By Randy Walker @TennisPublisher Throughout the 2014 PowerShares Series tennis circuit this winter, John McEnroe commented, when asked by local media, on the state of tennis in the United States, not being shy expressing his concerns. “It’s too expensive and it’s not accessible enough,” said McEnroe of tennis in a familiar refrain at the PowerShares Series stop in Birmingham, Alabama, as seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp1M8KodEXk But McEnroe is not just talking the talk of what should be done to improve American tennis. He is also walking the walk. On Randall’s Island, just a short lob from Harlem and Manhattan’s Upper… Read More
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time major champion Li Na pulled out of the U.S. Open on Thursday because of a knee injury she said has bothered her for several months.
– World number two Li Na of China announced that she will miss next month's US Open as she struggles with a knee injury. "I wanted to let all of my great fans know that unfortunately I am going to have to withdraw from the upcoming WTA events in Montreal and Cincinnati, as well as the US Open," Li said in a statement on her Facebook page. The 32-year-old, who won the Australian Open earlier this year, her second Grand Slam after winning Roland Garros in 2011, has targeted a return to the court on home soil in late September.
Czech top seed Tomas Berdych and Wimbledon semi-finalist Milos Raonic advanced while US fifth seed John Isner lost in second-round matches at the ATP and WTA Washington Open. Berdych, seeking his 10th career ATP title and first on US soil, defeated US qualifier Robby Ginepri 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday at the $1.9 million (1.4m euro) hardcourt tune-up for the US Open. Canadian second seed Raonic fired 16 aces in ousting American Jack Sock 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/3) while American Steve Johnson never faced a break point and withstood a 29-ace barrage to defeat countryman Isner 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).
– Canadian second seed Milos Raonic advanced on Wednesday in second-round matches at the ATP and WTA Washington Open, while US fifth seed John Isner lost.
Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year's last Grand Slam tournament.