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His run -- a good one -- has spanned nearly 10 years, and his contract was coming up. There's no coup, the background politics here. Just a good time to move on. He deserves a round of applause on the way out. As for the successor, I have to believe that USTA wouldn't let McEnroe go without a successor already secured. But then again, I wouldn't think they'd sign off on paying a single employee multiple millions of dollars easier. Handicapping the field, here's how I see it:
• Two underplayed themes this year: 1) For all the derision and "anyone-can-win-with-Serena-out" speculating, the women's draw has more than held its own. The contenders are still in it.
The other underplayed theme goes to Lukas' point. The court surface is democratic, fast enough for the hard servers, but slow enough for the counterpunchers. The courts are in good shape. After hellacious heat, the conditions have been fine. We've not only seen some great matches, but look at the diversity of players advancing. Young (
• Honestly, I think it's to be expected. You have two genders competing alongside each other, rare among sports. (You even the have the mixed doubles events, where competition is simultaneous.) And yet the women and men play matches of different lengths and even use different tennis balls. Seems to be natural that tennis would spawn all these comparisons. True, the comparing and contrasting too often bleeds over to trashing one gender at the expense of the other. But, overall, I think it's a real virtue that the sport can accommodate men and women simultaneously.
• She's either really good at her job or her last name is Bloomberg.
• It usually falls to the IDS representative stationed to every match. It's often a volunteer -- which is why the tours don't always acknowledge the unforced/winner as official stats. Also, you'll see sometimes that the aces from a chair umpire will be different from the IDS count.
• Amen. I could go for that. Nothing worse than a 65-minute women's final. But again, asking the women to play best-of-five just ain't gonna happen.
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• For the record, I am not a former player. Unless you count the Central Indiana junior circuit. The wind was a factor Saturday, but it's calmed down. Let's be clear, too, it's much worse in Arthur Ashe Stadium than on other courts. Wind isn't conducive to top tennis but, as with most sports, playing the conditions is part of the challenge.
• The USTA announced that the Courtside Club in Los Gatos, Calif., is one of seven winners of its 29th annual USTA Outstanding Facility Awards Program, recognizing excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. Courtside Club was honored along with the other recipients at the USTA Semiannual meeting during the meeting of the Technical Committee on Sunday at the Grand Hyatt in New York.
• Because one of you asked ...
• The YES Network premieres
• The city of Charleston, S.C., today was named the winner of the USTA's "Best Tennis Town" in its second annual search, designed to identify and reward the American communities -- from small, rural towns to large, urban metro areas and everywhere in between -- that best exemplify the passion, excitement, spirit and impact that tennis brings to the local level.