Tennis / Sports

Theres No Place Like Home

Aug 15 6:00am - Features
Varvara Lepchenko walks hurriedly across the grounds of the USTA National Tennis Center, passing Arthur Ashe stadium on her way from the indoor training center to the fitness room in the U.S. Open’s player lounge. She sees Louis Armstrong and the Grandstand courts, the TV booths, the food court with its signs hawking everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to taco salads and crepes. She saunters past the giant reflecting pool with the fountain that spouts water high in the air, the giant Unisphere from the 1964 World’s Fair shining in the distance, beyond the shuttered turnstile gates that burst with energy for two weeks near the end of every summer.When Lepchenko takes this walk, there are no fans pressing giant tennis balls into the faces of players on the practice courts, no quartets atop platforms playing jazz and no water in the pool outside Ashe stadium. For Lepchenko, a 26-yea...
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