2015 US Open Finals
Labour Day has passed and the US Open finals are near. These are the days, and particularly the evenings, when last-minute welcomes to the Billie Jean King Tennis Center are most prized, frequently more than an invitation to the Givenchy show (which, coincidentally, you will have the capacity to go to, since the men’s semifinals begin at twelve). Before you take off to Flushing Meadows, here’s a back-to-school brushup on everything you need to know as we head into the final rounds.
Today is National Venus and Serena Day.
The story of the current year’s Open is, obviously, Serena Williams’ quest to conquer the calendar-year Grand Slam, an accomplishment so preposterous that it hasn’t been accomplished since Steffi Graf commanded the 1988 season. Right now, Serena’s greatest challenge is her very own sister, Venus, whom she will confront in the quarterfinals tonight at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The minute will be so stressful for the sisters’ mom, Oracene Price, that Price told the New York Post she would be avoiding the match. “I’ll most likely kick around the house,” she said, “go to a store, shopping . . . It’s hard for them to be in this position.” It’s hard for us as well, Oracene!
Hot pink suits Roger Federer. Who knew?
The previous evening, the Swiss superstar routed John Isner, the last-standing American man, in three sets, two of which were chosen in sudden death tiebreakers that were nothing not exactly fantastic. Federer was also wearing a Nike look trimmed with an electric peach shading—the NikeID site lists something comparable called “Digital Pink”— which has been everywhere at the Open for this present year.
Nadal and Murray are out; Anderson is in.
The men enter the quarterfinals without two of the Big Four: Italian “magician” Fabio Fognini thumped out Rafael Nadal (making this the first year in eleven that the Spaniard won’t win a major), and yesterday South African Kevin Anderson toppled Murray in four sets topped by a tiebreaker clinched in seven straight points that Anderson shot out persistently.