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USTA Announces Plan to Move US Open

April 1, 2009 12:27 PM

Stunning the world tennis scene and baffling commentators, the United States Tennis Association announced today that the US Open Tennis Tournament would be moving to Belton, SC.  In a tersely worded statement the USTA said that the "pressures of New York are too tough on the players.  Moving to a smaller venue will allow more intimacy and quiet for the players on the court."  John McEnroe questioned the logistics of the move, "I've played Belton, and it's a fantastic facility, but I'm just not sure how they're going to get all those matches in on the courts in such a quaint town."  In it's statement, the USTA said that it planned to shorten men's matches to no-ad, best of three sets with a 10 point tiebreaker if the players split sets and that the women's matches would move to pro-sets. 

Reaction from the players was quite mixed with Rafael Nadal stating his support, "I'm all for it.  With my purchase of Daufuskie Island this will put the US Open in my back yard and I may finally be  able to get a Grand Slam."  Roger Federer was less enthusiastic saying, "I am moving to Greenville to get away from the pro tennis world, it is somewhat disappointing to find this will be so close." 

 

 

 

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