The first day at the US Open wasn't especially kind to U.S. players with Wayne Odesnik, qualifier Ryler De Heart (who won a five-set thriller from Olivier Rochus), and the winner of the Blake - Young match tonight the only ones to get through (Shenay Perry and Coco Vandeweghe are just taking the court).
Qualifiers Ryan Sweeting and Alexa Glatch lost as did wild cards Asia Muhammad, Ahsha Rolle and Brendan Evans. Muhammad was the first to go down, losing to Aravane Rezai 6-2, 6-4, and the Las Vegas Sun had the story about her loss up by mid-afternoon. Does anyone know what the reporter can possibly be referring to when he cites Muhammad as defeating "three professionals ranked in the top 100 this summer"?
Several New York area publications are doing blogs, with usually a team of reporters or tennis-loving editorial employees contributing to their frequently updated sites. I was happy to see that Aron Pilhofer of the New York Times was back on their blogging team this year, as he has a keen interest in junior tennis and will, I hope, be a frequent companion of mine at junior matches next week. Click here for the New York Times blog. Newsday also has entered the blogging fray and their work can be found here. Finally, the New York Observer is also on site, providing their take on the daily action and atmosphere at the BJKUSTANTC.
And of course, Marcia Frost will be posting daily updates at collegeandjuniortennis.com.
Monday, August 25, 2008