US OPEN 2012
US Open Diary: An Inspirational Veteran, Timely Tweener
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at the US Open on the second Monday.
Wounded Warrior Back To Work
U.S. Army veteran Ryan McIntosh has captivated everyone around him at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. In December 2010, the 23 year old lost his lower right leg to a landmine in Afghanistan. While taking part in the 2012 Warrior Games, McIntosh heard about an opportunity to audition at this year's US Open Ballperson Tryouts in June, and the rest is history. McIntosh made it past the first cut, and then passed the second callback to earn his slot at the final Grand Slam event of the season.
It was only fitting that on a national holiday in the United States, McIntosh stepped onto the largest tennis venue in the world, Arthur Ashe Stadium, to work the women’s singles match between Serena Williams and Andrea Hlavackova. “I want (veterans) to realise that they can do anything that they want to do,” said McIntosh. “Sports have been part of my life for as long as I can remember and I still play all the sports I can, but tennis is something I’ve had experience with once in a blue moon.”
Three-time US Open champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan nearly bowed out in the third round against Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky. But at 5-all in a second set tie-break, Bob clinched one of the most exciting points of the tournament, hitting a short hop tweener and following it up with a pinpoint perfect forehand winner to earn set point. The Bryans capitalised and went on to win 6-7(6), 7-6(6), 6-3, remaining in contention to lift their first Grand Slam trophy of the year.
Labor Day Luminaries
A number of celebrities celebrated Labor Day in style by following Day 8 action at Flushing Meadows. Those in attendance included actors Eva Longoria, Vanessa Williams, Alan Rickman and Chace Crawford, singer Lance Bass and and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Match Of The Day
In a third-round doubles match featuring just one break of serve, 15th seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares prevailed over Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(3). Peya and Soares won four more points than their opposition.
Tweet Of The Day
@JimmyConnors: Had a great 60th. Thanks 2 all for B-day wishes. Wife [threw] gr8 dinner party. Now back to work and trying to make it to 61. Good night all