Eugene and friend of the pod Tumaini Carayol recap events in New York in part one. Lucy shares her thoughts on this year’s US Open in part two
US Open Champions
Emma Raducanu, now at a career high 23, is the first British woman to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade. How do you put the 18-year-old’s fairytale run into words? Also, a massive shout out to 19-year-old runner-up Leylah Fernandez.
Daniil Medvedev denied Novak Djokovic the calendar slam (to Lucy’s amusement) and dropped just one set all tournament. Are we seeing a changing of the guard in men’s tennis?
After, Djokovic spoke about the pressure of chasing the Grand Slam and relief he felt at the end. Is the conversation/narrative different in Serbian’s case compared to Serena Williams?
Black Spin Global
We had a lot of interesting matchups early on Stephens-Keys (round one), Stephens-Gauff (round two), Tiafoe-Eubanks (round one), Auger-Aliassime-Tiafoe (round four*) – each match brought a different level of excitement for me. “The game needs us!”
Felix Auger-Aliassime is now at No 11 in the world – a career high – after reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final. Really like where the Canadian’s game’s at right now.
Coco Gauff and Caty McNally, predominantly singles players, reached their first Grand Slam doubles final. Didn’t drop a set en route but fell to Samantha Stosur and Shuai Zhang in three. Loved seeing how much it meant to the two teenagers at the end.
Robin Montgomery cleaned up the girls’ titles winning the singles and doubles (with Ashlyn Krueger) in New York. The 17-year-old American is a Grand Slam champ for the first time. Very bright future ahead.
Also interesting to see Patrick Mouratoglou courtside watching the juniors in action. Saw him watching Montgomery and the match between Sebastianna Scilipoti (eventual semi-finalist) and Oceane Babel.
Part 2 with Lucy
Thoughts on Raducanu’s historic win, the draws she and Fernandez fought their way through and some feelings about the men’s final (recorded before Medvedev’s win).
Those matchups in women’s section where Stephens came out on top against Keys and Gauff. Tiafoe’s run to the fourth round and that epic win against Andrey Rublev and the clash on Arthur Ashe with Auger-Aliassime.
Also shout out Alycia Parks for tying the all-time US Open serve speed record on her Grand Slam debut. Jasmine Paolini played some nice stuff against Victoria Azarenka in round two and Gael Monfils showed more good signs during a run to the third round.