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US OPEN: MONDAY, MONDAY—CAN’T BEAT THAT DAY

LIKE HIS BELOVED COACH, CROAT MARIN CILIC CLAIMS HIS FIRST SLAM ON A MONDAY By Bill Simons Sometimes it just comes down to numbers. 100: The Bryans get their 100th title, no problemo. 18: Serena wins her 18th Slam, but Federer falls short. Age, a tall Croat, and our heartfelt expectations got in the way. […]


US OPEN: LEGAL AND LEGENDARY—SERENA GRABS HOLD OF THE ELUSIVE NUMBER 18

By Bill Simons This cannot be. Serena Williams, the most turbulent figure in tennis since a man named Johnny Mac, brought order back to the game. In a tournament with wild bees and painful cramps, up and comers cramped the style of the Big Four. None of them—Federer, Djokovic, Nadal or Murray—made it to the […]


US Open: Top 12 Wildest Moments of Williams Sisters Lore

By John Huston In just a few hours, Serena Williams will be playing for her third consecutive US Open women’s title and 18th Slam singles win. On the eve of the match, here’s a tour through 12 of the wackiest, wildest moments in Williams family lore. While Serena hasn’t won a Slam yet this year, […]


US Open: The Day Tennis Changed—Nishikori Downs Djokovic, Cilic Stuns Federer

By Bill Simons and John Huston The new is always hard to deal with. It just doesn’t feel right. What comfort is there in the unknown domain, such uncharted territory? And at this US Open, it is a new day, the feeling odd. The middle didn’t hold. Tennis’ Big Four have been vanquished. Rafa Nadal, […]


US Open: Of Cramps and Champs, Woz and Williams, Wonders and Blunders

THE RIVERS RUNS DEEP: The late, great Joan Rivers was famous, among many other things, for her tennis bracelets, sold on QVC. She is also from Larchmont NY, the home of legendary USTA woman’s pioneer Barbara Williams, the late umpire Jack Stahr, and many other tennis figures. ASIA SPECIFIC: This year’s Open is the first […]


US Open: The Mighty Fed’s Heroic Comeback—”Tonight Was Emotional for Me”

By Bill Simons and John Huston The 23,000 most boisterous yuppies in sports were ecstatic. They were in full voice, their drinks were cold, their passions hot. And why not? Tonight, in the most electric, sizzling arena a gentleman’s game has ever concocted, the greatest player in history, Roger (“Do allow us to worship you”) […]


US Open: Marin for the Win—and Serena the Wallflower?

MARIN FOR THE WIN: For years, the Marin Cilic story has been a so-close-and-yet-so-far affair. The tall, quiet Croat has been at the brink of next-step Slam wins against the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, only to lose hold of the outcome. Today, less than a year after being forced out of the […]


US Open: Building Up to a Fairy Tale—The Bryans are One Victory Away from 100 Titles

In conversations with Inside Tennis, USA Today, and the media, men’s doubles finalists Bob and Mike Bryan reflect on their storied career, luck, Federer and the possibility of winning their 100th tournament title here in New York at the US Open: We live in a number-based society. What does the 100 milestone means to you? […]


US Open: Shady Lady—Meet the Appealing, Enigmatic Russian Ekaterina Makarova

By Bill Simons She’s oh so obscure, and oh so low-key. Ekaterina (“You can call me Kate”) Makarova is perhaps the best tennis player you’ve never heard of. The 26-year-old seems to have it all—well, except a Slam title. She’s an “ova,” which we define as a tall, imposing Russian woman with a tendency to […]


US Open: The Happy Birthday Heard ‘Round the World—and Michael Chang on the Asian Tennis Explosion

VIKA THE PAINT-PEELING SONGBIRD: Serving much bigger than her height would seem to allow, and displaying great shotmaking variety, lightning foot speed, and cool tomboy composure, qualifier Aleksandra Krunic was the talk of Arthur Ashe Stadium last night.  That is, until Vika Azarenka decided to use the on-court interview after her hard-fought 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 […]