The US Open Series seems at first glance a good idea.
The ATP Schedule, Cobbled out between the Tournament promoters , The Players Council , the ITF,The USTA and every other peice of the alphabet soup potpourri that wrestles for control over tennis is a mess!
Olympic Bronze Medalist Juan Martin Del Potro is the latest victim of the grinding lifestyle of Professional Tennis losing to a very under rated and unappreciated Radek Stepanek 6-4,7-6.
I was sitting in the photo pit and his fatigue was palpabile ,shoulder slumped and a facial expression that made him seem he was mourning the death of his new puppy.
Federer and Nadal bailed out last week ,and later today the other 2 marquee names are going on court in first round matches . Murray the london gold medalist has to be worn thin after his carrer win and Djokovic, having lost a chance to medal wont have much to give ,so both could possibily roll over today or tomorrow and water this great field down further.
When I asked Delpo if he was playing Cincy next week he mumble a shaky yes and talked about needing rest .
These 2 big North American events (Canada & Cincy) Have suffered from dropouts and less than fully committed performances over the last few years.
Well done Radek Stepanek--- The powers that run tennis Not such a great job