Andy Roddick was the last American to raise a Grand Slam men’s tennis trophy, which he did at the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadow, N.Y. in 2003. Thirteen years doesn’t amount to a Chicago Cubs-style World Series drought by any stretch. But it makes even the most ardent tennis loyalists nervous in a country that prides itself on grooming some of the planet’s best players. Professional tennis is like golf or thoroughbred horseracing. There are dozens of events each year. Only a few really matter. In tennis there are four: the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open, which starts this week. No American male has advanced beyond a Grand Slam semi-final since 2009. Roddick won the
There will no longer be a time during the U.S. Open when all tennis matches will be canceled because of rain. On Tuesday, the USTA showed off the new retractable roof over Arthur Ashe stadium — the tournament’s largest venue for matches — which has 23,771 seats. The roof is made up of fabric covered with PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) and it sits on a 6,500-ton steel structure. The fabric “allows sun to reflect off the panels, making the stadium more energy efficient,” according to the U.S. Tennis Association, or USTA. It will also provide shade to people sitting in the higher sections, even when the movable parts of the roof are open. The roof, which cost about $150 million in privately funded
It's been almost one year since Pennetta affixed her name to that list, yet as she returned to Flushing Meadows on Friday, that moment felt much longer ago than 12 months. "I had the chance to say to everyone in the perfect moment in the perfect way," Pennetta told The Associated Press before she appeared at the U.S. Open draw ceremony as the reigning women's champion. At too many events, Pennetta was thinking: "Why am I here?