By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN’s U.S. Open Preview
NEW YORK – The U.S. Open starts on Monday with a number of matches during the day starting at 11 am at the US Tennis Center. Perhaps no event will be more important that day than the induction of Althea Gibson into the Court of champions that evening.
Gibson won the U.S. National Championships in 1957. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that win. She is one of the greatest African American athletes in history and was the first African American, man or woman, who won the U.S. Championships. That was the predecessor name to the U.S. Open.
The ceremony will take place before the evening session. Many other great Americans will be present including Ms. Rachel Robinson, the widow of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson.
Fittingly Serena and Venus Williams will be playing individual singles matches that evening. The U.S. Open is one of the greatest sporting events in the country.Tickets still remain for most sessions.
Both Williams sisters have a legitimate chance to win the women’s singles championship and James Blake has an opportunity to make a run in the men’s singles championship.
His will be more difficult given the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the men’s draw. Federer may go down in history as the greatest male player. He is coming off of a win at Wimbledon.
Our picks to win the Open are Federer and Justine Henin, but we feel that Serena has a very good chance to make some noise. She has been injured (thumb), but apparently has recovered and the surface is to her liking.
Her power hitting game is perfect for the U.S. Open surface.