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Cummings & Goings by Jim Cummings


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Cummings and Goings

It's been a long time between columns. The one that last appeared was written while the Open was still in progress. Its publication was delayed when that Match Point issue hit a major computer problem. Who hasn't had a computer wipe out work? This column is being written a day after New Year's and I'm already looking forward to spring - March is only about 60 days away. 

But rather than ahead, I want to look back on the US Open whose face was that of Serena Williams and for the most obvious of reasons. She was the only player in it who was in position to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a calendar year; a feat last accomplished by Steffi Graf in 1988. For the first time in US Open history, before play even began, tickets for the women's singles final sold out ahead of the men's. Expectations were high. But as we all know, it wasn't to be. Rare feats happen rarely.

Let's  look, though, at what Serena accomplished in 2015 - 3 Grand Slams during it and the World's #1 women's ranking at its end.  In recognition of those accomplishments, Serena was named the AP Female Athlete of the Year and Sports illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. Not shabby as my brother in law and also favorite hunting and golfing partner, Hans, used to put it. 

Serena has done us proud and we are proud of her. And let's not forget, it all started with Richard ........ and his vision. Would women's tennis be where it is today without the Williams sisters?


By:  Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings Bio:
   Born in Marinette, WI
   Boyhood friend of the Cook family
   Played varsity tennis for UW-Madison in the 50s
   Officiated at over 25 US Opens as a chair and line umpire
   Served on USTA's Rules Committee when Jack Stahr and Nick Powel were Chairs
   Active senior player and Referee
   Presently helps edit the Friend At Court