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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.
 

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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.
 

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federer express said:
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".
 

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Paul Banks said:
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?)
 

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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federer express said:
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! ;)
 

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1sun said:
i hate the final set tiebreak rule
I really hate that rule :mad:
 

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The good thing about the US Open is that it's a Grand Slam.

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

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* 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.


Dislike-
* 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.
 

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

Dislike:
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.
 
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