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Far Out! Far East Gripped By Tennis Fever

Locker Room

September 4, 2014

Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man for 96 years to reach the US Open semi-finals after a five-set win over Stan Wawrinka.  With China’s Peng Shuai already through to the same stage of the women’s draw, we are witnessing something very exciting from the Far East, where tennis becomes more popular by the day. […]

Peng And Cilic Rewarded For Sheer Persistence

Locker Room

September 3, 2014

If at first you don’t succeed…try, try, try again.  Just ask China’s Peng Shuai and Croatia’s Marin Cilic, neither of whom are quite used to the type of winning feeling the US Open has just given them. Cilic beat Gilles Simon for the first time, edging a five-set thriller 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. […]

Night-Fighter Nishikori Equals Record In New York

Locker Room

September 2, 2014

Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori finally triumphed in a marathon match that equalled the latest finish in US Open history. He defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 in a contest that ended at 2.26am local time.   What is it about that magical hour in the city that never sleeps? Twice before, classic […]

Wizardry of Woz Proves A Point in NY

Locker Room

September 1, 2014

Caroline Wozniacki produced one of the great moments of the US Open to beat Maria Sharpova 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.  Rory who? Novak Djokovic and his wonder-shot around the net-post against Diego Schwartzman still has to top the list of incredible points so far at this spectacular Slam.  Yet for sheer defensive determination and athleticism – […]

Kvitova Stunned By Homeless Qualifier

Locker Room

August 31, 2014

Another day, another major shock in the women’s singles at Flushing Meadows.  Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was defeated 4-6, 4-6 by a qualifier called Aleksandra Krunic. The upset has caused all kinds of accommodation problems for the unlikely winner, who initially hadn’t reserved a room beyond Wednesday, let alone for the second week.  The 21-year-old […]

Venus Williams and Simona Halep crash out in NY

Locker Room

August 30, 2014

Venus Williams and second seed Simona Halep went crashing out of the US Open at Flushing Meadows. But the biggest talking point was the behaviour of the woman who defeated Venus 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (5) – Italy’s erratic star, Sara Errani. She cupped an ear to question the American crowd’s muted reaction to her victory […]

Murray’s Mission Impossible

Locker Room

August 29, 2014

Andy Murray will need a miracle to win the US Open, after it emerged that he faces a nightmare route to the final.  A succession of big-name opponents await him, in theory at least – the heavy price Murray has paid for slipping down to eighth in the world.  The best players hit you earlier […]

Stan Silences The Man

Locker Room

August 28, 2014

Stan Wawrinka has unashamedly done what so many sports stars have wanted to do over the years – he has told a rowdy fan where to get off.  But the incident reignited the age-old debate: should paying customers have the right to say what they want to the players, or is there a line they […]

15-year-old stuns Cibulkova in NY

Locker Room

August 27, 2014

Picture this. You are not even ranked in the top thousand of women’s tennis. You are only fifteen. In the first round of the US Open you have to face the Australian Open finalist, the powerful pocket rocket, Dominika Cibulkova.  A handful of supportive friends turn up at Court 6 to witness what we all […]

Murray Beats Pain To Down Haase

Locker Room

August 26, 2014

Pain-stricken Andy Murray almost fell at the US Open’s first hurdle  – and looked a physical wreck by the end of his dramatic contest against Robin Haase.  Yet somehow the 2012 US Open champion scraped through, having done just enough when it mattered against the unspectacular Dutchman. Murray took the first two sets 6-3, 7-6 […]

US Open’s Craziest Late-Night Finishes

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August 22, 2014

They call New York ‘the city that never sleeps’ – and the US Open at Flushing Meadows does its best to live up to the reputation.  Here are the most extreme late-night finishes this gloriously chaotic tournament has ever seen. Equal First: 2.26am 2012: Philipp Kohlschreiber beat John Isner 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in […]

US Open – Our Five Historic Highlights

Debenture News

August 21, 2014

Flushing Meadows is known for raucous crowds and crazy late-night schedules. There have been some wonderful highlights at the US Open over the years. We’ve picked out just five of our favourites. 1/ ASHE MAKES HISTORY – 1968 Arthur Ashe became the first African American man to win a Grand Slam. At the start of […]

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