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You've Got to Watch U.S. Open Tennis

  • Kid Reporter
  • Posted by: Caroline Thayer
  • August 31, 2009, 5:50 PM


The U.S. Open has arrived. Yes, it is that time of year, when school starts, warm weather fades away, and a major tennis tournament comes to the United States.

Just a few months ago, we saw several amazing tennis players fly into Europe and head to the grass courts at Wimbledon, but now these same players are in New York playing on hard courts. At Wimbledon, American Andy Roddick beat Andy Murray. That success put him to the final, where he played against Roger Federer in five intense sets. At the end of the match, Federer came out as the winner.

On the women’s side, the dynamic duo of the Williams sisters played the ultimate match against each other in the Wimbledon final. Serena, the younger sister came out of the match victorious.

Here at the U.S. Open, all the intensity is starting to show. Federer and Serena Williams both won their first matches. Tonight, Roddick and Venus Williams play their opening matches. Federer is probably the best tennis player of the century, but I would love to see a rematch between Federer and Roddick where there would be a different winner.

Maria Sharapova, who is seeded 29th, is set to play Tuesday. James Blake, the American who is seeded 21st on the men’s side, won his first match. I hope he makes it to at least the fourth round.

The other dynamic duo is twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan. I hope that they succeed in winning the men’s doubles. I was watching one of their previous matches and they have excellent communication. It must be telepathic! Serena and Venus Williams, the defending women’s doubles champions, are already in the second round of Women’s Doubles.

If you have nothing to do for the next two weeks, I strongly advise watching these undeniably skilled tennis players. The thrill of seeing green tennis balls whipping across the court, players sliding to hit it before it double bounces, and the emotion and aggression each player puts into each shot makes the U.S. Open that much more interesting.

Even if you have never watched tennis, you might get hooked onto watching amazing athletes playing a difficult game.

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