“They were children of the waning cold war, a pair of Russian firecrackers, brother and sister born to a tennis coach and a tennis club director, into hellish temperaments and grand ambitions in 1980s Moscow. They arrived on the premier courts of the United States Open yesterday passing a torch.”
The New York Times on the Safins,Â Marat and Dinara, at the US Open. I’m used to reading harsh criticism of Marat, but this one is just mean and reeks of schadenfreude. Then again the NYT coverage of the US Open so far has ranged from blah to idiotic. Even the editing has been sloppy. “Marat came to the US Open to reviveÂ herÂ career”â€”they can’t tell the boys and girls apart. “Bahjin is practice partner to Serena Williams, whose job is a combination of athlete, assistant, and friend”â€”Serena is his assistant?! “James Blake etc discuss their favorite moments were at the Open…”â€”Someone fell asleep at the keyboard.