passing tennis

It's tennis season and I am hooked. Before I became a self employed software consultant-- professional tennis and Washington Redskins football were two of my favorite sports to watch.That said-- much of my extracurricular television viewing was curtailed by my move to self employment. Today, rather than watching television-- a muted television with either a news, government or business offering is staring at me as I work on one of my many projects....more

10 Essential Tips for Newbies Going to the US Open

Today is the first day of the US Open tennis tournament in New York and if you’re a diehard tennis fan like me, you’re psyched.  It’s the final grand slam of the year and for the next two weeks it takes place at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens....more

My boys manage to feed themselves while I go to the US Open

Even though my boys are now both teenagers, I still catch myself treating them like little kids, so I did feel timid about leaving them at home for the whole day to take the train to New York for the US Open. I realized I didn’t have any real fears that they couldn’t handle themselves when a friend asked what I worried would happen, and the worst I realistically pictured was them sitting in a pile of filth not having eaten for 12 hours while on a World of Warcraft marathon....more

US Open - Top Five Memories

Mia M. Jackson •  Sideline Pass • Up close and sporty! Rory McIlroy rocked the U.S. Open with a record 16 under par. Until Sunday, I’d watched many a round of golf from the comfort of home. Thanks to one of SP Dads, I was at the tournament close enough to witness golf history, duck to avoid errant swings and want to hit that guy who screams “it’s in the hole.”  Quickly, here are my top five U.S. Open memories:...more

Serena Williams: A defense of angry women on and off the court

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Serena Williams Loses Her Temper, Loses Her Match

If you were watching the U.S. Open you saw Serena Williams come undone. Who am I trying to kid? If you were watching tennis, or ESPN, or CNN or even your local news you probably saw the clip. In a sport where decorum rules the courts it is unusual to see a tennis player throw a fit during a match. I haven't seen an outburst like that during the U.S. Open since John McEnroe played the game. ...more

I suppose we'll have to agree to disagree, but that's okay 'cause if you're a tennis fan, ...more

Your September Sports Round Up

What a long strange month it has been - and September isn't even half way over yet! The NFL kicked off their season in style on Thursday night with the Pittsburgh Steelers beating the Tennessee Titans 13 - 10 in overtime. ...more

Opening Night At The US Open Tennis Tournament

I can now die a happy woman. After all these years, I've finally seen Serena Williams play tennis in person. I heard the grunts in person. I saw the pretty little black dress with the disappearing bow in person. I saw the power and the finesse in person. What an incredible player! Venus was the opening act for little sis, and she pounded her opponent Kira Nagy of Hungary 6-2, 6-1. First off, the Althea Gibson tribute was very moving and well done. Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins gave a great speech about the life of his good friend. The parade of First Black Women was really fun. I don't think I've been anywhere with that many influential and inspiring black women in one place. In fact black folks were well represented in the stands of Ashe Stadium and it was good to see. You can check out some pictures here. Aretha Franklin brought the house down with her rendition of "Respect," and then later during a changeover when they played "Think" through the PA system, she led the crowd in a little dance. Others in the house, Gladys Knight, Christie Brinkley (who I thought was Heidi Klum), and Janet Jackson in the Williams family box. Read The Full Post At Megan's Minute ...more

Althea Gibson: An Incredible Pioneer

The US Open tennis tournament starts tomorrow in New York City. As part of the opening night festivities, the USTA is going to present a tribute to Althea Gibson on the 50th anniversary of her ground-breaking win at the US Open. Prominent black women like Carol Mosely Braun, astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, Aretha Franklin and athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee and others will be involved in the tribute. Althea was the first black, man or woman to not only win the US Open, but Wimbledon as well. This was at a time when many tennis clubs would not even allow her into their clubs, much less play there. She was known for her powerful serves, her superior court sense and more importantly her ability to handle the adversity she faced daily as a black American in the uniformly white world of tennis. She was never able to cash in on her accomplishments, because she came along long before the large cash purses of today. She died at the age of 76 in East Orange, New Jersey having for the last years of her life to accept financial aid from friends like Billie Jean King and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. So, whether you're a tennis fan or not, tune in tomorrow night at 7PM to USA Cable's coverage of the opening night tribute to Althea Gibson and learn more about this great American woman. ...more

Ms. Gibson was an amazing two-sport professional athlete. In addition to her tennis career, she ...more

2007 US Open Tennis Preview

I had a grand old time last Thursday at the US Open Qualifying Tournament. Not only is it free---how has that escaped the bean counters all these years?---it's like riding on a picturesque highway with no traffic...a pleasure. As soon as I got on the grounds of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center I could feel my excitement building. I roamed the grounds sampling matches, checking out some up and coming Americans like Asia Muhammed, Phillip Simmonds, and Sam Warburg. Then there were more well know names like Alex Bogomolov, Jr. and Scoville Jenkins. Jenkins was the only player I saw that day who made it into the main draw. Congratulations Scoville! You can see my photos from qualifying here. It includes pictures of Rafael Nadal, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic practicing. Read This Entire Post At Megan’s Minute ...more