Nike created a limited edition Court Ballistec 2.2 in conjunction with the US Open. The shoes were sold at the US Open, with only a limited quantity available at the US Open Nike Store. Nike and Rafael Nadal played off Wilson tennis balls and applied the tennis ball material to the Court Ballistec 2.2. A perfect idea for the US Open.
The shoe features a tennis ball-like upper with a yellow sockliner, midsole, and XDR outsole. A rubber toe cap and white Swoosh add detail.
The shoes were only available in size 15 for $40. You had the option of buying a left or right shoe for $40. This is a great collector’s item, and a better buy for people that wear size 15.

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On September 7, 1980, McEnroe attained glorious and Grand Slam revenge at Louis Armstrong Stadium in 5 exhilarating and draining sets against his polar opposite and favorite dueling partner, Bjorn Borg.

Borg, 24, was the dominant force in tennis, winning 3 straight French Open and 3 straight Wimbledon. He had lost only once in 1980 and was reaping 3 millions $ a year in endorsements. But he had yet to solve the US Open, having lost 2 finals to Jimmy Connors and been upset by Roscoe Tanner in 1979.

After his Wimbledon epic, however, Borg publicly declared himself ready to conquer New York. At Flushing Meadows, Borg overcame Tanner in 5 sets in the quarterfinals, then dropped 2 sets to Johan Kriek in the semies before destroying him 6-1 6-1 6-1. McEnroe, the defending champion was all that stood in his way.

McEnroe had beat up and comer Ivan Lendl in 4 sets in the quarterfinals on Thursday, 5 sets in the men’s doubles final on Friday, and on Saturday outlasted his other archrival Jimmy Connors. McEnroe emerged the victor after 4h16, with a hard fought 5th set tiebreaker.

Lefties like McEnroe had won the previous 6 US Opens, but Borg who had defeated McEnroe in 4 of their 5 previous meetings, seemed unbeatable…


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– Top seeds Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki storm into quarterfinal. Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils and Vera Zvonareva also advanced in straight sets.
2 surprises in the women’s draw: Dominika Cibulkova defeats 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, Kaia Kanepi beats last year’s semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer.

Day 8 complete results

US player of the day: Bob Bryan
Bob Bryan advanced to quarterfinals with his brother Mike in doubles, and qualified for the mixed doubles semifinals (with Liezel Huber).

Stat of the day: 25
Six of the eight women in the US Open quarterfinals are age 25 or older, with Venus Williams and Francesca Schiavone both 30.

Pic of the day: Robin Soderling
Big hitter Robin Soderling downed Albert Montanes in 4 sets and set up a clash with Roger Federer.

Matches to follow on day 9:
Samantha Stosur(AUS)[5] vs. Kim Clijsters(BEL)[2]
Francesca Schiavone(ITA)[6] vs. Venus Williams(USA)[3]

Upset of the day: Stanislas Wawrinka defeats Andy Murray
Wawrinka pulled out the biggest upset of this year’s US Open so far: he bounced 2008 US Open runner-up in 4 sets. Murray still can’t win when it really counts.

Match of the day: Sam Stosur defeats Elena Dementieva
Without a doubt one of the best matches of the tournament so far. They battled until 1:37 am, they both had match points, but in the end, the Australian prevailed 6-3 2-6 7-6.

Quote of the day: Tracy Austin about Sam Stosur and Elena Dementieva:

I think they’re hitting harder than the guys in the first match.

US player of the day: Venus Williams
Venus beat 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 and qualified for her 10th US Open quarterfinal (in 12 trips to Flushing Meadows). Her next opponent: 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

Stat of the day: 1
There will be at least one spanish player in semifinals as only Spaniards remain in the top quarter of the men’s singles draw: Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco. Tommy Robredo and Albert Montanes also qualified for fourth round.

Pic of the day: Kim Clijsters
Just impressive: Kim won her 18th straight match at the US Open Sunday, defeating Ana Ivanovic, 6-2, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals. Ivanovic never looked like a former number one and was completely outplayed.

Matches to follow on day 8
Fish vs Djokovic
Wozniacki vs Sharapova

Nike 2010 US Open shirts

Here’s a glimpse of the Nike US Open shirts available at Niketown NYC, at the US Open Nike store and also on niketennis.com .

Nike 2010 US Open shirt

Nike 2010 US Open shirt

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