U. S. Open, 2012

Do Over … Re-capping the U. S. Open, 2012

By DownTheTee | September 12, 2012

By Jane Voigt Let’s just state right up front that Andy Murray is the biggest story of the 2012 U. S. Open. Bar none. Hands down.  Murray actually should be knighted — Sir Andy Murray has a wonderful ring — given his years of gains, declines, and British media abuse for not winning, over and…

Good Tennis Upsets

By DownTheTee | September 3, 2012

By Jane Voigt You can hear it. The pop as a ball ricochets off racquet strings. It’s potent, a flash of anticipation. It’s the sound of modern-day tennis for most players, but not all.  Agnieszka Radwanska’s, Sara Errani’s, and Roberta Vinci’s tennis is almost the polar opposite of current trends.   They compose points, the…

Defying Age and Health

By DownTheTee | September 2, 2012

By Jane Voigt Lleyton Hewitt hasn’t always been one of Australia’s favorite native sons.  Expectations from a country defined by its tennis and known for legendary heroes such as two-time Grand Slam great, Rod Laver, have landed far short. And it’s not because of his record.  Hewitt won the Men’s Doubles title in his first-ever…

Did Tomic Tank?

By DownTheTee | September 1, 2012

By Jane Voigt September 1, 2012 — Well, Andy Roddick didn’t retire. Instead he won, extending life as he’s known it for twelve years thanks, in part, to a dreadful performance by Australian teen, Bernard Tomic. Tomic, in his press conference, faced pointed questions, first generally and then specifically, about his efforts on his first…

Andy

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2012

By Jane Voigt August 31, 2012 — It’s seem fitting, in an odd way, that Andy Roddick’s pending retirement came on his 30th birthday and on the heels of Kim Clijsters’ exit, which she announced months ago.   Andy wouldn’t have planned a retirement tour with all that associated fanfare he’d put himself and others…

Kim

By DownTheTee | August 30, 2012

By Jane Voigt August 30, 2012 — Kim Clijsters’ match last night on Arthur Ashe wasn’t her best but it was her last … we’re told.  She retired once in May, 2007, but couldn’t quash a lingering notion that maybe if she geared up big in the fitness department she could make a go. So…

Ridiculous

By DownTheTee | August 29, 2012

By Jane Voigt No one expected Tommy Haas to win this Open — his fifteenth, and at the age of 34 the oldest man in the singles draw. And no one honestly expected Ernests Gulbis to come back from two sets down to defeat the German.  But he did, 46 46 75 64 64 in…

Against The Odds

By DownTheTee | August 28, 2012

By Jane Voigt What if the usual suspects bombed out? Let’s say Serena Williams’ serve fell apart and her groundstrokes followed suit, and her attitude turned sour … nothing less than cranky.  It could happen, even though she’s the top pick for the majority of pundits’ to win yet another slam title, her 15th.  Same…

Anticipation

By DownTheTee | August 27, 2012

By Jane Voigt Fluttery bubbles of anticipation that circle first-round matches are probably more a part of fans’ experiences than for players. But don’t be fooled. Players are nervous, too, especially since the U. S. Open is the last major tournament of the year. They want to make a statement. They want to be heard.…

The Day Before The Last Slam

By DownTheTee | August 26, 2012

By Jane Voigt Here we go again. The USTA is about to unleash another of its monstrous and marvelously hyper-slams tomorrow.  It wants the two weeks to be a happy experience for ticket holders, players and sponsors, with no rain please. No leaking courts.  But the irate tennis pros that were pushed to argue for…