NEW YORK —Novak Djokovic looked like he lost his legs.
The champ collapsed to the court in a heap of exhaustion during a marathon second set, breathing heavily right after losing a 31-shot rally to Daniil Medvedev. In the next game, Djokovic dropped a 28-shot rally and positioned his racket on the court like a cane to hold himself up.
The ...Read more
NEW YORK – Coco Gauff scurried from nook to cranny inside Ashe Stadium, chasing down tennis balls from Aryna Sabalenka’s bazooka of a tennis racket well into dinnertime. Gauff ranged so far, so fast, she might have been headed for an ice-cream stand, or for the locker room.
Through it all, Gauff refused to flinch, or flag, or fail. She did ...Read more
NEW YORK — Ben Shelton was hoping for an upset. Instead, he got a free lesson from the GOAT and a little taunting.
Novak Djokovic made easy enough work of the American upstart, reinforcing the hierarchy of tennis with Friday’s 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 victory in the US Open semifinal. After the final point, Djokovic pantomimed picking up a phone and ...Read more
NEW YORK — Coco Gauff has rolled into the US Open final, playing solid tennis despite chaotic conditions inside Ashe Stadium and an opponent who didn’t always contribute to the quality of tennis.
Gauff out-steadied another befuddled rival Thursday night and maintained her momentum after a delay of nearly 50 minutes caused by an unorthodox, ...Read more
NEW YORK — Environmental protestors delayed the highly-anticipated US Open semifinal between Coco Gauff and Karolina Muchova for 50 minutes during the second set on Thursday night.
The protest, which occurred in the upper levels of Arthur Ashe Stadium, stopped play with Gauff leading 6-4, 1-0. A climate activist glued himself to the floor in ...Read more
NEW YORK — Against the odds, Ben Shelton hopes his advantage is the element of surprise.
It’s hard to believe because his opponent Novak Djokovic, at 36 years old with a bajillion hits on his rackets, has experienced just about every tennis scenario.
But Shelton, as he noted ahead of Friday’s US Open semifinal showdown, is unorthodox.
Ben Shelton is dialed in.
Anyone who has been watching the unseeded American's run at the US Open can tell you that.
But just in case you haven't been keeping up, the 20-year-old Shelton delivered the message loud and clear following his quarterfinal victory over fellow U.S. player Frances Tiafoe on Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
It was the ...Read more
NEW YORK — There are levels to this.
The American men have been lauded for their breakthrough US Open with three representatives in the quarterfinals, the most since 2005. But in a sport that almost always separates the titans from the peripherals, there’s a big difference between winning a few rounds and hoisting a major trophy.
Novak ...Read more
NEW YORK — Coco Gauff got the easy victory but not much credit from her grumpy opponent.
The American completed the most lopsided match of her career in Tuesday’s 6-0, 6-2 US Open quarterfinal annihilation of Jelena Ostapenko, who blamed the schedule and shadows for the lackluster effort.
Ostapenko, who beat No. 1 Iga Swiatek late Sunday ...Read more
NEW YORK — You felt bad for the opponent. Carlos Alcaraz is that good.
The Spaniard toyed with Dan Evans in the opening two sets, revealing his bag of skills and laying it on Arthur Ashe Stadium like this was a streetball exhibition. He sliced. He finessed. He overpowered. He hit drop shots. He chased down balls that should’ve been winners....Read more
NEW YORK — Something important, something tangible and defining, was missing from the first week of the US Open.
Yes, there was plenty of good tennis, and just the right number of upsets (too few, and it’s boring; too many, and the later rounds lose their shine). Yes, there were controversies (you can’t stick the fourth seed, Holger Rune,...Read more
NEW YORK — Top-ranked Iga Swiatek continued her quest to repeat as US Open champion with another dominant effort Friday, easily advancing past longtime pal Kaja Juvan in straight sets.
Swiatek only needed 49 minutes to win 6-0, 6-1 at Louis Armstrong Stadium and move on to the fourth round of the tennis tournament in Queens.
“I didn’t ...Read more
NEW YORK — Two familiar names were bounced from the US Open and one of them is done forever with singles.
John Isner, the hard-serving American, retired from singles tennis after losing Thursday afternoon to Michael Mmoh on Grandstand, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (10).
It was, in some ways, a fitting ending for Isner — a 5-set tiebreak ...Read more
NEW YORK — In that moment immediately following her biggest singles victory in four years, Taylor Townsend let the emotions flow with an outburst born from a long self-fulfilling journey. On Court 17 at the US Open, with the crowd fully in support, she was far removed from the doubt that constrained not only Townsend’s tennis career, but ...Read more
NEW YORK — All going according to plan.
Novak Djokovic, aiming for his first U.S. Open title in five years, admired his work after defeating his second-round opponent, Bernabe Zapata Miralles, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1
“I’m pleased, you know, I’m pleased with the way I’m feeling, playing on the court,” Djokovic said. “Can always be better, ...Read more
NEW YORK — Coco Gauff was only two months ago embarrassingly bounced from Wimbledon in the first round.
Today? Gauff’s in top form. She won the tuneup tournament in Cincinnati less than two weeks ago, toppling No. 1 Iga Swiatek in the final. At Flushing this year, she’s the best hope for the first American champion — men or women — ...Read more
NEW YORK — The 2023 U.S. Open continues to serve as a celebration of Billie Jean King.
Five decades ago, the tennis great delivered an essential win for equality when she said she and her fellow female players wouldn’t compete at the annual tournament in Queens if their prize money didn’t match the men’s. Her crusade resulted in the U.S...Read more
NEW YORK — Tense applause turned into a mild eruption from the several hundreds of people who packed the bleachers around Court 13, one of the smaller venues at the U.S. Open.
J.J. Wolf, an American, pounded his chest and stared directly into the modest, cheering crowd after going up, 5-4, over Zhizhen Zhang in the first set of Monday’s ...Read more
ATLANTA — Christopher Eubanks isn’t used to this life.
He’s spent much of his tennis career in relative mediocrity. In 2017, he declared he’d skip his senior season at Georgia Tech and become a professional, but his first six years on the ATP Tour were spent outside the headlines. As recently as February, he was not ranked in the ATP ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — Professional tennis is taking an abrupt turn this week, careening from the stately strawberries and cream and reverential hush of Wimbledon to a relatively new event that will encourage fans to make noise, feature mid-match interviews and be contested by a field that includes "The Hot Shot," "Big Foe" and "Bublik Enemy."
The ...Read more
- Novak Djokovic cruises at US Open; American Taylor Townsend advances after upset
- Helene Elliott: Pro tennis is back in L.A. with fast-paced format, new rules and rowdy fans
- Atlanta's Christopher Eubanks proud of roots, honored by headlines
- Coco Gauff takes U.S. Open title win for first career major championship
- Who is Ben Shelton? His phone celebration at US Open shows he's 'dialed in.'