It's always struck me as shabby when a commentator or columnist ignites controversy and then slips away like
So here's what we'll do. For those who have had their fill of the fashion/image discussion and -- quite reasonably -- would rather get back to tennis, keep reading. For those wishing to continue discussing Federer's fashion and image,
• A little rain might have helped. And so might some -- wait, what's it called? -- oh, right ...
• And we would have been deprived Cahill's presence on the ESPN set. A lot of credit to Federer here. Just two months ago -- hard to believe -- everyone and their cousin had a recommendation. He needed a bigger racket. He needed a new coach. He needed a sports psychologist.
• I didn't count balls, but I wouldn't be so sure. Yes, Federer and
• The cynic might be inclined to say, "Yeah, and look where that got her!" Apart from that, I'm not sure I buy the thesis. Henin didn't exactly play at a Jankovic-ian pace. She rarely played both Indian Wells and Miami; she rarely played between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. It's almost become an either/or. Traipse around the globe playing 15-20 WTA events. (Your ranking will benefit but your body will betray you.) Or ration your events, which will benefit you in the long run but hurt your ranking.
• With the Jonas brothers emceeing. You could add the Blacks (
• Santoro is truly in a class of his own. (Read
• One Seles
• I believe doubles players are only required to "do press" if requested. In the case of Blake-Fish, if memory serves, they finished their Thursday semifinal match at Wimbledon around 9 p.m., long after the singles matches were complete. The print/digital journalists and TV folks had already packed it up. So this was less about a lack of interest than it was simply about bad timing.
• Wish I had more for you here. I saw him in the Wimbledon juniors last year and was impressed. But obviously plenty of junior stars never make the transition to the pros. (The Wimbledon winner the year before Dimitrov:
• Right you are. Dinkins is a USTA board member and hence makes an appearance at many events. In fact, he and
• We have to stop this "logic" right now. Way too many of you have complained about Federer's "lucky" draws, or the fact that he didn't beat Nadal. Sure, if we were scripting this for Hollywood, Federer would have beaten his rival, and exacted revenge on last summer, to achieve that French Open/15th major Holy Grail. But it didn't work out that way. Federer simply beat every man put before him. Can't ask for much more than that.
• Elitist? Tennis players?
• Congrats to
• Belated props to Indiana's own
• Speaking of the great Midwest, check out the field for the