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With The U.S. Open Underway, Is Tennis's Golden Era Ending?03:29
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Rafael Nadal of Spain competes against Andreas Seppi of Italy on Day Three of the 2016 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug. 31, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal of Spain competes against Andreas Seppi of Italy on Day Three of the 2016 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug. 31, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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As the U.S. Open tennis tournament heads into its first weekend, Here & Now puts the men's and women's competitions into context and asks how they fit into tennis history.

Roger Federer is not playing in the tournament because of an injury, and Rafael Nadal has also been plagued by injuries lately.

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with sports commentator John U. Bacon about whether a golden age in the sport is coming to an end.

Guest

John U. Bacon, sports commentator. His most recent book is "Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football." He tweets @johnubacon.

This segment aired on September 1, 2016.

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