September 8, 2011 |
NEW YORK - With a mist hanging in the sky and the back of the court still wet, Rafael Nadal thought it was dangerous to head into Arthur Ashe Stadium to start his U.S. Open match yesterday. Andy Roddick and Andy Murray weren't thrilled about starting their matches, either. Too bad, tournament officials said. The show must go on. It did. For about 15 minutes. Then, the rain picked up, and as soon as Nadal, Murray and Roddick came off the court, they were in the tournament director's office to discuss the decision to start the matches in the first place.
August 22, 1999 |
For the second time in the last three summers, Australians have dominated play in the girls' singles and doubles at the USTA Junior International Grass Court Championships, and the last two local players in the tournament draw both failed to reach the finals yesterday at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Jackie Carleton, the 13th seed from Jenkintown, lost in straight sets to second-seeded Abigail Spears of Valley Center, Calif., 6-2, 6-4, in one semifinal contest, and Australian Christina Wheeler, the fifth seed in the 64-player draw, defeated 15th-seeded Alexis E. Gordan of Hartford, Conn.
October 19, 1995 |
Two area teams, whose captains are husband and wife, were scheduled to begin play today in the United States Tennis Association's League Tennis 4.0 Senior National Championships in Palm Springs, Calif. The two squads - the men's headed by John Girvin and the women's by Anne Girvin - advanced to the national tournament by winning their Middle States sectional championships. The USTA league program groups players by ability from a 2.5 rating (beginner) to 5.0 (advanced). The senior program is for players 50 and older.
February 21, 1988 |
Tennis courts at Cheltenham's Elkins Park and Cedarbrook Middle Schools are in "generally satisfactory structural condition" and can be repaired without major reconstruction, according to a report issued by the U.S. Tennis Association. The 10-page report, submitted to school district officials Thursday, followed USTA inspection of the Cheltenham School District's 19 tennis courts. The cracked, deteriorating courts have been the subject of controversy for a year, ever since two Cheltenham residents questioned the projected costs of renovating the courts and the appropriateness of a carpet-like surface proposed for use on the courts.
August 17, 1996 |
Two local players, Traci Green, a recent Friends Select School graduate, and Adam Seri of Audubon, Pa., made it to the semifinals of the girls' and boys' USTA Junior International Grass Court Tennis Championships yesterday at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. The second-seeded Green overcame Erin Niebling of Bay Head, N.J., 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), in the girls' draw after a forecourt duel on slippery, damp turf that permitted low bounces and put an emphasis on the drop shot. In the boys' tourney, the fourth-seeded Seri beat Peeter Handoyo of Indonesia, 6-4, 6-1. Seri, a winner of every set in four matches, broke service to take the first set, won the first three games of the second set, and held Handoyo to two points in running out from 3-1. Green was joined in the girls' semifinals by top-seeded Marissa Irvin of Santa Monica, Calif.
July 2, 1988 |
Top-seeded Gretchen Doninger of Indianapolis won the women's championship in the U.S. Tennis Association's National Amateur Circuit Tournament by defeating second-seeded Paola Conte of Searingtown, N.Y., 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, yesterday at the Bucks County Athletic Club in Feasterville. The men's title will be decided today at 10:30 a.m. in a final between fifth-seeded Douglas Livingston of North Bellmore, N.Y., and Joshua Eventoff of Baltimore. In yesterday's semifinals, Livingston defeated Edwin Hess of Short Hills, N.J., 6-4, 6-1, and Eventoff eliminated David Wolf of Ringwood, N.J., 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. THE RESULTS WOMEN'S SINGLES Final: Gretchen Doninger, Indianapolis, def. Paola Conte, Searingtown, N.Y., 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. MEN'S SINGLES Semifinals: Douglas Livingston, North Bellmore, N.Y., def. Edwin Hess, Short Hills, N.J., 6-4, 6-1; Joshua Eventoff, Baltimore, def. David Wolf, Ringwood, N.J., 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. MEN'S DOUBLES Semifinals: Tim Munnerlyn-Michael Watson def. Steve Lesko-Bruce Taranger, 6-3, 6-4; Tim Fresenius-Brian McAllister def. Rex Terwilliger-David Wolf, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7)
August 18, 1995 |
The prospect of a Philadelphian's winning the USTA Junior International Girls Grass Court Tennis championship vanished yesterday when second-seeded Traci Green, last year's runner-up, was beaten in the quarterfinals at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. The Friends Select School junior yielded to the deep forehand shots of 13th-seeded Cristina Popescu, a Romanian now living in Montreal, 6-4, 6-4. Green, who has a smart all-around game in which serve, drop shot, lob, volley and overhead play roles, was not at her best physically.
August 26, 1996 |
The U.S. Tennis Association has provided another shining example that just because you run a multimillion dollar event, it doesn't always mean you make wise decisions. Last Wednesday, the USTA announced the draw for the 128-player men's field without placing the 16 seeds. Traditionally, the seeds are placed in the draw first. When the seeds were placed in the draw, the USTA flip-flopped No. 2 Thomas Muster and No. 3 Michael Chang, and dropped No. 4-ranked Yevgeny Kafelnikov to seventh.
April 20, 2002 |
The U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., reached new heights last year. During the two-week tournament in August and September, USTA officials estimated that $420 million was funneled into the local economy, and more than a half-million spectators visited the National Tennis Center. But on TV, the picture wasn't so rosy. "People who watch tennis live say it's a great experience, but somehow that doesn't always translate on television," said Mervin Heller Jr., president of the United States Tennis Association.
April 18, 1996 |
Robert Fahy of Australia successfully defended his world court-tennis championship yesterday by withstanding the challenge of Wayne Davies, pro at the New York Racquet and Tennis Club. In the challenge played in Melbourne, Australia, Fahy defeated Davies, seven sets to one, after leading by 4-1. The scores were 6-1, 6-1, 6-4, 6-5, 5-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-5. Davies, an Australian and the holder of the title several years until yielding it to Fahy in 1994, earned the right to challenge by defeating Mike Gooding, the British champion.