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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Serena Pulls Out

In the 35 years of professional rankings in women's tennis, no #1 player has ever missed the U.S. Open. Until now. Serena Williams has pulled out of this month's U.S. Open due to a freak accident she suffered right after winning Wimbledon this summer. Evidently, she was at a restaurant in Munich when she stepped on broken glass, requiring surgery, and the injury hasn't healed in time to allow the current #1 women's player to play the U.S. Open in two weeks. Of course, we're still wondering what was really going on in that restaurant. Broken glass, Serena stepping on it, in Munich? Was she barefoot in a restaurant? What the hell was going on? A "Cabaret"-inspired naked dance-off that went horribly awry? Who knows?. But what we do know is that with Serena and Justine Henin both out of the tournament, the field is wide open for the women for the final Grand Slam championship of 2010. Maybe Kim Clijsters will repeat.
One more thing we know is that U.S. Men's tennis continues to decline. When Andy Roddick recently dropped out of the Top Ten, it marked the first time since 1973 that no American man has been in the Top Ten. The U.S.T.A. is scrambling to promote youth tennis leagues around the country in an effort to "grow" another great American tennis champion, but with no potential contender currently in sight, we might be waiting for a long time for another Connors, McEnroe, Sampras, Courier or Agassi.

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