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.
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.
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.