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Daunting logistical obstacles between Beijing and the U.S. Open

Nearly every top-echelon player will make the pilgrimage to the Beijing Olympics. But with the quadrennial event crunched into an already taxing tennis calendar, it could spell doom for many at the U.S. Open.

Updated: July 31, 2008, 4:07 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Anne Worcester finds herself between a rock (the Beijing Olympics) and a hard place (the U.S. Open), but -- always a trouper -- she's trying to make the best of it.

"It's exciting," the Pilot Pen tournament director said last week via her off-the-hook cell phone. "It's almost like having two Grand Slams this summer. This is the most challenging, most unpredictable event we've ever had."

That's because the Olympic tournament has been shoehorned into an already ...

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