U.S. Open Day 2 aces and faults

A general view of Arthur Ashe Stadium is A general view of Arthur Ashe Stadium is seen during Arthur Ashe Kids' Day before the start of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (Aug. 24, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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ACE. Fifty years later, and on the same Flushing Meadows grounds, with the striking globe-like unisphere still here, the U.S. Open has taken the place of the 1964 World's Fair -- a thoroughly international celebration.

FAULT. But there are no Belgian waffles. (Though six Belgian tennis players were entered in the singles competition.)

ACE. Maria Sharapova said she had "no idea" that actor Alec Baldwin was sitting in the front row behind the court during her Monday night match. Told Baldwin caught a stray ball, Sharapova offered, with a "whatever" enthusiasm, "Congratulations."

LET. The top-ranked North American is from north of the U.S. border, No. 6 Milos Raonic of Canada. Good for him, but it says something about the state of Yank tennis.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

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2 Major tournament champions of 2014 missing from the Open due to injury: Rafael Nadal (French) and Li Na (Australian).

 

3 The number of balls players all request before serving, before immediately giving one back.

 

13 Entries apiece for France and Spain in the original men's singles field. (There were 12 Americans.)

 

FURTHERMORE . . .

The most fascinating pictures at the U.S. Open of Tomorrow display -- with renditions of the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof that is targeted for use in 2016, plus the envisioned new Louis Armstrong Stadium and new Grandstand -- are the old photos of the tennis center's comparatively tiny early days, circa 1978. Cozy is too pleasant a word for the space then.

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