dispatches from the grounds: U.S. Open, week 1



It’s been a great first week at the 2007 U.S Open, lots of big upsets, lots of five-set showdowns, and lots of exposure to new talent. However, lets stay away from scorelines for a post, and talk about some off-court stuff…

  1. Dick Enberg
  2. Honestly, CBS — can you really expect viewers to respond to a guy who’s 60 years older than some of the players? Dick Enberg should move to Jamaica (maybe with Bud Collins) and leave the Ana Ivanovic match-commenting to the others.

  3. Water
  4. Those who attend the Open know that the big-wig tournament directors are assholes; they’ve been charging $3.75 for the cheapest beverage on the grounds — a bottle of Evian Water. A bottle of Snapple is $4.75 on the grounds, and a small Italian Ice is $5.00. Give us some vending machines!

  5. Serbia Pride
  6. Although Ana Ivanovic lost to Venusaurus Rex, Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic are keeping the dream alive for Serbians around the world. It’s funny how one country can get so much hype from two people.

  7. Richard Williams
  8. Papa Williams got some publicity after he said Venus was going to win Wimbledon and she did. He has yet to make any predictions for his daughters for the Open. I’m sure this bodes well for Justine Henin and the other serious contenders (no one else, really).

  9. Nike
  10. I know it happends all the time, but can’t Nike give a few variant colorways of their shirts to players? Yesterday James Blake and Stefan Koubek were wearing basically the exact same thing. Nike was saved by the fact that James Blake is sorta black and the other guy was really white.

TSF contributor JNP is in New York reporting from the U.S. Open trenches. He’s been checking in with us everyday. Read his previous posts here.


6 Responses to “dispatches from the grounds: U.S. Open, week 1”

  1. Jon Says:

    Hilarious last line, JNP. I bemoan the unimaginative Nike permeation right along with you.

  2. In Praise of Athletic Beauty Says:

    Actually, Blake was wearing the black shorts and Koubek was sporting the gray ones. Not that it made too much of a difference. Still better than that god-awful Berdych-Young-Isner shirt.

  3. Rachel Says:

    How crappy does NIKE feel? All the men are rocking the EXACT same shirts, Sharapova got her ass handed to her on the court debut of the daytime Skyline dress, and NOBODY is talking about Serena’s outfit b/c Venus is looking so good.

  4. albert Says:

    Boy are you a bitch mouth and a racist.

  5. Nez Says:

    omg rachel i totally agree… nike needs to broaden their attires. just looks boring… my mixed doubles partner from my tennis club purchased maria’s daytime skyline dress and it a great dress (pity the loss for maria), and looks wonderful on the court

  6. Aylon Pesso Says:

    I actually make the Italian Ices along with my father. Our store is Pesso’s Italian Ices in Bayside. I personally made the Gelato, but it was only sold the first day or so.

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