Give Serena a Grand bonus, and other US Open thoughts

Here are some random thoughts after two days at the US Open

Serena Williams talks to the media during the BNP Paribas Open in March, 2015.

Serena Williams talks to the media during the BNP Paribas Open in March, 2015.

GIVE THE WOMAN A BONUS: There was plenty of talk about how Maria Sharapova has more in endorsements than Serena Williams. Here’s something to Williams’ sponsors: Give her a bonus.

Williams has completed the Serena Slam for the second time in her career, and a calendar Slam would make her the first one since Steffi Graf in 1988.

Certainly that’s worth a bonus from her sponsors, such as Gatorade, Nike and Wilson.

Actually, of the seven tennis players on Forbes’ list of highest paid athletes, Williams was seventh with $13 million.

For all the publicity and positive attention Williams has generated, a bonus is in order to close the gap.

BTW, when I say Grand bonus, I mean much more than $1,000. Don’t be cheap guys.

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AGE-OLD QUESTION: Little talk of Federer and Serena’s age: A couple of years ago, the convention was that things went downhill quickly when you hit 28 and your days of winning major titles are over.

So here we have Roger Federer at 34 and Serena Williams, who will turn 34 later this month, as two of the favorites to win the US Open titles.

Federer is No. 2 in the world in what many would consider a golden age in men’s tennis. If Federer wins the title, he would be the third oldest male to win a major.

Williams could become the oldest player to complete the Grand Slam and oldest woman to win a major singles title.

MAYBE BIG FOUR SHOULD BE FAB FIVE: For the longest time, men’s tennis has been defined by the Big Four of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. But what about Stan Wawrinka?

After the French Open, he has as many major titles as Murray with two. And he’s the only one this year to beat Djokovic in a major. If it weren’t for Wawrinka, Djokovic himself would be going for the Grand Slam with Serena.

Wawrinka has won both his majors in the past two years, and were considered big upsets. Maybe we need to look at Wawrinka much differently.

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