in Cincy.  Nice time if I come to final again I can tell myself, Okay, you can do it.  Like before, Oh, come on, you always lose the final.  What happen?”

The ninth seed continued, “Cincy is over.  So you go somewhere else, you have to looking forward to see what you should do in the US Open.”

On the match Li said her years on the court won her the match. “At least I was 10 years older than her, so I got more experience on the court.  I mean, she’s play very good, but sometimes I have to show her how good I am.

“So maybe I was put little more pressure for her to ‑‑ I mean, doesn’t matter.  I was like 3‑1 down or 5‑3 up.  If she look me I always been there, so maybe a little bit tough for her.”

Along with some new confidence is a new coach – Li dismissed her husband who was her coach, and hired the former coach of Justine Henin, Carlos Rodriguez.

“After I got new coach I think for both me and my husband I think much, much easier.  Love is love; coach is coach.  You have to separate.

“You know, I mean, after I change the coach, didn’t say my husband didn’t do a good job.  I think he’s still doing good job.  But for both sometimes it’s too much, you know.  Like it’s really tough to find a balance between coaching and husband.”

The match numbers tell the story of how dominant theChinese woman was against her opponent – knocking 28 winners past her opponent, won almost 60 percent of the baseline points, putting almost almost 80 pe rcent of returns in play and was only broken once.

 

Karen Pestaina is covering the US Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.

 

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Notes and Quotes from Saturday’s US Open Pre-Tournament News Conferences

 

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY -  Samantha Stosur, Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic held Pre-Tournament news conferences at the US Open on Saturday.

Serena photo © Enrique Fernandez for Tennis Panorama

 

Q.  A lot was made of the Olympics about your joyous celebration.  Do you think the media made too much about it and we might see some choreography here in Queen’s next two weeks?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  I don’t know.  I read zero press.  That was been my policy since I was 17.  I don’t know what was made too much or whether it was too little.
I think winning the Olympics was awesome for me and for the USA.  I’m still kind of in the Olympic moment.  I love the Olympics.  You know, I was just so proud of the final tally of gold medals that I contributed to.  It was really awesome.
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Q.  Going back to the first question that was asked, you of all people know that the Crip walk is not just a dance.  I was wondering, do you have any regrets doing it in front of everyone?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  First of all, it was just a dance.  I didn’t know that’s what it was called.  Second, why are you asking me that?  Like that’s so ‑‑ I mean, if anything you should be trying to ask me questions to lift me up not bring such things.
Q.  It was just the fact…
SERENA WILLIAMS:  I’m done with that question.
Q.  You didn’t say the name of it.
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Yeah.
THE MODERATOR:  Thank you.

 

 

Sam Stosur

 

Q.  I think last year was kind of Samantha who for a lot of tennis fans.  Do you think this year it shows that 2011 was not a fluke?
SAMANTHA STOSUR:  Yeah, sure, but I think even if I don’t win the tournament I don’t think it was a fluke anyway.  It was one of those things of course you want to come back and do just as well as the year before.
I have been trying hard and training well, and really looking forward to this year’s tournament, as well.
Q.  What has Kim Clijsters mean to the tour, and what are your thoughts about her ending her career at this time?
SAMANTHA STOSUR:  Well, I mean, I think it’s going to be a loss for the tour, and she’s obviously been a great player and a great champion and great role model to a lot of people, you know, out here on tour and probably, you know, all the kids playing at home.
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KIm Clijsters

Q.  You mentioned Serena and then some of the other greats who were around when you started your career.  Where do you rate Serena in terms of her talent and her accomplishments?
KIM CLIJSTERS:  I mean, to me Serena is the best ever just because I think physically she just stands out.  When she’s in good shape I think she just stands out tremendously.  I mean, you know, she’s fast, she’s strong, she has a very good eye, as well.  I think the combination of that is ‑‑ I mean, what we have seen over the last few months is the best player ever.
Q.  What has she shown you by her ability to come back from life‑threatening illness to where she is today?
KIM CLIJSTERS:  I mean, every day there is people that inspire me just by whether it’s, you know, seeing a mother on TV or seeing ‑‑ reading a story in the paper.  Serena’s is one of those, as well, what she’s been through.  Not just with, you know, the health problems, but dealing with the loss of their sister and all those kinds of things.
It’s not just one thing.  We sit here and do our press conferences, but we have a personal life, too.  That’s something that’s maybe not always ‑‑ you know, on the court everything always looks great and perfect, but it’s not always that way.
I think it’s great to have, you know, big names like that and open up about it and be role models, as well.
Q.  When you think about Venus and what she’s been through, she’s had injuries and the latest illness, why do you think she can continue to play?
KIM CLIJSTERS:  I don’t know.  I mean, like I said, tennis, you know, has been for so long the only part of our lives almost.  Okay, we traveled with our family and so did they.  We have been playing since we were four or five years old.  In a way we almost don’t know any differently.
You know, I think in my case it’s easy.  You know, when I retire I go home and I have my family.  But, you know, it’s something that’s probably ahead for all the girls that are going to retire at some point in their career.
It’s a feeling that you need to have in the inside if you still want to keep going and you want to have more of those adrenaline rushes.  Everybody is individual.  You know, I just know for me the time is right.
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Venus Williams photo © Enrique Fernandez for Tennis Panorama

Q.  Kim Clijsters was in a moment or two ago.  She said when your sister, Serena, is at the peak of her form and in good shape that she regards her as the best player ever.  I just wonder, what are your thoughts on that?  Is it possible for you to detach yourself and make a verdict?
VENUS WILLIAMS:  Yeah, she’s amazing.  I think when she’s playing great and feeling confident ‑ even when she isn’t ‑ it still takes a hurricane to beat her.  You have to be on your best tennis and basically make no errors.  I think her record speaks for what an amazing player she is.
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Q.  I was walking here from Citi Field, and I saw the American Express banners with you, Sloane Stephens, Ryan Harrison.  Some people didn’t know any of the three of you.  You’re becoming celebrities on just that alone.  Have you had a chance to see yourself on the boardwalk, so to speak?
VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Yeah, I have.  I actually have a picture with me.  I barely actually touch my knee standing up.
Well, I have been a partner with American Express for a second year now.  We had the great campaign last year.  This year has changed.  I’m really excited to be working with them again, so, yeah.
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Q.  How did you come up with the name Sugapova, and can you tell us a little bit about the company?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:  Well, I can’t take credit for coming up with the name.  I was having a meeting with my manager who had met with Jeff Rubin, who is a pretty influential in the candy business, and they had started talking about it.
I mean, originally it was something that I was going to be a part of.  Then I thought it’s not something I wanted to be a part of.  I really wanted to own this.
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Q.  Do you feel more confident coming into this than you ever have before?
ANDY MURRAY:  I get asked that before every slam.  Am I more confident?  You never know what’s going to happen when you get out there on the court.  I prepared well.  I trained hard the last five, six days, so I’m ready to go.
I mean, I guess I can say it started because I have been a part of so many little things in my career, been a part of collaborations and collections.  It came to a point where I really wanted to invest my own money into something, make all the final decisions.
Even though I was always ‑‑ you know, I was influential in the things I did.  You know, I never just put my name on something.  But at the end of the day, I wanted to be 100% owned by me.  That’s how the name came about.
Then I thought it was really funny and young and full of energy.  And then I put candy together, and God knows how much candy I eat and how much food I eat.
Yeah, it was just something that I wanted to start from scratch.  It took two years since the idea came out.  18 months; feels like two years.
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Q.  Exactly how many months were you feeling tired before the doctors could pinpoint what the disease was?
VENUS WILLIAMS:  Years.  Years.
Q.  Like starting what year?
VENUS WILLIAMS:  The main year for me was 2007 when I really started to feel tired.
Q.  You still won Wimbledon 2008.
VENUS WILLIAMS:  Yes.
Q.  Then was it worse year after year after year?
VENUS WILLIAMS:  I just didn’t know what was wrong with me.  I just had to get a lot worse before I could get diagnosed.  I had different diagnoses, like asthma.  One doctor told me that maybe I should go see a psychiatrist.
I want to go back to him. I watch a lot of the Golden Girls.  There is episode where Dorothy has chronic fatigue syndrome, and the doctor tells her to go buy a new dress or whatever.
She goes back to him and tells him off.  I want to go to that doctor and say, I had something real.  Don’t go see a tell me to see a psychiatrist.  Something is wrong with me.  So I want to go see him.
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Q.  How would you describe your mindset right now and the level of your game?  Do you feel the season has been emotionally draining?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  It’s been a long season and a long summer, but my year has been really good.  You know, it’s hard to compare obviously with 2011, even though I have got that question asked many times this year.  You know, what has changed from 2011.
But I actually try to always look from a positive side.  I do feel physically stronger and very prepared than I did last year.  Mentally I had some ups and downs throughout the season, but I think that was maybe expected in a way.  It’s normal to have ups and downs.
I mean, it’s really hard to expect that I can go, you know, five, six months every year without losing a match, so, I mean ‑‑ on this level.
But as I said, I feel good.  You know, I had exhausting four‑and‑a‑half weeks and also successful.  I was very glad that I had a very successful Toronto and Cincinnati tournament.
Coming into US Open, it was very important for me to get into some hard court matches.  Hard court is my most preferred surface, so I really look forward to the start of this major.
Q.  When you think back about that forehand on match point against Federer, a year later, what do you think about that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  It brings me the nicest memories, that’s for sure.  That point, you know, saved me from losing the semifinals and giving me the opportunity to win the title.  I have done it.
I mean, this is another example that on this highest level in men’s tennis, few ‑ maybe one point, one shot ‑ can decide a winner.
Yeah, it was a great shot, and, you know, it’s something that I will remember forever.
Q.  Does it feel strange to be at a slam and not have Rafa around?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Well, it is strange because he hasn’t missed a slam for a long time.  I think neither of us top four have really missed a slam for a long time, which can only work in favor of the sport.
I think that’s why it’s one of the reasons why we are experiencing a great era of men’s tennis, because all the top players are really committed in their performing and all the top events and, you know, reaching the final stages of those events.
So Rafa is a great competitor and somebody I know really well on and off the court.  I’m sure that there is something serious going on, you know, because otherwise he would come here and play.
So I know it’s in a way a loss for the tournament and, you know, for tennis itself, because he’s greatly appreciated, successful, and very popular athlete around the world.
But, you know, I wish him a speedy recovery, obviously.
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Roger Federer photo © Enrique Fernandez for Tennis Panorama

Q.  I believe your twin daughters who are turning three years old were at Wimbledon when you won this year.  I heard you quoted saying that having a family has helped you become a better player.  I know in years past there were champions that sometimes got distracted getting married or juggling family and career.  Do you think that having children, being married, has made you a better player?
ROGER FEDERER:  I mean, not worse.  I mean, I’m back to world No. 1.  (Laughter.)
Honestly, I think, was it 2009 when the kids were born?  I think I won Cincinnati I think the second tournament back; and when I turned 30 I also right away won a tournament where people thought now I’m old.
I think it’s always worked out well for me.  Of course it’s not been just easy cruising either.
You know, having twin daughters and traveling and trying to manage the situation with my wife and the kids and just seeing what’s best, what can we learn.  It was a hard process, too.
I mean, not that we’re through it, but it’s definitely getting a little bit easier now that they’re three and not newborns.
Also definitely had its role to play with them.  Happy I have been able to combine them, because first up when I heard Mirka was pregnant with twins I was worried about my practices.  I was worried about the playing schedule, that it was never going to be the same again.
But my wife has made it work for me.  She’s made incredible sacrifices for all of the family.  I couldn’t be more grateful or thankful.  It’s been a great ride.  Yeah, for that reason, having that Wimbledon victory plus seeing my kids in the stands after the match, yeah, doesn’t get any better than that.  It was a dream come true for me.
Q.  Do you miss Rafa’s presence here in sort of that odd way that rivals miss each other?
ROGER FEDERER:  I mean, it would be better if he would be here, but then again, it’s good to see him maybe giving it a chance to heal and taking tough decisions like not coming here.
It’s been a brutal process for him, I’m sure, missing the Olympics, which I’m sure was also a big goal for him.  Then the North American swing and now this?  I mean, this is significant, but it’s not been six months yet.
So I think it’s not the end of the world, but it’s obviously much better if he were to be here.  There’s no doubt about that.  But he’s had a great run in Grand Slams as well and playing so many tournaments.
Many people thought he was going to break down way earlier, and he has played I think four years longer than people already expected.  People thought four years ago the end is very near.  None of that.
I just hope he’s taking a little rest right now and hopefully coming back strong for the end of the year.

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USOpen.org to Offer More Coverage Across Multiple Platforms

From the USTAFLUSHING, N.Y., August 24, 2012 – The USTA and IBM today announced that USOpen.org, the official website of the 2012 US Open, will offer fans more comprehensive coverage across more platforms from a single destination than any sporting event ever.  The official site will be optimized for multiple platforms, including computers, tablets and mobile phones, with each platform utilizing device-specific features, all of which is free for fans.

 

In 2011, USOpen.org generated more than 51 million visits during the tournament, with mobile traffic more than doubling and live streaming consumption increasing by 12 percent from the year prior.  This year, the USTA and IBM expect a greater appetite for mobile and on-the-go viewing from fans. IBM, the USTA’s exclusive information technology solutions provider, developed and hosts the platforms where fans can enjoy even greater accessibility to the tournament.

 

“We continually push the technological and content envelopes in designing USOpen.org, to ensure we exceed our fans’ expectations,” said Phil Green, senior director, Advanced Media, USTA.  “Just as we have brought our fans unprecedented free live streaming of tournament matches across multiple devices, this year we are providing unprecedented social media integration and behind-the-scenes access like never before.”

 

“Through our partnership with the USTA, IBM is able to showcase how cloud computing and data analytics technologies bring the excitement and thrill of the US Open to fans no matter where they are or how they are consuming media,” said Rick Singer, Vice President, Client Executive Marketing, IBM. “The US Open is an ideal platform to demonstrate IBM’s capabilities and it is refreshing to collaborate with the USTA as they are always looking to push the technological boundaries and enhance the overall fan experience.”

 

Major features of USOpen.org across various platforms include:

 

US Open iPad App: The USTA has created the inaugural US Open iPad app.  The app, presented by Esurance, provides an interactive second-screen experience for those fans watching the Open on television or online.  Fans will be able to communicate with friends and fellow fans around the world through enhanced social features, access live match video, watch highlights and interviews, as well as view match analysis, live scores and a variety of in-depth statistical information.

 

Social Media Integration: Fans can engage with one of the most socially-integrated sporting events ever through distinct activations across eight prominent social media platforms:  Facebook, Twitter (with separate conversations for each of the six televised courts), foursquare, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and YouTube.  Through these channels, fans will be able to interact with one another and with the tournament’s official website USOpen.org, easily share their favorite US Open moments and submit questions on USOpen.org Radio presented by American Express.  Fans also can get the latest match notes, quotes and photos from behind the scenes and around the grounds with USOpen.org’s new blog on Tumblr, “The Spin.”

 

US Open Live:  Watch US Open matches live on your computer or iPad as they happen on any of the six show courts with US Open Live. During Labor Day weekend (September 1-3) and Finals weekend (September 7-9), enjoy live streaming from your iPhone or Android device as well. Fans can now engage through Match Chat with the same fans on the iPad app. And for the first time, US Open Live will be available throughout the US Open Qualifying tournament.

 

Official US Open iPhone and Android Apps: The USTA will continue to make its mobile apps for the iPhone and Android devices available. Fans can again enjoy all the action with live scores, stats, player profiles, video highlights, and alerts. New this year, fans using either App will be able to personalize their US Open experience, through My US Open presented by American Express to create a customized mobile experience tailored to fit their individual needs whether at home or at the Open. USOpen.org also will be available in a mobile-friendly format for all web-enabled mobile devices, and fans can sign up for up to 250 different free mobile alerts, including scores, breaking news, and weather updates.

 

On-Demand Video:  In addition to hundreds of hours of live matches, digital users can also enjoy plenty of on-demand video across any device, including match highlights, press conferences and classic matches, as well as analysis – “Drive to the Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz”, celebrity sightings - “Stars at the Open presented by Heineken”, and behind-the-scenes access – “Beyond the Baseline presented by Xerox”.

 

Fantasy Games:  Gamers have a place at the US Open as well. It all starts with the return of the US Open Bracket Challenge presented by Xerox. In 2012, fans can also compete for daily prizes with the new Daily Challenge pick ‘em game.  So give it your best shot to win!

 

Beyond these elements, several traditional staples of the USOpen.org experience remain, including:

 

  • Exclusive live point-by-point scoring of all matches
  • Draws and Schedules
  • News and Features
  • USOpen.org Radio presented by American Express
  • Player Info
  • US Open Shop
  • US Open Auctions
  • Mobile-friendly site
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Free on-site WiFi for fans
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US Open Men’s and Women’s Singles Draws

The US Open Singles Draws were made on Thursday. They are listed below:

Men’s Draw

FEDERER, Roger SUI [1]
YOUNG, Donald USA
QUALIFIER (Q)
PHAU, Bjorn GER
RAMOS, Albert ESP
GINEPRI, Robby USA (W)
MACHADO, Rui POR
VERDASCO, Fernando ESP [25]
FISH, Mardy USA [23]
SOEDA, Go JPN
DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS
QUALIFIER (Q)
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO
QUALIFIER (Q)
RUSSELL, Michael USA
SIMON, Gilles FRA [16]
ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP [11]
STEPANEK, Radek CZE
MAHUT, Nicolas FRA
PETZSCHNER, Philipp GER
KAVCIC, Blaz SLO
CIPOLLA, Flavio ITA
SOCK, Jack USA (W)
MAYER, Florian GER [22]
QUERREY, Sam USA [27]
LU, Yen-Hsun TPE
RAMIREZ HIDALGO, Ruben ESP
DEVVARMAN, Somdev IND
ISTOMIN, Denis UZB
ZOPP, Jurgen EST
GOFFIN, David BEL
BERDYCH, Tomas CZE [6]
MURRAY, Andy GBR [3]
BOGOMOLOV JR., Alex RUS
QUALIFIER (Q)
DODIG, Ivan CRO
BELLUCCI, Thomaz BRA
ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP
HAASE, Robin NED
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP [30]
GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP [24]
KUDLA, Denis USA (W)
LACKO, Lukas SVK
BLAKE, James USA (W)
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA
ANDREEV, Igor RUS
GIRALDO, Santiago COL
RAONIC, Milos CAN [15]
CILIC, Marin CRO [12]
MATOSEVIC, Marinko AUS
QUALIFIER (Q)
UNGUR, Adrian ROU
QUALIFIER (Q)
QUALIFIER (Q)
QUALIFIER (Q)
NISHIKORI, Kei JPN [17]
CHARDY, Jeremy FRA [32]
VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
ITO, Tatsuma JPN
EBDEN, Matthew AUS
KLIZAN, Martin SVK
FALLA, Alejandro COL
QUALIFIER (Q)
TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA [
TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB [8]
RUFIN, Guillaume FRA (W)
BAKER, Brian USA
HAJEK, Jan CZE
QUALIFIER (Q)
QUALIFIER (Q)
STEBE, Cedrik-Marcel GER
TROICKI, Viktor SRB [29]
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER [19]
LLODRA, Michael FRA
DIMITROV, Grigor BUL
PAIRE, Benoit FRA
KUKUSHKIN, Mikhail KAZ
NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN
MALISSE, Xavier BEL
ISNER, John USA [9]
GASQUET, Richard FRA [13]
MONTANES, Albert ESP
MELZER, Jurgen AUT
QUALIFIER (Q)
JOHNSON, Steve USA (W)
RAM, Rajeev USA
GULBIS, Ernests LAT
HAAS, Tommy GER [21]
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS [28]
MULLER, Gilles LUX
KAMKE, Tobias GER
HEWITT, Lleyton AUS (W)
QUALIFIER (Q)
GIMENO-TRAVER, Daniel ESP
ANDERSON, Kevin RSA
FERRER, David ESP [4]
DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG [7]
NALBANDIAN, David ARG
BECKER, Benjamin GER
HARRISON, Ryan USA
KUBOT, Lukasz POL
MAYER, Leonardo ARG
ROBREDO, Tommy ESP
SEPPI, Andreas ITA [26]
RODDICK, Andy USA [20]
QUALIFIER (Q)
BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG
TOMIC, Bernard AUS
ROGER-VASSELIN, Edouard FRA
FOGNINI, Fabio ITA
GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP
MONACO, Juan ARG [10]
DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr UKR [14]
LEVINE, Jesse USA
BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP
QUALIFIER (Q)
DARCIS, Steve BEL
JAZIRI, Malek TUN
STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy UKR
WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI [18]
BENNETEAU, Julien FRA [31]
ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
NOVIKOV, Dennis USA (W)
JANOWICZ, Jerzy POL
DUTRA SILVA, Rogerio BRA
QUALIFIER (Q)
LORENZI, Paolo ITA
DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [2]

AZARENKA, Victoria BLR [1]
PANOVA, Alexandra RUS
ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA, Barbora CZE
QUALIFIER (Q)
HSIEH, Su-Wei TPE
QUALIFIER (Q)
RAZZANO, Virginie FRA
ZHENG, Jie CHN [28]
GOERGES, Julia GER [18]
QUALIFIER (Q)
MINELLA, Mandy LUX
ROGOWSKA, Olivia AUS (W)
FORETZ GACON, Stephanie FRA
TATISHVILI, Anna GEO
CIRSTEA, Sorana ROU
LISICKI, Sabine GER [16]
LI, Na CHN [9]
WATSON, Heather GBR
QUALIFIER (Q)
DELLACQUA, Casey AUS
QUALIFIER (Q)
ROBSON, Laura GBR
DUVAL, Victoria USA (W)
CLIJSTERS, Kim BEL [23]
LEPCHENKO, Varvara USA [31]
JOHANSSON, Mathilde FRA
QUALIFIER (Q)
COHEN, Julia USA (W)
QUALIFIER (Q)
QUALIFIER (Q)
MARTIC, Petra CRO
STOSUR, Samantha AUS [7]
SHARAPOVA, Maria RUS [3]
CZINK, Melinda HUN
DOMINGUEZ LINO, Lourdes ESP
KARATANTCHEVA, Sesil KAZ
BACSINSZKY, Timea SUI
BURDETTE, Mallory USA (W)
HRADECKA, Lucie CZE
MEDINA GARRIGUES, Anabel ESP [27]
PETROVA, Nadia RUS [19]
GAJDOSOVA, Jarmila AUS
HALEP, Simona ROU
BENESOVA, Iveta CZE
CADANTU, Alexandra ROU
WOZNIAK, Aleksandra CAN
OUDIN, Melanie USA (W)
SAFAROVA, Lucie CZE [15]
BARTOLI, Marion FRA [11]
HAMPTON, Jamie USA
OPRANDI, Romina SUI
PETKOVIC, Andrea GER
MLADENOVIC, Kristina FRA (W)
ERAKOVIC, Marina NZL
HANTUCHOVA, Daniela SVK
PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia RUS [17]
WICKMAYER, Yanina BEL [25]
QUALIFIER (Q)
PARMENTIER, Pauline FRA
KRAJICEK, Michaella NED
GIBBS, Nicole USA (W)
CORNET, Alize FRA
HERCOG, Polona SLO
KVITOVA, Petra CZE [5] SOLER-ESPINOSA, Silvia ESP
QUALIFIER (Q)
PIRONKOVA, Tsvetana BUL
GIORGI, Camila ITA
MORITA, Ayumi JPN
NICULESCU, Monica ROU [26]
SCHIAVONE, Francesca ITA [22]
STEPHENS, Sloane USA
AMANMURADOVA, Akgul UZB
QUALIFIER (Q)
DATE-KRUMM, Kimiko JPN
ARVIDSSON, Sofia SWE
QUALIFIER (Q)
IVANOVIC, Ana SRB [12]
KIRILENKO, Maria RUS [14]
SCHEEPERS, Chanelle RSA
SZAVAY, Agnes HUN
ARN, Greta HUN
VOSKOBOEVA, Galina KAZ
RUS, Arantxa NED
HLAVACKOVA, Andrea CZE
ZAKOPALOVA, Klara CZE [24]
PENG, Shuai CHN [32]
VESNINA, Elena RUS
MAKAROVA, Ekaterina RUS
QUALIFIER (Q)
LUCIC, Mirjana CRO
MARTINEZ SANCHEZ, Maria Jose ESP
VANDEWEGHE, Coco USA
WILLIAMS, Serena USA [4]
KERBER, Angelique GER [6]
KEOTHAVONG, Anne GBR
MATTEK-SANDS, Bethanie USA (W)
WILLIAMS, Venus USA
QUALIFIER (Q)
BABOS, Timea HUN
GOVORTSOVA, Olga BLR
PASZEK, Tamira AUT [29]
MCHALE, Christina USA [21]
BERTENS, Kiki NED
QUALIFIER (Q)
FALCONI, Irina USA
DUSHEVINA, Vera RUS
QUALIFIER (Q)
MUGURUZA, Garbine ESP
ERRANI, Sara ITA [10]
CIBULKOVA, Dominika SVK [13]
LARSSON, Johanna SWE
JOVANOVSKI, Bojana SRB
BARTHEL, Mona GER
KING, Vania USA
SHVEDOVA, Yaroslava KAZ
RADWANSKA, Urszula POL
VINCI, Roberta ITA [20]
JANKOVIC, Jelena SRB [30]
BONDARENKO, Kateryna UKR
QUALIFIER (Q)
PEER, Shahar ISR
PERVAK, Ksenia KAZ
SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla ESP
BRATCHIKOVA, Nina RUS
RADWANSKA, Agnieszka POL [2]

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2012 US Open Announces Major Upgrades to Enhance Fan Experience

MAJOR UPGRADES TO USTA BILLIE JEAN KING NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER

WILL ENHANCE FAN EXPERIENCE AT 2012 US OPEN

New Two-level Heineken Red Star Café adds Retail Component on Lower Level

Court 17 Completed; to Hold 2,800 Fans as Fourth Show Court

US Open American Express Fan Experience Expanded in Former SmashZone Location

Moët Terrace to Provide First Champagne Bar On-site

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 20, 2012 – The USTA today announced a series of major building enhancements that are designed to elevate the overall fan experience at the 2012 US Open.  Projects include new buildings, completion of Court 17, increased seating at all field courts and new sponsored programs for visitors to this year’s tournament.

 

This year’s innovative Opening Night ceremony will include an immersive video and light show in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first time and will feature a live performance of the song “Celebrate” by pop star Jordin Sparks.  The hit song is from the movie “Sparkle,” in which Sparks stars alongside the late Whitney Houston, in Houston’s final film performance.  Houston opened Arthur Ashe Stadium 15 years ago with a performance of “One Moment in Time” in front of a sold-out crowd and a parade of former US Open champions.

 

The USTA has finished construction on its newest show court – Court 17 – for this year’s tournament.  The court has full television broadcast capabilities, state-of-the-art video screens and includes the Chase Review electronic line calling system.  With a capacity of 2,800, Court 17 is the fourth-largest spectator court at the US Open.  The pavilion around Court 17 will include new attractions for fans, including Bar 17, a casual outdoor setting replete with TVs, and the return of the popular player photo wall, where fans can take pictures next to life-sized images of their favorite players.

 

Below is a comprehensive list of the major activities, new programs, offerings and fan enhancements at the 2012 US Open, which takes place from August 27 to September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.

 

US Open Qualifying Tournament Live on CBS Sports Network: The US Open Qualifying Tournament is a free week of tennis, starting Tuesday, August 21, and running through Friday, August 24.  The tournament features one of the largest player fields in the world (256 singles players) and offers more than $1 million in total prize money.  For the first time, select qualifying matches will be broadcast live in a new arrangement with CBS Sports Network.  The new cable network plans 24 hours of coverage over the four days of qualifying which will include live match coverage as well as an anchor desk on the grounds of the National Tennis Center.  In addition, USOpen.org, the official website of the tournament, will stream live matches during qualifying week.  This new offering complements the fourth year of US Open Live, the free live streaming of more than 200 matches throughout the main draw of the tournament on usopen.org.

 

Heineken Red Star Café: The redesigned Heineken Red Star Café, located next to the South Plaza Fountains, is now on the top level of a new two-story building.  The ground floor of the redesigned structure will house a new US Open retail store.  The second story Café provides a spacious setting with an enhanced menu that will offer fans unique views of the grounds as they follow matches in this one-of-a-kind setting.  The Heineken Light Lounge, located in the Chase Center off the East Gate, also has been remodeled with outdoor café seating and a new interior.

 

Moët & Chandon Terrace: The new Moët & Chandon Terrace, designed in the brand’s signature international style, features Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne along with full service bar options.  The shaded, outdoor lounge is the tournament’s first champagne bar and is located next to the Patio Café outside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

 

US Open Sportsmanship Award: The USTA has created a first-ever “US Open Sportsmanship Award.”  The award will be presented during the 2012 US Open to one male and one female player who best demonstrate excellence in sportsmanship during the Emirates Airline US Open Series and the US Open.

 

Increased Spectator Seating: Bleacher seating around the outer field courts has been increased in 2012, and all courts now will seat at least 340 spectators.  The new seating also provides additional media seating and locations for tournament photographers.

 

US Open American Express Fan Experience: Now in its second year, the US Open American Express Fan Experience has been greatly expanded and moved inside to the space that formerly housed the SmashZone interactive exhibit.  The enhanced experience will feature hitting bays, a full practice court that will be programmed with special performances and guest appearances, an American Express court concierge and many other amenities.

 

Citizen: In conjunction with its 20th year as Official Timekeeper of the US Open, Citizen has created a Limited Series Commemorative US Open Watch which can be purchased on site or at USOpenShop.org In celebration of its 20th anniversary as the Official Timekeeper of the US Open, USTA Corporate Champion Citizen Watch Company of America has developed a Limited Edition US Open branded Citizen Eco-Drive watch. The watch will be available for sale on-site as well as on USOpenShop.org.  In addition, a special, modified version of this watch was commissioned by the USTA as the 2012 player gift and will be available to only main draw competitors.

 

Emirates Airline: The US Open Club will be presented by Emirates Airline for the first time.  Emirates Cabin Crew will be offering guests traditional Arabic hospitality elements such as Arabic coffee and dates along with hot and/or cold towels. As part of its inaugural year as a USTA Corporate Champion and the Official Airline of the US Open, Emirates Airline is the Presenting Sponsor of the US Open Club.  In addition to some updated décor elements, Emirates Airline Cabin Crew will be on hand to greet patrons of the Club with traditional hospitality.

 

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Event: The USTA will host a special event, on Saturday, September 1, featuring tennis mom Christine Taylor and other special guests to coincide with the launch of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September.  The USTA will announce the latest efforts in its youth tennis initiative that will allow young people of all ages to have more fun while getting active.  With tennis now sized right for kids, the sport’s national governing body expects to attract more young players to the game.

 

US Open Fan Patrol: Fans sitting in the promenade section of Arthur Ashe Stadium will continue to enjoy this “experience” at the 2012 US Open.  During night sessions, fans will be entertained by visiting former players and other celebrities, and they will be treated to a series of prize giveaways and interactive contests.

 

The ICON Awards: A USTA Event: The US Open’s premiere event to celebrate diversity and inclusion in the sport of tennis and in society will honor the legacies and achievements of University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, wheelchair tennis pioneer Randy Snow, and longtime tennis advocate and former USTA Executive Director D. Lee Hamilton.  The event will be held in the Chase Center on Tuesday, September 4. Summitt will receive the second “Billie Jean King Legacy Award,” first issued to former New York City Mayor David Dinkins last year.  Snow and Hamilton are being honored posthumously.

 

US Open iPad App: The USTA has created the first-ever US Open iPad app.  The app, sponsored by Esurance, provides an interactive second-screen experience for those fans watching the Open on television or online.  Fans will be able to communicate with friends and fellow fans through enhanced social features, access live match video, watch highlights and interviews, as well as view match analysis, live scores and a variety of in-depth statistical information.  The USTA will continue to make its mobile apps for the iPhone and Android devices available.  The mobile apps also will provide users a personalized experience with “My US Open presented by American Express,” allowing fans to follow their favorite players and customize their content.  USOpen.org also will be available in a mobile-friendly format for all web-enabled mobile devices, and fans can sign up for up to 250 different free mobile alerts, including scores, breaking news, and weather updates.

 

Social Media Integration: Fans can engage with one of the most socially-integrated sporting events ever through distinct activations across eight prominent social media platforms:  Facebook, Twitter (with separate conversations for each of the six televised courts), foursquare, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and YouTube.  Through these channels, fans will be able to interact with one another and with the tournament’s official website USOpen.org, easily share their favorite US Open moments and submit questions on USOpen.org Radio presented by American Express.  Fans also can get the latest match notes, quotes and photos from behind the scenes and around the grounds with USOpen.org’s new blog, “The Spin.”

 

Final Sunday Grounds Activities: The US Open will host a series of activities beginning at noon on the grounds of the National Tennis Center on Sunday, September 9, the date of the men’s singles championship.  A $5 ground admission ticket allows fans on the grounds where they can watch the US Open Junior Finals, participate in several skills challenges on various US Open courts and then watch the Men’s Singles Finals on the big screens on Court 17. All proceeds will be donated to USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable arm of the USTA.

 

Green Initiative: The US Open Green Initiative began as a pilot program in 2008 and has expanded each year, with the goal of making the US Open an environmentally-responsible and eco-friendly event.  For the first time, all credential lanyards used during the tournament will be made from recycled tennis ball cans.  Again in 2012, all serviceware in the US Open Food Village will be 100 percent compostable, and the program will continue the site-wide composting begun in 2010.  Carbon offsets have been obtained to cover all air/ground player transportation to and from the event, and Esurance will sponsor this year’s MetroCard giveaway, in which 125 fans each day will win a round-trip MetroCard to encourage the use of mass transit to the US Open.

 

Esurance: Esurance, the official car insurance sponsor of the US Open, is teaming up with the Bryan Brothers and USTA Serves to support two tennis programs benefiting at-risk youth.   Whether on-site at their promotional booth or via their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/esurance, tennis fans can vote for one of the two “game-changing” programs.  Esurance will donate a total of $50,000 to USTA Serves to be distributed to each of the programs based on the percentage of votes received. Voters can also enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to the men’s singles final of the 2013 US Open.    When visiting the on-site booth make sure to ask about getting “spotted” on the grounds by an Esurance brand ambassador for a shot at cool daily giveaways.

 

Local Food Sourcing:  In its commitment to reduce the tournament’s overall carbon footprint, the USTA is locally sourcing more food for the Food Village, suites, stadiums and restaurants than ever before. Levy Restaurants has increased use of locally-sourced ingredients and this year 40 percent of all produce will be sourced from the region. Area farms include Sater Farms, Eckerton Hill Farms, Latham Farms, Lynette Farms, Philips Mushroom Farms and Red Jacket Orchards. The US Open is also using locally sourced meat, seafood and poultry from Skuna Bay Salmon, Creekstone Farms, Murray’s Chicken and Gosman’s Fish Market.

 

US Open Gallery – International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum: This year, the US Open Gallery, located along with the US Open Bookstore in the Chase Center, will feature a special exhibit entitled “Tennis and the Olympics.”  The gallery also will feature a special photography exhibition entitled “Arthur Ashe as Amateur: 1966.”  In 1966, Life magazine photographer Rowland Scherman followed Ashe over two weeks, a journey that took the future champion from Texas to Los Angeles.

 

US Open Court of Champions Induction: Andre Agassi will be inducted into the US Open Court of Champions in a ceremony to be held on Sunday, September 9, prior to the Men’s Singles Championship.  Among his many accomplishments, Agassi won the US Open in 1994 and 1999, and he competed in an Open Era record 21 consecutive US Opens.

 

Special Doubles Exhibition: On Thursday night, September 6, the US Open will feature an ultimate New York experience as five multi-talented New Yorkers participate in a special pro-celebrity charity doubles exhibition. Actor, comedian, writer, musician, producer and New York-native Adam Sandler will team up with four-time US Open Champion, former world #1, International Tennis Hall of Fame member, sports commentator, and musician, from Queens, NY, John McEnroe against actor, comedian, writer, and producer and Long Island-native Kevin James and his partner four-time Grand Slam Men’s Singles Champion, former world #1, Tennis Hall of Famer, and sports commentator, who now calls NY home, Jim Courier. Brooklyn-native actor, comedian and writer Colin Quinn will serve as the chair umpire for what promises to be an entertaining exhibition.

 

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