Posted by Mary Caraccioli | Filed under Sports Business
I love the US Open. It is an end of summer tradition for my family. It is an event I have both worked and attended for more than a decade. It is now part of my DNA. There is something about the electricity of New York City, combined with the final slam of the year that creates magic on the court. It is where aging heroes have their last stand and newbie’s hope to make a name for themselves. Walking into the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, there is always promise in the air.
This year we get to see if Andy Murray can pose a threat to the mens game dominated by Federer and Nadal. In the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal will have to defeat No. 4 Murray in the semifinals. The two met in the 2008 semifinals, a match Murray won over two days. Nadal is 8-4 overall against Murray but has lost four of their last five meetings on hardcourts. Nadal is looking for his first US Open title, which would give him his third Grand Slam tournament title this year and the career Grand Slam. On the other side of the draw it could be a Roger Federer/ Andy Roddick semi-final. Who can forget their 2009 final at Wimbledon? I will miss Serena Williams, who is not playing because of a foot. She will, no doubt, be cheering on her sister Venus. Two-time US Open champion Venus Williams looks to have a favorable section until the semifinals, when she could face defending champion Kim Clijsters. The two met in the fourth round of the 2009 US Open, with Clijsters advancing in three sets. BTW If you get a chance, check out Venus’ new book ‘Come To Win.’