US Open 2012: Interview with Patrick McEnroe and Christina McHale

Patrick McEnroe and New Jersey resident (and No. 24-ranked woman) Christina McHale preview the 2012 US Open, tennis’s final Grand Slam.

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  • Photogrpah: Matthew Stockman

    Patrick McEnroe

  • Photogrpah: Matthew Stockman

    Christina McHale

Photogrpah: Matthew Stockman

Patrick McEnroe

McEnroe’s picks for the US Open 2012


Women:
“On the women’s side you’ve got to love Serena [Williams]. Her [wins] at Wimbledon and then at the Olympics were just scary good. Hard court is not as easy for her to dominate because it doesn’t accentuate her strengths as much as grass does. But if Serena’s at her very best, she’s definitely the favorite.”

Wild cards
“From an American standpoint, Christina is certainly way up there. She’s had an amazing year; she’s going to probably be in the top 25 by the time the Open comes around. Given she’s only 20 years old, that’s quite an accomplishment. You’ll see a big Italian contingent watching Sara Errani, who’s about 5-foot-5. She got to the French Open finale out of nowhere, but she’s a very scrappy player and a lot of fun to watch, with a lot of personality as well.”

Men:
“Certainly [Andy] Murray, to me, is one of the favorites. The Olympics were obviously a huge win for him, and he’s got a little extra pep in his step—that little extra confidence so when he gets to that semifinal or final, he’s going be a different player.”

Wild cards
“There are a couple of young guys who’ve come up that have made some noise: The Canadian youngster Milos Raonic—they call him the ‘Missile’—has probably got one of the biggest serves in the game right now. From an American standpoint, there’s Ryan Harrison, who’s probably our best young prospect to come along; and you’ve got a guy named Grigor Dimitrov, another youngster from Bulgaria.”

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