Top 5 US Open Moments
Here are what I believe to be the five best moments of the US Open. These are heart pounding displays that we only see in Tennis. Let’s get started with number five:
5.Serena Williams is upset in the 2015
In 2015 Roberta Vinci beat Serena in three sets in what turned out to be a huge disappointment in Serena’s quest for a calendar year grand slam. Everyone watching was completely stunned, not only because the draw had completely opened for Serena Williams, but because Vinci actually played incredible in that Semifinal. Vinci ended up losing to compatriot Flavia Pannetta in what turned out to be an all Italian final at the US Open.
4.Andre Agassi wins the 1994 US Open
Andre Agassi went into the 1994 US Open unseeded. Coming off wrist surgery, newly married to Brook Shields and with new coach Brad Gilbert, Agassi started his resurgence in the summer of 1994, and culminating in entering the US Open unseeded, blazing to the final, where he would meet an outmatched, and future hall of famer, Michael Stich. Winning this US Open jump started a great run by Andrew which included beating Pete Sampras in the final of the 1995 Australian Open Final, his only win against Sampras in a grand slam final.
3.Pete Sampras wins 2002 US Open
By far the saddest I’ve been after a US Open final. I wanted Andre to win so bad and thought this was a great opportunity given that Pete had not been playing very well. Andre was still at the top of his game and was the favorite. But in true Pete vs. Andre fashion, it was not to be. Sampras raised the level of his game and won in four. The last two sets saw Andre come storming back and even had a couple of break points in the fourth to serve out that set and take it into the fifth, where Agassi’s fitness would have allowed him to win. Unfortunately, Sampras saved those break points and broke Agassi the very next game, and the rest is history. I still love you Andre. Sampras, I love you a little bit.
2.Sister vs. Sister final at the 2002 US Open
This was the third final in a row Venus and Serena had contested in 2002. In total they have ended up contesting nine Grand Slam finals. Although the tennis wasn’t great, this match was interesting because it was the US Open, and the Williams sisters are American. It was just incredible to see two siblings playing at the top of their game against each other in the biggest stage tennis can offer. How proud would you be as a parent if you saw that happening!
1.Jimmy Connors makes the US Open Semis at age 39.
Nothing compares to the run Jimmy made in 1991. He was finally stopped in the Semifinals in straight sets to Jim Courier who went on to lose to Stefan Edberg in the final. But what he gave us during the two weeks will be remembered as probably the best two weeks in tennis – ever. He gave us his heart, his soul, his everything. The passion and love for the game that he showed during those two weeks are unparalleled in my opinion. It was electric. We all fell in love with Jimmy Connors during those two weeks. He could do no wrong as a person and as a player. What a ride. Cheers to you Jimmy for the wonderful memory!