US Open 2022 Diary – Daily Tennis News – On and Off the Court
NewsWhistle is live at the 2022 US Open tennis tournament, where players and fans experience fourteen days of fun and forehands in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
This year’s competition runs from August 29 to September 11.
Our daily recaps from the reporter Armando Di Cicco and photographer Neil Bainton are below.
MONDAY AUGUST 29 – FIRST DAY
GAME OF THE DAY
SERENA WILLIAMS versus Danka Kovinic
Video – US Open Tennis Championships / Youtube.com
Greeted by an electric crowd at their favorite fan-favorite stadium Serena Williams opened her last professional tournament in dominant fashion – beating an unranked Montenegrin Danka Kovinic in two fantastic tennis sets. The final score 6-3, 6-3.
After the game, Williams received a tribute presented by the reporter Gayle Kingand tennis legend Billie Jean King. At the end of the tribute, fans at the stadium gathered to reveal a message posted on the stands – “We love Serena”.
Regarding the massive fan support, Williams said:
“When I came out, the reception was really overwhelming. It was strong and I could feel it in my chest. It was really a good feeling.
It’s a feeling I will never forget. »
IN OTHER NEWS
This year is the eighth straight year that 20 or more American women have made the main draw. Additionally, this is the third year in a row that 20 or more American men have qualified for the main draw.
TOP WINNERS: Daniel Medvedev (RUS) ; Coco Gauff (UNITED STATES) ; Maria Sakkari (GRE) ; Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) ; Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) ; Tommy Paul (UNITED STATES) ; Alison Riske-Amritraj (UNITED STATES) ; Casper Ruud (NEITHER) ; Caroline Garcia (ENG) ; Matteo Berretini (ITA) ; Felix Auger-Aliassime (BOX) ; Alex de Minaure (Australia) ; Madison Keys (UNITED STATES) ; Ons Jabeur (BARREL) ; Karine Khachanov (RUS) .
TOP LOSERS: Francois Cerundolo (ARG)  (Beats by Andy Murray); Simona Halep (ROU)  (Beat by Daria Snigur); Nikolaz Basilashvili (GEO)  (Bat by Yibing Wu); Maxime Cressy (UNITED STATES)  (Defeat by Marton Fucsovics); Roberto Bautista Agut (SP)  (Defeated by JJ Wolf).
A GREAT QUOTE
Coco Gauff on managing pressure and expectations:
“You just have to accept it, you can’t ignore it. It will be there. You feel it. Everyone feels it for you. So instead of trying to say, “I’m not nervous, I’m not this,” I’m saying, “I’m nervous, I feel pressure, I feel this.
Now, once you recognize a problem, you can fix it.
Mayor of New York, Eric Adams
A number of celebrities came to see Serena Williams play tonight. Names in bold included tennis big names Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King; former american president bill clinton; fashion designer Vera Wang; magazine editor Anna Wintour; the musicians Queen Latifia and Gladys Chevalier; legendary skier Lindsey Vonn; director Spike Lee; actors Hugh Jackman, Anthony Andersonand Rebel Wilson; Baseball player Francois Lindor; Mayor of New York Eric Adam; and television personalities Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Gayle Kingand Katie Couric.
And, no, it wasn’t Beyonce in the stands. She was the actress Laverne Cox.
For more information on the US Open, please visit the official tournament website: USOpen.org
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