epa03339339 Mardy Fish of the USA returns a ball to Xavier Malisse of Belgium in their semifinal match during the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, DC, USA, 03 August 2012. Fish defeated Malisse 6-3, 6-4. EPA/SHAWN THEW |
It is unfortunate to hear about what the NCAA has done with deciding to revise college tennis. Coming into effect September of 2013, doubles will be a regular 6 game set and singles will have a 10 pt tiebreak in lieu of a third set. Here are just a couple of ways this is bad….1) There is now no reward for the hard work training off the court and in practice. 2) The platform of developing juniors into top level professionals will take a substantial hit. For coaches, it makes the job of trying to recruit an individual who is considering turning pro much harder with just the 10 pt tiebreak for a 3rd set. Those players will think it’s a joke….which it is.
Hopefully, there will be a way to make this stop before it happens. I encourage everyone who wants to voice out against what the NCAA is doing. What they are doing is hurting tennis all across the board.
Editor’s Note: Tennis fans and players please tells us what you think of the changes.
The office here is gloomy. The day is sunny and bright but no one feels sunny and bright. We all feel so disappointed that our hero Roger didn't walk away with his gold trophy. He saved a championship point. He pulled out five sets. He had his beautiful Mirka there.. He had the whole dream team.
London. Wow. What a great city. One of my favs on earth. Grass court tennis. There is nothing finer. Queens was great. So was the Boodles @Stoke park , so was Birmingham and Eastbourne. But nothing on the planet can match the lawns of the mighty All England Lawn Tennis Club.
One of the best things about watching the galaxy of stars inter-act at the ATP Heritage dinner at the Waldorf Astoria just before the US Open was the degree to which the world No 1’s were in awe of each other.
Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) moved through to week two at the U.S. Open on Saturday in Flushing Meadows, New York. / Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) et Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) seront de la deuxième semaine des Internationaux des États-Unis, à Flushing Meadows, New York.
Fans of Roger Federer with both day and night U.S. Open tickets on Sunday may think they are getting to see the 17-time Grand Slam championship twice. They will, in fact, see Federer once. But the second men's third-round match of the day will feature not Federer, but a man who has molded his playing style after that of the Swiss--Grigor Dimitrov.
Serena seemed to be rather off in this match, but as she so often does, she found a way to come through. With her leading rivals out (see below), she is finally making a push to earn the year-end #1. She leaves Varvara Lepchenko a little above #45.