On This Day in Us Open History
One of the most popular tennis events in the world got underway today. The US Open kicked off in New York City despite the fact that Hurricane Irene dropped inches of rain on the east coast.
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One of the most popular tennis events in the world got underway today. The US Open kicked off in New York City despite the fact that Hurricane Irene dropped inches of rain on the east coast. Thankfully Irene has now moved away from the US and tennis can go on as usually.
Later tonight American Roger Federer will begin his quest for the US Open championship. Federer is one of the most popular players in American tennis. However, he has had some ups and downs of late. Inconsistency has been an issue. I think its an issue all tennis players face. Tennis is such a physical sport. It may not look like one of the most grueling sports and maybe when playing it for fun it isn’t but if you’re playing with guys like Roger Federer it will quickly become a battle of physical stamina.
With serve speeds of over 100 miles per hour it’s hard to even see a professional tennis players serve let alone have time to swing the racquet and hit it. In tennis men play the best of 5 sets. I’ve seen some professional tennis matches go on for as much as five or six hours due to all of the sets and then the tie breakers in each set.
Some of my favorite tennis memories involve watching Pete Sampras and Andre Aggasi battle it out. Those two were big in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. It was like Stefi Graph vs. Monica Seles in the woman’s game. Andre and Pete both had power and stanima and had several matches go five sets. I njoy playing tennis myself although as much as I’d like to think I could there’s no way I could ever compete with one of those guys.
Just a few quick US Open Tennis Histroy notes here curitosy of http://www.10sballs.com/2011/08/29/the-us-open-roger-federer-and-americans-in-action-today/
On this day in tennis histroy-
1968- Billy Jean King plays the first open tennis match on the stadium court at the US open defeating a dentist who happened to play tennis on the side.
1978 The USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing Meadows, NY