Tennis anyone? The U.S. Open is long over, but the repercussions are not

Dick Johnson

For Enchantment Sports

Now that the U.S. Open tennis championship is history, and the controversy has died down, let’s have a little reflection.

Lost in the “chaos” of the Williams-Osaka women’s final were some terrific stories that really went unnoticed. Mike Bryan won his 18th Grand Slam final with replacement partner, Jack Sock, as the two Americans won the doubles title.

Dick Johnson
Dick Johnson

Bob Bryan, Mike’s twin is rehabing his hip and Sock proved to be a great partner with that lethal forehand he possesses.

Coco Vanderweghe, who played three years ago in Albuquerque’s Coleman Vision tennis tournament, was a winner in women’s doubles.

And one of the great comeback stories of the year found Bethany Mattek-Sands, who came back from serious knee surgery, teaming with Jamie Murray of England to win the mixed doubles title. These American victories were lost in the Hoopla that went on in the Women’s singles final.

And, oh, that controversy.

I imagine the ITA and USTA will be meeting shortly to discuss on-court coaching. It is currently not allowed and Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted that he was giving signals to her, despite disputing that at the time in one of the biggest controversies in the tournament history.

Re-plays re-affirmed this.

Mouratoglou also said he wasn’t sure if Williams saw him.

Carlos Ramos is a no-nonsense umpire and has in the past penalized some of the top men too. Williams definitely smashed her racquet to get the second violation and then called him a “liar and thief,” a criteria for umpire abuse for the game.

It was great for ESPN. It was reported that they had the second highest rating in the station’s U.S. Open history. Viewership was up 32 percent. As Stefan Bondy, of the New York Daily news says “Williams still sells and so does drama.”

Hats off to Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic for winning the women’s and men’s singles titles. Osaka has the tools and is a rising star. We will be seeing her in the winners circle frequently, I believe. Djokovic is back in the mix as one of the “Big 3,” along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Now that the U.S. Open tennis championship is history, and the controversy has died down, let’s have a little reflection.

Lost in the “chaos” of the Williams-Osaka women’s final were some terrific stories that really went unnoticed. Mike Bryan won his 18th Grand Slam final with replacement partner, Jack Sock, as the two Americans won the doubles title.

Dick Johnson

Bob Bryan, Mike’s twin is rehabing his hip and Sock proved to be a great partner with that lethal forehand he possesses.

Coco Vanderweghe, who played three years ago in Albuquerque’s Coleman Vision tennis tournament, was a winner in women’s doubles.

And one of the great comeback stories of the year found Bethany Mattek-Sands, who came back from serious knee surgery, teaming with Jamie Murray of England to win the mixed doubles title. These American victories were lost in the Hoopla that went on in the Women’s singles final.

And, oh, that controversy.

I imagine the ITA and USTA will be meeting shortly to discuss on-court coaching. It is currently not allowed and Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted that he was giving signals to her, despite disputing that at the time in one of the biggest controversies in the tournament history.

Re-plays re-affirmed this.

Mouratoglou also said he wasn’t sure if Williams saw him.

Carlos Ramos is a no-nonsense umpire and has in the past penalized some of the top men too. Williams definitely smashed her racquet to get the second violation and then called him a “liar and thief,” a criteria for umpire abuse for the game.

It was great for ESPN. It was reported that they had the second highest rating in the station’s U.S. Open history. Viewership was up 32 percent. As Stefan Bondy, of the New York Daily news says “Williams still sells and so does drama.”

Hats off to Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic for winning the women’s and men’s singles titles. Osaka has the tools and is a rising star. We will be seeing her in the winners circle frequently, I believe. Djokovic is back in the mix as one of the “Big 3,” along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.


Dick Johnson is the longtime boys tennis coach at Albuquerque’s La Cueva High School,  was named National High School Coach of the Year by the United States Professional Tennis Association in 2018 and is a contributor to Enchantment Sports. For tennis tips or story ideas, contact Dick at EnchantmentSportsNM@gmail.com.

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