Querrey's underwhelming effort, Rafa's iffy English, more mail
A quick baguette for Friday. We'll be back Sunday with Midterm Grades...
• Right. You'd be right to wonder how the French Open can think about relocating to a bigger facility when so many prime seats on the big courts go unoccupied? The reality: It's a cramped venue. But you'd never know it watching on TV. No one sees the masses standing seven-deep on Court 8. They see vast pastures of unoccupied seats behind the baseline -- the ticketholders arriving unfashionably late or in the hospitality tents eating brie -- and rightfully wonder, "How relevant can this event be when so few are watching in person?"
• I'm really surprised by how much passion this topic has aroused. I read
Final word -- in English -- goes to
• You're a young up-and-coming top 20 player who's had some success on clay. You lose your first match at Roland Garros -- to no one's clay court specialist -- and then complain that you tanked and just wanted to get off the court?
• Plain white? Why, if
• No question Rios should have won a major or two. But let's be honest: He did get to No. 1! I think too often we talk about wasted talent and look at the top. Safin. Berdych. Kournikova. Even Serena. The real waste of talent is the guy who had the requisite skills and never made it on tour.
• Between my vacation and the Sunday start, the timing didn't work. We'll do it before Wimbledon.
• There seems to be some confusion but let's be clear: NBC
• New York readers. Here's an
• The Farmers Insurance Group of Companies has reached an agreement with the Southern California Tennis Association to become the title sponsor of the historic ATP World Tour 250 and Olympus U.S. Open Series men's professional tennis tournament held each summer at UCLA. The event will now be called the Farmers Classic. The 84th edition will be held July 26-August 1 on UCLA's campus in Westwood.
• USC beats Tennessee for second straight NCAA title.
• Nikki points out: "A few weeks ago you listed Belluci and Ancic as long lost siblings, but I think