I’ll keep this brief as: A. I’m on holiday and B. So much has rightly been covered already about this tournament and it’s truly momentous climax. We should of course start with young Emma Raducanu’s still scarcely believable triumph in what was only her second ever major showing. History was made with every straight sets […]Read More US Open 2021: Finals review. History is made in one of the all-time great majors
Even if Fernandez and/or Raducanu do also join Alcaraz in exiting the Open at this next hurdle, the tournament has undeniably centered around their emergence. But we need to be mindful of how tennis’ Next Big Things often crumble and fall with worrying speed. Yes, for me personally with Raducanu – such is her oh-so-watchable […]Read More US Open 2021: Raducanu and Fernandez star once more but brave Alcaraz succumbs
This really is shaping up to be a classic Open. The level of quality and entertainment in almost every match round after round is greater here than I can remember in recent years, and I like to think I have a pretty good grasp on the grand slam goings on. But yes, let’s start with […]Read More US Open 2021: Round 4 summary as young guns steal the show. Plus QF predictions
Post titles are getting worse I know, just blame a constant lack of sleep. I cannot even blame my baby daughter too much either. I was glued to the Tsitsipas Vs Alcaraz match the other night, which was just one of many a dramatic and surprising result in the 3rd round here in New York. […]Read More US Open 2021: Round 3 summary sees major shocks but not for Djoks
As the title suggests, the almost inexplicable scenario of rain delays on a show court packing as roof was the main water cooler moment of the second round at Flushing Meadows. In the frustratingly inconsistent Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz’s exits we saw only a handful of bigger names fall. Grigor Dimitrov’s retirement too was […]Read More US Open 2021: Second Round summary sees Gauff exit and the rain enter despite a roof. Plus my picks of the 3rd round.
Can you tell it’s been a while? Apologies for the naff headline, but here we are at the final major of the year and there are already talking points aplenty. Firstly, the general theme on the women’s side at least saw the favourites and wider seeded contingent survive more or less unscarred. The men could […]Read More US Open 2021: First round summary as seeds succeed and Murray seethes
Predictably, the standards of tennis in this opening round in New York have been extremely high. People forget that the non-household names who occupy the lower half of the Worlds Top 100 are also amazing players, the very cream at the top of both tours’ 1,000+ professionals. In terms of shocks, we’ve had quite a […]Read More US Open 2020: Round 1 sees Brits steal the spotlight from a strong homegrown showing. Venus and Clijsters out.
Here we are then, the first major tournament since Coronavirus changed the very landscape of our planet and our lives for who knows how long. As the pandemic shows no sign of loosening its grip, so we must try and continue as best we can. Sport too has had to endure and adapt and only […]Read More US Open 2020 Day 1 Preview; Tennis’ first major amidst global turmoil
A clunky post title, but then I haven’t had much sleep after last night’s drama almost saw a double changing of the guard in New York. Bianca Andreescu def Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 First Saturday evening and for Serena, not a chance for redemption per se (her actions here 12 months ago remain unforgivable) but […]Read More US Open 2019: Finals review sees new ground broken and a grind towards history
A whole raft of big names exited yesterday in an entertaining day’s play. Thanks to Amazon’s multi court coverage I was spoilt for choice at times but did enjoy Naomi Osaka fighting back from the brink against Blinkova. So the defending champ is safely through, but joining Sharapova and Angie Kerber amongst the former champs […]Read More US Open 2019: More favourites and former champs fall on Day 2, plus my Day 3 picks