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Tennis Fever

Categories: Latest News
Posted: September 4, 2014

I’m a homer. For tennis. For the US Open. I’ve written about the tournament before. And I’ve always admired the show — the athletes, the matches, the wild audience. But, this year it’s different. I’ve truly been bitten by the tennis bug. I’ve already visited the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center multiple times in the last 10 days, and tonight, I get to watch Roger Federer play Gael Monfils.
For those of you who don’t know either of these players, turn on the TV tonight. Federer, arguably the greatest player ever (or at least in the conversation), is back in form after a lackluster 2013 campaign. And Monfils (pictured below) is a great showman. An acrobat with a racket. And his game has matured where Fed fans need to be concerned about tonight’s match-up.
So tonight at 8pm Eastern Time tune in and watch Federer and Monfils light up the court and treat the audience to a fantastic match. Me included.
And maybe I’ll see you at the Open next year. I’m ready to buy my 2015 tickets now.


Tennis Takes Over New York

Categories: Latest News
Posted: August 25, 2014

Today, the US Open makes Queens the place to be. The best tennis players in the world will vie for top prize at the final Grand Slam of the year, and this sport will have New York under its spell for two glorious weeks.
Arthur Ashe Stadium is huge, and unless you have corporate tickets, the worst place to watch two pros hit a tennis ball. But the rest of the courts offer a chance to sit mere feet from the top pros. While Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova haven’t set foot on those courts in years, you may catch the new Genie Bouchard, the Canadian player who has sets hearts afire with her play and beauty. Or see Nick Krygios, an up-and-coming American player.
Either way, there are millions of reasons to head out to the tournament during the fortnight. Besides the great players on court, there are plenty of celebrities who will be there taking in the action. There’s live music and activities for kids too.
Maybe I’ll see you out there. Bring your sunscreen


The US Open Brings the Funny

Categories: Comedy Shows,Latest News
Posted: August 26, 2013

The US Open starts its 132nd edition today, but it’s not the only game in town. In fact, the year’s final Grand Slam faced some stiff competition last night with MTV’s Video Music Awards touching down at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. What I’m most struck by both fetes is the length that celebrities will go to promote their brand, their art and even their candy.
Last night Katy Perry flashed her pearly whites and revealed a grill. That’s right a grill. It read “Roar”–which also happens to the be name of her new single. A simple photo op turned into a marketing bananza as the song will drop very soon (though it has recently been leaked). And look at that playful pose and leopard print dress–all coordinated to send a message. Roar.
A little over a week ago, it was announced that Maria Sharapova planned to legally change her name to Maria Sugarpova, the name of her year-old candy brand. Now, it does seem weird that a gorgeous, high level athlete promotes a candy brand–even a high end one. But, changing your name to emulate your brand’s title smacks of a publicity stunt, and not a particularly good one. I love Maria– her competitive fire and toughness — but even this was too much. Hey, as a result, not only did she not change her name, but she had to pull out of the Open with a shoulder injury. That’s the true shame.
Now, Katy’s and Maria’s foibles got me thinking. What would I do in order to promote my weekly comedy show– Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer? A grill? A name change? Perhaps a tattoo? Then I remembered. I already have a Mascot. Do I need more than that? I don’t think so.

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Second Place Again | Phil Mickelson at the US Open

Categories: Latest News
Posted: June 17, 2013

Second place sounds pretty good. Until you’ve been there six times without clutching the trophy. Yesterday, golfer Phil Mickelson was one round away from finally lifting the US Open trophy. He headed into Sunday with the lead, but as he’d done five times before, he wound up being the runner-up (or the first loser). And, well, that sucks.
Sure, coming in second at the US Open, one of the four most important golf tournaments in the world, is a feat. And one that no one else has equaled. There’s gotta be a lot of pride on Mickelson’s part, but also a lot of regret. He’s come so close that he could taste, smell, feel and sense victory in every way, yet he’s never been the victor. Never hoisted the US Open trophy. And, no he must wonder if he will always be second place. At least at this tournament.
phil mickelson
Second place is fine in the lottery or in a contest at a fair or perhaps at a spelling bee. Oh, no, we all want first place. To be the one standing alone at the top. The one with all the glory. All the money. All the acclaim.
Please note Lefty wasn’t the only 2nd place contestant on Father’s Day. Mary Margaret McCord of Alabama was the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant, losing the crown to Miss Connecticut Erin Brady and some of the spotlight to Miss Utah’s education answer guffaw.

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Some of the Best Things in Life Are Free | US Open Tennis

Categories: Latest News
Posted: August 21, 2012

I like to think of my show, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, as the quintessential New York show. There are many things I relish about The Big Apple, particularly that it is a city of extremes. You can chow down on a $295 burger at Serendipity 3 or enjoy the best falafel sandwich in the world for $2.50. At Mamoun’s naturally. Next week, the United States Open, the final Grand Slam tournament of the 2012 season, kicks off in Flushing, Queens. Tickets go for $50 to thousands of dollars per session, depending on what day you go and where you’re seated. But, like I said, New York can crush your wallet or sometimes it can be very kind. That’s why this week is my favorite part of the US Open.
You can head out to the USTA Billie Jean King National Center — take the 7 train for just the cost of a subway ride — over the next few days, and you can watch many of the players who will be in the tournament next week play in the qualifying rounds. For FREE. And, you can sit thisclose to many of the courts and enjoy high quality tennis without setting you back any dough. The players in the qualifying draw just missed the ranking cutoff for the main draw. Now, they battle it out for three rounds for the chance to make at least $23,000 (first round prize money).
Aravane Rezai, tennis player
Aravane Rezai
And, to help you out further, here are a couple of matches and players you should check out if you go out there today. Former world #1 Rafael Nadal hasn’t played tennis since his surprise second round loss at Wimbledon. You can see Lukas Rosol, the man that sent him packing, as he takes on Kamil Capkovic today. Magdalena Rybarikova, who is seeded no. 1 in the women’s qualifying draw (essentially she was the highest ranked player not to make the main draw), takes on French veteran Julie Coin, who isn’t afraid to come into the net. I expect Alex Kuznetsov-Karol Beck match to be a barn burner. Check out Aravane Rezai, who was ranked as high as No. 15 in the world, take on China’s Saisai Zheng.
And if you cannot, make it today, go tomorrow. It surely is one of the best values in New York. In all of tennis actually. Have fun!

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