Archive for August, 2012

Best Use of a Blue Screen?

Check out these great photos of the courts during the US Open Opening Night Ceremony, thanks to one of my favorite bloggers: Grand Slam Gal.  I have no idea how they lit up the courts like this, but it does look very cool, especially the videos shown on center court.  To see more great photos and follow Grand Slam Gals’ final leg of her tour, check out!


August 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

US Open Day One; Bumbershoot day

Or Bummershoot day? Okay, so the last four U.S. Opens have been extended to Monday and many times throughout the major’s 44 year history, rain has brought play to a standstill.

The skies above the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows gave way to first rain delay during day one this year.  Four matches were completed before play was suspended today including defending champion Samantha Stosur who quickly took Petra Martic out in 51 minutes (she must have read the weather report).

The weather delay again raises the question of whether the U.S. Tennis Association will ever build a roof in Flushing Meadows. The Australian Open and Wimbledon have roofs on main courts, and Roland Garros will have one by 2017.  USTA’s chief operating officer Gordon Smith said the “span and size but mostly poor soil conditions meant that 15-year-old Ashe cannot support the added weight of a roof.” “However, parts of the upper deck could someday be replaced with lighter-weight materials that would make it feasible.  When the roof design becomes feasible, it will be put into the plan.”

Like may players, when asked what they would change, if anything, about the US Open tournament, Tommy Hass  said “I guess one of the things would be maybe to put a roof onto two stadiums, retractable roofs. You have so many good stadiums here in the United States where the roof closes.”

Maybe until then, we will have to use our crazy American ingenuity again to keep the play going. (see last post: the 1969 men’s final at Forest Hills when a rented helicopter flew into the Stadium Court to act as blow dryer)…

August 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

US Open Day One 1969 Creative Court Drying Technique

August 27, 2012 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

Sweet Smell of Success

Maria and her candy

Maria Sharapova routinely tops Forbes‘ list of best-paid female athletes. Now her off-court empire has a new brand to peddle: Sugarpova.  Sugarpova comes in a dozen packages with names such as “quirky,” “sassy” and “spooky,” each package kissed with a  graphic pair of lips, which Sharapova calls “iconic.”

The collection, which features gummies to gumballs (in the shape of tennis balls), will be available at Fifth Avenue’s  Henri Bendel and sold through worldwide outlets and respective websites, plus

It will also be sold in hotel minibars — something the globetrotting Russian said she noticed was lacking in her travels.  With a serious sweet tooth and a nose for how to make a buck, Sharapova knows the sweet smell of success.

August 20, 2012 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

Chasing Titles with the Dog

Finally Alexandr Dogopolov of Ukraine has won a second title! This week, Dogopolov (aka “the Dog”) beat Tommy Hass in two sets of three and twice waiting out rain delays, this week in the Citi Open held in Washington DC. The Dog previously one 2011 title for the Croatia Open UMAG beating out Marin Cilic.  This kid is on his way up. ATP Rankings now have him at 16.  I first watched him play Bernard Tomic in the 2011 Australian Open and knew he was someone to watch. Dogopolov has a risky and fast paced style of tennis which match his off-court “hobby” of racing cars. “I don’t think about the percentages,” said Dolgopolov. “I like to do it my way.” The Dog also said he didn’t think much about not having had a title in the last year. Instead he kept a simple mind-set and approached each match the same. Showing patience and calm demeanor, The Dog chased all the other competitors away.

Dogopolov results in each round of the 2012 Citi Open:

First Round Flavio Cipolla Win 6-1, 6-3
Second Round Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo Win 6-1, 6-3
Quarterfinals James Blake Win 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
Semifinals Sam Querrey Win 6-4, 6-4
Final Tommy Haas Win 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-1

August 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

A Kings’ Ransom

Murray Olympics Poster

7-5, 7-5.

That’s the price paid by Djokovic in his loss today to Britain’s Andy Murray. Make that King Murray. After today’s insurance of at least a silver medal, Murray will undoubtedly find himself at the center of more attention than ever (practice that parade wave Andy)!

The Men’s Singles Gold Medal Finals will be at 9:00am (EST) on NBC.

While we all love Roger Federer, let’s hope Andy can be King of his Castle this time around…

August 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm 3 comments

What’s Your Shot On It?

Please take a glance at a new feature for the Swing Set Blog; the 30 second poll, one question only, designed to get discussion going… This week’s question:

August 3, 2012 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

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