Two days ago, after losing his first-round match in the U.S. Open, Kevin Curren blasted everything about the tournament: the city, the facility, the fans, the traffic, you name it. He concluded by saying, "They should drop an A-bomb on this place."

Thursday evening, Curren and Johan Kriek played a doubles match on court No. 3. The timing could not have been worse because the day matches in the stadium had just ended and the court was jammed.

When Curren walked on court, he was bombarded by boos and catcalls from the fans, proving that people do read the newspapers. There is, however, no truth to the rumor that Curren will appear on the next "I Love New York" commercial.

Curren and Kriek won and are scheduled to play on court No. 3 again Saturday. Poor Curren. He hates New York and can't escape it.

Hank Pfister lost quickly to Jimmy Connors today, but before he played he proved himself a tennis expert. Standing in front of the locker room TV, waiting for the Pam Shriver-Hu Na match to end so he and Connors could take the court, Pfister watched match point.

Shriver was serving. "High kick-serve to the backhand, looping return, backhand volley winner," Pfister predicted.

Bingo. High kick-serve to the backhand, looping return, backhand volley winner. Game, set, match Shriver. Future TV job, Pfister.

If John McEnroe and Boris Becker reach the quarterfinals, their match is likely to be scheduled for Wednesday night. It is already being labeled the most anticipated quarterfinal match in tennis history . . .

Ivan Lendl was playing today. So was Connors. So was Shriver. What was the most watched match of the day? The doubles match involving the team of Chris Evert Lloyd and Carling Bassett. The grandstand was packed . . .

Evert on why the new generation of women players seems to be emphasizing the serve-and-volley game rather than her baseline approach: "They're all over 6 feet tall. If I were that tall, I'd play serve-and-volley, too."