US tennis legend John McEnroe called a halt to his coaching work with Milos Raonic, claiming "it will make life easier" despite helping the Canadian to the Wimbledon final last month. McEnroe made his announcement just two days out from the start of the US Open, the season's final Grand Slam event where world number six Raonic is ranked as a potential title winner. Raonic, defeated by Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final, only started working with McEnroe for the grass court season but the two men then decided to extend their agreement.
By Simon Cambers NEW YORK (Reuters) - Troubled by injury and a private matter that affected him at Wimbledon, world number one Novak Djokovic concedes that time is against him as he prepares to end his grand slam season on a high at the U.S. Open. The Serb, aiming to win his 13th grand slam crown, is battling a left wrist injury which threatens to derail a 2016 campaign that began strongly with an Australian Open victory and saw him complete a career grand slam at the French Open in June. After an early defeat at Wimbledon, Djokovic suffered his wrist injury before the Rio Olympics, where he was ousted in round one.
In a less-traveled part of the 46-acre Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, an imposing black metal fence offers a reminder of the multiple security worries that come with hosting the U.S. Open. New York Police Department counterterrorism officials insisted that the fence, near a new 8,000-seat grandstand stadium, be reinforced earlier this year with thick strands of cable capable of withstanding a crash from a truck loaded with explosives. "A lot of this stuff is off the radar, but it goes back to what's happening in the world," the event's security director, Michael Rodriguez, said during a flurry of last-minute preparations for Monday's opening matches. Attacks in Europe and mass shootings in the U.S. have created a climate that's added to vigilance over this year's U.S. Open, which already posed daunting security challenges because of its sheer size: 700,000 spectators over two weeks packed into two stadiums, two grandstands and other seating at more than a dozen other tennis courts, all connected by sprawling pedestrian walkways.