French Open Tennis: Rafael Nadal Makes It Four In A Row!

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The Aussie Open: Maria Sharapova Might Just Make Me Like Her

Cross Posted At Megan’s Minute. You all know Maria Sharapova is not my favorite tennis player. I freely admit, a lot of that is not her fault. Much of my dislike lies in the fact that she became the "Great Blonde Hope" after she won only one grand slam, Wimbledon in 2004. Simply because she's got blonde hair and long legs, you would have thought she was the second coming of Rod Laver as a woman, the way the sporting press fell at her feet.  She was the new Anna Kournikova, except with talent.  This also at a time when the tennis press did nothing but rake Venus and Serena Williams over the coals.  Something that annoys me no end. Her "Come on's" are excessive and annoying, and as for her screeching, it's so loud, when I saw her at the US Open, my ears hurt from the sound even though I was sitting in the highest part of the nosebleed section of Arthur Ashe Stadium. ...more

2007 US Open Tennis Preview

I had a grand old time last Thursday at the US Open Qualifying Tournament. Not only is it free---how has that escaped the bean counters all these years?---it's like riding on a picturesque highway with no traffic...a pleasure. As soon as I got on the grounds of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center I could feel my excitement building. I roamed the grounds sampling matches, checking out some up and coming Americans like Asia Muhammed, Phillip Simmonds, and Sam Warburg. Then there were more well know names like Alex Bogomolov, Jr. and Scoville Jenkins. Jenkins was the only player I saw that day who made it into the main draw. Congratulations Scoville! You can see my photos from qualifying here. It includes pictures of Rafael Nadal, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic practicing. Read This Entire Post At Megan’s Minute ...more

Tennis Tidbits: Roger Federer Rolling Toward The US Open

Cross Posted At Megan's Minute Roger Federer set himself up nicely for another US Open win with the demolition of James Blake in the final of the Western & Southern Financial Masters in Cincinnati 6-1, 6-4. The win gave Roger his 50th career title and with it the US Open Series. James got stomped in the first set and in the second he was simply out matched. Blake did well for himself getting to the final this week with wins over Juan Carlos Ferrero, Sam Querrey, and every betting man's player Nikolay Davydenko, but I'm beginning to feel his chances of making noise at the US Open are pretty much over. By all rights, Lleyton Hewitt should have beaten Roger in the semis yesterday when he had him in a third set tie-break. Throughout the match Hewitt played the best I've seen him play in a long time but he played a lousy tie-break to lose a match he should have won. Poor CBS. Not only do they get a blow-out final with the Federer/Blake match---so much so, they made the dubious decision to replay some of the match as filler---but every true tennis fan must have been doing what I was doing at the beginning of the match. That is flipping back and forth between ESPN2 to watch the nearly 20 minute epic game between Justine Henin and Jelena Jankovic at the Rogers Cup women's final in Toronto. ...more

Tennis Tid Bits: The Djok's on Roddick, Rafa and Roger

Cross Posted at Megan's Minute Novak Djokovic beat the bejeezes out of the top three players in the world last weekend and won the $2.45 million Rogers Cup in Montreal. His pummeling of Andy Roddick in the quarters and Rafael Nadal in the semis was just a prelude to his humongous win over Roger Federer...that's right, Roger Federer, in yesterday's final. He played two magnificent tie-breaks to beat the number one player in the world, 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 7-6 (7-2). "Especially against Federer in the final, to win those tiebreaks was incredible," Djokovic said. "I managed to win these tiebreaks against a player who probably has the best record in tiebreaks, who is the strongest player mentally in the world right now." ...more