4. What's this we hear that Larry Brown has been furtively interviewing
for TonyRoche's job?
Great way to cause panic among some of the Federer fans.
5.The most feared weapon in women's tennis is Henin-Hardenne's guts.
It is she -- and not Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova -- who now has the
regal aura and intimidation factor good for a few games a set.
I agree. Justine is the WTA version of Roger.
She's made out of steel a la
Graf and I've been waiting for someone like her to come along for a long
time. Plus, she gives hope to petite tennis players everywhere that they
compete with the power-hitting amazons.
6. Answer: Igor Andreev. Question: Who was the last player to have
Great. Now Nadal is inspiring his own version of the Rogeresque triva
8. Federer has lost three matches all year and hasn't reached a Grand
Slam final. Think he might fear Nadal a little? He is 1-2 against him with the
one win coming on hard courts when he was two points from defeat.
Maybe. I'd be curious to see if Roger becomes undone if he should have to
face Safin again in a final (USO perhaps?)
25. Which WTA player blew off an Elle photo shoot last week, after a
top photographer had already been commissioned?
Maria. tsk, tsk.
34. One Australian absentee whose name we scarcely heard mentioned
last week: Lleyton Hewitt. One Australian absentee whose name mentioned
plenty: Alicia Molik. Make of that what you will.
Ok, what does this mean then? That people are more excited about Alicia
and nobody misses Lleyton? Whatever. I noticed, too, during the Wimbledon
preview show that aired after the French Open final that nobody mentioned
Hewitt as a favorite going in until Johnny Mac piped up. As Lleyton would
say, Wimbledon is between him and Roger and nobody else.
35. Weirdest moment: In his fourth round match, Gaudio turned to
Ferrer's coach and said: "Don't worry, I'm not going to win this match." Sure
enough, Gaudio went down in five sets.
41. .... Bimes also noted referee Stefan Fransson "is extraordinary
because he's cold like a Nordic person, but he's friendly like a Frenchman or
a Spanish man." Where, oh where, do they find these characters?
Pfft. In Europe it's "character" but if some American official said something
stupid like that, WWIII would break out and people would scream for his
43. Jeff S. of Placentia, Calif., writes: "Note to Genworth Financial: If
you're going to be the TITULAR sponsor of a world-renowned, two-week
sporting event, spring for more than ONE commercial. I used to think the
Steffi / Andre commercial was cute, but now that I've seen it at the top of
EVERY commercial break, I'm ready to buy Andre's life insurance policy for
Or at least replay the Taylor-beats-Jaden ad from last year. That one was a
44. Predictably, we were flooded with complaints about the television
coverage, I feel a bit like this is a deceased equine, but here's contact info:
Predictably, some tennis fans don't realize how good they had it with this
year's coverage: Ten hours of LIVE coverage, with a wrap-up every evening.
Interviews with non-American players (including Nadal! They got a translator
for that one
). They even showed Canas-Puerta which surely had
to be their lowest-rated match, instead of re-running a Sharapova, Williams,
or even Roddick's match. Quit the brainless "ESPN sucks!" war cry already
and give credit where credit's due. Some idiots here actually thought ESPN
wasn't going to show the Federer-Nadal semifinal match, that's how stupid
people have gotten about ESPN.
46. Speaking of the "good of the sport," for as bent out of shape as
tennis agents get about the size of sponsor patches and the names on the
"aluminum exempt" lists and similarly trivial flotsam and jetsam, you'd think
there would be a real uproar over injury-o-rama.... We'll say it again:
eliminating best-of-five matches in Slams (at least in the first four rounds) is
Rotten idea. How about giving the players a real off-season and not just four
49. Can we settle this for once and for all: 001? Or 011?