In keeping with providing guests unique experiences, the legendary Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, debuts Legends of Boca Experience, a four-day, three-night escape featuring tennis legend Jimmy Connors. To coincide with the unveiling of the resort’s partnership with Connors, Legends of Boca Experience offers guests a multitude of luxurious amenities and activities including a chance to spend a half-day with Connors himself; receiving private tennis instruction or enjoying a round of golf and gaining inspirational insight over lunch at one of the resort’s acclaimed restaurants. After being welcomed at the airport by a chauffeured Maserati Quattroporte,… Read More
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) – Top-seeded world number one Novak Djokovic raced into the second round of the U.S. Open with a 6-1 6-1 6-1 demolition of Joao Souza of Brazil to close Monday’s first day session at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic had to wait in the wings for Venus Williams to complete a two-hour, 40-minute win at Ashe, but once the Serb hit the court he played as if he had a taxi meter running outside the National Tennis Center. Ones were wild for Djokovic, who won each set 6-1 in a one hour 11 minute romp… Read More
* Djokovic needs 71 minutes to book spot in second round * Serb says ‘couldn’t ask’ for better start to U.S. Open (Adds quotes) By Larry Fine NEW YORK, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Top-seeded world number one Novak Djokovic raced into the second round of the U.S. Open with a 6-1 6-1 6-1 demolition of Joao Souza of Brazil to close Monday’s first day session at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic had to wait in the wings for Venus Williams to complete a two-hour, 40-minute win at Ashe, but once the Serb hit the court he played as if he had… Read More
By Larry Fine NEW YORK, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Fun-loving Frenchman Benoit Paire registered the biggest shock of an upset-filled opening day at the U.S. Open with a stunning five-set victory over 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori of Japan on Monday. The bearded Paire said the key to his 6-4 3-6 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 win was to throw caution to the wind, hit out, and most of all, have fun. “The thing is you have to have pleasure on this match,” said Paire “You have to feel good on court, to have fun, you know.
World number two Roger Federer launches his bid for a sixth U.S. Open title, and his first since 2008, with a first-round match against Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Swiss has been in sparkling form this season and heads into the final grand slam event of 2015 buoyed by an impressive hardcourt run in Cincinnati earlier this month. “Now I’ve got the confidence, I’ve got the matches and I’m actually still feeling really fresh even after this week,” Federer said after beating world number one Novak Djokovic in the Cincinnati final eight days… Read More
Marin Cilic shrugged off being shunted off to the Louis Armstrong Stadium on Monday where his status as defending US Open champion was saluted by just a smattering of fans. The Croatian stunned tennis last year when he defeated Roger Federer in the semi-finals and Kei Nishikori in the championship match to lift his first — and so far only — Grand Slam title. Instead, he was second match up on Armstrong, where he saw off Argentine qualifier Guido Pella 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/3).