For Tennis Greats, the U.S. Open Is the Reunion That Can?t Be Missed


Harvey AratonOne
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players’
Tennis Channel
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Billie Jean King
Althea Gibson
Pat Cash
CoCo Vandeweghe
Goran Ivanisevic
Novak Djokovic
Amélie Mauresmo —
Lucas Pouille
Boris Becker
John McEnroe
Chris Evert
Martina Navratilova
Pam Shriver
Ivan Lendl
Andy Murray
Sampras
Pete Sampras
Jimmy Connors
Bjorn Borg
Andre Agassi
Grigor Dmitrov
Andy Roddick
James Blake
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German


Arthur Ashe Stadium


the United States Open
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Flushing Meadows
Wimbledon
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Australia
Melbourne


1983.Late
Fan Week
the U.S. Open

Positivity     50.00%   
   Negativity   50.00%
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SOURCE: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/01/sports/tennis/tennis-greats-us-open.html
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To me, we’re a fraternity, whether you liked him as a player or not, and as you get older, and you see a guy like that around, that makes it all better, a lot easier to talk to someone 20 or 30 years later.”Never one to embrace the status quo as a player or a commentator, McEnroe wondered why there weren’t more former champions frequenting the slams.“I mean, where’s Sampras, where’s Connors — Borg, even?” he said, referring to Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg.All have made occasional appearances in retirement, as has Andre Agassi, who recently began working to help Grigor Dmitrov revive his sagging fortunes. It was another example of King using a Grand Slam platform to speak out on social issues.If feelings are occasionally bruised by the commenting greats of yore, overall their presence is seen as a positive for today’s players, said James Blake, who retired in 2013 after reaching No. 4 in 2006 and works for Tennis Channel.“Some things change — I didn’t have to worry about social media when I was coming up and neither did Goran or Becker and a lot of the other guys that are still around,” he said.

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