Best of three: Federer ready for U.S. Open run; Clijsters is for real
Instead of the Ad-In, Ad-Out format, we're going to try something new on Monday, a "best-of-three" recap of the week plus other random thoughts:
Some will cite Clijsters' success as an indictment of the women's game: How can a player who took two years off and birthed a child return so forcefully? We prefer a more charitable interpretation: The 2005 U.S. Open champion stayed in shape, hits a solid ball and is a welcome addition to the cast.
One quibble: Can we stop this practice of zooming in on the poor line judges after their call was proved incorrect by replay? For one, these folks are often volunteers, doing their best, standing out there in the stinking hot. Cut them slack. Second, they are correct on the vast majority of calls and get no recognition. (In Indianapolis, players were incorrect on more than 20 consecutive line call challenges!) If you're not going to cite them when they get it right, it seems both cruel and unfair to let the cameras linger on them on the rare occasions they screw up.