Today was also a wonderful day
It was drizzling this morning, so I was scared the start would be delayed. But it wasn't, thank God, and the day went on without much rain at all - overcast, which is great to watch tennis
We started off watching Tursunov/Andreev
which was good tennis. But poor Dmitry, he really seemed unfocused, and not into the match due to his injury. He's such a witty guy though, a ballboy slid on the court and fell at one point getting a ball, and when the ballboy when to reach for another ball he said "Careful now"
He was chuckling and smiling a lot. A ball of his was called out and he said "Really? By how much?" the chair said "An inch maybe" He said "Really? Really? I do that all the time in practice and it's okay", everyone on court was laughing
Felt sorry he had to retire, it was aiming to be a good match.
Next I watched Bhupathi/Knowles
practice with Ullyett/Soares
. Bhupathi swore a few times on missed shots, I was surprised! And Knowles was really not happy with his performance, he threw his racket over the park fence and it landed outside the park. A city worker was like what's a racket doing out here??? It was quite funny. The worker threw it back into the park
I spent a bit of time watching Nadal
practice together; I waited first in line to get a photo but got tired of waiting when the practice extended to two hours so I left. I saw Aspelin/Hanley
practice again, and got them to sign up the photos I posed with them, blown up
They were super sweet, they signed at good spots on the photo and signed well (you can tell it's their autograph in other words.)
I also got a glimpse of Llodra/Tsonga vs. Robredo/Ferrer
- the second set and tiebreaker. It was a good match, but overall, Tsonga made too many mistakes in the breaker. Robredo is quite an impressive doubles player, I was really surprised! He's got good returns! Should give Daniel & Nenad a run for their money.
I saw the second and third sets of Lu/Chardy
. Lu was more impressive than I thought, I was sure he'd be a pusher but he actually has good strokes. Needs to work on his serve a bit though. Chardy has a BIG game, and I love his BIG game
I was shouting Allez Jeremy the entire time, people we're looking at me oddly. And my friend was shouting Jia You to Lu, so we were drawing a lot of pairs of eyes
I was really into this match though. Lu threw it away in the last game, though, making 4 mistakes
Chardy posed with me after his match, although looking half-dead (understandably, big day!!)
I then saw Nadal/Roig vs. Djokovic/Vemic
. The old man's not bad
! I felt sorry for Vemic though, seeing as how he's a doubles specialist. They all played really well, the crowd was really into it (and what a crowd! It was amazing how many people were drawn into this match, amazing) I thoroughly enjoyed this display of tennis
A man kept yelling "Vamos Francisco!" every time he made a point haha.
During this match, I ran out to catch the end of Safin's practice. I was SO incredibly lucky to leave right when I did, because he ended his practice a little bit early, and I caught him right as he left. He signed the blown-up printout photo of him and I, and he was sweet in signing it; he looked at it for a second, paused, figuring out where to sign, and signed in the BEST spot, and well (you can tell it's his signature!) I was really overjoyed that he got to sign it
, now that he'll never be in Montreal again
We went home after, because tomorrow will be a big day and my mother didn't particularly want to watch Querrey or Zverev. More tomorrow!