Sports September 10, 2012
Tennis Anyone: Cdn. Wins At U.S. Open, Plus Check Out This Weird Racquet

djokovic-murray-feature.jpgToday is the men's singles final of the 2012 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, with the defending champion Novak Djokovic taking on the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Andy Murray.

Yesterday, Serena Williams won her 4th U.S. Open Women's Singles Title, defeating the world's # 1 ranked player Victoria Azarenka.


And a huge shout out to Canada's Filip Peliwo, who won the junior boys title. In fact, Peliwo (who's 18) got to the final of every Grand Slam this year. He won two of them - the U.S. Open and Wimbledon - and was runner up at both the French and Australian open.

It's the first time a junior boy has reached the final of every major in the same year since 1984. And he's just the 3rd player since Stefan Edberg in 1983 to reach the finals of all junior Grand Slam tournaments.

Tennis-Anyone-Cdn-Wins-At-US-Open.jpgPeliwo, who's from Vancouver, is the number one junior boys' player in the world. He'll now prepare to turn pro by playing matches on the Futures and Challenger Circuit this fall.

Now, if you didn't see any of the U.S. open - particularly the 1st round in mixed doubles -then you missed American Brian Battistone and his bizarre racquet.


Battisone plays with a two-handled racquet, which effectively enables him to play a left-handed forehand even though he's naturally right-handed.

The racquet was originally invented for fitness reasons, so players could play the same strokes on both sides of their body. The thinking is, it helps develops all your muscles at the same rate.

But Battistone thinks it gives him an advantage on different shots, and the international tennis federation has cleared him to use it.

So far though, it hasn't made Battistone a champion - far from it. He qualifed as a wildcard for the U.S. Open in mixed doubles and lost in the 1st round.

Here's video of Battistone and his unusual racquet.

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