The U.S. Open draws the strongest men’s field in the history of tennis

US Open: Why is it so difficult to win a second grand slam?


Thursday, September 19, 2010

M.E. Thomas was just 11 when he won the 1987 Australian Open and was only 15 when he became the youngest man ever to win a Grand Slam title. He was just 12-years-old when he won his first Wimbledon title (in 1985) and was 18 when he won his second Wimbledon title. Two years later he won his first US Open title. The last time the U.S. Open saw such a strong field was two years ago, when only 17 players were left in the draw. Today the Open draws the 16th strongest men’s field in the Open era (since 1974) and 20th strongest in the Open Era (since 1927) of all time. The last grand-slam champion to reach 100 career victories — at least — on the red-dressed grass was Ken Rosewall with 102 victories. “The grass is a very tough surface, I would say, to play on,” said Pete Sampras, the first man to win four major titles on the green. “The last 10 years have been the toughest — there have been a lot of very, very good tournaments.” Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are both coming off consecutive major sweeps on grass, their third straight year sweeping both the French Open and Wimbledon on natural grass.

Bethpage State College and the Queens College/Hunter College women’s tennis teams played host to Hofstra University and Yale University tennis teams on Tuesday. The games were between teams from the two powerhouse universities in the city. The event was the first of its kind for Hofstra over the past four years and the first for Quinnipiac over the past 20 years. Bethpage State College defeated Hofstra in a hard-fought match, 7-4. Quinnipiac defeated Yale, 8-3. The Bethpage victory was Bethpage

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