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Us Open

Photo by Flickr user iShot71
Photo by Flickr user iShot71

The United States Open Tennis Championships, or US Open, held for seven weeks from Aug. to Sep. Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York is the last of four major international tennis competitions each year known as the Grand Slam. The tournament’s categories include men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Other matches are also held for seniors, juniors, and those in wheelchairs.

The predicted top seeds in the men’s singles, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, both lost in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, surprising audiences. The final competitors were Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori, two relatively new players, the former of whom came out victorious and is now ranked by the Association of Tennis Professionals as number five in the world for men’s singles.

“It was a rough time for me,” said Madeline ‘16, laughing. She, along with many other Federer fans, was shocked and disappointed by the outcome of the match.

Representing America, twins Robert Charles “Bob” Bryan and Michael Carl “Mike” Bryan won the men’s doubles, and Serena Williams took the title in women’s singles. Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia won the women’s doubles. Australian junior Omar Jasika was a double threat, winning both the boy’s singles and boy’s doubles with his partner Naoki Nakagawa. Jasika has certainly begun to carve out a name for himself in the world of professional tennis after his recent wins and may be on the road to celebrity for his outstanding athleticism and skill with a racket.