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Aces and faults: U.S. Open Day 3

ACE

Those rare times when players applaud an opponent’s winning shot by tapping their rackets.

LET

Fashion is always a matter of taste, but many of the women in this year’s Open seemed to have settled on hot pink as the “in” color.

LET

Venus Williams is out of the Open, but the Violin Venus Show — one of the constant musical acts performing on the grounds — went on as scheduled in the early evening.

FAULT

Those horse-and-ride logos on the ballpersons shirts, unabashed advertisements for a certain label, continue to grow in size every year, to the point that officials may have to hire bigger ballpersons.

By the numbers

0 - The number of U.S. nation junior boys’ champions, since the open era dawned in 1968, to later win a U.S. Open men’s title. (Michael Chang, the 1987 junior champ, won the French Open in ’89.)

0 - The number of female winners in the three previous major tournaments this year still alive in the Open. (Kim Clijsters, Australia, didn’t enter because of injury; Li Na, French, and Petra Kvitova, Wimbledon, both lost in the first round.)

Furthermore

Forget tennis elbow. The body parts being closely watched at the Open are Serena Williams’ toe (cited for her withdrawal from an Open tuneup), Novak Djokovic’s shoulder (same as Williams’ toe), Rafael Nadal’s fingers (burned on a hot plate and heavily bandaged).

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