Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: The surface in Paris
I rather like this court, it definitely produces a different kind of tennis; the low bounce combined with the low camera angle makes it look like a real effort to keep the rally going once a player is pushed out wide, or deep behind the baseline. A serve-volley player hitting the spots and sticking his volleys could still do pretty well here, it's no coincidence that Stepanek had final and semi-final showings in the last two years.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.