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Old 08-05-2007, 06:57 PM   #16
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I missed out being on that video by like, seconds.
And I waited longer than that guy
Report for today coming later :wave:
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SUNDAY

So we got there and got our free center court tickets. We did the boutiques again, and then we headed onto center court for Llodra and Robin Haase.
As we were going there, players were coming out of the lounge to go practice, and I see Aspelin and Knowle on a cart. Knowle sees me and waves, and nods his head, and I was like “oh my god he remembers me!” and said hi back. I’m still kind of surprised!
It was a battle of big servers. Llodra came to net often enough, and well, there weren’t many long points. After Llodra blew set point, he was just out of it – he smacked a few balls into the net in frustration. I left at the conclusion of the set, to see if any players were practicing that I wanted to watch.
There was Davydenko with Canas which had quite a few spectators, and Safin was practicing and there were TONS of people, almost as many as Nadal. Safin broke a racquet during his practice which caused a lot of laughter in the crowd. There were too many people for me to get a clear view of him, though, so I left. I did quite enjoy watching them for a bit though, they have such nice technique, all of them.
I watched Max Mirnyi practice with Lee for an hour – it was fun to watch them go up to the net and play out points. It was quite competitive. And they both have really good serves – Max’s especially!! A bomb! I’m still shocked about how big a man Max is. He even has huge hands and feet!
Ferrer was practicing shirtless on the other court, causing many women to watch him without knowing who he was.
Haas was practicing with Blake when I left to go get Max’s autograph. Haas took his shirt off moments into the court. The fans started to come watch him, too, they probably knew who he was more than Ferrer. Some smart ones watched both with good positioning between the courts. Anyways, I was off to see Max. Some fans were taking pictures with him, which was no fair, that was my idea, only no one could take the picture for me. He signed for me and his thumb touched my hand! Very important detail. I’m still working up the guts to have my photo taken with a player.
I believe I went to see Ianni play Grosjean after. It was a good match, that first set! So close. The crowd was of course backing Grosjean, and Ianni was sick of it. On set point a cheer had erupted, and Ianni was mimicking us! It was so cute. He just lost it in the second set, although the games and points were close. Grosjean got everything back with interest.
I went around again – I saw nothing that really interesting to me. I guess I was just stretching my legs. A bunch of fans were around this one court, like, insane amount of people. The way it is at the site is that X X | X | where X is a court and | is a passageway to watch. But the first alley is so small – it was packed, you couldn’t go through it to see other courts! Roger Federer was playing. All was explained by seeing that written! I think Murray was practicing with Baghdatis at this time, it may have been earlier on.
I went to watch Bjorkman and Stepanek, the marquee match for me, a big fan of Jonas. It started off shaky for Jonas, getting broken, but the next games were really nice. Competitive rallies, Jonas coming to net, good serves, and all. The crowd wasn’t into it, so my few and far between “Let’s go Bjorkman!” cries seemed random. I really love how Bjorkman’s ball stays low over the net all the time, I kept thinking it would go in the net. He has such nice technique. Radek hits hard and constant though, and moves well.
In the second set, he was so close, yet so far. When he lost, he looked so disappointed; I was disappointed for him too… I left to go see him up close, and took a photo of him. He seemed so sad… But I was glad to see him play and really love his style of play.
Next, I saw Nestor and Knowles for a bit, practicing on a court all isolated from the rest of the world. I look forward to seeing them in match play (or practicing again J) I saw Ancic hitting a bit (had trouble recognizing the guy!) with Jarkko Nieminen.
Roger was coming off his practice court, people were getting aggressive. Roger didn't look too happy, in fact I don't know if he signed many autographs at all... But I didn't really deserve one, I just showed up when he was leaving
Then I went to see the other marquee match – Gonzalez & Ljubicic against Blake & Jamie Murray. It was so good at first, so many nice rallies, nice volleys. Blake really is useless in doubles. Poor Jamie had to do everything! I mean, James had his moments, but Jamie had to take all the smashes. There was one point were Blake was standing there in front of a lob and Jamie ran over to smash it. And then another were Blake said “You” for the lob, and then he said it again when another lob came back, and then it came right at him and he said “me” as if he had no choice. Thankfully he didn’t miss it!! But really, James made a lot of mistakes, or at least more than Jamie, in this match.
Fernando and Ivan didn’t say much to each other, but they were an efficient team. Fernando has the ability to do whatever he wants with the ball without you knowing. Jamie and James had no idea where his volleys would go! Fernando made a lot of winning shots, all the while Ivan was constant. This idiot behind me said at the end, “Fernando won this match for the two of them.” But I couldn’t disagree more. I think Fernando came up with winners when needed, but Ivan was always there and barely made a mistake in the match! I was really impressed by this team =)
The crowd was really into this match, the stands were full, there were cheers everywhere. Whoever said doubles isn’t popular is surely wrong. The match tiebreak had everyone on the edge of their seats!
I ran to get Ivan’s autograph as I am now a converted fan of his, and he didn’t see me and I was too nervous to say an audible “Ivan, please sign for me!!” Finally there was way too many people blocking the entrance so they exited on the other side of the court. I had to run in my flipflops again to get to him and I was all out of breath when I asked him. He was really nice to me =)
We finished off the day by watching Clement and Bester. Bester made too many mistakes, but he hits well and hard and aggressively! Taking Clement to a tiebreaker is surely good, you know? Arnaud’s a good player. Anyways, the crowd was into it, or what was left of it anyways.
It was a nice day. So autographs from Max, Lee, and Ivan. I can’t wait to go back – depending on the rain, I don’t know when… hopefully the weather will change for tomorrow.
I still can't get over Julian Knowle recognized me - I'll have to cheer extra hard in their 2R match
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thanks I'll keep them coming
Pics later, though, like a week after
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Once players started to become younger than I am, I felt too old I stick with pictures now Sometimes I get pictures signed, though, but only if I am a fan of the player.
Pretty much ALL of them are younger than me but I look their age, so I guess it evens out, lol. Looking young has its privleges (I know I spelled that wrong, I'm too tired to correct it). I'm Smitty and I'm an autograph whore.
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MONDAY

I woke up in thunder this morning, and had no plans of going. It stopped raining, and my mother decided she was not going to go. Thus I decided I was going to go, at the last minute.
I arrived at noon and matches had already started. I got onto court 9 to watch Lee and Wawrinka. It was really evenly matched – they both have nice serves and good hands. I was sitting behind Stan’s coach, and they were quite funny. They kept cheering him in critical moments saying, “Allez Stan!” Over on the other side, Lopez was practicing with a young Italian. Also, Perry and Nieminen were getting warmed up. Youzhny and Clement were practicing elsewhere, and near them: Marat was practicing.
So I went behind his court and watched him through the railing. He was playing a practice match against Carlos Moya. I was waiting for them to finish to get his autograph. I was talking to three fans of his: a twenty-something girl and a teenage boy, who said they woke up at three A.M. to watch his Australian Open matches, and this girl that has huge folders of pictures that she gets players to sign. They were nice and made time go by fast.
Once Marat was done, the crowd flooded to where we were. As a result, he didn’t sign for me L I also saw Chela and Nadal coming by, as well as the Fed.
Hanley and Ullyett were practicing, in an interesting way. With their coach, they were coming up with doubles situations and it was really fun to watch. They were beside Gonzalez and Ginepri. At one point the ball comes near me so I pick it up and try to throw it to the coach but it didn’t get far enough. I was disappointed in my weakness. Thomas and Kerr were coming on court (although I didn’t recognize them at all, for once I didn’t know a player !!) and talking to me and the girl. This girl really knew her tennis, she knew all the doubles players, and even had a picture of Ullyett for him to sign. Anyways, Kevin signed for me, and I think (hope?) he liked the collage. I ran after Paul who had already left, and when I finally caught up with him, he was kind of surprised and said to me, “There you go, champ” in his charming accent.
Somehow, I lost my pen through all this – I remember Paul gave it back, but I must’ve dropped it in my excitement. Two pens lost in two days. I was having a fit!
Daniel Nestor and Mark Knowles were practicing against Bester & Duclos (? Must have been him) in what was quite an entertaining match. Bester and his partner were talking a long time before their service point and Daniel yells out, “Hey, what they hell are you saying to him? Serve!” in a joking way. Then, Bester missed a volley by a bit and Nestor laughed and said, “A bit tight on that, eh?” and then Bester served an ace, and he said, “Wasn’t tight on that, eh?” The crowd was laughing so hard.
I got Dan and Mark to sign for me, they were really nice about it J Then I watched Aspelin and Knowle practice against Paes and Vizner. They all have such defined legs, really! It was entertaining to say the least! A nice lady was talking to me through it though so I couldn’t pay close attention.
Nadal came to practice there, so I left to go walk around some more. Oh, and on a random note, I saw Karlovic walk by. Big. Big. Man. Big.
Bjorkman & Mirnyi were just finishing their practice, and a ton of people were asking Max for autographs. He was also taking pictures. So I asked a random man to take a picture of me with Mirnyi, and he accepted! Highlight of my day!! Max put his arm on my back and crouched down to my level and even sort of smiled. And best yet, I wasn’t horrible on the photo!! Really great moment for me. (Pic at end of report)
I watched Knowle hit with Ancic a bit, and then took a picture of Russell after his victory. Thomas and Kerr had a really long talk on their deserted practice court. Wonder what about?
Clement & Gasquet versus Nieminen & Perry was the marquee match now – it was impossible to find a seat. It was very high quality, but Perry made a lot of easy mistakes one wouldn’t expect from a doubles specialist. For the most part of the match I sat in front of what I think was Perry’s coach. He seemed so disappointed for Todd. I was too, actually. I love Arnaud & Richard, but poor Todd – coming all this way for a 1R exit. Nieminen played quite well at times, too – so it’s just too bad it had to come down to that match tiebreaker. And the fact that they choked a huge lead doesn’t help. The crowd was for the Frenchmen, though, so I don’t know…
Next I watched the second set of Peter Polansky and the Italian guy. It was good tennis, and I quite enjoyed clapping between every point. You know, not the applause – but the encouraging clap you give to the guy who’s down? Yeah, I started that a lot, it’s a lot of fun. The crowd was into it, too.
Unfortunately, my time was cut short tonight. I only had time to watch Dmitry Tursunov practice with Wassen shirtless. It was quite fun, let’s say, to watch Dmitry shirtless is fun to watch.
So, yeah, can’t wait for tomorrow =)
Glad I went, glad the rain held off.

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love the reports mate, you have your own style of writing and it helps the reader to really imagine what was happening.

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Don't know about Ancic

TUESDAY
We got there way too early (too early to park on the street…) so I waited a lot. Anyways, once I got in, I got straight to the practice courts to see what was going on.
I got to see an awesome drill-practice with Zimonjic and Jamie Murray. They were playing out points with their coach; it was really fun to watch. I realize more and more than I love all the doubles specialists; they were so quick with their hands and really just great fun to watch. And they’re all so nice and humble and funny!! They both signed for me (I did have to chase Jamie, though!)
Roddick was practicing to a more-than-full crowd, so I took a few pictures and walked away. Too many people to make it worth watching, honestly…
Duclos was practicing on a court, but in front of him was the sexy Paul Hanley shirtless with Ullyett. So I subtly took pictures of Paul I didn’t realize he had such a tight body!
Bjorkman was practicing with Zimonjic. They played a singles match and when Zimonjic finally won a game he raised his arms up in eternal glory. It was really funny! It was a good match, though, nice volleys and serves from Nenad but Jonas was over powering him.
The way it works out, I could watch this practice at the same time as I was watching Jarkko Nieminen and Julien Benneteau. This was a good match. I felt bad for Jarkko; the crowd was pulling for the Frenchman. Julien made too many mistakes, lost his mental – Jarkko just got the balls back deep with interest and it paid off for him. His comeback was quite phenomenal!! After the match, he signed for everyone (even though most of them had cheered against him…) and he took pictures with those who asked – so, evidently, I asked He looked really pleased. He was smiling on the picture, too!!
When Bjorkman was coming off court, Safin was coming on with Chela – the four of them were laughing about something (I couldn’t figure out what exactly). Once Bjorkman left, I stalked after him and got my picture taken with him =) That was really great. He’s a class act, Jonas, he is.
Then, I saw Matkowski and Fyrstenberg practicing. They have really interesting service motions. They were speaking Polish to some fans that, from what I gathered, had seen them in Sopot last week. They took pictures together. I ran after them to get them to sign in my book, and congratulated them on their win last week. Near here, also, Aspelin was practicing his serves shirtless.
Next up was Max Mirnyi versus Ivo Karlovic. It was a serving display, that is for sure – but the shots, even attacking shots, seem rather week in comparison to what I’ve seen. In any case, I really enjoyed the match. I sat in the “Belarus” section – they had a flag and posters and all. I had fun yelling out for Max – in fact, the entire crowd started to support Max over Ivo. At the end of the match, Ivo left without signing one single autograph (almost as a spite to the crowd) and Max signed for everyone that wanted one (including the picture of us together) and I was really impressed by his humbleness and just how nice he is. An old volunteer said he had never seen a loser stay so long to sign before.
Erlich and Ram were practicing, and they were so awesome to watch – their volley to volley exchanges were lightning fast, but they were smiling and giggling about God knows what. It was so fun to watch them having genuine fun!
The next match on my list was Tursunov & Wassen against Hrbaty & Mathieu. The crowd was so one-sided that it bugged me. Anytime Dmitry and Rogier won a point, all you could hear was me applauding – so much in fact, that, once, Hrbaty gave me a look. They’re so pro-France, I don’t understand. Anywhoo, it was so strange, how the momentum just shifted so often. They played a lot more on Dmitry, as Rogier is very solid (although he went through a bad lapse in the second set). Wassen’s service motion is really odd, but it evidently does the job. During the match, Rogier kept looking back at something in my direction, I don’t know what it was or who it was. He had no coach there, so I don’t know. When they won, they looked really happy – and I was really happy for them =)
I chased after Wassen to get his autograph – he really impressed me with all his doubles skills – and he was calling home as he signed (maybe to tell someone he had won?). He was delighted to sign.
I chased after Dmitry and his coach (?) and asked to have a picture with him. His voice is so soft and nonchalant, he said, “Sure” in such a sweet, soft voice – I just knew it really didn’t bother him, it wasn’t an effort. He smelled good
I didn’t see any of Verdasco & Chela, but Verdasco went to the bathroom. Eh, interesting comment? It was just funny to see him in the midst of the crowd while he was supposed to be playing.
I got onto Center Court to watch Hewitt & Nadal against Bester & Duclos. I got to see the end of Gonzalez & Stepanek, which was such a shocker! Anyways, the doubles - It was really good doubles, I think. I had to talk to this boy the entire time (which was fun but I couldn’t concentrate on the game) I kept yelling “Go Canada!” and my mom was getting fed up with me. Hey, they need encouragement when playing Grand Slam champions!!
After this, we saw the match point of Federer’s doubles match, which was absolutely packed. I went around to eat, do my business, before watching the final doubles match. Bhupathi & Vizner against Gonzo & Ljubicic. It was good in the first set, but Gonzalez got really upset since he was playing bad. He whacked one out of the stadium, and at one point just tried going for too much. Ljubicic and him really showed personality in it all, though – Ljubicic was so funny, making a face when they lost points like a baby that is unhappy (but it was sarcastic so it was funny!) and, this one point, Gonzo crossed to make a half-volley and missed, and Ljubicic was all ready to hit it and he slowed down his motion and did it anyways. The crowd was laughing their asses off!!
Bhupathi really is in a class of his own in doubles, though – he makes some brilliant plays. Vizner is effective, too – and I didn’t know he was so old! But they both keep in shape. I got both of them to sign for me, they were really nice to the crowd waiting for them J
We went home after – I’ve no energy left!
I’ve got so many autographs – I have 16 of the Doubles top 31 which is really awesome. A lot of them are on the same page in my book, too – and they’re identified – so it’s pretty awesome. And I have four pictures with players I adore – hopefully I can get some more J
Can’t wait for tomorrow!
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Simon Aspelin & Julian Knowle: 2007 U.S. Open Champions!!!!
Jurgen Melzer & Philipp Petzschner: 2010 Wimbledon Champions!!!
Canadian Heroes: Frank Dancevic & Milos Raonic
Elite Squad: Marat Safin - Andy Roddick - Richard Gasquet - Jérémy Chardy - Philipp Petzschner - Tommy Robredo - Marin Cilic - Juan Martin Del Potro - Dmitry Tursunov - Mikhail Youzhny - Ivan Ljubicic - Juan Monaco - Jurgen Melzer - Fernando Gonzalez
Doubles Specialists: Simon Aspelin - Julian Knowle - Max Mirnyi - Paul Hanley - Jamie Murray - Mark Knowles - Mahesh Bhupathi - Mariusz Fyrstenberg - Marcin Matkowski - Daniel Nestor- Nenad Zimonjic - Andy Ram
Retired, but never forgotten, my idol: Jonas Bjorkman
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