Good. Less weather news, more sports.
“From our perspective, we were very fortunate,” said Daniel Zausner, the United States Tennis Association’s managing director of facility operations, told the New York Times. “There was virtually no damage, and any damage we had was cosmetic in nature.”
Mardy Fish, the top-seeded American male at No. 8, plays Tobias Kamke of Germany today. Roger Federer, the third seed, can move into a tie with Andre Agassi for second place on the Grand Slam wins list with a victory over Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. More importantly, Federer will be trying to prevent the end of a significant streak: Since 2003, he has won at least one Grand Slam title. This is his last chance at heading off an 0-4 year.
The Wimbledon women’s finalists — Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova — will be playing. Kvitova, the fifth seed and Wimby winner, will play Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania; Sharapova will play Heather Watson of Great Britain. The withdrawal of Kim Clijsters and the continuing return of the Williams sisters make Sharapova’s road considerably easier, although she is having no part of that kind of thinking. “I can't really think like that,” Sharapova said. “I don't think that's a mindset of a winner, to be honest. You've got to be ready to face anyone at any given moment.”
Venus Williams — unseeded — plays Vesna Dolonts of Russia and second-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia plays Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France.
In the oddities department, the oldest man in the draw, 30-year-old American Michael Yani, will be trying to win his first Grand Slam match and faces the youngest man in the draw. Given that that man is 18-year-old Bernard Tomic of Australia — a rising player and quarterfinals loser to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon — his chances may not be too good.