Love -- Players who qualify for the U.S. Open have to sit for a headshot that's used on TV and for other various media outlets. In the pictures, most players wear a t-shirt bearing the logo of a sponsor (see here and here) or something understated (like here and here). Then there's Yannick Mertens.
The 22-year old from Belgium posed for his headshot wearing a Los Angeles Lakers t-shirt (at right). Seeing as how we're easy to impress here at Busted Racquet, Mertens is now our favorite player in the men's draw. (Second favorite: Lester Cook, who looks like he's relieved that the Phish tour ended before the Open began.)
15 -- The highest ranked American woman without the surname Williams is Melanie Oudin, the 17-year old from Georgia who burst onto the scene with a run to the fourth round of Wimbledon. Oudin's hometown paper, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, profiles her before her first round match tomorrow.
30 -- A recap of Andy Roddick's appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman last week.
Game -- ESPN.com's Rick Reilly echoes the same sentiment I made in July: That the accomplishments of the Williams sisters are vastly underappreciated by fans and media alike. Our opinions are the same, but only one of us uses references and terms like "kicking booty", "I'm running for Congress", "the Andrews sisters" and "that's like saying Paris is the richer Hilton." I'll let you guess who.