NYC Round Up – Cilic Wins 1st Slam; 100 titles for the Bryans & more

In an unlikely turn of events at the US Open, two players who had never made it to a Grand Slam final found themselves taking the stage to battle on Monday.

Cilic_Win_1Croatian sensation and Head player, Marin Cilic closed out an amazing two week run by defeating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in a routine win. With 17 aces and 35 winners, Cilic saved 8 of the 9 break points he faced and played like he belonged at the top. The 25 year old credited his win to all of his hard work and his team, including former Wimbledon Champion, Goran Ivanisevic. Nishikori also had a tournament to be proud of, left his heart on the court but just didn’t have enough to put away the big hitting Cilic on Monday.

On the women’s side of things, off court besties, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki faced each other in the finals. Serena proved to be too strong again and was running Wozniacki all over the court — even her marathon training wasn’t enough to upset the number one seed. Serena captured her 6th US Open title and 18th Grand Slam title to add to her impressive resume.

The Bryan Brothers hit 100 titles last weekend at the Open taking the men’s doubles, while  the Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, long time Fed Cup partners, captured the Women’s doubles title.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already missing the tennis…good thing we have some Davis Cup action to look forward to this weekend!

Play with heart,

Michelle

10 reasons why tennis is better than the NFL

The 2014 NFL season is upon us!

Now before you guys get on me for being a football-bashing-tennis-fanboy, I want to let you know that like most red blooded Americans, I am pumped! I’m probably more excited than the average enthusiast. I love watching it, playing it, drafting for my fantasy football teams (I’m in 3 leagues this year!), going to games up in San Francis, er, Santa Clara. I love me some football!

But I want to take some time to give tennis some due props. Because I love me some tennis too! If football is #1 on my list, then tennis is 1A. But football and the NFL are doing just fine without my endorsement (they made over $9 billion in revenue last year).

Football and the NFL are awesome but so is tennis, and in some ways, tennis is even more awesome:

1. Way More Action
If you’re watching tennis on TV, chances are good that you are actually watching a point being played out. According to an article by the Wall Street Journal, the average NFL game features only 11 minutes of action. That is 11 minutes in about a 3 hour broadcast. 11 minutes!

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Brad Gilbert & Darren Cahill Preview Day 4 @ Flushing Meadows

Brad Gilbert and Darren Cahill (from ProTennisCoach.com) give us an exclusive preview of the Day 4 match-up between the American ladies, Serena Williams and Vania King!

Serena looks to be a force to be reckoned with this year in NYC, but see where BG and “Killer” think Vania might be able to level the playing field against Serena…

Play with heart,

Michelle