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Just got back from attending the Pilot Pen final. When I saw that it was going to be a James-Mardy final I said "Book them tickets!" and we drove the two hours up to New Haven. Easy ride to the stadium. Not surprisingly, the place was jam packed. I'm glad we went. It's not everyday we see Mardy and James play together (this was only their third meeting and their first in a final). I simply had to witness that in person.

One thing I learned is that Pilot Pen/New Haven is James Blake's town in the truest sense. The crowd was heavily pro-James. A few smattering of Fish fans would try to cheer Mardy on. The best part was when a small group of Fish fans sitting way up in the upper tier of the stadium would start their own "Fish! Fish! Fish!" chants as soon as the J-Block's "James! James! James!" chants ended. It was pretty funny. Glad to see Mardy had his own impromptu F-Block.

Seriously, James owns this tournament the way Andy owns the Houston clay tournament. Ann Worcester's comments after the match (she's the tournament director) let us know just how much Pilot Pen depends on James Blake: ka-CHING! It was New Haven's first all-American final too, and it was obvious Ms. Worcester was happy about that as well. She couldn't stop thanking Mardy enough for accepting her wild card offer at the last minute.

Also, people can bitch about the J-Block all they want, I didn't see or hear anything inappropriate from them all match long. If anything, they added some fun atmosphere to that place. And Nike was smart to jump on the J-Block bandwagon and to market them as a commodity. I'm not kidding when I tell you that every single piece of J-Block hat and clothing in the Pro Shop was sold out, and every kid under the age of 15 was wearing a blue J-Block t-shirt. Lots of adults were wearing them too. New Haven is definitely J-Block town. ka-CHING!



Anyway, seeing James and Mardy play in person is a treat except they they both seemed so casual about this match. I didn't feel any sense of urgency from either one of them. It was like we had stumbled across a friendly practice match or something. I was disappointed that the final wasn't quite the classic I was hoping for.

The women's doubles final was terrible. Huber and Black were the top seeds but they sure didn't look it or play like it. I take it Sania Mirza is a good doubles player because she outplayed everybody including her doubles partner the whole night. 6-1 6-2, that was all Mirza. Very impressive playing from her. Huber and Black were a huge disappointing and so many fans watching were disgusted with them. One lady sitting up front kept complaining loudly, "Aren't they supposed to be the No. 1 doubles team? What's wrong with them?" and after hearing this one of them double faulted. I'm surprised they didn't complain to the chair umpire to tell that lady to keep it down.

So anyway, after the men's final I don't know if ESPN showed the trophy ceremony but it was very cute. Both Mardy and James would tease each other during their speeches and it was obvious how strong their friendly competitiveness is. During his speech Mardy said, "I know Ann [Worcester] was asking "Is there anything James Blake can't do?" and the answer to that is: yes, he's terrible at golf." That got a good laugh. When James did his speech he said to Mardy, "You may be better than me at golf but I got two holes-in-one and you didn't." More laughter.

Afterwards, both James and Mardy signed autographs. Mardy left after a bit but James continued to sign many, many more. He literally had to get pulled off the court so that the women's doubles teams could begin their match.

So I'm very proud of Team Flake today and I'm glad we took that spontaneous trip to New Haven which was a lot of fun.
Thanks for that report Tangy!


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Thanks for the write up Tangy, and the info regarding the JBlock. I have been at other player matches where their fans are loud as well and sometimes inappropriate as well as obnoxious. Never saw anyone get overexcited about it on the court or in the stands. Except once I was with someone who was indeed inappropriate and the person in front turned around and asked her to stop as it was ruining the match for her. I guess some folks just think James is in charge of all those over age fans

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btw, did anybody record the Pilot Pen final that they would be willing or able to rip and upload to Megaupload or as a torrent on mininova? My recording got cut off midway through and I'd like to re-live the Flake glory, por favor.

This newspaper website has a lot of good articles and news videos about James and the Pilot Pen:
http://www.courant.com/sports/hc-pil...=hc_home_promo

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Yes, I'm going to USO tomorrow during the day session. I don't know if I'll see Blake. Maybe I'll get lucky and catch him practicing or something.

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More of my favorite piccies: the Flake hug!
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"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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James won hir first match in NY!
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Blake Has the Shots, Including Some for the Camera

By SELENA ROBERTS
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August 29, 2007

James Blake wore a shirt the same color of blue as a pilot light, creating the feel that he was flickering as he darted from net to baseline in an illumination of his speed.

He chased down every angle in Queens — including a camera angle — when he raced to a lob by Michael Russell and, with his back to the net, whipped the racket between his ankles for a shot that rousted the United States Open crowd in the first set.

Blake pursued every shot — including a camera shot — when he sprinted for a corner lob in the second set of his victory yesterday and, with his unshaven face to the wall, swiped yet another get between his legs.

Which landed out? Which went in? It’s all good in a highlight-reel culture where the acrobatic scissor shot in tennis has become the new dunk.

“It’s a little like an ESPN thing,” said Brad Gilbert, the former coach to the stars, from Andre Agassi to Andy Roddick, and who is currently guiding Andy Murray.

“You hit one, you make one. And then all of the sudden you get on ‘SportsCenter.’ ”

The quickest route to frame-by-frame fame for American athletes is through the self-indulgent creation of a wow factor. It’s about rim-rattling jams from the free-throw line and daring shots between the inseams of a player’s shorts.

“I think everybody can hit them,” said Russell, who, at 5 feet 8 inches (on a street curb) doesn’t attempt many. “It’s so low percentage. For every one you make, there’s like 20 that you miss. The fact that you make that one, and the crowd goes crazy, kind of justifies” the misses.

The tricks are for the adoration of the crowd and for the love of the lens. And there is nothing wrong with selective showmanship. Roger Federer pulls rabbits from his racket strings at times, too, with nifty wrist work. And Rafael Nadal seems to escape from a padlocked trunk every time he tracks down an opponent’s sure winner.

But in the same way the dunk has come to symbolize the decline of American fundamentals in hoops, with the pursuit of alley-oops over ball movement, the rise of tennis wizardry has, in part, begun to parallel the drift between America’s dream teamers of tennis and the international stars.

How close are Roddick and Blake to Federer? Combined, Blake and Roddick are 1-20 against Federer. Obviously, in our jingoistic fantasy, we’d like to grab a megaphone from a cheerleader and shout, “We’re No. 1.” We love the sound of that. But it’s not true in tennis now — not even close.

What does the scissor shot have to do with the Federer gap? Flash is wonderful as long as it’s not a defining trait. Blake in particular and Roddick on occasion seem obsessed with identifying themselves as shot makers over strategists, as contortionists over court managers.

It must tear at Jimmy Connors’s Wilson T-2000 heart every time Roddick breaks his wrist on a volley, or worse, barrels recklessly to the net without a plan.

Nuance isn’t in Roddick’s duffle bag. A peek would reveal a variety of hammers.

Blake is no more subtle. He is the thinking man’s player — loaded with perspective, layered with intelligence — but hardly ever applies his notes on the court.

In action, he is a vision of dramatic forehands and slashing backhands, all whipped like a lasso above his head. He is, in effect, a court cowboy of the rodeo kind. He ropes points. That’s him, and he is sticking to it even if he has heard tennis insiders beg him to construct points instead of detonate them.

Patience is so un-American, though. Who has time for strategy when Blake and Roddick can finish a point with flair? That’s what Allen Iverson & Company thought until their 360-degree dunks were trumped by the backdoor cuts of international players at the 2004 Athens Summer Games.

But if Roddick and Blake are too stubborn to change their all-American habits, is despair inevitable on the tennis scene? Not necessarily.

There is a solution for our short-attention span gang: John Isner, all 6-9 of him. Remember how Pete Sampras once treated each point as an easy three-step program to being No. 1 — serve, volley, winner?

Isner wastes no time, either. Crack went the 140-mile-an-hour serve as he glided to the net on his way to a first-round victory Monday. He is ranked only No. 184, and he has miles to go before he reaches threat material, but Isner’s game may be the perfect antidote for the trend of rallying trick shots.

His points don’t last long enough to include the pursuit of a scissor shot for the sake of crowd reactions and camera angles. Isner is concise. It may not be highlight-reel material, but it’s at least a step toward a cure to tennis’s version of a dunk culture.
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"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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night match tomorrow. santoro can be dangerous, good luck james

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It should be a great match to watch though, as long as it turns out our way.

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That was an awesome match. And he FINALLY won a 5 setter
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That match last night was so awesome I'm still glowing over it.

Had to take screencaps to celebrate James' finally winning a five setter. Congrats James.
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"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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That was an awesome match. And he FINALLY won a 5 setter
yes, He can win another one. Go James

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I have been remiss in photo duty.

2007 US Open, Blake def Santoro 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
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"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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More.

2007 US Open, Blake def Santoro 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
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"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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Last batch.

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"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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Such a great match for both of them. Shame there had to be a loser.

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Such a great match for both of them. Shame there had to be a loser.
And once again I wish in some ways it had been the final and with a different outcome.

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