Record crowds watched this month as another world No. 1 and defending US Open champion, Novak Djokovic, was beaten in the men's final by Stan Wawrinka. The playing surface is now a blue hard court; the intimate, horseshoe-shaped stadium seating 14,000 people has been traded for a towering 23,771-strong venue with its new $150 million retractable roof. While that '77 final marked the start of a new era for US tennis, it also closed the door on another. In 2010, Forest Hills Stadium was almost replaced by a new housing development. But now, 101 years since it first hosted the US national tournament, the site is enjoying something of a renaissance. Thanks to the New York Empire, a new franchise
Credit: serenawilliams/InstagramHappy birthday, Serena Williams! The formidable tennis star with an eye for courtside flair turns 35 today. There's no question that Williams is a force to be reckoned with, both on and off the court. As a tennis player
A "boring" mental technique which allows her to focus on match after match as if nothing else matters has left Johanna Konta knocking on the door of the world's top 10 -- not that she lets herself worry about such things. Konta, 25, burst onto the scene at last year's US Open and she has gone up another gear this season, winning her first WTA title and rising to 13th in the world. As well as her victory at Stanford, Konta also became the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in 33 years at the Australian Open, equalling Virginia Wade and Sue Barker.