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I think it is really sad and a cotten-pickin shame - that the US Open PsTB do not have a retractable roof on Auther Ashe stadium court. What is wrong w/those people?

There has been a lot of boasting about this last major and about the fact that it being in NY alone - makes it so great. Well IMO - they missed the boat on this one. Just think that the tennis could go on on AA all day long today if they could raise the roof.

How sweet if it were true that the roof could be raised. And I'm willing to bet that someone high up is thinking and talking about the same thing.

Like Tessio says in the Godfather movie II - "Hell - they can't do that - cause it messes up all my plans." I mean - I was really looking forward to today's schedule and now this! Just imagine if they had a retractable roof. We would be guaranteed match-ups to watch - which would be of all our faves and players we keep up with.

I do declare!


Thu, 29 Aug 2002, 8:35am EDT

Men Struggle in Shadow of Female Stars at U.S. Open (Correct)
By Michael Buteau
Men Struggle in Shadow of Female Stars at U.S. Open (Correct)

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New York, Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Lleyton Hewitt is the world's top-ranked tennis player and has won two of the past four Grand Slam tournaments, yet he's been called the ``least admired sportsperson'' in Australia by a magazine in his home country.

Like Hewitt, men's tennis has an image problem these days.

While women's tennis is more popular then ever with glamorous stars like the Williams sisters and Jennifer Capriati, the men's game is struggling with few great rivalries or charismatic personalities. The contrast is evident at the U.S. Open, where the women's final will be televised in prime-time for the second straight year while the men's championship match will be shown the following afternoon.

``You can't deny that these women have cast a fairly long shadow over the men's game,'' said David Carter, owner of Sports Business Group, a marketing consulting firm in Los Angeles.

Part of the problem is the lack of great U.S. players in a sport that was once dominated by Americans such as Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

Connors and McEnroe now play in senior events, and Sampras and Agassi are both in their early 30s and no longer ranked in the top 5. And with no American among the top five seeds in New York, this may be the first year since 1988 that no U.S. man wins a Grand Slam singles title.

``It's very important to have an American man among the leaders,'' Carter said. ``So much of the notoriety from the Grand Slams is linked to sponsorships from corporate America, not corporate Europe or Latin America.''

No Rivalries

Another problem is the absence of long-running rivalries like Connors-McEnroe and Sampras-Agassi. The finals of the year's first three Grand Slam events have featured six different men and two of the winners -- Sweden's Thomas Johansson at the Australian Open and Spain's Albert Costa at the French Open -- aren't exactly household names.

Hewitt, the reigning U.S. and Australian Open champion, is a 21-year-old known for his speed, reflexes and grit. He doesn't care much about publicity, though.

Hewitt recently told Australian newspapers that keeping his No. 1 ranking isn't a priority. He's also involved in a bitter dispute with the men's tour over a $103,000 fine he received for failing to do an interview with ESPN before a match in Cincinnati this month.

While Hewitt has been criticized for his off-court attitude, some tennis experts said there's nothing wrong with a player who is more concerned about his performance than his celebrity.

``What's wrong with how he is?'' asked McEnroe's younger brother, Patrick, a former player who is now a commentator for Viacom Inc.'s CBS. ``Connors was very much like that.''


The men's game currently has few characters such as Connors and McEnroe, who were as well known for their emotional outbursts as their brilliant tennis skills.

Although Sampras has won more Grand Slam singles titles (13) than any other man, his bland personality has never attracted the kind of devoted following that Connors and McEnroe had in their heydays.

Two of the most promising young U.S. players, No. 11 seed Andy Roddick and No. 25 James Blake, are taking a more media- friendly approach. Roddick, a hard-serving 19-year-old Floridian, has appeared on many television talk shows. Blake, a 22-year-old former Harvard star, moonlights as a model.

``You have to play your best tennis when you're on the court, but you also have to act appropriately and try to help get some fans in,'' Blake said. ``We're also entertainers. I try not to take any of that for granted.''

Tiger Woods

Not everyone thinks men's tennis is less interesting than the women's game.

Costa, who beat Spanish countryman Juan Carlos Ferrero in the French Open final, said there are more upsets and competitive matches in men's tennis because there's more depth.

Fans watch women's tennis ``if they want to see the same girls playing all the time,'' Costa said. ``In men's tennis, you don't know. You can't imagine who is going to be in the final here.''

But men's tennis clearly could use a magnetic figure like Tiger Woods, who has almost single-handedly transformed golf into one of the country's hottest sports.

``There's something to be learned from the way golf is going with Tiger Woods,'' Carter said. ``When he's in contention, it's great, but when he's not they're in trouble. The same is going to be true in tennis if there isn't a bundle of compelling players facing each other on the weekends of these big tournaments.''


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 2002, 07:25 PM
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Grrr, they should get a roof on Louis Armstrong as well. If you kept the normal schedules, you could be on the 3rd match of Armstrong possibly, and the 2nd OR 3rd on Ashe.
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Great idea - Ryan15. They should also get a new roof for the L. Armstrong court.

They can also rename the Arther Ashe stadium to Auther Ashe Arena. Aka.... A.A.A.

The US Open should never have went Prime Time last year. Now they have opened up the floodgates, as to how much change tennis is in for and as it pertains to tennis getting a new makeova - sort of speak. Serena is bringing it home in the style category. She is doing her part to help turn tennis (and especially the slams) into a PT event.

What has and is getting ready to happen to tennis is akin to the way the heavyweight boxing matches are hyped up. Tennis is going all the way there in the future IMO. Another insight into the future by Mr. R. Williams. He first got syched to pump up the hype about his daughters and tennis in general, from the days he hung w/Don King. And then - he became a visionary type person.

Reality TV & sports are here to stay. The good and the bad.

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