Lacoste US Open boutique

The rackets called racnets, were designed by furniture creator Hugh Hayden and are on sale on his website.

Brooklyn based Hayden has a special interest for tennis balls, and this was his source of inspiration for a recent collection of limited edition furniture completely constructed of recycled tennis balls.
The collection entitled HEX Tennis is composed of a chair, a coffee table, a pouf and a dog bed.

HEX Tennis by Hugh Hayden

HEX Tennis by Hugh Hayden

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Hugh Hayden

2010 US Open: day 6 recap

– Top stars Federer, Djokovic, Wozniacki and Sharapova breeze into fourth round. Only semi-surprise: 2008 runner-up Jelena Jankovic was ousted was 31th seed Kaia Kanepi.

US player of the day: Mardy Fish
It took him 3 1/2 hours and five sets, but Mardy Fish managed to advance to fouth round with his win over Arnaud ClĂ©ment. It’s an awesome summer for him: he won in Newport (grass) and Atlanta (hard) and reached the final in Cincinnati (lost to Federer). Fish’s next opponent: Novak Djokovic.

Stat of the day: 3
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki only lost 3 games in 3 matches. The task should be harder in the 4th round where she’ll meet 2006 US Open champion Maria Sharapova.

Player of the day: Maria Sharapova
Sharapova double-bageled young american Beatrice Capra to advance to round 4.

Matches to follow on day 7:
4th round:
Ana Ivanovic(SRB) vs. Kim Clijsters(BEL)[2]
Samantha Stosur(AUS)[5] vs. Elena Dementieva(RUS)[12]
3rd round:
Mikhail Youzhny(RUS)[12] vs. John Isner(USA)[18]
Sam Querrey(USA)[20] vs. Nicolas Almagro(ESP)[14]
Andy Murray(GBR)[4] vs. Stanislas Wawrinka(SUI)[25]

Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams, Sam Stosur and Elena Dementieva storm into fourth round.

– On the men’s side, Gilles Simon beat 29th seed Kohlschreiber in 5 sets and will meet world number one Rafael Nadal in the third round. Andy Murray, John Isner, Sam Querrey and David Nalbandian also advanced to round 3.

US player of the day: Ryan Harrison
He wasted 3 match points in the the fifth of his second round match against Stakhovsky, but for many experts, Harrison is hope for future of U.S. tennis.

Stat of the day: 9
For those who still think that Spanish players are only clay court specialists, 9 men players from Spain qualified for the third round: Nadal, Lopez, Ferrer, Gimeno-Traver, Verdasco, Almagro, Robredo, Montanes, Ferrero.

Player of the day: Venus Williams
With her 6-2 6-1 win over Mandy Minella, Venus reached the fourth round for the 12th time in 12 trips to Flushing Meadows. She won the tournament in 2000 and 2001 and was the runner-up in 1997 and 2002.

Matches to follow on day 6:
Paul-Henri Mathieu(FRA) vs. Roger Federer(SUI)[2]
James Blake(USA) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]
Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)[11] vs. Maria Kirilenko(RUS)[23]

Thanks to Jean-Matt, webmaster of toutsuragassi.com for his 2004 US Open story.
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It was back in 2004, I decided it was high time to go to the US Open and see Andre play “at home”. I asked other French fans if they were interested in coming with me. And there we went. A couple of days before the tournament we were eight people flying over the Atlantic ocean.

New York is a strange city. After a long drive from JFK (but it was in a limo, so that was not too long though ;-), we arrived in Manhattan. And even if it was our first time in NYC, there was something familiar about this place. We happened to see this city in movies, in series, and there are so many famous monuments there.

Times Square

Chrysler Builiding

Brooklyn Bridge

Anyway, we soon had to get prepared for our first day at Flushing Meadows : the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. I was surprised to see Andre so relaxed before the tournament. He really seemed to enjoy being there. He hit a few balls with Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish.

Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish

In the “real” tournament, Andre’s first round was scheduled on the huge Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first night session. And it was against another American player : Robby Ginepri. The stadium was packed and there was a real friendly atmosphere in the stands. Any tennis fan should definitely go to the US Open.
2004 US Open: Ginepri - Agassi

2004 US Open: Ginepri - Agassi

2004 US Open: Ginepri - Agassi

The first set was tough, but Andre eventually won 7-6 6-4 6-2. He seemed to be in pretty good shape. And by the time we flew back to France, we didn’t know that he was going to make it to the quarterfinals and an incredible match against number one Roger Federer.

2010 US Open: day 3 recap

– Venus Williams, Elena Dementieva, Andy Murray and Sam Querrey advance to round 2.
Viktoria Azarenka collapsed during her second round match against Gisela Dulko and was forced to retire.

– Andy Roddick’s best days seem definitely over: he was beaten by Janko Tipsarevic in 4 sets in the second round. Tipsarevic also eliminated Roddick in the second round of Wimbledon in 2008, handing the American his earliest defeat ever at the All England Club. Roddick’s chances to win another Grand Slam one day? Close to zero.

– Another disappointing performance for Melanie Oudin, who was a surprising quarterfinalist last year. She lost to Alona Bondarenko in the second round. Too much pressure for the young american?

Upset of the day: Michael Llodra defeats Tomas Berdych 7-6, 6-4, 6-4

Seeds upsets: Azarenka (10), Bartoli (13), Jie Zheng (21), Pironkova (32), Berdych (7), Ljubicic (15)

US player of the day: Ryan Harrison
18 years old Harrison made his US Open debut in style, as he beat veteran Ljubicic in 4 sets. He could be the next big thing in American men’s tennis.