September 2, 2011
U.S. Open featured matches Seedings in parentheses; all times PDT. ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM Beginning at 8 a.m.: Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Vera Zvonareva (2); Flavia Pennetta (26) vs. Maria Sharapova (3); Nicolas Mahut vs. Rafael Nadal (2). Beginning at 4 p.m.: Christina McHale vs. Maria Kirilenko (25); Andy Roddick (21) vs. Jack Sock. LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM Beginning at 10 a.m.: Robby Ginepri vs. John Isner (28); Robin Haase vs. Andy Murray (4)
September 1, 2009 |
For many years, Andre Agassi stole the show at the U.S. Open. Now, three years out of the tennis game, he's doing it in coat and tie. Monday was opening day. They played 56 matches. Defending champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams won handily. There was drama on the back courts, great play on the grandstand, exceptional effort everywhere. And then, Monday night, the bald guy from Las Vegas walked to the microphone and one-upped everything. He was there as part of a ceremony honoring "athletes who have given back."
July 5, 2008
Kurt Streeter's July 4 piece on the career trajectory of the Williams sisters was excellent. In this age of Obama post-discrimination mythology, Streeter's insights into the racism that the sisters have faced within the lily-white niche of professional tennis was timely. Those who point to Tiger Woods and the Williams sisters as examples that elite sports such as golf and tennis have desegregated would benefit from an education on the paltry recreation budgets of most "inner city" communities in the U.S. where park space -- much less putting greens and tennis courts -- can be virtually nonexistent.
May 30, 2006
On Monday, Benjamin Kohlloeffel became the 10th NCAA singles champion from UCLA. The others: Jack Tidball (1933), Herbert Flam (1950), Larry Nagler (1960), Allen Fox (1961), Arthur Ashe (1965), Charlie Pasarell (1966) Jeff Borowiak (1970), Jimmy Connors (1971) and Billy Martin (1975).
February 6, 2003 |
Charlie Pasarell thinks of Arthur Ashe every day. We all should. Pasarell thinks about Ashe -- his best friend, his touchstone, a man that today, 10 years after Ashe died of complications of AIDS, Pasarell says is a "hero" and "role model" -- and Pasarell cries a little. We all should. Ashe is missed by Pasarell. We all should miss Ashe. Ashe is missed every day for his intelligence and thoughtfulness, for his grace under pressure and his willingness to take strong stands.
March 2, 2001 |
What: "SportsCentury: Arthur Ashe" Where: ESPN Classic, tonight, 5 and 8 This profile of Arthur Ashe, first televised by ESPN Classic Feb. 19, shows why, besides being a tennis star, he was considered to be one of the most important sports figures of the 20th century. It also shows why he was considered so infinitely good and pure. Adversity followed Ashe throughout his life. He lost his mother at a young age. Heart trouble forced him to retire from competitive tennis at 36.