The grace and beauty of Roger Federer's topspin forehand is the theme running through the narrative of tennis in this volatile time of the sport's comings, goings and torch-passing.
The Gold Cup? Fail. Wimbledon? Fail. U.S. Open? Fail. How bad has it become for American sports on the international scene? Bad enough that we might need one of those IMF bailouts.
The hope of diamonds and the sweetness of swings in the twilight can still bring us back from the abyss and keep us safe from the deep and the dark. Here's one fan's paean to sports.
A less-than-grand occasion for Serena Williams, the U.S. Open and tennis was the culmination of a weird and angry week.