Spain's Rafael Nadal gestures during a press conference ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal knew it was inevitable that sooner or later the Big Four would become the Big Three. That Andy Murray is the first of the long-time leading four in men's tennis to signal the end of his career is something Nadal has to keep in perspective. The No. 2-ranked Nadal enters the Australian Open as a legitimate title contender along with No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 3-ranked Roger Federer, both six-time champions at Melbourne Park. Nadal is 32. Djokovic turns 32 in May, a week or so after Murray. Federer is 37. Five-time finalist Murray plans to start the tournament in Australia, but he has conceded it could be his last after 20 months of struggling to overcome a long-time injury. The severe pain from his surgically repaired right hip is restricting his movement and he has already flagged … [Read more...] about Nadal: Game to continue despite Murray’s absence
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In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray holds the Heisman Trophy after winning the award in New York. Here is a pertinent question regarding both the future of two-sport phenom Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and the shifting shape of the quarterback position in the NFL: If Russell Wilson -- a third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks who was selected sooner than predicted -- was the exact prospect now as he was in his draft year of 2012, how would the league view him? "He'd be a first-round pick," ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said last month. "That's the difference. That's a perfect example." Wednesday night, the San Francisco Chronicle reported the Oakland A's expect Murray to enter the NFL draft. Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner, would be walking away from a $4.6 million signing bonus, earned when the A's selected him ninth overall in last year's MLB draft, and a spot in big league spring training. Murray could still choose baseball over football, but the … [Read more...] about What if Murray enters NFL draft?
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Open will not sell the naming rights to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Arthur Ashe or Louis Armstrong stadiums despite just completing an expensive 5-year, $600 million renovation project, tournament organizers told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the closed roof above Arthur Ashe Stadium as rain falls outside during the match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Marcel Granollers of Spain on day four of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo Football, baseball and basketball teams frequently play in venues named after banking, energy, telecommunication and other companies that have signed long-term contracts to lock in the highly-visible advertising spaces. With its fervent fanbases, New York boasts the two most expensive naming rights contacts in sports - Citi Field, where the … [Read more...] about Not for sale: U.S. Open’s iconic venue names
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByAlyson Krueger Aug. 29, 2018 For the past nine years, Nicole Gulmi, 34, who works in sales at Bloomingdale’s in Melville, N.Y., has attended the United States Open tennis tournament with her mother. It’s a special treat, so they usually splurge on tickets to Arthur Ashe, the largest stadium featuring the biggest matches. But this year, instead of using their Ashe tickets, the mother/daughter duo spent their time in another stadium: Louis Armstrong. Armstrong’s completion was the last stage of a five-year, $600-million-dollar renovation of the U.S.T.A. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing, Queens. The brand-new stadium has a retractable roof and is naturally ventilated, featuring overlapping terra cotta panels that circulate the air between decks. While you … [Read more...] about At the U.S. Open, Louis Armstrong Is the Place to Be
Kaia Kanepi looked like a dangerous first-round draw for world No 1 Simona Halep, and so it proved. For the first time in US Open history, the women’s top seed lost in the opening round of the tournament. Afterwards, former world No 5 Daniela Hantuchova, who is one of the leading pundits on Amazon Prime Video’s US Open coverage, joined Catherine Whitaker (Amazon Prime) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) on The Tennis Podcast to reflect on the match. Where did it all go wrong for Halep? Has she become over-reliant on the on-court coaching advice of Darren Cahill? And why was she unable to mount a comeback? Halep’s on-court negativity, which can often seep into her game, was there for all to see on Monday. Hantuchova believes these moments of intense self-criticism, which have a detrimental impact on her tennis, are a cry for help. According to Hantuchova, this is in stark contrast to the way in which Andy Murray uses his frustration to fire himself up and play better. Murray … [Read more...] about The Tennis Podcast – US Open day one: How Simona Halep and Andy Murray use their on-court emotions to different effect