This year, tennis fans have watched three major tournaments, seen six different champions in the men's and women's singles, and known full well that was just the warmup.
Monday, the U.S. Open begins its 14-day run of terror, torture and testosterone. And we're not just talking about the male players.
The U.S. Open is New York's answer to the civility of the sport. You spit on the grass at Wimbledon, it is a major headline. You spit on a court at Flushing Meadow and the crowd lines up to high-five you.
It is the last major hurrah of the year. It is also the toughest to win. It is as hard-charging and fast-moving as the city that hosts it. It is played on hard courts....