U.S. OPEN: Will Tennis Survive After Serena Williams?

Reporting from the U.S. Open for FoxSports.com

Serena Williams

NEW YORK – The cliff is always there. The road is always going to end.

But the joy ride is just too fun to worry about it, or to do anything about it.

The Indianapolis Colts have been riding Peyton Manning for years, building everything around him. And now, suddenly, the cliff: He apparently has had neck fusion surgery and will miss the season. You’re reminded that at some point, sometime soon, the whole ride will end.

Should the Colts have done something before now to prepare?

Tiger Woods ran off the cliff, too. Golf was a thrill with him on top. Now golf is just golf again.

Serena Williams is driving perilously close to the cliff. Venus Williams, too. But Serena is so amazing in general that no one seems to notice how amazing her story has been these past two weeks at the US Open. Amazing is commonplace for her, expected.

 

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About gregcouch

I can talk tennis all day long, and often do. And yet some of the people I talk to about it might rather I talk about something else. Or with someone else. That’s how it is with tennis, right? Sort of an addiction. Sort of a high. I am a national columnist at FoxSports.com and a FoxSports1 TV insider, and have been a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. In 2010, I was the only American sports writer to cover the full two weeks of all four majors, and also to cover each of the U.S. Masters series events. I’ve seen a lot of tennis, talked with a lot of players, coaches, agents. I watched from a few rows behind the line judge as Serena rolled her foot onto the baseline for the footfault, a good call, at the 2009 U.S. Open. I sat forever watching a John Isner marathon, leaving for Wimbledon village to watch an England World Cup soccer game at a pub and then returning for hours of Isner, sitting a few feet from his wrecked coach. I got to see Novak Djokovic and Robin Soderling joke around on a practice court on the middle Sunday at Wimbledon, placing a small wager on a tiebreaker. Djokovic won, and Soderling pulled a bill out of his wallet, crumpled it into his fist and threw it at Djokovic, who unwadded it, kissed it, and told me, “My work is done here.’’ And when Rafael Nadal won the French Open in 2010, I finished my column, walked back out onto the court, and filled an empty tic tac container with the red clay. I’m looking at it right now. Well, I don’t always see the game the same way others do. I can be hard on tennis, particularly on the characters in suits running it. Tennis has no less scandal and dirt than any other game. Yet somehow, it seems to be covered up, usually from an incredible web of conflicts of interest. I promise to always tell the truth as I see it. Of course, I would appreciate it if you’d let me know when I’m wrong. I love sports arguments and hope to be in a few of them with you here. Personal info: One-handed backhand, serve-and-volleyer. View all posts by gregcouch

4 responses to “U.S. OPEN: Will Tennis Survive After Serena Williams?

  • B Kauffman

    “then win in Sunday’s finals. She will. She is the talk of the women’s tennis….”

    Kinda missed the call on that one- didn’t you smarty pants… Not only did she not win- she acted like a 5 year old losing the neighborhood marbles match off when things didn’t go her way…

    Do people actually read your pompous, self-absorbed nonsense?

    I can see why someone like you would put someone like Serena Williamson on a pedestal… oh yeah, very clear…. I don’t need to take Psych 101 to understand that connection…

  • Umer

    Tennis will always prevail and see old players go and new players coming in.

  • Ash Messenger

    Of course it can survive. There’s a brighter star on stage already. Petra Kvitova. Kvitova has the most complete game imaginable. She can hit every shot in the book well, including forgotten ones, like stop volleys, half-volleys, backhand overheads, stab volleys, mid-court no man’s land winners. You name it, she can do it. AND, as importantly, she a nice person, honest as can be, funny, bright. Common sense is hers too. As has been said, she is a model professional; not a professional model.

  • Umer

    i wish to see new faces in WTA.

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