New York Empire Players Showing Prowess at US Open

Posted on September 1, 2017

The 2017 New York Empire team has been busy around the grounds of the 2017 US Open.

Coach Gigi Fernandez, an ambassador for the USTA’s Net Generation program, has engaged with our nation’s future tennis stars on behalf of the program throughout the summer, and continues to at the tournament. Gigi is also taking part in clinics and special events and will compete in the Champions Invitational starting after Labor Day.

The NY Empire’s John Isner is through to the third round in impressive fashion, following wins over Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Chung Hyeon. Isner, who is seeded tenth, will take on Mischa Zverev in Friday’s night session matchup.

Our doubles specialist Neal Skupski also played his first-ever US Open main draw this year with Guillermo Duran. The pair took a set off the second seeded team of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo before ultimately falling in three close sets.

Kirsten Flipkens, who played Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles for the team, toughed out a win over Madison Brengle of the Washington Kastles in her first-round encounter, before falling to the 2016 Indian Wells champion and 17th seed Elena Vesnina. Flipkens will take the doubles court today, partnering with Aleksandra Krunic.

Another of the team’s standouts, Genie Bouchard, fell at the first hurdle in singles competition, but will begin her doubles play today at the tournament with French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Mardy Fish, who played both Singles and Doubles for the Empire, also continues to have plenty of action at the US Open, as he suits up in the commentary box for ESPN.

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