Forty years ago today, Chris Evert won her first U.S. Open match. She made it to the semifinals in that first tournament, and she would go on to win 101 more matches at the Open. Evert won the championship six times; four of those victories were consecutive.
When the new rankings are published, Sloane Stephens will be in the top 100 for the first time.
After Andy Roddick pointed out that it doesn't take a lot of mental agility to be a tennis commentator, Mary Joe Fernandez described Roddick as "somewhat disrespectful." I think perhaps "disrespectful" would be almost never pronouncing players' names correctly and sometimes pretending that one of the competitors on the court doesn't even exist.
Be sure to read Colette Lewis's preview of U.S. Open junior competition.
Venus Williams has enrolled at Indiana University East to study business.
Here is a short film that showcases photographer Dewey Nicks' year-long "Strong is Beautiful" (Silent is Sublime) campaign for the WTA. I have mixed feelings about the campaign, as I've mentioned before, but I think this film is worth watching for Kim Clijsters alone.