Sitting onstage at the St. Regis Hotel on Wednesday were arguably five of the top seven men’s players ever to hit a tennis ball. Too bad only one of those guys, Rafael Nadal, actually will compete in the US Open, which kicks off Monday in Flushing. The other four – Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Roger Federer – will sit it out, three of them long retired and Federer still rehabbing a knee injury. Federer will miss his first Open since 1999. The fabulous five were at a press conference to announce the birth of a new team competition that pits Europe vs. The World — similar to golf’s Ryder Cup. It’s being called the Laver Cup after the legendary Australian lefty, the last man to win the
Makarova won her second-round match Tuesday. Once Kvitova overcame her slow start and broke Bouchard's serve to make it 3-2 in the first, she went on the attack. ''I need a couple of games to find my rhythm,'' Kvitova said.
First Round: Connors Defeats Patrick McEnroe 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 The first round was Shakespearean. Patrick McEnroe was on court avenging his older brother by putting a world-class beatdown on John McEnroe's greatest, most bitter rival. Patrick was better, cleaner and tougher than Connors, and took the first two sets. After Patrick jumped out to a big lead in the third set, all that was left was to deliver was the final, finishing blow -- a finishing blow that never came. Jimmy Connors: "He was trying to take everything that I had, and I didn't want to give it to him. I was down so far. I was just like, 'Play like you have nothing to lose.' It's amazing. It's like one shot, one noise,