U.S. Open Wrap Up


John and Patrick McEnroe at the 2009 US Open

Always a good read.  Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated does a post tournament wrap up on the U.S. Open.  “50 Parting Shots from the U.S.Open”  Below are some of the 50, read the whole article – HERE

• We’ve been beating the “Conflicts of interests are holding back the sport” drum — it’s a big drum; a bass drum; actually more like an oil drum — for a while now. It didn’t take long to get an unseemly example. On the very first night of play, Donald Young played Federer in the Monday prime-time match. The notion of the McEnroe brothers commenting on Donald Young is akin to letting the Van Gundy brothers commentate on Dwight Howard’s first game • Punk Alert, Bernard Tomic. Check out this exchange. Totally legitimate questions by Will Swanton (whom I do not know). I would contend that his responses were not only professional but also solicitous. What a bush-league response from Tomic.

as a Los Angeles Laker. (If not Roger Goodell reviewing Jonathan Vilma’s BBQ restaurant.) Simply waaaaay too much personal history there. As one Canadian journalist tweeted right away: “PMac doing a DYoung match one of those incestuous tennis things that should never happen. 2hr platform to rip him w/o defence. #cantlisten.”

• Punk Alert, Bernard Tomic. Check out this exchange. Totally legitimate questions by Will Swanton (whom I do not know). I would contend that his responses were not only professional but also solicitous. What a bush-league response from Tomic.

Over email and Twitter, I must have received 100 messages on this theme, most of them a variation of this riff from Marco of Portland, Ore.: “It was a regrettable and completely unprofessional display by John and Patrick, both of whom — despite the allowances we make for the benefit of their candor — should really know better. The commentary wasn’t correct or incorrect. It was just ugly.”

Patrick McEnroe, the USTA’s general manager of player development, is in an executive tennis position. It’s an inherently controversial and polarizing job in the best of times, but especially as the USTA, rich as it may be in funding, struggles to harvest talent. McEnroe and the organization that pays him have “skin in the game” on countless issues from this Taylor Townsend debacle, to Sloane Stephens’ coaching mishigas, to the ATP players’ boycott threats at majors, to the divisive QuickStart program, to the proposed college tennis changes, to the build-a-roof discussion, to the allocation of U.S. Open wild cards, to discussing whether the American fans should’ve cheered harder for Venus Williams over the years. Putting P-Mac in a position to commentate is terribly fraught. It’s also terribly unfair to him. He’s in a no-win situation — and he is losing. So, too, are the viewers and fans.

• From the Little Things Mean a Lot category: Ana Ivanovic beats Sofia Arvidsson on Arthur Ashein the second round and hits a signed ball into the stands. A fan tries to make the catch and clumsily drops the ball. Someone else absconds with it. So Ivanovic whips off a wristband, hands it to a court attendant and makes sure the poor guy goes home with a souvenir.

• Punk Alert, Bernard Tomic. Check out this exchange. Totally legitimate questions by Will Swanton (whom I do not know). I would contend that his responses were not only professional but also solicitous. What a bush-league response from Tomic.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: