Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Useless Tennis Trivia
Ah-ha! I knew there was someone I'd forgotten about - and it was Bjorkman. Yep, Henman and Escude were the two I was thinking of. Hmm... now what is it that those three players have in common? No wonder serve-volley is a dying art in the modern game.
As you would expect, Escude had a pretty soft draw to get to the 4th round at RG this year, although God knows how Youzhny, a man who had beaten Pavel in five sets in the previous round and whose first career title was won by defeating Canas on clay in a five-setter, managed to go down to him in the R32. He seemed to look fairly bemused at the result himself when shaking hands with Escude at the net.
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.