Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Dear Tennis Is Tops Readers: This is my invitation to you to follow the the U.S. Open, which begins on Monday, August 30, and ends on September 12.

If you can’t be in New York, you can at least follow the Open  here, with me, on Tennis Is Tops, or watch it on TV, if you have the time or the interest. I have both. I will also be at the Open on Saturday, September 5, thanks to my cousin Alex Goldberg,(see his photo at the end of this article) who has generously given us free tickets for the day session. We have in previous years taken a one day bus trip. We don’t know yet where we will be sitting, but it will be somewhere here in Ashe Stadium, which has a seating capacity of nearly 23,000, plus luxury suites. We’ll know where we will sit when Alex picks up the tickets at will-call. Our bus trip seats have always been nosebleed seats at the top of the stadium (yellow). But we could still see quite well.

Since you can't go with us, you can always see the live scoring on the website, Below is the television schedule, or you can see it at this link.

As in the past, I will be contributing articles to, and I will also post them here.

As usual, the early rounds will be televised by ESPN2, and Tennis Channel; CBS handles all the finals.

(all times Eastern and coverage is live unless noted otherwise)

Thursday, August 26

Noon-1 p.m. Draw Announcement Show ESPN2

Sunday, August 29

Noon-1:30 p.m. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day CBS (tape)

Monday, August 30

11a.m.-7 p.m. Early Round Action Tennis Channel*

1-7 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2

7-11 p.m. Primetime Early Round Action ESPN2

Tuesday, August 31
11a.m.-7 p.m. Early Round Action Tennis Channel*

7-11 p.m. Primetime Early Round Action ESPN2

Wednesday, September 1

11a.m.-7 p.m. Early Round Action Tennis Channel*

1-7 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2

7-11 p.m. Primetime Early Round Action ESPN2

Thursday, September 2

11a.m.-7 p.m. Early Round Action Tennis Channel*

1-7 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2

7-11 p.m. Primetime Early Round Action ESPN2

Friday, September 3

11a.m.-7 p.m. Early Round Action Tennis Channel*

1-7 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2

7-11 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2

Saturday, September 4

11a.m.-6 p.m. Third Round CBS

7-11 p.m. Third Round Tennis Channel

Sunday, September 5

11a.m.-6 p.m. Third Round/Round of 16 CBS

7-11 p.m. Third Round/Round of 16 Tennis Channel

Monday, September 6

11a.m.-6 p.m. Round of 16 Round CBS

7-11 p.m. Primetime Round of 16 ESPN2

Tuesday, September 7

11a.m.-7 p.m. Tennis Channel**

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Men’s Round of 16, Women’s Quarterfinals ESPN2

7-11 p.m. Primetime Men’s Round of 16, Women’s Quarterfinals ESPN2

Wednesday, September 8

11a.m.-7 p.m. Tennis Channel**

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Quarterfinals ESPN2

7-11 p.m. Primetime Quarterfinals ESPN2

Thursday, September 9

11a.m.-7 p.m. Tennis Channel**

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals ESPN2

7-11 p.m. Primetime Men’s Quarterfinals, Mixed Doubles Final ESPN2

Friday, September 10

12:30pm.-6 p.m. Mixed’s Doubles Final/Women’s SF CBS
Saturday, September 11

12-6 p.m. Men’s SF CBS

8 p.m.-10 p.m. Women’s Final CBS

Sunday, September 12

1-3 p.m. Women’s Doubles Final ESPN2

4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Men’s Final CBS

Here's Alex...(Thank you for the tickets, cuz.)
(By the way, you can read my articles about last year's Open by clicking on Tennis Week Articles link at left)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Confessions of a Tennis Fan—I May Be A Traitor

(ed. note- This article was written for; this is the direct link:—I-May-Be-A-Traitor.aspx)

August 5, 2010) Philadelphia, PA—The 90 degree plus temperatures that have plagued the Northeast have kept me off the courts for weeks. The most exercise I’m getting is twiddling my thumbs while waiting for the US Open. And, just as Dinara Safina can’t decide between tennis and chocolate in her 2009 It Must Be Love ad — seated in a chair, she expresses such ambivalence that it makes you feel sad: "Tennis, chocolate cake, tennis, chocolate cake, Tennis!" — I am engaged in a similar summer conflict.

Picture me in a chair, racket in my right hand, baseball bat in my left. I look from one to the other and think to myself:

Tennis? Baseball? Tennis? Baseball? Tennis? Baseball?

Although, as a good tennis junkie would, I am tuning into Tennis Channel to watch US Open Series tournaments. As you can tell, my loyalties are divided. On any given night, events in these two sports are televised at the same time. The Phillies home games typically begin at 7 p.m. EST, and sometimes 9 or 9:30 p.m. for away games in the Central or Pacific time zones. Tennis matches televised by either ESPN2 or Tennis Channel often coincide with those timeframes. So, I ask you:
Tennis? Baseball? Tennis? Baseball? Tennis? Baseball?

Most die-hard tennis fans like me would wonder, what kind of conflict is she talking about? It’s tennis, hands down. You just wouldn’t understand. This writer’s hometown team, the Philadelphia Phillies, has been the National League champion for two years in a row—2008 and 2009, and won the World Series in 2008. In 2010 they held first place for most of May, and then slumped in June, and are now once again nipping at the heels of the NL’s first-place Atlanta Braves. I ask you: How can I abandon such a successful hometown team? Yankees fans, would you? Or fans of all those other first-place teams in their divisions—the Rays, Braves, Astros, Reds, Padres and Cubs—would you?

Let me give you some perspective about me and baseball. I had a crush on several boys who played in Little League and, since the field was just a few blocks from my house, I went to a lot of those games Then, in fourth grade, I played center field during the recess games on the school playground. Once, when attempting to catch a fly ball, it landed hard on my right cheek instead of in my glove. (Now you know why I chose tennis. Baseball, however, might have been a better choice since, eight years ago a tennis ball hit me in the neck, which several months later led to a stroke.) In the days of Robin Roberts and Richie Ashburn, I watched Phillies games on TV with my mother (not my father). She even took me to Connie Mack Stadium a couple of times. I wore a white shirt, a red skirt, and carried a red and white Phillies flag. Baseball caps didn’t look good on me and still don’t. A tennis headband together with a visor and sunglasses, however, look okay.

On the other hand, when I was 7 I learned to swing a racket at summer camp. My first boyfriend taught me to play. Many years later he became the coach of a tour player. (Does anyone here remember Richey Reneberg? yellow shirt)

So by now your eyes are glazing over. All this talk of baseball is boring. Lady, you say, what’s with you? Don’t you know that this website is about tennis? Okay, let me fill you in on a dirty little secret. I know for a fact that I’m not the only fan at Tennis Now who is afflicted with a baseball-tennis conflict. Out of loyalty, I won’t out him. (He knows who he is and he’d better not delete this.) Here’s a hint: he’s a Mets fan. Eeeuuuww. 

Never mind. Always a tennis fan first and foremost, I have more than once, like my college roommate, Michelle Jordan, arranged my life around the majors. (I never did this for baseball, you should know.) And I am usually glued to the tube for Masters 1000 and WTA Premier events. Additionally, just to prove my point, for the past few weeks I have been loyal to the US Open series events, with just a few time outs for the ball games. I’ll be there in front of the TV for the weekend’s Legg Mason and San Diego semis and finals.

But I feel sooooooo guilty.

Last week I did the unforgivable. I did forego some of the Farmers Classic matches for a couple of Phillies games. What a waste of good tennis time. The Fightin’ Phils were swept by the Nationals, a third-rate team that is 14 games out of first place.

But I have figured it out. I can usually resolve the conflict with mixed media. Here’s what I mean by that: sometimes I watch live scores on my laptop while watching the ball game. Or I listen to the ball game on the radio and watch tennis on television. Who says you can’t have it all?

Ridiculous? No. It’s perfectly rational—the best of both worlds for me. There is one other option. Baseball games encore when the live game is over, and the next day, too. Tennis Channel repeats matches several times. Call me petulant. If it’s too hot for me to play tennis, I want to watch ballgames and tennis matches in the here and now. I don’t want to watch them stale, although I could if I wanted to. And I don’t. (Sports fans, this should be the worst problem I ever have.)

Summer will soon be coming to an end. But am I back where I started?

Tennis? Baseball? Tennis? Baseball? Tennis? Baseball?

 Can the crack of a bat ever compare to the sweet pop of a Roddick serve or the solid thwack of a Nadal forehand?

 No way.

Relief is on its way, all too soon. In early September, when the Open has come and gone, I will be happy to toss over my conflict to the football fans, who can wage their own internal baseball-football battle.

Me? I wouldn’t get near the Eagles.