Serena is mentally tough, but readers say she's not toughest
• Lots of you chiming in here and mentioning Tendulkar. I cop to being a cricket philistine, but will take your word. I was thinking that maybe we need to add
Echoing the sentiments of many,
At some level we're talking semantics here, but I think we
• We love the Queen City. Really. And we try to get there every year. Great event and it will be even better once it becomes a unisex tournament. We'll even forgive you for inexplicably failing to elect
Quick point about McEnroe. A number of you wrote in complaining about his on-air "diss" of Cincinnati during the Melbourne final, particularly given his position with the USTA. I didn't hear the remark, but I move to cut him some slack. Unlike writers, who have the luxury of hitting the delete key or even altering something once it's been posted online, once the folks in TV say something, it's out there in the ether. Spend countless hours in the commentary booth and -- especially by night 14 -- you're bound to have said something regrettable. I'm sure if he had the chance to do it again, P-Mac would have picked on another event.
• It's hard to say, given that we have so little sense of who's playing well on clay. The men's event has essentially been a "menage a deux" since 2004. A plausibly healthy Nadal is the favorite; Federer, the defending champ, is your next candidate. (Aside: The previous three champions were
• No, but a dirty secret of journalism is that sometimes we -- not unlike trial attorneys -- plant questions to which we know the answer, hoping the subject can make the assertion in their own words.
• There's a great comedy sketch to be done vis-a-vis the Williams sisters' "ownership" of the Dolphins. Love to see Serena at the combine in Indianapolis assessing talent. "I like Suh, too, but his time in the 40 didn't impress me." Apropos of nothing, Porter is a regular at the Key Biscayne Sony Ericsson event. Wonder if we'll see him in 2010.
• If Federer spent a week or two preparing for doubles, a shotgun marriage pairing him and another player would yield a top team. Would Federer-Nestor beat the Bryans? Hard to say. But count me among those who'd pay to watch.
• It's funny, the offspring of tennis players often tend to have success in other pursuits:
• We may. And good for her. But consider this: I first remember RDLR from the 2000 French Open, her big breakthrough, almost a decade ago. Take that million dollars, tax it out, deduct expenses and travel costs, factor in the purchases for her daughter (I still lose sleep thinking I once parted with $200 for Dora Live tickets), and ... well, she ain't exactly living large. Brutal sport, this tennis.
• I loved that she started with Jehovah and ended with Gatorade. Hey, at least she has her priorities right. Was it the height of good taste? No. But during the trophy presentation a few minutes later, the suits thanked all the sponsors. Is it not hypocritical to condemn the players for doing likewise?
On a related note, a lot of you wrote ripping Serena for her recent tweet:
While it's true that it's hard to imagine, say, Federer or even Venus a) losing count of the Slam tally and b) having the audacity to admit as much, I think this offered some real insight into Serena. She simply doesn't approach tennis the way other players do. Some of you love her for it. Some of you hate her for it.
• Thanks. And let the record reflect, it's Uruguayan, not Uraguayian.
• Haas addressed this in Delray Beach, explaining that technically he could be eligible in September. While he left the door open, I wouldn't hold my breath. (The rare double cliché and mixed metaphor in a single sentence!) Even if Haas desires to play, given the way the vectors are going, I suspect both
• Thanks. Good catch, but it highlights a flaw with cumulative stats. If Federer had been forced to play more sets, his ace tally would have been higher.
• Hold your awe. At the U.S. Open, American Express card holders are entitled to a small earpiece through which they hear the TV coverage as they watch the matches. (Great promotion.) Then again, given the recent credit card legislation, perhaps "important figures" is an appropriate characterization.
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