How to Follow the U.S. Open with Social Media

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@usopen: The official site's feed mainly focuses on resources. @tennis: Tennis.com's coverage of the US Open includes daily summaries and podcasts. @ESPNTennis: Get alerted to ESPN coverage of the US Open. @TennisReporters: Foxsports.com reporter Matt Cronin Tweets what he sees. @gerrynyt: The editor of The New York Times Magazine, on tennis. @patrickmcenroe: ESPN commentator Patrick McEnroe…commenting. @justingimelstob: Watch Justin Gimelstob as a commentator for the US Open on the Tennis Channel. Get to know him through his Twitter feed. @jon_wertheim: Jon Wertheim literally wrote the book on some of today's biggest tennis stars. He's pretty good with 140-character Tweets, too.

4. Download the US Open App

The US Open iPhone App is pretty magnificent. It allows you to check the scores of ongoing games, review the schedule, watch videos, listen to radio casts of matches, read player bios, and see Tweets from players. If you happen to actually be at the National Tennis Center, there's an "Around Me" augmented reality feature that helps you "see through walls" to find the nearest live matches, concessions, or next train home. You can also check in on Foursquare.

If you don't have an iPhone, sadly you're out of luck in the app department. You can, however, visit the US Open's mobile site or try alternatives like US Open2010 for Android.

5. Follow a Tennis Blog

If Roger Federer decides to make an amazing between-the-legs shot like this one, you don't want to be the only person who hasn't seen the video. Blogs are a good way to get highlights like this one and pick up some talking points from the experts. Here are a handful of favorites:

Straight Sets: The tennis blog of the New York Times. Open Source: Sports Illustrated's blog on the US Open. Women's Tennis Blog: Coverage of the women's competition. Tennis.com Blog: Tennis.com editors Sarah Unke and Stephen Tignor share their insights on ESPN's website. The New York Observer's US Open Blog: They're at the matches in New York, observing. Tennis in Depth: A romance novelist who happens to be a tennis fanatic writes this blog (but doesn't cross writing styles).

6. Pick the Winners

It's fun to watch athletes win, but it's more fun to win yourself. Take your picks on this lovely blank bracket from ESPN. Brackets from other Grand Slam tournaments are conveniently located on the same page so that you can make educated choices.

Vote for your top contenders to see how your picks compare to the rest of ESPN readers. If the satisfaction of demonstrating superior tennis knowledge isn't enough, be sure to read this betting guide before you take a gamble.

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