2010 US Open: Nadal defeats Djokovic

Rafael Nadal, 2010 US Open

Back in 2010, Nadal was the man to beat. After his victories in Roland Garros and Wimbledon, he defeated Novak Djokovic to claim his first US Open trophy and complete a Golden career Grand Slam. From Rafa’s autobiography, Rafa: The secret lies in being able to do what you know you can do when you […]

September 5, 1989: Chris Evert last Grand Slam match

Chris Evert, 1989 US Open

From On this day in tennis history by Randy Walker The storied US open career of Chris Evert comes to an end as the six-time champion is defeated by Zina Garrison 7-6 6-2 in Evert’s final US Open match in the women’s quarterfinals. Says Evert, “I’m not disappointed that it’s my last match at the Open, I’m disappointed […]

2009 US Open: Juan Martin del Potro stuns Roger Federer

Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro, US Open 2009

Back in 2009, Roger Federer made history by reaching the four Slam finals and winning a record-breaking 15th Grand Slam career title at Wimbledon. From Bud Collins The History of tennis: But there would be no number 16 before the year slipped away. Standing in the way at the US Open was the 6-foot-7 Argentine […]

2009 US Open: Kim Clijsters winning comeback

Kim Clijsters and her daughter, 2009 US Open

In 2007 at the age of 23, Kim Clijsters retired to start a family. Two years later she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the US Open final to become the first mother to win a Grand Slam title since Evonne Goolagong in 1980. From Bud Collins History of tennis: Serena, the title holder, was the one […]

1969 US Open: Rod Laver completes his second Grand Slam

Tony Roche and Rod Laver, 1969 US Open

After his wins at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Rod Laver headed for New York, in search of a fourth major in a row. He was taken to five sets by Dennis Ralston in the fourth round 6-4 4-6 4-6 6-2 6-3, then defeated Roy Emerson 4-6 8-6 13-11 6-4 in the quarterfinals, […]

1999 US Open: Serena Williams first Grand Slam title

Serena Williams, winner of the 1999 US Open

From The Bud Collins History of tennis: The words of Richard Williams that kid sister is the more talented of the two began to ring true. Seventh-seed Serena, 17, became the first Williams to win a major singles title, and the first black since Althea Gibson at Forest Hills in 1958 to take a major […]

1989 US Open: Graf and Becker, Germany’s winning duo

Boris Becker at the 1989 US Open

Two months after their wins at Wimbledon, Steffi Graf and Boris Becker, who know each other since childhood captured the US Open crown. From The Bud Collins History of tennis:Becker and Graf had been raised in nearby towns in the southeastern corner of West Germany and had known each other since they were children. “I […]

1996 US Open: Pete Sampras’ warrior moment

Pete Sampras, 1996 US Open

From Pete Sampras‘ autobiography, A champion’s mind: The summer hard-court season leading up to the US Open was always low-key. As hectic as the Open is, the tournaments leading up to it are laid-back affairs of the heartland. Indianapolis and Cincinnati are two of the biggest events, yet you can drive from one venue to […]

Billie Jean King, the revolutionary

Billie Jean King

From Love Thirty: Three Decades of Champions, by Rex Bellamy (published in 1990) Like Ashe, Billie Jean King had a pioneering zeal that made her an inspiring leader of many causes. If there was no crusade available, she invented one. They included her campaign for parity of prize money and draw numbers between men and […]

1978: the US Open moves to Flushing Meadows

1978 US Open

1978 was the first year the US Open was played at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows after having been organized at the West Side Tennis Club venue in Forest Hill since 1915. It was also the first time the tournament was played on hard courts: it was originally played on grass until Forest […]

1991 US Open: playing to perfection, Edberg grabs first Open

1991 US Open champion Stefan Edberg

Washington Post, September 9 1991 There is nothing more beautiful or more breathtaking than Stefan Edberg‘s tennis game when he is on. Every stroke is poetic, every movement lyrical. And today, showing unerring form and grace, Edberg confounded and frustrated Jim Courier to win his first U.S. Open title Edberg’s 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 dissection was […]

1978 US Open: 4th consecutive US Open title for Chris Evert

1978 US Open champion Chris Evert

Extract from Inside tennis – a season on the pro tour by Peter Bodo and June Harrison The women’s final is played first, in bright sunshine. Shriver shows no sign of nervousness; although she is broken early in the first set, she hangs on and reaches 3-4. In the next game, when she hits a […]

2002 US Open: last Grand Slam title for Pete Sampras

From Sampras‘ autobiography ” A champion’s mind”: At 4PM on a calm and bright Sunday afternoon in early September, I looked across the net and saw the same person who had been there twelve years earlier, almost to the day, when I played my first Grand Slam final: Andre Agassi. The Andre I saw in […]

1979 US Open: McEnroe vs Nastase, chaos on court

John McEnroe and Ilie Nastase, 1979 US Open

From John McEnroe‘s autobiography, Serious: In the second round at the 1979 US Open, I faced Ilie Nastase. Nasty, who had won the tournament in 1972, was thirty-three and long past his prime, but he hadn’t mellowed with age – if anything, he was crazier than ever. And the big New York crowd at the […]

Comment acheter vos billets pour Roland Garros

Serena Williams, Roland Garros 2015

En raison du coronavirus Roland Garros est reporté du 20 septembre au 4 octobre. Plus d’infos dès que possible. Beaucoup de changements à Roland Garros: un toit pour le Chatrier (enfin!), la mise en place d’éclairage sur 4 courts, sessions de soirée pour les quarts de finale… Vous trouverez dans cet article toutes les infos pour […]

How to buy French Open tickets

Roland Garros 2016

UPDATE: Roland Garros will be played from 20th September to 4th October 2020. More infos as soon as possible. Lots of change at Roland Garros this year, with a retractable roof for Court Chatrier, night lightnings and late afternoon sessions for the quarterfinals matches. Here’s my guide to help you buy tickets for Roland Garros, […]

2020 Australian Open: Novak Djokovic outfit and shoes

Novak Djokovic Australian Open outfit

Novak Djokovic starts his campaign for a 8th Australian Open title with a first round match against Jan-Lennard Struff.Here’s the Lacoste outfit he will be wearing in Melbourne: Novak’s signature shoes, asics Court FF Novak:

2020 Australian Open: Rafael Nadal outfit and shoes

Rafael Nadal Australian Open outfit

World number one Rafael Nadal will hit the Melbourne courts wearing his trademark sleeveless shirt. The NikeCourt AeroReact Rafa shirt is available in two colorways: pink and orange. Rafa’s shoe of choice is the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor Cage 4 Nadal’s shoes and outfit are available on nike.com.

2020 Australian Open: Kei Nishikori Uniqlo outfit

Kei Nishikori Australian Open outfit

Kei Nishikori underwent a season-ending elbow surgery at the end of October, and he announced a couple weeks ago he will miss the Australian Open, as he is still not 100 percent fit. Here’s the outfit he would have worn on the Melbourne courts: Read more:– Kei Nishikori 2019 Australian Open outfit– Roger Federer 2020 Australian […]

2020 Australian Open: Roger Federer outfit

Roger Federer Australian Open outfit

Roger Federer skipped the ATP Cup and is already training in Melbourne for the upcoming Australian Open. Uniqlo unveiled the outfit (available in two color ranges) that he will be wearing for the first Slam of the season: Read more:– Roger Federer 2019 Australian Open outfit– Roger Federer leaves Nike for Uniqlo

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