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USTA FL Friday Blog: US Open Food Edition; Tennis TV Schedule

August 23, 2013 10:02 AM
Look into my eyes, you're feeling very sleepy...you want to buy giant quantities of my candy
It's been an interesting two-week stretch for Maria Sharapova who made her long-awaited debut with coach Jimmy Connors, then after losing one match fired Connors, then emerged the plan to legally change her name to Maria "Sugarpova" only for the two-week stretch of the US Open to promote her candy line, then she announced she was pulling out of the US Open with a shoulder injury. Connors took it all in stride, tweeting that he was back in California relaxing with a "vodka on the rocks."

Florida resident pro golf youngsters Jessica Korda and Morgan Pressel helped represent the U.S. at the 2013 Solheim Cup, but what went unsaid was tennis' contribution to the team -- Korda is the daughter of former Australian Open champ Petr Korda, while Pressel is the niece of former top American Aaron Krickstein. Pressel to her credit holds an annual fundraiser, collecting more than $2.2 million over the last five years for breast-cancer research and the "Kathryn Krickstein Pressel Mammovan," which travels throughout Palm Beach County in South Florida offering breast exams and health care to those in need.

James Blake and John Isner 
Florida residents John Isner and James Blake emerged from the college tennis scene at Georgia and Harvard respectively. Now tomorrow the two will join other pros who played college tennis to put on a special exhibition at the US Open. "The motivation behind this event was to show kids that it's possible to get a great education and use that as a stepping stone to play in the biggest tennis tournament in the world, the US Open..."

New US Open Food Options; 'Green' Food Village

Going to the US Open this year? While out roaming the grounds, check out these new food options for 2013:

* Oyster Bar: The new Oyster Bar is serving a variety of oysters, caviar, lobster rolls, and shrimp cocktail for the seafood lovers. Shuck 'em and slurp 'em.
* Hill Country BBQ: This Texas barbeque stop will serve a variety of classics, including the chopped brisket sandwich, pit-smoked turkey sandwich and seasonal pie cups. Mmmm, pie cups.
* Fresca Mexicana: The new Fesca Mexicana stand will serve up authentic Mexican fare, including cemita and a variety of tortas. Tequila optional.
* Village Market: The new Village Market will be tossing fresh salads and hand-making sandwiches. Mmmm, healthy.
* Mojito Restaurant & Bar: The popular Mojito Restaurant & Bar has been transformed for 2013 with a contemporary South Beach feel and expanded outdoor space, and will serve up a variety of new drinks and signature cocktails alongside its classic, legendary Latin fare. Roller-skating bikini-clad South Beach girls TBD.
* Heineken House: Housed on the outdoor upper level of the Food Village concessions stand located by court 17, this new gathering spot features three bars and a new menu. Think of it as a Beer Garden in the air.
US_Open_foodAlso, in its efforts to continually expand environmental and social responsibility, the USTA is locally sourcing more food for the Food Village, suites, stadiums and restaurants than ever before. This year 40 percent of all produce will be sourced from the region. Additionally:

* The 2.4 million napkins in general concessions are comprised of 100% recycled material;
* The US Open will donate more than 10 tons of food to the local community;
* More than 12,000 gallons of food grease will be converted into biodiesel fuel. Mmmm, food grease;
* More than 180 tons of food and fan waste will be collected and turned into compost for landscaping and farming use. Fan waste? Don't ask.
* The majority of service ware in the US Open Food Village and in Arthur Ashe Stadium eateries is compostable and comprised of bio-based materials. But doesn't mean you can eat your fork.

For more info go to www.usopen.org.
Bryan Brothers Earliest to Clinch Year-end No. 1 Rank

The Florida-based Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, by virtue of winning the Cincinnati title last weekend have already clinched the year-end No. 1 doubles team ranking, finishing No. 1 for a record ninth year and fifth consecutive season.

Bryan_brothers_whiteAfter their 10th title of the year, it is the earliest a team has ever secured the year-end No. 1 ranking.

"To clinch the year-end No. 1 ranking this early in the season is a dream come true," said the 35-year-old Bob. "It's always our ultimate goal starting out each season and this will give us great confidence going into New York. There is still a lot of tennis left and we want to keep our foot on the gas."

One thing left is to win the US Open, which would make them the first team in the Open Era of tennis (since 1968) to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year.

ATP Year-end Team Rankings:

2013 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2012 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2011 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2010 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2009 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan

2008 Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic
2007 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2006 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2005 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan

2004 Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor
2003 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan

Tennis on TV

11am-1pm -- US Open qualifying rounds, CBS Sports Network
1-3pm -- WTA New Haven, ESPN2
3-5pm -- ATP Winston-Salem, ESPN2
5-7pm -- US Open qualifying rounds, CBS Sports Network
7-9pm -- WTA New Haven, ESPN2
9-11pm -- ATP Winston-Salem, Tennis Channel

12:30am-3pm -- ATP Winston-Salem (final), CBS
3-5pm -- -- WTA New Haven (final), ESPN2

12-1:30pm -- Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, CBS
1:30-2pm -- US Open Preview Show, CBS
The USTA Florida Friday blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach, former publications editor for the ATP World Tour and former editor/publisher of International Tennis and Play Tennis Florida magazine. Got feedback, want a USTA or tennis-related question answered in the blog, or want to express your opinion? E-mail HERE.






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