Passionate about tennis / El tenis es mi pasión
Hi / Hola,
I've been coming to these forums for a few months now - started out just reading every once in a while but lately it seems I'm checking up on things almost every day. Everyone seems friendly and to care about tennis a lot like I do so I decided I should join since I don't know anyone who follows tennis and I've been annoying co-workers and friends with random rants about professional tennis. I thought it was best to find some like-minded individuals to talk tennis with, luckily I found this place.
I'm 26 and live in Warren County Ohio (very near TMS Cincinnati). Most people call me Jami but you can call me by my Spanish nickname Isabel, which was chosen because my little brother always said I looked like an Elizabeth and Isabel is Spanish for Elizabeth. I took about 2.5 years of Spanish ( 1 high school, 1.5 university) but I've recently decided to take out my dusty textbooks to try to remember and use the beautiful language that so many of the best tennis players in the world speak.
I chose my username because for a year now I have taken lessons and played. I'm a lefty with a nice two hand backhand, okay serve, error prone forehand but yet I can hit consistently with a two hand RIGHTY backhand. My instructor says I can play with either hand. I'm thinking of giving it a go at using both backhands and the lefty serve. Any thoughts?
I first became interested in tennis watching TMS Cincinnati 2001 on ESPN/ESPN2. I watched Andy Roddick and James Blake and was surprised to find out the US had some tennis hopes after Sampras and Agassi retire. Enjoyed it so much I promised myself I'd go to TMS Cincy 2002 and see live tennis for the first time if I was in the country (I lived in London, England for part of 2001 & 2002). I had moved to Cincy by tournament time so I went to see the night session on the Tuesday, it was Sampras vs Cañas 3 set thriller with Pete pulling it out in the end. I left that night so pumped up I felt like I had played. I was hooked and came back the next night early since I had to buy a ticket at the gate and saw the tail end of Michael Chang winning his match against Fernando Vicente (I believe). I stayed on the Grandstand court to watch James Blake vs Juan Carlos Ferrero (Agassi was schooling Coria on Center Court at the same time). Blake impressed me even more that night even though he lost in 3 to Ferrero and that night he became my fave American player. For 2003 I got a series subscription and went every day - was most impressed by Mardy Fish that year (lost in final to Roddick despite never having his serve broken). I decided to make the tournament an annual tradition and 2004 did not disappoint with the return of Agassi, Haas, & Safin who missed 2003. As far as up-and-coming players last year Robin Soderling (reached 3rd round to lose to Haas) and David Ferrer (who only lost to Srichaphan in the 1st round due to fans screaming at Paradorn to pump him up in the 3rd) caught my eye. Each year the tennis seems to be getting better and better IMHO.
I just realized how long this post is, I'm shutting up now. Lo siento.