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KarolBeckFan in the Big City - Days 1, 2, und 3

Scotso
08-02-2005, 05:19 AM
I'm not really sure if anyone will be interested in this, but I'm just excited and want to share it anyway. I get sidetracked a lot, so try to forgive my tangents.

The trip to the tournament was a bit of a bore... took about two hours even though I'm right outside of D.C. because of all the traffic. But, once I got there I knew that things were going to go my way. At the entrance, two guys approached my mother and I and said that their friends had ditched them, and they gave us two tickets. Getting in for free = sweet... it saved us a cool $50. We did end up giving them some money, anyway, though. Nice guys.

The day just started so perfectly. I was walking around at about 3:00 just after getting there, and I spot Karol Beck leaning against a wall all by himself! :D So, I go up to him, sweating nervously and twitching a bit, and tell him what a huge fan of his I am. He was nice and polite, I don't remember much of what he said because I was just so star-struck. He seemed to be very shy and a bit surprised that someone recognized him. After all, he was just standing there and tons of people were walking right by. I got a picture with him. Sweet! So my main goal accomplished, I was able to relax and now I can enjoy the rest of the tournament. I've finally met my favorite player! :D I can also say that while I never considered Karol one of the "hot" players, he is much more impressive in person. He's actually a really attractive guy up close and person. Nice smile and seems genuine. My mom liked him.

After walking around and watching Philippoussis practice for a little while, I went to the stadium court... nice cheap seats. Seriously... I think that the cheap seats have the best view. They aren't far from the action, you can still see the players faces and everything, and it's just a better atmosphere. More people, etc. I watched Nicolas Mahut vs. Giovanni Lapentti. Lapentti was just on fire from the beginning, I don't remember him missing much at all. Mahut didn't necessarily play poorly, but he just missed a bit too much and lost all of the close games. He got really frustrated with himself at the end and just lost all of his focus. Pretty easy and really fast win for Lapentti. My mom thought that Lapentti was adorable, and when I told her that he had an older brother that was also playing this tournament, I thought she was going to pass out.

After this match I snuck out to go down and watch a bit of Wesley Moodie... who was getting a tough test from Robert? Smeets. None of them seemed really impressive and I was most interested in Moodie, but the crowd seemed to be behind Smeets overwhelmingly. I didn't stay long because I couldn't miss Paul!

Paul was just amazing from the beginning, I think he maybe made 2 or 3 unforced errors in the entire match. He didn't hit amazingly hard or anything, but he was amazingly consistant. Alejandro Falla, while I like him, was totally unimpressive and unconvincing today. He really had his ass handed to him by Paul, who obviously was a crowd favorite... thought not as much as James Blake was, which I'll get to eventually. Paul won really fast and got a partially standing O... I stood up, at least. Go PAUL!

After that, I took off again because I wanted to see what was going on on the outside courts. I know that Simmonds bagelled Arthurs in the first set, and I couldn't believe it considering how he played the rest of the match. From what I saw, he had trouble getting the ball TO the net, yet alone over it.

But then was the fun part of the night. I say Nicolas Lapentti playing and pointed him out to my mum. He was AMAZING. He was playing a practice set against Brian Baker, which judging from reactions I think he won pretty easily. Nicolas was sweating a lot, and was wearing these short tight black shorts that were soaking wet and stuck to his perfect ass. I'll stop there before this turns into soft porn. I waited around a bit while they finished and chatted, and I caught Nicolas on his way out and got a picture with him. Of all the players I saw today, he was by far the most friendly. He seemed really down to earth and was just incredibly friendly, chatting with me and putting his arm around me. Really nice guy. Really hot, too. I never thought that much of him, but these guys (minus Arthurs... icky) all seem to look better in person.

After that lovely encounter I watched the first set of Blake vs. Lisnard. I like Lisnard and didn't see any of the behavior that some people claim to hate him for. There were a lot of people at this match but I was one of the 2 or 3 that ever clapped for anything that Lisnard did. The crowd was just stupifyingly pro-Blake, to the point of cheering for Lisnard's bad errors. I was a little put off by this, so I decided to leave after the first set. I have nothing against Blake, and I don't think the crowd meant any harm, though. I just felt kind of bad for Lisnard, especially after the drubbing he got last week.

After that, I decided to walk around a little more before I left and see who else I could find. I pointed out Karlovic to my mom, and she thought he was kind of boring. I agreed. Nice serve, but his groundstrokes, especially during the practice, all went into the net. He won though, and even broke serve a few times... so... I just don't know what to say other than that maybe old Kenneth needs to work on his serve?

I got my only other wish of the tournament (aside from meeting Karol) when I saw Paul Goldstein hamming it up for some fans. I guess he finished his match and was just walking around with some of his buddies, but he was having a good time talking to people and just shooting the breeze. He seems like a really nice guy as well. He was walking into a room and I feared my opportunity was lost, so being rather brazen as it is, I just shouted at him. He humored me and came back to talk for a second and take a picture with me. A nice smile on that guy, too. He was really nice but I let him go because I could see his friends were waiting for him. Score! I got pictures with both Karol and Paul, which was my main goal. Yippee!

I left after that. It took a long time to get back here because Mapquest sucks and sent us all over creation to get back here. Yikes, I really thought for a while there that we were just going to grow old and die trying to make it back, but it was all so worth it! My camera is the cheapest and crapiest thing on earth, so I don't know if the pictures I took will be any good or not. The only ones I really care about are the three I took with Karol, Nicolas, and Paul. I hope to get some pictures with some other players if I have the opportunity. Even if they don't turn out that great, it was just nice to meet them.

One thing that really made me happy is how nice all the players I met are to the fans. When I went to a futures event and met Brian Baker and Thomas Blake and some others, they were all pretty stand-offish. Brian Baker was the only player that would really talk to me, and he did take a photo with me, but he kept his arms crossed and kept his distance. I was a little fatter then but I don't think that had much to do with it. So with that experience, I figured the people that were even bigger stars (albeit maybe no the biggest) would probably be even more standoffish, but they really weren't. They were all willing to talk to me and more than happy to take a picture with me. Instead of just crossing their arms, they all put their arms around me for the photo and weren't afraid to touch me. It was nice, I didn't feel like I was annoying them or anything. I was wearing a pretty cute shirt today.

Oh! I also got John McEnroe's autobiography at Barnes and Noble for like $5 after my 10% off card. Sweet. I'll read it on the metro tomorrow.

Another side note is that guys here in the D.C. area are really hot. Maybe it's just tennis fans are, but I saw some really hot guys there today. I also think that 99.99% of the guys here are metrosexual... whereas in my town I think about 1% of the male population is such. It was really confusing to my gaydar, which normally sucks anyway... so I just tried to focus on the tennis instead of the cute guys.

I don't think I'm going to go see as much tomorrow. My mother wanted to do something else instead... going places with my sister after work. I do want to see the Holocaust Museum, but I'm trying to do that on Friday. I rebelled... and compromised. My sister is going to the tournament with us and I'm just praying that I'll get there in time to see all of Beck/Berdych vs. Goldstein/Partner(sorry). Two of my favorite players on the same court, I need to see it. That's the only thing tomorrow I'm terribly interested in. I did want to see Nicolas Lapentti play because he's just such a nice guy (I'm a new big fan of his obviously), but I guess since this is my mom's vacation too and she's paying for everything I'll try to accomodate her. Maybe I can catch the end of Nicolas' match.

Anyway, if you've actually read all of this I salute you, I don't know why anyone other than me would be interested, but you can certainly see that I had a great time! Seriously one of the best days of my life. I'll post more if I go tomorrow when I get back. Definitely want to see that doubles match! :)

Cheers!

Scotso
08-02-2005, 05:33 AM
Oh and Becca, I couldn't get close enough to Mahut to give him your message, but hopefully he won't bail and I'll see him around to convey it for you.

Deboogle!.
08-02-2005, 05:36 AM
I love reading people's tourney experiences :D Sounds like you had a great day, I'm happy for you. Yes, Paul indeed seems to be a real nice, normal guy. So is Karlovic, btw, if you come across him, he was inordinately nice to the fans in LA. I'm not surprised James was such a favorite, he was in LA too - even when he played another American (Robby). He, too, though, is an incredibly nice person. In fact, I don't remember one person who WASN'T really nice. lol.

Have fun tomorrow and look forward to reading more about your experiences :) Is this your first live tennis?

Scotso
08-02-2005, 05:49 AM
No, I've been to futures events before, but this is my first event with the "big time." :) So yeah, I was pretty excited!

I didn't get to meet too many players. Just the ones I mentioned, I also met Gilles Muller who was okay. Cute girlfriend. And I talked to a foreign blonde girl who must be a player, but I have no idea. Just idle chat because we were both watching Philippoussis. She was absolutely adorable and sweet.. really heavy accent though. I saw a lot of players, but didn't know who half of them were. Some I think maybe look like players but were just hitting partners and such. And some other people I say but wasn't really interested in talking to... like Arthurs who, while I'm sure is a nice guy, doesn't look too friendly. I also didn't try to talk to Philippoussis because the DIVA intimidated me, and Brian Baker, though a nice guy, seemed to be unhappy, so I chose not to bother him. I hope I see a few more players, but I'm totally happy with having met Paul and Karol. If I ever meet Rafael Nadal and Hugo Armando, my life will be complete! ;)

I hope this is only the first of many events I'm able to attend.

Per your comment in the other thread, Lisnard did play really well in spirts. James, too. They both started off the match really poorly though, I know James got broken i the first game. After that, though, it was really entertaining. It just got too crowded in there for my tastes. Everyone showed up to see James ;)

Chloe le Bopper
08-02-2005, 07:16 AM
Oh and Becca, I couldn't get close enough to Mahut to give him your message, but hopefully he won't bail and I'll see him around to convey it for you.

LOL

Don't get yourself arrested ;)

Chloe le Bopper
08-02-2005, 07:17 AM
By the way, no more talking about that on the board, it's embarassing ;)

Chloe le Bopper
08-02-2005, 07:17 AM
By the way, I'm so glad that you not only got to meet Karol, but that it was a good experience. I will drill you more about it when I see you on MSN again :)

Fee
08-02-2005, 07:29 AM
KBF,
I'm very pleased for you after reading this report (which was well-written by the way). You scored both of your guys on the first day and not every one gets that lucky right off the bat. I hope your photos come out okay. Remember to wear your sunscreen for the rest of the week. :D

flip_fan
08-02-2005, 07:46 AM
I also didn't try to talk to Philippoussis because the DIVA intimidated me

oh c'mon she's tiny! lol, how can u be intimidated by her? she just looks like a diva, but poeple who have met her said she's really nice. A female fan asked mark for a photo at World Tennis the other week and apparently she walked over to take the photo of them and joked "this is my new job"...

jole
08-02-2005, 07:58 AM
Great report KBF. :)

Is awesome you met Karol and Paul. I bet it is sorta cool for Karol on the occasions he is recognized outside of Europe, although it can be nice to move around not noticed.

Deboogle!.
08-02-2005, 07:58 AM
Oy, mommy Fee and her sunscreen :lol:

Papakori
08-02-2005, 10:02 AM
Thanks for the report KarolBeckFan! It was good that you met Karol

Nikki♥
08-02-2005, 10:18 AM
Thanks for sharing your report, KarolBeckFan. I'm happy for you that you finally got to meet your favorite player.

CooCooCachoo
08-02-2005, 10:18 AM
Thanks KBF :)

After that, I decided to walk around a little more before I left and see who else I could find. I pointed out Karlovic to my mom, and she thought he was kind of boring. I agreed. Nice serve, but his groundstrokes, especially during the practice, all went into the net. He won though, and even broke serve a few times... so... I just don't know what to say other than that maybe old Kenneth needs to work on his serve?

Funny, cause Kenneth's serve is usually one of his weapons, especially on grass and hard. I guess he just had an offday.

Iza
08-02-2005, 12:26 PM
Great stuff KBFan :yeah:
Nice report :) seems like a nice day!
I guess I just wanna say that the Holocaust museum is great but u need to take more time to visit it (if u wanna read all the interesting stuff there)
Have fun :kiss: !

NicoFan
08-02-2005, 01:24 PM
You sound like you had a great time! Loved your report.

As for tennis vs. tourism...I'd leave the family behind and let them do the tourist thing, and head to the tournament myself...lol!

The sites in DC are awesome, but tennis trumps them everytime! ;) Especially when your favorites are playing - I wouldn't even hesitate to say 'adios' to the familia... :devil:

As for senor Lapentti... :yeah: Great looking, nice guy, and does great things for his country.

Nimomunz
08-02-2005, 02:16 PM
You sound like you had a great time! Loved your report.

As for tennis vs. tourism...I'd leave the family behind and let them do the tourist thing, and head to the tournament myself...lol!

The sites in DC are awesome, but tennis trumps them everytime! ;) Especially when your favorites are playing - I wouldn't even hesitate to say 'adios' to the familia... :devil:

As for senor Lapentti... :yeah: Great looking, nice guy, and does great things for his country.
i agree the monuments will be there whenever but you'll have to wait forever to see the players again!!

SwissMister1
08-02-2005, 03:46 PM
So with that experience, I figured the people that were even bigger stars (albeit maybe no the biggest) would probably be even more standoffish, but they really weren't. They were all willing to talk to me and more than happy to take a picture with me. Instead of just crossing their arms, they all put their arms around me for the photo and weren't afraid to touch me. It was nice, I didn't feel like I was annoying them or anything.

I think the players that are the stars who have been around for a while are usually comfortable with the idea that they have a lot of fans who come to see them, are used to signing autographs, taking pics, etc. Whereas some journeymen players (though I'm sure this is not the case for many of them) may think, "Why does this guy want to take a picture with me?" and not feel comfortable with the idea that people recognize them, want to take a pic, etc.

CooCooCachoo
08-02-2005, 03:59 PM
I think the players that are the stars who have been around for a while are usually comfortable with the idea that they have a lot of fans who come to see them, are used to signing autographs, taking pics, etc. Whereas some journeymen players (though I'm sure this is not the case for many of them) may think, "Why does this guy want to take a picture with me?" and not feel comfortable with the idea that people recognize them, want to take a pic, etc.

Yeah, this is true. For journeymen players and newcomers, it goes two ways:

Either they are stand-offish and a bit rude, or they are extremely friendly ;)

PinkFeatherBoa
08-02-2005, 06:28 PM
Nicely written report KBF, I enjoyed reading it. I met Karol at Wimbledon this year and he seems a sweet guy. :)

Scotso
08-03-2005, 05:34 AM
Tuesday - Day 2! KarolBeckFan in the Big City Part Deux!

I'll start by saying that today I noticed how thin I've gotten. I've lost about 30lbs this summer, and my really cute jeans don't really fit me. I shouldn't have worn them, anyway!

The story of today is pretty much the heat. It was just unbearable. I didn't even get on the grounds until around 5pm and it was still just way to hot. Upper 90s, I think... and extremely humid. After about 10 minutes I really felt that I was just going to have to leave. It was unbearable. But my desire to see Karol's doubles match kept me there. I must have lost about a pound of sweat, though. I'm thinking that I'll go tomorrow to see Karol's first singles match, and then not go back to the event. It would be nice, but it's supposed to be even hotter tomorrow and then the hottest on Thursday. I just can't take that heat. I'll do something around here that's air conditioned, like the outlet malls and maybe (hopefully) the Holocaust Museum, which my sister also needs to see because she's going to be teaching about it in the fall.

I watched a little bit of Lapentti when I first got to the grounds, because I'm a new huge fan of his after witnessing what a great guy he is. He was having a lot of trouble with Arnaud Clement... I saw him win the second set but then I had to move to another court... he eventually lost in the third. :sad:

I made sure to get over on court 2 as soon as Bobby finished up. I wanted to get a good seat for Beck/Berdych vs. Goldstein/Oudsema. Most of today's report will be about this match since I sat through the entire match whilst dying of heat stroke. I never moved though, I couldn't desert Karol to those ravenous fans! My first thoughts on Oudsema were that he was a pretty cute guy. He looks early 20s maybe. He wasn't all that cute after he started sweating buckets, though.

I'll tell you now the match score... 4-6 7-6 6-4 for Beck/Berdych, and they right deserved it. To be honest, Paul and Scott played much better for the majority of the match, but they blew in the important parts of the 2nd and third sets... both of which they had a break in. Oudsema was the best doubles player on the court for the first set and a half. Berdych really stepped up his play in the second set which let to his team taking that. Paul was playing really well in the beginning of the third set. Karol played AMAZINGLY well near the end of the match. He was making shots that even had the crowd clapping for him, which didn't happen often between the "USA! USA!" shouts. :rolleyes: Half the people in the stands had to ask which ones the Americans were... so that they could cheer for them. :help: I don't understand why people fail to see that tennis is an individual sport. Anyway, I went on another tangent. Karol was playing well, and got a break back for team BB... and then at 4-4 Oudsema was serving and just blew it. He totally choked it away with double faults... and then Berdych hit an amazing shot to break and Oudsema shouted "NO WAY!" He really was a bit of a child at the end of the match. Anyway, Berdych served it out convincingly and Beck/Berdych won :D This match really showed me that Karol is indeed my favorite player, because I absolutely adore Paul, but I was totally behind team BB.

Back to the crowd. I kind of feel they mostly knew almost nothing about tennis. I was telling about 10 people around me who all the players were, etc. Berdych was wearing PIRATES and they were trying to figure out which of the "South Americans" started that trend. They finally decided it was Coria. I told them it was Nadal, and they thanked me. Then they started to talk about what a good South American player he is. I told them he was from Spain, and they thanked me. Then they asked me who the Americans were, and proceeded to clap only for them for the rest of the match, as most people in the audience did. I was really the only person cheering for Beck/Berdych... well really Beck. I only clapped for Berdych but I actually shouted for Karol a few times, which isn't really my style, but someone had to do it. At one point in the tiebreak, Karol his a really great shot so I shouted "c'mon Karol" for lack of knowing how to convey this in Slovak. It got me a VERY evil look from Oudsema's entire camp, who were sitting right in front of me. It seemed to annoy them to no end that someone in AMERICA would dare cheer against their nice American Scottie. So, I proceeded to clap and cheer louder. Karol seemed to appreciate the support I gave him, because he looked at me a lot and even pumped his fist at me a few times. I don't know if he recognized me from yesterday or not, but it really doesn't matter. I was just thrilled to be able to be there and to support him.

That was it for that match.

Now I'll just briefly talk about the other stuff I did since I walked around a lot after that.

I popped into the stadium a bit to see how Giovanni was going against Roddick... not too well, and the crowd situation convinced me to get out of there quickly, so I went and watched Max for a little while, whom my mom had been staring at while I was at the doubles match. I missed seeing Brian because of how long the doubles match was, but I'm hoping to catch a little of him tomorrow.

After that, I walked over to catch the end of Mathilde Johansson's match, and I was really impressed with her. She plays really well and hits the corners with really good accuracy, but she seems to go on walkabouts at times. She won 6-3 6-2, not bad. There were a ton of Thai fans there sporting "thaitennis.com" logos. I wanted to ask where I could get one, but as I had been shouting "Allez" with some French fans, I decided against it.

The last match I went to was another Frenchie, Sebastien De Chaunac. The stands were pretty deserted for this match until the Roddick one let out. I found Jan Hernych rather borish before, and I still do now after seeing him. I was so impressed with Sebastien, who was playing amazingly well. He hits the ball extremely hard and mixes it up well. He was up 5-2 in the first set and I was wondering how his ranking could possibly be so low. I said a few "allez Seb"s during that run, which he looked over to me for. But then he showed me why he is ranked where he was. Majorly inconsistant. He lost 6-7 1-6.

My mom had wanted to take my sister with us, and she is no where near the tennis fan my mom is, who is no where near the tennis fan I am. So by then she was begging to leave... so I decided to go ahead and do so. I wanted to watch Moodie play Henman, and I'm sad I didn't because I hear it was a fun match. Moodie actually beat him!

The crowds today were huge. I guess it had something to do with Roddick playing, but there were just a lot of people there. I was really happy about it, even if some of them don't seem to know much about tennis. The more people that show up to events the better the sport will do. I will also note that while the doubles match I saw was on a small court, the stands there were constantly packed and the outside fence area was surrounded. People were even looking down from the top of the grandstand court and the little mid-level pavilion of the stadium court. And they want to get rid of the doubles?!

Tomorrow will, again, likely be my last day because of the heat. I'm going to go there early (so I'll probably die of heat stroke) because Karol's match is first on the grandstand and I want to get a really good seat for that. I'll try to catch some other people, and hopefully watch Paul's match, too. I'd also love to see Ashley Harkleroad, Dominik Hrbaty, Tomas Berdych, Brian Baker, etc. etc. The week hasn't gone as I invisioned (Monday-Friday) mainly because of the heat and the fact that my family just isn't as into all of this as I am, but I'm happy with what I've seen and will see tomorrow. The heat is just a bit to extreme, and I think I'd rather do some other things while I'm here. I had a good fill of live tennis. :)

There are probably a lot of errors in this but I have sun fatigue and am just really tired and tried to type this out really quickly... so I apologize to those that will read it. This was also longer than I anticipated.

Stay tuned! ;)

Deboogle!.
08-03-2005, 05:39 AM
Thanks :D Glad you had another fun day. but sorry about the heat problems :( Sounds awful. can you take and drink lots and lots of water?

Scotso
08-03-2005, 05:42 AM
I drank a LOT of water. I also broke my no-sugar rule because I just had to have a smoothie. It took a lot to keep yourself cool today. It was terrible. Almost everyone was soaked in their own sweat :eek:

I took some water but that ran out fast, which is too bad because a small bottle of water costs $3.00. On a day like today you had to buy it, hard to go without.

Scotso
08-03-2005, 05:43 AM
It's supposed to be like 95 and muggy tomorrow, too.

Chloe le Bopper
08-03-2005, 05:48 AM
Scott, you are my hero.

Deboogle!.
08-03-2005, 05:52 AM
oh gosh. I remember being in DC at the end of June a couple years ago and we had to walk everywhere and a lot of the time be dressed up and it was death. At least in LA last week it was dry, and the way the parking was there, I could leave and come back so I could leave frozen water bottles in a cooler in my trunk and have a fresh supply of cold water all day. It doesn't sound like that's a possibility for you :( You probably are already doing this but wear lightweight and light-colored clothes, that can help a lot from my past experience. I see people wearing black clothes and it's like, uh! but then again, the heat in DC is different, with the humidity... gosh, good luck :( Are any of the sponsor booths (TTC or anything) giving out fans? those can help but it's kinda a pain to wave a fan in your face all day lol.

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
08-03-2005, 05:59 AM
Thank U for nice report KBF! :hug:

Fee
08-03-2005, 06:02 AM
Scott, wear your sunscreen! Thanks for your reports and it was very good of you to help those clueless people in the stands.

Deboogle!.
08-03-2005, 06:04 AM
dead, fee, you and your sunscreen! :D

Fee
08-03-2005, 06:08 AM
saved your can in LA, didn't I, you ungrateful wench! :lol:

Deboogle!.
08-03-2005, 06:11 AM
my can was covered at all times, thanks very much :p

Fee
08-03-2005, 06:33 AM
:ras:


proper sunscreen prevents wrinkles and cancer. no one wants to look like nick bolleterri....

Deboogle!.
08-03-2005, 06:50 AM
:secret: you know I'm just totally teasing you, right?

:) :p

smucav
08-03-2005, 07:23 AM
I thought today was a fairly mild day weather-wise. Nothing like the month long heatwave that ended last Thursday.

Scott Oudsema is 19. He won three junior grand slam doubles titles in 2004 (w. Brendan Evans) & was the finalist at Kalamazoo. I saw some of him during the qualifying (I wrote about it in my reports) & talked to an SFX person about him today (who told me how to correctly pronounce his name--none of the umpires have been saying it right). He's the only tennis player that Polo sponsors & is supposed to be featured fairly extensively in the U.S. Open ad campaigns.

CooCooCachoo
08-03-2005, 07:32 AM
Thanks again :)

And yes, 95% of the people at a tennis tournament are clueless about players outside the Top 10. But sometimes I feel that is the case on tennis forums too (maybe about players outside the Top 50).

Nikki♥
08-03-2005, 08:46 AM
I took some water but that ran out fast, which is too bad because a small bottle of water costs $3.00. On a day like today you had to buy it, hard to go without.

$3.00 for a bottle of water is ridiculous. :eek: Thanks a bunch for your report.

Nikki♥
08-03-2005, 08:47 AM
:ras:


proper sunscreen prevents wrinkles and cancer. no one wants to look like nick bolleterri....

You're right about the wrinkles and especially about the cancer. :yeah:

ae wowww
08-03-2005, 03:32 PM
:lol: at Bolletieri.. Fee gave me plenty of warnings last year during the grass court season :yeah: She knows her stuff!

Yesterday at a tournament I was playing at, a mum tried to get her son to put on cream, and she was trying to convince him to. Typically, as she made the following statement, as part of a sentence, everything went quiet: "I don't care if anyone else gets cancer, put on your suncream".

I cringed for her.

Socket
08-03-2005, 03:52 PM
As someone who has lived in Washington for 20 years now, I'm getting a huge kick out of listening to you tourists complain about the heat! :haha: :haha: Suck it up, you wusses! :rolls:

;) ;)

And don't forget: Stand to the RIGHT on the Metro escalators so we important non-tourists can get to wherever we're going quicky. ;)

Fee
08-03-2005, 06:08 PM
:secret: you know I'm just totally teasing you, right?

:) :p

of course I know that! silly rabbit...

Socket, I should put you over my knee and give you a spanking for those comments, smarty pants! :p

Socket
08-03-2005, 06:23 PM
of course I know that! silly rabbit...

Socket, I should put you over my knee and give you a spanking for those comments, smarty pants! :p
:p :p :p

LaTenista
08-03-2005, 06:31 PM
It's supposed to be like 95 and muggy tomorrow, too.

Same forecast as here in Cincinnati. :p Can't wait to see who's the first player to melt on court in about 2 weeks. :rolleyes:

Where are you from BTW? This heatwave is nothing new but perhaps last summer was unseasonably cold in my opinion. I've lived my entire life in S. Ohio except my stint in England so I have seen more than a few summers just like this one.

Aren't there water fountains at the tourney? For Cincy I always bring a water bottle with me full of cold water and then I refill it all day.

Thanks for sharing! I got my fair share of looks when I was cheering for Moya when he played Agassi last year in Cincy. ;)

SwissMister1
08-03-2005, 06:37 PM
Aren't there water fountains at the tourney? For Cincy I always bring a water bottle with me full of cold water and then I refill it all day.


Actually, I remember seeing a sign on one of the fountains, that because of a lead scare in the water supply, the fountain was turned off. A lot of DC has issues with lead water pipes. I drink only out of a bottled water cooler at work.

karenk
08-03-2005, 07:06 PM
As you can see, I don't post all that much! But as someone who's lived in DC for almost 20 years, I'm enjoying reading this as well. I'm going to the tournament tomorrow and Saturday. 4th year in a row and 6th time overall. It's supposed to be 97 with a heat index of who knows what. And of all those times I've gone, this will only be the second time that the heat will be scary. I remember one year when a couple players vomited on court because of the heat. Hope I don't see that.

I remember the very first time I went, I saw the day semi-final between Wayne Ferreira and Renzo Furlan (ouch...am I old?). I also remember that I got a very bad sunburn on my scalp. That has not happened again.

Anyway, I love my local tournament, think the setting in Rock Creek Park is beautiful, and love the smallness of center court -- there are no bad seats. And I only live a mile from the tennis center! So welcome to everyone visiting DC for this. :wavey:

Deboogle!.
08-03-2005, 08:01 PM
Hi karenk! You should post more often:D

DanEd
08-03-2005, 10:01 PM
:lol: nice for you scottso :yeah: :D :)
Oh and Becca, I couldn't get close enough to Mahut to give him your message, but hopefully he won't bail and I'll see him around to convey it for you.

Scotso
08-04-2005, 06:27 AM
I thought today was a fairly mild day weather-wise. Nothing like the month long heatwave that ended last Thursday.

It may not have been the hottest day ever, but if you think it was mild, you're insane.

Scotso
08-04-2005, 06:29 AM
Same forecast as here in Cincinnati. :p Can't wait to see who's the first player to melt on court in about 2 weeks. :rolleyes:

Where are you from BTW?

I'm from Virginia... but there's nothing to do outside really were I'm from... so we aren't subjected to such temperatures.

Scotso
08-04-2005, 06:31 AM
Thanks for the post karen :) It's been pretty hot this week, but so far I haven't witnessed any players blowing chunks. Blowing leads, yes, but chunks, no.

Scotso
08-04-2005, 07:03 AM
I spent my last night at the tournament tonight, for this year at least. I enjoyed being there, but I didn't leave in a very good mood. Today just wasn't a good day as far as tennis goes. At least it wasn't quite as hot as yesterday, at least it didn't seem to be.

I'm really tired right now because I spent so long there and the trip back to where I'm staying and all... so I'm going to just type this really fast and ignore any errors I might potentially make.

I really learned two things today. 1) I hate Robby Ginepri. 2) I'm seriously bad luck... majorly, awfully bad.

Okay, so I don't really hate Robby Ginepri, but we all know why I'm angry with him right now. The bad luck thing is true, every match that I really sat through, the player I wanted to win lost. It was awful. :sad:

Okay, so I got to the tournament site at about 2:40pm... and I watched (brace yourself, Becs!) none other than NICOLAS MAHUT. This happened for about 20 minutes and then I was allowed to enter. Next year I must find a way to get credentials.

I had promised Becca that I would convey a message to her Nicolas for her, so I waited around and watched him practice a bit more. All I have to say is that that kid is a bad egg. He's a major brat. He spent the last 10 minutes on court just yelling at his coach. (In French, so don't ask me what it was about.) He just seemed like such a brat. Still, I made a promise, so when he left the court I tried to get his attention to talk to him. He stopped for a minute, looked at me, and then kept on walking. He's definitely off my favorites list. Hopefully he was just having a bad day, but it still wasn't a fun experience for me.

After that I watched Elena Baltacha hit with Mathilde Johansson for a little while, and then I moved over to where the guys were and watched Dominik Hrbaty practicing. I honestly forget what I did after that, I wasn't really paying much attention to things... I just made sure that I was on the grandstand court well before 4:00 so I could get a good seat for Karol Beck's match against Robby Ginepri.

I did get a good seat, but nothing else went well. Karol was just pretty bad from the start. I think he was broken in the first game and he just seemed defeated from that point on. I was proud of him, because he never slammed his racquet, even though he obviously thought about it a few times. I was a bit disappointed that he didn't seem to put up much of a fight. It was just a really erratic match. Karol lost it. :crying2: It was pretty unimpressive. Still, I adore Karol and it was nice to get to see him play singles. He's had a terrible year, and it just keeps getting worse. Hopefully next year will be better for Kare Bear! :bounce:

After that disappointment, I looked in on Richard Bloomfield and Arnaud Clement... Richard was putting up a pretty good fight and was gaining himself some fans around there. He looked like a baby, though. I walked off to try to go catch some of Anne Keothavong against Maria Fernanda Alves. Alves is EXTREMELY pretty. Still, the practice match going on behind me grabbed my attention more so I walked over there. I'm not really sure who the one guy was, but there was a really cute blonde Australian that was just totally hamming it up. I must have watched him for half an hour. Studmuffin, truly. I looked at Jenny Hopkins jump rope for a few minutes (a much more impressive site than it sounds) and then walked back over to see the tiebreak of Bloomfield and Clement. Bloomfield never really let up but he sadly lost the match in the third set tiebreak. Too bad, I was impressed with him. Not a lot of power, but he knew how to place the ball really well. He was nice, too. He still stopped for fans even after losing a heartbreaker! Clement was, of course, mobbed by fans for a long time. Even after he left the court and started talking on his cell phone, people still came to him for autographs... which he accomodated. Good multitasker.

Then there was DOMINIK! He really ruined everything for me, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Not only did he lose in the third set tiebreak, but his match was so long (nearly 3 hours) that I missed out on seeing any of Brian Baker and some of the other players that I wanted to see. Poor Dominik, I cheered for him for the entire match (along with his camp and a couple from the Czech Republic who were sitting beside me), but it wasn't enough to get him the win. His groundstrokes... wow. All I can say is wow. He's so consistant and hits his forehand and backhand with such amazing pace and accuracy. He had Horna running around from side to side for the entire match. Horna pretty much dominated and served for the match at 6-4 5-4... but Dominik broke back (he eventually won the set in a tiebreak). It was the one point that the crowd really seemed to get behind Dominik, but I don't understand why they didn't support him for the entire match.

My reason for this? Luis Horna was a bit of a child. He whined a lot and slammed his racquet and mocked the chair umpire... he even quacked like a duck at one point which had everyone scratching their heads a bit. There was also the gamesmanship which I really didn't appreciate. The long bathroom break after the second set... and then a long injury timeout when the Dominator was Dominating the third set and up 3-2 with a break. Dominik lost his serve to love and never really recovered. Up 6-2 in the tiebreak Horna seemed to come down with a very severe and VERY shortlived case of cramps... during which he hit an underhand second serve that turned into a double fault. He eventually returned to normal and closed out the match. He was funny, but he's still not going on my favorites list anytime soon.

After that match I literally ran to stadium court where Paradorn was serving to Paul up 6-4 3*-4 40-40. That game, like the many after it, seemed to last for ages. Paul eventually broke and won that set 6-3 after another long deuce game. This match was on the main stadium court, and the atmosphere was just terrific. You had the group of Thai fans all dressed in red with those big things you bang together to make a lot of noise and a few dispersed Paradorn fans versus the Washingtonian crowd cheering for hometown hero Paul. It was an amazingly entertaining match... and I really thought that Paul would win and end my thoughts of being bad luck. He had two match points at 5*-4. The problem with Paul is his serve... it's not that great to start with and gets worse when he's nervous. On his first match point he hit a 1st serve into the bottom of the net at about 82mph. Sad. I saw a few low 70s in that game, too. Paul lost. 4-6 6-3 5-7. Really disappointing. Still, as he left the court he got a very warm ovation. Love you PAUL! :D

After that match I watched the first set of Erlich/Ram vs. Kerr/Oliver. I was able to watch Graydon long enough to leave a sizeable puddle of drool behind when I left.

It was getting really late, and the trip to where I was staying would take about 2 hours, so I just walked over to watch a very few minutes of Berdych and then left.

It was really fun to go to this tournament, I'm just sad that my experience had to end like it did today. I was really sad when Karol lost, and then Dominik and Paul had to do it, too. :sad: But it was a great time. Getting to meet Karol was just :bounce: So I hope you all had some fun reading my reports and I look forward to the next chance I get to do it. ;) :wavey:

Chloe le Bopper
08-04-2005, 07:13 AM
I Love Brats :hearts:

Action Jackson
08-04-2005, 07:16 AM
Thanks for all the reports KBF and as for Horna he has always having problems with cramps, but gllad to see that you enjoyed your live tennis experience.

Papakori
08-04-2005, 09:44 AM
Thank you karolbeckfan

SwissMister1
08-04-2005, 03:26 PM
Still, the practice match going on behind me grabbed my attention more so I walked over there. I'm not really sure who the one guy was, but there was a really cute blonde Australian that was just totally hamming it up. I must have watched him for half an hour. Studmuffin, truly.


Wayne Arthurs? :lol: Actually, the blond Australian you are probably referring to is Robert Smeets. I saw his match on Sat., he is fun to watch.


I looked at Jenny Hopkins jump rope for a few minutes (a much more impressive site than it sounds)

She's a hottie...

Hangdog
08-04-2005, 03:26 PM
KarolBeckFan, thank you very much for your interesting reports :yeah:

Good luck to Karol in doubles!..

me_luv_Dommy
08-04-2005, 03:56 PM
Thanks a lot KarolBeckFan for all the reports, esp Dominik's ones ^^ You're so sweet. Don't be so sad, okay, although I'm sad too... At least you had a chance to see your favorites and take pictures with them :yeah: Gosh, I really miss going to a tournament. Anyway, it's great to know you did have lots of fun there, now have a safe trip back home ^^

Fee
08-04-2005, 07:28 PM
Thanks for the reports Scott. I unerstand you drooling over Graydon, but how could you not also drool over Jordan? He's such a cutie patootie!

After you get over the tennis tournament withdrawal, you'll look back and realize that you had a good time despite what happened to your faves on the last day. :D

Scotso
08-05-2005, 11:29 PM
Thanks everyone for their warm wishes.

My mom and I have made it home safely and are absolutely exhausted. Being in the sun all the time has just warn me out, plus the 5 hour trip home.

I did find out that the cute Australian guy that was just totally charming the crowd (and had AMAZING volleys) was Stephen Huss. ;)

I'm really happy that I finally got to go to a pro tournament. Everything is so much more real to me now. Having seen these pros walk around and talk on their phones and all... just makes them much more human. I'm so happy I got to meet Karol :bounce:

I start my new job on Monday, so it was good to have a great vacation. :)

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-06-2005, 06:43 AM
Cool KBF. Hehe! The Big City eh?? LOL Wouldnt call DC the big city, it gets very boring after 2 months of living there. LOL. But Legg Mason is definitely better than the Lincoln Memorial or the Smithsonian, that's for sure :p Nice that you have enjoyed the tourney