U.S. Open Aces and Faults
ACE. The terrific gallery of black and white photos at the tennis Hall of Fame exhibit on the tennis center grounds, showing Arthur Ashe during his amateur days. Among the best: Ashe standing, alone, reading a newspaper while waiting for his clothes in a laundromat. Not the lifestyle of current players.
ACE. T-shirt worn, postmatch, by No. 3 seed Andy Murray: "Sweat is Weakness Leaving the Body."
FAULT. Given that slogan, there was very little "weakness" in the stands on another warm, muggy day.
SERVICE WINNER. OK, Andy Roddick's American flag shoes deserve a nod for appropriateness at the American Grand Slam event.
Numbers. . .
1 Fewer former Open champion still alive in this year's tournament: 2001 champ Lleyton Hewitt of Australia was eliminated Sunday by No. 4 seed David Ferrer. That leaves, among the men, Andy Roddick (2003), Roger Federer (2004-08), Juan Martin del Potro (2009) and Novak Djokovic (2011). And, among the women, Serena Williams (1999, 2002, 2008) and Samantha Stosur (2011).
3 U.S. players, including Noah Rubin of Rockville Centre, among the 16 seeds in the Open boys tournament. Rubin, No. 14, will play Kyle Edmund of Great Britain in his first-round match Monday.
Furthermore. . .
The unseeded men's doubles team of brothers Christian and Ryan Harrison of Austin, Texas, will play a third-round match Monday after producing successive upsets over 2011 U.S. Open runners-up Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski and the 2008 Australian Open champions Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.