Overland Park Racquet Club recently installed four new clay tennis courts and officially opened them to the public in April. The club’s business has flourished since and received an uptick during the French Open.
Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia used bold strokes and an unbending will to come back and stun No. 3 Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in an enthralling French Open final for the first title of her career. Ostapenko, ranked only 47th and just two days past her 20th birthday, became one of the most unlikely Grand Slam champions in tennis history.
The top 5 in the men’s tennis rankings are all at least 30 years old, the first time that’s happened. Heading into the French Open, elder statesmen such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic could still extend their generation’s grip on the sport. But might a youngster such as Alexander Zverev make a breakthrough in Paris?
Late substitute Jack Sock and partner Steve Johnson kept the United States alive in its Davis Cup quarterfinal with Australia, beating Sam Groth and John Peers 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in Saturday’s doubles. The win on a hard court at Pat Rafter Arena reduced Australia’s advantage to 2-1 ahead of Sunday’s reverse singles.
Roger Federer defeated Jack Sock 6-1, 7-6 (4) to reach the BNP Paribas Open final in pursuit of his record-tying fifth title in the desert. Federer will play Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss title match after Wawrinka eased past Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-3.
Roger Federer showed against 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych that his first two wins against qualifiers at the Australian Open really were warmups. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, seeded a lowly-by-his-standards 17th after spending six months on the sidelines last season, only needed 90 minutes to beat Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in the third round on Friday night.
John Isner has long been accustomed to carrying the torch for U.S. men’s tennis, dealing with the heightened expectations at the Grand Slams and the inevitable questions that follow early losses. Isner again faltered at the Australian Open on Wednesday with a defeat in the second round, but there was a bright spot for the Americans — another win by Jack Sock, the player now poised to step into his shoes as the next U.S. hope.
Blue Valley North graduate Jack Sock moved on to the second round of the Australian Open for the second consecutive year with his 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory over Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France on Monday in Melbourne, Australia.