I haven’t been sitting down and watching that much of the US Open. We have 2 Spanish, one South African and one Argentinian in the Men’s final. I don’t know much about Careno Busta, but it’s great to see 3 really good sports and characters in the semi finals.
In my opinion, Juan Carlos Del Potro has always been as great an ambassador for Tennis as any; as person and a player. Tennis always is the winner when Rafael Nadal is in the news, and Kevin Anderson always looks a gentleman whenever I see him on the screen.
Therefore, the Men’s Semi’s is a great result for Tennis at the US Open.
As for the women, having 4 Americans in the final vying for the US no 1 woman’s crown is amazing. The greatest woman of all time on paper, Serena Williams is absent to look after her newly born child, and Venus Williams at the age of 37 only just exited in the quarters after a final at Wimbledon a couple of months ago.
This puts 6 top US women in the picture if the US Open can be counted as a guide.
What this means for Australia I’m not sure. Our men and woman are not quite there, but they are close.
My first thought is that we have a small population and a long way away from the nucleus of Tennis action.
In the late 90s ands early 2000s, Hewitt made it young, arriving at 16 years of age. Rafter in the 90s and Stosur in the 2000s made it later as 27 and 25 year olds.
Jordan Thompson from Hornsby has done very well this year, now with a ranking of 63 in the world and wins over players like Andy Murray.
Jordan’s father Steve came from the Berela-Carramar-Auburn district, and his grandmother Marjorie was a consistent “heady player” according to my aunty Shirley Cheong-Hansen who was NSW’s best ever Chinese lady player in the 50s and 60s.
Jordan has definitely has given us hope in Sydney.
We at tennis blast believe that we can be part of a huge Tennis revival in Sydney.
Kerry Dock, Managing Director of Tennis Blast