The US Open is my favourite Slam but...

Paul Banks
08-24-2005, 09:27 PM
I love the atmosphere, the night matches, New York. :hearts:

But there are 2 things that ruin the tournament for me:

1) The lame Super Saturday day for CBS. :rolleyes: Players need a rest before the final, it's the most important match of the tournament.

2) The ceremony. I don't care how much money players will make. It's supposed to be about the prestige of winning a Slam.

So what do you :hearts: and :mad: about the US Open.

08-24-2005, 09:50 PM
What I like:
My coverage on Sky - it's a smorgasbord, even if it means suffering through two straight weeks of Bails and Barry Cowan's expert analysis.
Night matches, although it's fair to say that there are just as many one-sided beatdowns even on the men's side as there are classic encounters.
The crowds (at times) - although they're certainly not the most informed fans, I like the fact that the US Open crowd will get into a match when it becomes a real battle, no matter how obscure the players are. The last two sets of Ferrero v Zib last year were brilliant in this regard (not that Ferrero is obscure, I hasten to add, but there were as many people rooting for his opponent as for him).

What I dislike:
The rain. Yes, so that's hypocritical coming from me when I live in Britain, but in recent years the US Open has become worse than Wimbledon for its weather conditions. Incompetent drying operations, as happened two years ago when courts were dried at different times and valuable time was lost.
As you say, Super Saturday: an example of misplaced priorities. Any tournament that places TV ratings over the players' health has to be regarded dubiously.
The absurd hyperbole that precedes every night session. We don't need singing progidies, gospel choirs, Alec Baldwin and marines parading the Stars and Stripes around Arthur Ashe to let people know that they're about to watch a tennis match.

federer express
08-24-2005, 11:14 PM
what i dislike...

the almost always disinterested crowds. but give me them over the french crowd any day!

08-24-2005, 11:15 PM
I LOVE the night matches. So great. I remember even as a little kid watching them on TV with my parents. Wonderful.

I don't really hate anything about it.

Paul Banks
08-24-2005, 11:21 PM
what i dislike...

the almost always disinterested crowds.

This isn't true. Well, Ashe is often empty during the day session but I wouldn't say the crowd is "almost always disinterested".

federer express
08-24-2005, 11:24 PM
This isn't true. Well, Ashe is often empty during the day session but I wouldn't say the crowd is "almost always disinterested".

they wake up for the night session. but how much of that is beer-induced? (oes it really matter though?)

08-24-2005, 11:28 PM
The Labor Day Jerry Lewis Telethon is on the CBS affiliate where I live and completely wipes-out all of that day's coverage.

The USTA's habit of putting blow-out matches on the Ashe and Louis courts because one of the players is a marquee name.

The saccharine jingoistic pro-USA patriotic crap from the announcers - there is, what, three seeded US players in the men's draw?

federer express
08-24-2005, 11:30 PM
but to be honest i love all the slams. i love all good tennis i guess...

08-24-2005, 11:37 PM
The first weeks of Slams are the best four weeks of tennis you'll find anywhere in the whole year. I always feel disappointed when the number of players in the draw is gradually whittled down to the usual suspects.

08-25-2005, 01:25 AM
i hate the final set tiebreak rule

08-25-2005, 01:32 AM
i hate the final set tiebreak rule

ditto and I hate the moronic tournament organizers that agreed to the travesty of tennis called Super Saturday.

I like everything else.

08-25-2005, 04:04 AM
i hate the final set tiebreak rule

:worship: :worship:

08-25-2005, 04:11 AM
The USTA's habit of putting blow-out matches on the Ashe and Louis courts because one of the players is a marquee name.

Yes, they never do this at the other Slams. :tape:

08-25-2005, 04:47 AM
i hate the final set tiebreak rule

Same here.

08-25-2005, 05:37 AM
what i dislike...

the almost always disinterested crowds. but give me them over the french crowd any day!
As many people i prefer them actually! :D Temperamental, passionate, over the top, can have a "love story" with a foreign player over the years going on, when there's no good tennis they show they're bored, when there is they're immediately very noisy etc... Luv' it! :inlove:

Other than that i don't like the final set tie-break rule either...
The time difference, the bad coverage wher i am but that's not because of the organisators i know...
I love the crowd, it's my second favorite tied with the Australian crowd who's so "fair-play" usually...
The fact that there's no day for rest for the players before the final is not good too.
Night-sessions are great.
The fact that the first rounds are spread over three days sucks...
But it's a great Slam! ;)

08-25-2005, 06:31 AM
i hate the final set tiebreak rule

I really hate that rule :mad:

Action Jackson
08-25-2005, 07:37 AM
The good thing about the US Open is that it's a Grand Slam.

- Super Saturday
- The 1st round played over 3 days
- 5th set tiebreakers.

Clara Bow
08-25-2005, 08:01 AM

* Night tennis!
* When the crowd are into it, they are really into it.
* The fact that the men's winner is shown on morning tv, David Letterman if it's not a repeat, and other US talkshows. Safin's bit on DL in 2000 was tv gold. Loved Federer's Charlie Rose spot last year.
* It's the only slam covered by USA Networks and they tend to do a pretty good job.
* Since it's in my home country it should be the easiest and cheapest for me to see.

* Super Saturday- totally unfair to the players to have to play the finals the next day
* 5th set tiebreak, in particular for the final
* Rain nonsense
* That the men's final is often played on the first Sunday of NFL action - how in Hades will that help the tv rankings? And it makes me have to skip out on some "first NFL Sunday" bashes that we have been invited to in the past and will be in the future.
* Since it is in New York, it is actually quite expensive for us to get a flight and lodging. In fact- could be even cheaper for us to fly to England, stay with my brother and go to Wimbledon.

Purple Rainbow
08-25-2005, 08:41 AM

Great tennis! The surface makes for a fair slam and the tournament always produces great champions.

Time difference with Europe, meaning I'll have 2 weeks of bad sleep.
5th set tie-break rule.
Abundant flagwaving, expectd to reach unprecedented highs at a final played on Spetember 11th.

08-25-2005, 08:47 AM
super saturday :rolleyes:

08-25-2005, 12:28 PM
What I love about the Open:

1. Watching almost any match on the Grandstand and Louis. The atmosphere is almost always great.

2. That USA has all day and all night coverage, and that they rarely ever leave the night match before it's over even if it runs into Letterman or beyond.

What I hate about the Open:

1. Watching matches in Ashe. I had Labor Day weekend series tkts since 1991 until last year, and after Ashe was built I maybe watched a match in the Stadium a handful of times, and only if it was my absolute fav player or nothing else was going on during the night session. My seats in Louis were great, and even though I was given "comparible" seats in Ashe, I ended up being in row PP, which was 10 rows from the top of the Stadium! Might as well be on Mars. Plus by Labor Day weekend, there are actually some matches I might be interested in seeing on Stadium if I wasn't sitting in the stratosphere. So if I really needed to see a match, I had to bribe the usher with a $50 or $75 depending on who it was. Then, to make matters worse, they made Saturday night at the Open Ladies Night - only women's matches on Ashe - and we were stuck watching JCap trouncing some unknown and Martina the First playing doubles Add in the rain delays - and we decided it just wasn't worth $1600.

2. Corporate boxholders who don't use their seats, or the people they give tickets to who only go to say they were at the Open. And luxury boxes in the middle of the stadium - they should have put them at the top - were they could party all they want without taking up valuable real estate. That being said, I've been invited a few times and the food served is amazing and the drinks never stop, plus most of the people in them stay inside leaving the terrace seats to the few people who actually want to watch the tennis.

08-25-2005, 12:39 PM
I hate that they will show us every round that Roddick or Agassi plays even if there is sure to be zero suspense. Then at the same time they will NOT show us interesting matches between foreign playlers. I don't care about seeing Agassi v. Sabau in the first round.

08-25-2005, 12:56 PM
I actually quite like the 5 hour time difference with England. I can work during the day and spend the evening watching the tennis. It's not like the Australian Open, which goes from midnight to 10am (BST) - I never sleep during those 2 weeks.

What annoys me the most is the empty stands I always see on TV. Maybe they just about fill Arthur Ashe for the semi-final and final days but for the first week, even during the night sessions, it's so damn EMPTY.:mad:
And Louis Armstrong is EVEN WORSE.

08-25-2005, 01:23 PM
I love the amount of coverage we get through Cable (is it USA?). I go home every night and watch the night matches. I can almost hear them, I live 20 min away from Arthur Ashe Stadium. The night matches are really awesome.

I hate the fact that they built Arthur Ashe like a month ago it seems like, but they didn't think of a roof top. The weather delays over the weekend are a real party spoiler.

08-25-2005, 01:30 PM
but to be honest i love all the slams. i love all good tennis i guess...

So do I :wavey: : But the night-sessions are night-mares. Getting up at 1.30 am (my time) or staying awake and working during the day, takes its toll. I am always exhausted after these two weeks ;)

Paul Banks
08-25-2005, 03:32 PM
I had to bribe the usher with a $50 or $75 depending on who it was.

:eek: :eek: :eek:

Ok, I've heard stories about 20$, but 50 to 75 wow.

The Pro
08-25-2005, 03:36 PM
What is super-Saturday? :confused:

I can't say I like the music during the US Open. The players sit down & suddenly it's the Black Eyed Peas.

I guess Andy Murray won't mind...

Turkeyballs Paco
08-25-2005, 07:58 PM
Yeah, the weather delays are horrible. Hoping for better weather this time around.

08-25-2005, 08:33 PM
Stupid ceremony :zzz: especially last year for the Olympics

Justine Henin Hardenne said it best

"I really don't see the use of a ceremony that honours the olympic medalists during the USopen, so I decided not to go. The olympics where 2 weeks ago, you know."