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Aces and faults: Best seat in the house

Ryan Harrison of the United States plays against

Ryan Harrison of the United States plays against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in their men's singles second round match on Day Five of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neigborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Aug. 31, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

ACE - Best seat in the house (without sitting): The walkway connecting Armstrong Stadium to the Grandstand, offering an ideal look at the Grandstand action.

FAULT - No sock-making company has solicited Jack Sock for an endorsement deal, he confirmed.

LET - The Open’s junior tournament, which begins today, may or may not allow a look at future champions in the main draw. Only three Open junior champions — Stefan Edberg in 1983, Lindsay Davenport in 1992 and Andy Roddick in 2000 — later won a title in the main draw. But among past junior runners-up were future champs Boris Becker in 1984, Martina Hingis in 1994, Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2001 and Roger Federer in 1998.

ACE - The U.S. Open as a tennis theme park. Yesterday the “living status” tennis players were at the South Plaza, and fans could snap photos next to life-size pictures of such stars as Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

By the Numbers ...

5 Most career men’s U.S. titles in the open era (dating to 1968): By Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors.

124 Top serving speed by a woman in this Open, reached by both Venus Williams and 25-year-old German Tatjana Malek. Both have been eliminated.


Still alive after one round of mixed doubles play is Scott Lipsky, the former state champ at Bellmore JFK High. Lipsky, now 31 and living in Southern California, is teaming with 31-year-old California native Abigail Spears. In 2011, Lipsky, with partner Casey Dellacqua, won the French Open mixed doubles title. Lipsky and his doubles partner, Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico, won their second-round men’s doubles match yesterday.

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