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U.S. Open: Caroline Wozniacki practices with the common people

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns to Anastasija Sevastova

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns to Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia during their quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

When Caroline Wozniacki is at her Manhattan apartment between tournaments, she often trains at the McEnroe Academy on Randalls Island. But if she really wants to feel like a New Yorker, she goes to public courts near the West Side Highway.

“They usually let me in and train for as long as I want. I kind of like being there, because I feel like a proper New Yorker,” said Wozniacki, whose privileges at the facility have included not having to wait in the queue for a court.

“I actually haven’t waited because people have been so sweet that they’ve let me in,” Wozniacki said. “But if I had to wait, I would. What can I do? I have to follow the rules, right?”

Elbaba in collegiate event

Julia Elbaba of Oyster Bay will play in the American Collegiate Invitational starting Thursday at the National Tennis Center against Hayley Carter of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Elbaba finished runner-up in the event last year.

Elbaba graduated from the University of Virginia this spring with a degree in media studies. She was an All-American and turned pro in June. She reached the final of an ITF Circuit 25K event this summer, which earned her a professional ranking of 660.

“Yes, I’m officially a pro tennis player,” Elbaba said on Wednesday. “I wasn’t ready to turn pro before college, but I’ve matured as a person and my game is better than ever.”

Blake, Fernandez headliners

The USTA will say a celebratory goodbye to Louis Armstrong Stadium between 4 and 6 p.m. today with James Blake and Gigi Fernandez among players putting on an exhibition. There will be trick-shot artists and fans will have an opportunity to hit on the court from 6 to 7. Gates to the stadium open at 3:30. Thursday is Community Day at the National Tennis Center with free grounds admission. All the doubles and juniors competitions will be underway and there will be a random awarding of tickets to the women’s semifinals at Arthur Ashe Stadium at night.


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