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aww isn't Lola just the cutest girl. she's so pretty. Thanks smucav :)
 

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:yeah: smucav, thank you very much for so detailed reports (esp. about Grosjean ;) )!!.. An excellent job. Have so great time there every day! And what a pity that there're no photos...
 

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Now that you mentioned that something happened with Flip you have to spill it! You cant just say something happened and leave it at that! :p
 

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Thanks for the updates Smucav.....they are greatly appreciated!
 

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c'mon share! lol, you cant say that and then not tell. what happened?? god i hope its not too embarassing!

if u dont want to post it can u private message me,... considering id be the only one that cares, lol!
I saw Flip practicing today. He looked OK. Missing a ton of serves. That girl was with him.... what a diva. A bit over the top.
 

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I saw Flip practicing today. He looked OK. Missing a ton of serves. That girl was with him.... what a diva. A bit over the top.
lol, what was she wearing? alexis has a habit of over-dressing for the tennis... in january she looked ok because she wore jeans and a singlet top but since then she's pulled out the designer dresses and high heels, hahaha..

oh well, its better he have an off-day serving in practice, then in his match... i hope!
 

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Monday, August 1st:

[Epilogue to Sunday: I found out I missed some drama after I left yesterday. During the later Roddick-Blake practice session on the grandstand, some guy in the upper deck of the stadium kept heckling both players, yelling out between serves & screaming "Blake you suck" every time he missed a return. Roddick got really mad at the guy & Dean Goldfine told the heckler to be quiet. He kept it up & Roddick told him to be quiet. The guy started yelling that he was going to come down there & "show them how to really play." Finally a security guard hauled him out of there. It turns out he was stinking drunk & had to be escorted off the grounds. (Why/how would someone come to watch four qualifying matches & a kids picnic & get that drunk?)]

I got up to the tennis center around 12:30 today. I immediately checked the practice schedule in the lounge & found out that Roddick had already practiced in the stadium, but got the schedule for the rest of the day. No one I recognized was on the outer practice courts but I saw Greg Rusedski walking around as well as Alexander Popp (who seems to be everywhere I go) & Jenny Hopkins. Since the gates don't open until later in the day, there were probably less than a hundred people in walking around the whole tennis center.

Nicolas Kiefer was supposed to be practicing in the stadium at 1:00, but he wasn't there so I went to the grandstand where Robby Ginepri was practicing with some young American kid who I've seen around the last few days, but don't recognize. Other than Ginepri's coach Francisco Montana (& another guy who I think was his trainer) & the young kid's coach or agent (who I first thought was a reporter), I was literally the only person watching the practice session. It was super hot at that time, but Ginepri & the kid were really practicing hard, running down everything. Ginepri was shirtless & he really is one of the fittest players I've seen up close. Ginepri was really hitting & moving well, but would scream expletives whenever he missed a return. At one point during the match, a camera crew came in & started shooting Ginepri. I don't think he noticed until Montana whispered to him, "look out, cameras are here." (Maybe so he wouldn't swear?) Whoever this kid is, he has a really nice serve (he aced Ginepri a few times) & a nice looking one-handed backhand. Montana was doing all the ball retrieving, while the trainer just sat in the umpire chair. The kid's coach/agent whoever spent the whole practice session on his cell phone yelling at someone, barely paying attention to the practice. Ginepri & Montana were both yelling out "good shot" whenever the kid hit a winner which seemed to give him a lot of confidence. From the conversation they all had at the end of the practice, it seemed like they had just met the kid this week & this was their first practice. When the session was over, I waited a minute or so (only one other person came in during the whole session) to leave so I wouldn't be right behind them, but of course they stopped to talk to some girl Ginepri knew (an attractive blonde who might have been Ashley Harkleroad) so I ended up right behind them anyway.

I walked around a little bit & watched some of the practices on outer courts (does Kenneth Carlsen practice six times a day or what? he's always on the practice courts). I saw Andy Roddick coming out of the media tent with about five reporters trailing after him. They had to really hustle to keep up.

Then it was time to meet my guest. When play started, we went to the Popp v. Phau match on the grandstand (the height differential in that match was hilarious). Popp got up an early break in the first, then Phau broke back, but lost the first set tiebreak. In the second set, Phau started hitting passing shots everytime Popp moved in which the big guy had no chance of getting to. Popp got the early break in the third & that was all she wrote.

Paradorn was having a signing, but we didn't care about that (there were lots of Srichaphans on site with their red t-shirts today though). We went to get dinner from hospitality (Red, Hot, & Blue tonight) & went into the stadium where the second set of the Goldstein v. Falla match was starting. Goldstein was on fire, scrambling all over the court, & getting lots of support from the crowd.

When that was over, we went back to the grandstand where local kid Phillip Simmonds (playing in his first ATP main draw match after qualifying) had already bageled Wayne Arthurs in the first. I asked around, but no one had seen the first set so I don't know if Simmonds was playing great or Arthurs was terrible. Simmonds, who I saw a little bit of during the qualifying & practicing, is a former top ten ITF junior who was getting a lot of support from the crowd. It seemed like a lot of people came out just to see him after reading a story about him in today's Washington Post. He fought hard in the second, but Arthurs took the set. Arthurs was really cursing everytime he missed a return. Simmonds got down a break early in the third, but had break points against Arthurs in the next game. When he failed to convert, he really got deflated & was broken again. He seems like a nice kid & I hope to see more of him.

Hernych & Delgado were just warming up, so we just walked around a little & came back & watched the first few games of Karlovic v. Carlsen in the grandstand mainly so I could check out Karlovic's height in person. Carlsen got broken in his first service game.

We went to the stadium where the second set of the James Blake v. Lisnard match was starting. Lisnard was actually playing better than I expected based on his reputation & was making all sorts of passing shots & extending all of Blake's service games. Finally serving at 3-4 Lisnard got what he thought was a bad call to give Blake a break point which he converted & served out the match. Lisnard walked up to the umpire (Steve Ullrich) & instead of shaking hands just put his hand up to the umpire's face & walked off.

Next we headed out to the practice courts (three courts side-by-side with one fence around them.) On the left court, Nicolas Massu (with a giant headband & unusual looking top-knot ponytail) was practicing with Paradorn with Paradorn's brother/coach & a blonde guy who appeared to be Massu's coach standing by. In the middle court, two random players (my friend thought one of them was really cute & was upset I couldn't identify him) were practicing. On the right court the Bryans were practicing with my car buddy from the other day, Kevin Ullyett, with Wayne Bryan retrieving balls. (I had heard earlier in the day that the Bryans only arrived late today after going to airport on Sunday & finding out they didn't have a reservation). The Bryans/Ullyett were doing some sort of drill where they were playing two on one & would rotate after odd games. Ullyett actually did a fairly good job of covering the whole court when the Bryans were double-teaming him. Mr. Bryan got bored after a while & just sat in a chair on the side of the court.

When we went back to the stadium, the second set of Jonas Bjorkman v. Jeff Morrison was beginning. Bjorkman broke early, but both players were getting in some good ralleys at the net. Morrison broke back which amped up the crowd, but Bjorkman eventually took the set & the match.

After being on site for nearly ten hours, there was no more tennis to be seen (at least until tomorrow).
 

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Seems like we did different things.

I think that the young American kid you're referring to is the same one that sat beside me (yes, in the cheap seats!) during Paul's match. I recognized him but couldn't remember his name. He was talking to some red-headed guy that I'm fairly certain is some big American player's coach or something. They just blab-blab-blabbed the entire time. I almost asked them to be quiet but I didn't want to be mean to a player. :p Still, I'm not sure why they went up there if they were just going to talk, they didn't watch the match.
 

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The kid I'm referring to shorter than Ginepri (probably about 5'9") but about Ginepri's build. He had a backwards cap with what appeared to be blonde hair peeking out. All the times I saw him practicing this week he was wearing a blue sleeveless shirt (couldn't tell the brand). He looks like he's about 16, but all the young guys playing qualifying lost already (except Simmonds) so I don't know why they would be hanging around. The coach/agent guy with him today was really short, but not red-headed. I guess when I actually see him play a match I'll figure out who he is.
 

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Well the guy I'm speaking of has blond hair and a backwards cap, and I don't think he knew the red-headed guy that well, because of how they were talking. He did look to be about 16 years old. Pretty tan though... I don't know about the height really.

He also mentioned that he was just there as a practice partner for someone.
 

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Sometimes the players bring friends who play (like Andy and Tres Davis or Mardy and Bo Hodge) as practice partners, or they even sometimes hire someone. So it may not even be anyone who's "anyone"

Anyway, thanks for the report. Sounds like everyone had a nice day :) Glad to hear Lisnard played better than it sounded like he did against Andre last week (when he could barely keep a ball in play or get his serve over the net). I was worried about James's prospects for his next match(es) just watching the scores tick away.
 

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could be a friend or a junior or someone they heard was in the area, and asked to practice with them, could be absolutely anyone.
 

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Debstah said:
Sometimes the players bring friends who play (like Andy and Tres Davis or Mardy and Bo Hodge) as practice partners, or they even sometimes hire someone. So it may not even be anyone who's "anyone"

Anyway, thanks for the report. Sounds like everyone had a nice day :) Glad to hear Lisnard played better than it sounded like he did against Andre last week (when he could barely keep a ball in play or get his serve over the net). I was worried about James's prospects for his next match(es) just watching the scores tick away.
:awww: i miss tres :sad: i used to love watching him in the juniors
 

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The red-headed coach could be Steve Devries, Robby's old coach. He's with the USTA and I think he's coaching Rajeev Ram now (or maybe it was Amer Delic, can't remember).

Thanks for the reports. If you keep running into Alexander Popp, say hello to him for me (just kidding, he doesn't know my name).
 

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The only 16 year old I can think of is Tyler Hochwalt, who lost in the last round of qualies, and was skinnier and paler than you mentioned.

Sounds like a practice partner, just like Pequery, the mystery French guy I kept seeing.
 

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Thanks for the reports smucav.
 
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