With the US Open set to begin on Monday, defending champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic says his left wrist is not in an "ideal state" -- which could open things up for Wimbledon champ and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray to continue his late-season roll. Djokovic is right-handed, but the wrist injury impacts him when he slugs his two-handed backhand. "Well, the wrist hasn't been in ideal start for the last three and a half weeks, but I'm doing everything in my power with obviously the medical team to make sure that I'm as close to 100 percent as possible during the course of this tournament, at least for the beginning of it," said Djokovic, who withdrew from the recent ATP Masters Series event in Cincinnati because of the injury. Asked if he was dealing with tendonitis in the wrist, Djokovic said no, but added he wasn't certain what to call it.
Monica Puig gazed out at her fellow Puerto Ricans jamming the parade route, and in their eyes she saw hope. Throughout her stunning run to the Olympic tennis gold medal, Puig embraced the symbolism of each upset victory. ''If Puerto Rico channels that same energy and belief that things will get better and working for the better of the island, the better of the community, things will improve,'' Puig said four days after the U.S. territory honored its Olympic team and, above all, its first gold medalist.
Pablo Carreno Busta recorded his first ATP title triumph by beating fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the final of the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina on Saturday. Carreno Busta, 25, won 6-7 (6) 7-6 (1) 6-4 in a match that lasted more than two hours 30 minutes. The 16th seed had previously lost two finals this year and could have been excused for dropping his head after losing the first set in a tiebreak when second seed Bautista Agut sent a backhand winner down the line.