In 1984, the US Open adopted a model known as Super Saturday that was supposed to showcase a full day of tennis. Ivan Lendl led off the inaugural super Saturday with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 win over Pat Cash. Martina Navratilova then defeated Chris Evert 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the US Open. John McEnroe ended the day with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Jimmy Connors to set up a Sunday final with Ivan Lendl.
Players generally hated the old Super Saturday format of having the first men’s semifinal match followed by the women’s championship match followed by the second men’s semifinal match. Female players complained that there was no set start time for the championship match of a major tournament. Male players complained about the early start time of the first semifinal and the lack of rest the winner of the second semifinal had entering the final. In 1987, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg staged a protest by starting their first semifinal match 15 minutes later than the 10 AM start CBS and the USTA wanted.
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Praise the Roof?
Built in 1987
2015 will feature a variation in which the second female semifinal winner will have less rest than her opponent and both female finalists will play matches on back-to-back days. The 2016 Arthur Ashe roof cannot get here fast enough. The Australian Open’s Rod Laver Arena has had a retractable roof since 1988. Wimbledon’s roof made its debut in 2009. I am sure that New York has a hard time keeping up with London and Melbourne (I had a hard time typing that with no offense to the good folks in Australia), but good grief the roof is quite overdue.
The Tennis Version of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Learning How to Use Tools? The video below would be a lot better with Das Sprach Zarathustra Playing