US Open Tennis Championships traditionally take place on the hard courts of the National Tennis Center. The main competition grids are held in a two-week section (27.08-10.09) at the turn of summer and autumn, identifying the winners in nine categories: five in adults and four in senior juniors. The main court is the stadium named after Arthur Ashe, named after the American who won the first tournament in the Open era in 1968. The capacity of the arena is 23 thousand seats. In addition to the main court, matches are held on 3 courts with stands for spectators and on 13 courts without stands.
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In men, first of all we want to highlight Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. The last of them finally healed the injury and managed to gain even a good shape, after which he won Wimbledon and Masters in Cincinnati. And if we take into account that the Serb will play on his favorite tennis pitch, then it is quite likely that he will be able to compete with experienced Rafa and Fede. However, of course, much will depend on the draw. As for women, the bookmakers see Serena Williams as a contender for victory, who is just groping for her game. The asset of an American can be attributed to the support of native fans and experience. She will also be sown above her number in the world ranking. This is the first case in the history of the tournament of protected sowing for tennis players after the decree.
In our opinion, the first racket of the world, Simon Halep, should fear the most. It seems that a clear leader has finally appeared in the women’s tour. The representative of Romania scored a crazy move, breaking away from the nearest pursuer in the WTA ranking by as much as 2086 points. This year she surrendered to the first in his career Helmet – Roland Garros, triumphant at competitions in Shenzhen and Montreal, as well as finals in Cincinnati, Rome, Melbourne (Australian Open). But Elina Svitolina passed a little position. If at the beginning of the year she was perceived as the main favorite to win at the Australian Open, then having spent, frankly, not the best season, they now believe in her less. Perhaps the lack of pressure will allow the leader of domestic tennis to relax and show excellent tennis. The task at least – the protection of last year’s points, and this is 1/8 finals.
Agassi denim shorts – love. They were remembered at US Open
The first days of the Australian Open were remembered by the sobbing of Andy Murray and the strikingly ugly top Nike put on his tennis players: the wrestling style, which doesn’t go far enough for everyone, is weighted by contrasting transverse strips of different widths with a zipper intersecting them. This top, which Nike called “a statement of style on the day of the match,” did not decorate either Peter Kvitova, Madison Keese, or Arina Sobolenko with Darya Kasatkina, but in general he is part of a rather charming collection inspired by the legacy of the 90s.
The collection includes a pair of models of men’s and women’s tops, skirts, shorts and sneakers. They are united by a cheerful color blocking and checkered finish, but the hit is, of course, things styled as washed denim. They instantly bring back memories of the young Andre Agassi, and this is a common collection vibe: it looks very retro and a bit naive – just like in 2019 they want to look more or less everything. In Nike, they say that they wanted to make a game form that looks comfortable when they realized that almost all players prefer to train in things from ordinary cotton – in it, unlike dense technological materials, it is cool and comfortable. As a result, NikeCourt designers have developed a fabric that combines modern functionality and soft cotton-like texture.
Jeans in tennis became synonymous with Andre Agassi 30 years ago when, at the US Open 1988, he at the age of 18 first played mini-shorts from boiled denim and a white polo shirt (reached the semifinal). In his autobiography, he recalled: “In 1988, dressing like I mean wearing denim shorts. This is my trick. Every article about me mentions them. And I didn’t even choose them – they chose me. In 1987, I played a tournament organized by Nike in Portland, and people from the company invited me to a hotel room to show the latest form samples. There he was Makinra, and, of course, he had the right of first choice. He took denim shorts and said: “What is this nonsense?” And my eyes popped out of orbit. I licked my lips and thought, “Wow. This is the thing. If you don’t need them, Mac, they are mine.” As soon as Mack rejected them, I intercepted them. Now I wear them for all my matches – like my fans. Reporters crucify me for it. They think I show off like this.”
The Roland Garros became the most famous jeans bow of Agassi -1990, when he put on fuchsia bikers for shorts and reached the finals for the first time on the Helmet. Philippe Shatrie, who then headed both the French tennis federation and the international one, was unhappy: “If players go too far with their outfits, we will have to do something [enter a white dress code similar to wimbledon]. This year there is nothing to be done, but some people on the Board of Directors remained annoyed with Agassi freaks.” “Look, they don’t like me,” Andre then answered with a laugh. – But the point is that people like to watch tennis. Why not ask people? And not some guy who sits in the office. And if you think this is a crazy outfit, wait for my next one.”
The next “Helmet” Agassi was the US Open, not “Wimbledon” – then he did not go to London just because of dissatisfaction with the dress code. In New York, he reached the finals in lemon bicycles, ten months later at Roland Garros – in purple. After that, for the first time since 1987, he nevertheless went to Wimbledon and there shocked the public with the fact that the dress code did not break (reached the quarterfinal). The following year, Agassi took his first “Helmet” in London and refused to denim, and after a couple of years – and from the head of hair. In 2004, Serena Williams played in a denim skirt at the US Open, but Agassi shorts were displayed at the International Hall of Fame Museum. On eBay, they are not cheaper than current models of Nike, and they are fondly remembered by the chief designer of the planet Virgil Ablo, head of the men’s Louis Vuitton: “Andre Agassi was a force. He influenced me and shaped my view of the sport and on Nike with his denim shorts with neon bikes. He had style and swag.” Ommazh Agassi-style icon can still be bought for $ 70 for shorts and 75 for a skirt.
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- Yibin Wu (Age 19). ATP rating 306 (highest rating 299). Favorite coating – hard
Yibin Wu is the main hope of Chinese tennis; he already has no equal in China. He took the first line of the junior ranking in 2017. In the same year, he won the US Open in the junior tennis championship, reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and Wimbledon quarterfinals. In 2017, he made his debut at the Davis Cup and beat Jason Djang (ranks 121 in the ATP ranking). In the fall of 2017, he blew up the tennis world, taking the title at the Challenger in Chengdu, at that time he was 17 years old. In 2018 I played less, I trained more. At the end of the year I went to the Masters in Shanghai, reached the 1/16 final, where I met Kei Nishikori. He showed himself perfectly at the start of the match, took the first set, and then fell down and gave the match.
It has in its arsenal a powerful forehand, from which it often punches for departure, leaving no chance to the opponents. Backhand is also on top. He plays very aggressively, while making a small number of unforced errors. He plays well at the net, but does not always prepare his way out. Well able to play on any surfaces, but you need more practice on the ground. Ibin Wu is a terrific tennis player, one of the most talented Asians in the history of tennis. On the court, he knows how to do everything, you need more game practice, tighten the percentage of hitting the first ball, make your second serve more dangerous and you can storm any height.
A photographer has been shooting US Open for half a century. He saw all the greats, but his favorite is Federer.
We are going to talk about Melchior DiDzhakomo and its historical footage. “Photographer Melchior DiDzhakomo made his first pictures of the US Open in 1971. This year, this tournament was his 47th in a row. For nearly half a century, DiDzhakomo shoots tennis legends: from Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe and Rod Laver to Roger, Serena and Rafa. And thousands of other players lost to the story. “I can’t imagine what kind of life I would have without tennis.”
DiDzhakomo was at the forefront of the audience when John McInroy took the cup for three years in a row in the 70s, and he was there when Lendle lost five finals in eight years. He saw the first title of Chris Evert and the last title of Martina Navratilova. I saw the banner go from Billie Jean to Chris and from Steffi to Serena. Through the viewfinder of his “Nikon” I looked at how to write and write a tennis history a hundred times. Mel’s photographs were published in Tennis Week magazines (from the 71st until its close), Tennis, World Tennis Magazine and Newsweek. Despite the requests of publishers to take pictures in color, contrasting black and white shots have become the hallmark of DiDzhakomo. “It’s a classic,” the photographer says. “I used to like to look at Arthur Ashe in a red shirt, John Newcomb in a pink one, but these colors ultimately dominated the image, distracted. And when you switch to black and white, then all the attention is already on the player, not on his clothes.” When shooting a match for Giacomo, the main thing is the emotions of the players.
“I want an ordinary fan to see it all: joy, glee. Or despair. Newspapers basically only need backhands and forehands, but I’m first of all shooting people, not robots. Need emotions. DiDzhakomo loved to shoot in the Forest Hills, where the US Open took place before. “I always liked the classic look of the courts in front of the main club building.” The old bleachers had a balcony almost hanging over the court, and on the west side of the Ash Stadium there was a clear view of Manhattan. DiDzhakomo liked to break the established rules and norms, and he was one of the first to drag a long-focus lens to the stadium, while everyone else traditionally worked with wide-angles. “It all came from another sport – football. There I worked with 300, 500 and 1000 mm lenses. And I started shooting, getting footage at the exit, where everything was only occupied by the head of Billie Jean screaming like crazy. The old school laughed at me, but I didn’t care, because I really liked the photo. No one has used such lenses on tennis before. And that changed the tennis photo. ”
And which of the players was the most beloved model? For all the toughness of the champions of the 70s and 80s, there was one figure that overshadowed everyone on the Flashing Meadows. “No one can compare with Jimmy Connors. He was just a beast,” a man who has repeatedly come under the pressure of such players says as Nastasa and Makinra because of a noisy camera. “These people are a real gift for the photo shop; their passion is our best trophies. Martina was still the same. But Chrissy – no, she had everything neat and intelligent. But the greatest athlete I photographed, and not only the athlete, but also the man, is Roger Federer. And if you remember all-all-all: Laver, Ash, Newcomb, Martin, Court, Billy. And yet Michael Johnson, Ali, Phelps, all these giants of sport, nevertheless, Federer is simply the best athlete that got into my lens.