It is undeniably a great US Open for local tennis players. In the men’s category, two of the top 10 – Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe – are in the quarterfinals, 20-year-old Ben Sheldon shot 230 km (the fastest of them reached 239 km/h on the official radar). In the women’s category, there are two of the eight finalists: Coco Goff, the recent champion of the WTA 1000 in Cincinnati and a candidate to win the trophy in New York, and Madison Keys, another American tennis player coming off a strong win over Jessica Pegula.
And the home tennis players still have good chances with Koko/Pegula in women’s doubles; Jennifer Brady, Louisa Stefani’s partner; Bernarda Pera works with Poland’s Magda Linet; and Taylor Townsend, partnered with Canadian Leila Fernandez. In men’s doubles, they were Lammons/Withrow in the quarterfinals; Robert Galloway (playing with Olivetti); Rajeev Ram (Salisbury) and Austin Krajicek (Todick). In the mix, Pegula/Krajicek and Townsend/Sheldon are in the quarterfinals as I write this column.
You can understand the dimension of the diversity of options, right? However, in my conversations with fans about American tennis, the question I often get asked is: “Why don’t they have a Slam Champion anymore?” Yes, the question is asked in a critical tone and always aimed at the male, because even if we ignore Serena’s record, “they” have recently won finals against Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens and Coco Goff. Roland Garros.