So did Andy and Brad seem friendly with each other? I was so surprised to see Brad interviewing him, let alone Andy laughing and seeming not to mind at all. I wonder if they worked out all of their problems because for a while it seemed that ESPN was making a concerted effort to keep them apart. Especially during the AO and Wimbledon, whenever Andy would come into the studio for an interview Brad would suddenly disappear. :shrug:smucav said:Saturday, August 6th:
An interesting moment occured when Brad Gilbert (who today was serving as ESPN's roving reporter) came on the court to interview Andy. He had been lurking behind the players chairs for majority of the last set & everyone was watching to see any visible tension. The crowd acknowledged Paradorn as he left the court (he's definitely the third most popular player in Washington each year--behind Roddick & Agassi. His fans really add a lot to the tournament sometimes they even stay & cheer for the next match; this year they were supporting Roddick during the Chela match.). Roddick signed a few autographs for the kiddies & Wayne Bryan got on the court (again) for another sponsor game (again it was exactly the same thing he had done during the kids clinics earlier in the week.)
I love them.smucav said:After the photo session, the Bryans went all around the whole stadium until every single person who wanted an autograph or a photo got one.
I was tired, but also too wound up to sleep right away. I wanted to write them while everything was still fresh in my mind. (I've since realized even by doing that I forgot a few things.)DJ dropshot said:SMUCAV - I've really enjoyed reading your posts this week. You must have been exhausted after the tournament and still sat down to write those novellas.
Thanks so much!
Someone told me that all of the food at the tournament (suites, hospitality tent, players lounge, Courtside Club, outside concessions) are all provided by the same catering company. The selling point for the Courtside Club is that if you don't have access to the suites or the lounge inside the building, it's the only option if you're looking for air-conditioning. Also it isn't as crowded as the outside concessions & I believe it's the only place where you can get a real drink (other than the Singha beer that's sold outside).SwissMister1 said:Very cool reports. What is it like in the Courtside Club - worth going into? It seems like they make a big deal about it over nothing in the brochures I got.
I suppose the downside is balanced by the good news out of Washington—make that by two pieces of good news out of the nation’s capital. Andy Roddick beat James Blake in the Legg Mason final. It’s great to see Blake back in the saddle again, and I’m also glad Andy won—somebody has to stay within shouting distance of Roger Federer on hard courts. What about Rafael Nadal, you ask? Well, it will be interesting to see how he holds up during the last, brutal leg of the Grand Slam season. We saw in Miami that he can play on hard courts, but let’s face it—Europeans have a long, rich tradition of packing it in at this stage of the season, when the heat, humidity, and distinctly American flavor of the tour can combine to overwhelm the sensitive Continental soul and psyche.
Americans have traditionally fared very well at the Washington tournament, before and during the Legg Mason phase of sponsorship. It’s been a staple on the calendar for some years now, and it’s played at one of the nicer, more intimate venues on the circuit—right in the heart of Rock Creek Park.
I bet the sponsors would have been a lot happier if I’d written these words a few weeks before rather than after the event, but there it is. Buy tickets for next year now, and make it part of your vacation; Washington D.C. may be the most beautiful city in America, and you’ll have plenty of other things to do there.