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.
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.