Now each of the four Grand Slam tournaments has its own charm, its own atmosphere. Probably, most tennis fans have their favorite tournament from this four. The Australian Open is widely appreciated for being the first of the year to break into the tennis world after the off-season, like a breath of fresh air into an airless room. He is also the only competition in the open air, in which not only one but two courts are equipped with a roof. And besides this is where the loudest sensations occur most often.
US Open history
Every year for the week all the attention of tennis fans is focused on the prestigious US Open Tennis Championship. This is the last tournament in the program of the biggest events in professional tennis. The stakes are high, especially if local players or teams are close to winning in all four Grand Slam tournaments. Ticket prices reach exorbitant heights for the most desirable places, but for loyal fans it is a small sacrifice for the opportunity to see top athletes close by.
Features of the Regulations and rules of the Grand Slam tournaments
Let’s talk about US Open. It starts on Monday of August (European time – Sunday). Unlike the first three tournaments, the US Open ends on Monday, not on Sunday. Each tournament lasts 2 weeks, during which the finalists of singles play 7 matches, doubles – 6 and mixed (mixed) – 5. Qualifying competitions begin 7-8 days and end 3 days before the start of the main tournament. The Grand Slam tournaments were formerly the prerogative of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). With the beginning of the Open Era, they are held in conjunction with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for men and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for tennis players.
The tournament regulations are developed and approved by the Grand Slam Committee, which is a structural unit of the ITF, and has the following features. The main and qualifying tournament grid for singles consists of 128 participants. For doubles there are 64 pairs, and for mixes there are 48. Competitions with such a large number of participants are not held anywhere, and mixes and pair competitions of veterans “Tennis Legends” are included in the program of only majors.
Celebrities at the US Open Tennis Championships
Last weekend in New York, the US Open or the US Open Tennis Championship ended. On Saturday, the winner of the women’s tournament grid was determined – it was the 20-year-old Japanese Naomi Osaka, who defeated world tennis star Serena Williams, and among men the Serb Novak Djokovic became the strongest. Local courts submitted to him for the third time. Many celebrities came to look at the game of the best tennis players of the planet – from the famous fan of this game Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, to Victoria’s Secret angels – Sarah Sampayo and Alessandra Ambrosio. To restrain emotions in the stands, many simply could not.
The main news of the championship in 2018: Fit in the daughter. In the US Open final, Serena will play with a 20-year-old Japanese girl
Serena Williams played in the US Open semi-finals for the ninth time in a row (with the exception of those years when she did not play in New York at all). Anastasia Sevastova reached this stage in the Grand Slam tournaments for the first time and became the first Latvian player to enter the quartet of the strongest at the US Open. The American, as well as throughout the tournament, dominated on the court, powerfully feeding and strongly but firmly punching from the back line. Her rival predictably tried to bring down the rhythm with the help of short beats, but Serena had answers to them. According to statistics, Williams Jr. came to the net 28 times, and 24 such raids ended for her with points won. Sevastova took the first game on the pitch of a formidable opponent, but very soon the American restored her balance – made the score 2: 2. After that, Anastasia did not have a single break-point, and the advantage of the rival rapidly grew. At the first set point, at 5: 3 in favor of the favorite of the public, the Latvian sent the ball into touch, and the fate of the game was decided. And in the second set Sevastova could not do anything.
“The way the first game went and ended definitely influenced me,” she said. “I am still only at the beginning of the path to return. I am waiting for when I will become that Serena again when I was. And I don’t know if I will ever be able to return to that physical, emotional, mental form,” she said.
In the second semifinal last year’s finalist Madison Keys met with another major debutante of this stage – Naomi Osaka. The 20-year-old Japanese woman performs in New York only for the third time and has never gone further than the third round. But on this US Open, she looks very confident: three of the five previous matches, including Darya Kasatkina’s offender Alexandra Sosnovich, the Japanese woman won in less than an hour and against the Kies looked very cool, although it was not the favorite of the confrontation. First, Naomi never beat Madison before. Secondly, the American is still more sophisticated in such matters – it was her fourth semifinal on the “Helmets” and the third in a calendar year. But Osaka had a better meeting. She was less mistaken – 20 unforced vs 32, and played all 13 break points that her rival had. Not too great playing in their pitch, took the Japanese perfectly. In the seventh game, she made a break at zero and completed the game in her favor – 6: 2. Just then the feed came to the rescue. Osaka took someone else’s game and at the very beginning of the second game, and this fact was key. Naomi did not give up her and won with a score of 6: 2, 6: 2.
Osaka is girl with an amazing story. Her Japanese mother gave birth to her in Osaka, Japan, and her father, originally from Haiti, but on Long Island. It was there in three years and moved the future tennis player. And although the family soon went to Florida, where Osaka grew up and still lives, she calls New York a special place. “I like to go to the places where I walked with a small child,” she says. “I always thought that if I won the Grand Slam, I’ll be the first in New York. I grew up here. And grandparents can come I think it will be very cool. ”
Osaka calls Serena Williams her idol, and it is with her that she will have to fight for the first title in her career on “Helmets”. They have already met each other this year. In the first round of the tournament in Miami, where the Japanese arrived after a sensational triumph in Indian Wells, Naomi won in two sets – 6: 3, 6: 2. “This is some kind of surrealism,” Naomi said. “Even when I was little, I dreamed of playing against Serena in the Grand Slam final. And the fact that this happens makes me happy.” Pepper to the upcoming finals will be given by the fact that Osaka’s coach is Sasha Bazhin, a long-term sparring partner of Serena Williams. Williams Jr. will try to repeat the record of all time (before the Open Era), owned by Margaret Court – 24 victories in Grand Slam tournaments.
Legends of the world famous tournament and their lives: Gluten free on Nola. Food and exercise Novak Djokovic
In 2010, nutritionist Dr. Igor Chetoevich discovered that Djokovic’s body was not able to process gluten (a protein found in cereals like wheat, rye and oats). Novak decided to eliminate gluten from his diet. Also, Djokovic avoids increased insulin levels in his body, so he does not use sugar, chocolate, carbonated drinks, and all sugar-containing products, including dairy products containing lactose (milk sugar) Rules of nutrition Novak Djokovic:
- Eat slowly and consciously.
- Set a goal on product quality, not quantity.
- Food is information
- Eat breakfast
- Eat throughout the day.
- Eat a low carb / high protein dinner
During a workout, Novak drinks two bottles of fructose energy drink. After a workout, Djokovic drinks a shake of organic protein mixed with a concentrate of rice or pea protein (sometimes called medical protein) and evaporated sugar cane juice before the match, when you need to cheer up properly, Novak drinks energy gel with twenty-five milligrams of caffeine. During the match, the tennis player eats dried fruits – for example, dates, and 1-2 tsp. honey. Also, Djokovic uses self-massage with the help of a massage roller-roller made of expanded polystyrene. With this massage, the rigid connective tissue relaxes – the same fascia, muscle stiffness is reduced, and as a result you get flexibility, mobility and properly working muscles. Among other things, Djokovic is practicing yoga and breathing exercises.