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U.S. Open aces and faults

Ball persons attempt to swat away a bee

Ball persons attempt to swat away a bee from Kimiko Date-Krumm during the opening round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament against Venus Williams on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in New York. Credit: AP / Elise Amendola

ACE. The Google doodle Monday was of Althea Gibson, the first black athlete in international tennis, on the 87th anniversary of her birth (she died in 2003) and the first day of the 2014 U.S. Open, which Gibson won twice in the 1950s.

FAULT. The bee that temporarily hounded Venus Williams and her opponent, Kimiko Date-Krumm, during their Ashe Stadium match.

ACE. The new double-deck practice court viewing area on the southwest edge of Arthur Ashe Stadium is a keeper, as are the stands on the opposite side that allows clear, simultaneous looks at competition Courts 4, 5, and 6.

BY THE NUMBERS5 Men's singles entries in the 128-player field who have won major tournaments.

 

9 Women's singles entries who have won majors.

 

49 Nations represented in the men's and women's singles competition.

 

FURTHERMORE

Those new flower displays atop 4-foot high, 8-foot diameter concrete planters, on the southwest and southeast corners of Ashe Stadium, actually are the start of huge columns that next year will rise to the top of the stadium to support the roof targeted for use by 2016.

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