A few more notes on night tennis at the US Open, which was also featured in Greg Garber's ESPN column today:
1. Television dollars are clearly driving the scheduling, but that doesn't necessarily help the men's tour (ATP) rather than WTA (women's tour) or the US Open/USTA itself.
2. In addition to being the only Grand Slam tournament on US soil, the US Open was the first tournament to move to night tennis, according to Garber (Australia has subsequently followed suit, altough Wimbledon and Paris remain day-only events).
3. If the women are the main draw, why are the women's semis being played during the afternoon? (The mens' SF are also being played in the afternoon, but on a weekend, rather than a Friday.)
4. In response to a comment, if Meghann Shaughnessy had defeated Sybille Bammer in the second round, and Jamea Jackson had defeated Nicole Pratt in the first, bringing the Yanks closer to .500 (31-33, ex. additional results), then...what exactly?