Photos from Flushing Meadows: Day 2
Each day during the U.S. Open, we'll publish a photo gallery of on-site images from Anita Aguilar. Steve Tignor will provide the captions, but he's also looking for your best work. Can you beat his caption of the above photo? Write yours in the comments below, or email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he'll announce the winner in tomorrow's gallery.
Day 2 at the U.S. Open was closer to the norm around here: The air was humid and the lines to get onto the grounds weren’t quite as absurdly long as they had been on Monday. Every year there’s a step up in security at the Open, and this year has been no exception. Metal detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs, policemen loitering: Like it or not, that’s the sports world we live in, and it requires some patience.
Once you’re inside, though, the tennis takes over. Here’s a look at a little of it from a warm Tuesday:
Julia Goerges (serving) and New Jersey’s Christina McHale drew a crowd on the Grandstand. McHale, who typically saves her best for the Open, won in straight sets.
Milos Raonic had his shaky moments in his opener with Thomas Fabbiano, but he moved on as a weak section of the draw got even weaker.
Maria Kirilenko, a paragon of extension here, powered through her first-round match in a hurry.
Yes, even Roger Federer can look concerned now and then. There was no need on Tuesday, as the five-time Open champ rolled easily over Grega Zemlja.
Federer’s namesake wasn’t so fortunate. The future of tennis got a little farther away as 22-year-old Grigor Dimitrov lost in five sets. The Dimi and Pova glamour act didn’t last long in New York.
It was a bad day for the future in general, as Dimitrov’s fellow 22-year-old, Jerzy Janowicz, also lost. By the end of the day, a bad back, and a stubborn Maximo Gonzalez, were on JJ’s last nerve.
No hat, no shades, no problem. Ivan Ljubicic was all squints and smiles as his charge, Raonic, won in three.
What’s bugging Donna Vekic? Not too much on this day—the Croatian teen pulled out a three-setter.
Tommy Haas, two decades Vekic’s senior, was also a winner out on Court 17. The backwards hat springs eternal.
Things didn’t end as well for Juan Monaco, who retired with stomach pain so severe that he never made it into the interview room afterward.
La Monf (center) and John Isner must have suspected that they would stage an epic in their second-rounder. Each did something rare for them today: They won in straights, without a tiebreaker between them. Monfils' press conference may have lasted longer than his match.
After five minutes, Novak Djokovic was up 3-0 on Ricardas Berankis, and it never got any closer. This photo makes the match look much more difficult than it really was.
By the end of the day, 17-year-old Victoria Duval was the surprise toast of New York. The 296th-ranked qualifier slugged her way fearlessly past Sam Stosur, and then gave thanks just for being there. Resistance is futile.
And the Day 1 Caption Winner:
“Let’s make tennis more like boxing. It’s time for me to throw in the towel.”—Mark M., via email.