• Great trivia question. Especially for the women's side. We've seen it with one finalist (i.e.
An Australian reader just wrote to me: "Watching Sam Stosur play tennis is like watching a 12-year-old trying to drive a Ferrari. The car is awesome and powerful, and can blow most cars off the road like they were standing still. But sometimes it just gets all too much for the little girl behind the wheel, who can't handle the power and whose little feet can barely reach the pedals."
That's not a bad image. Let's see if Stosur can clear her head and return strong on the hard courts.
Schiavone's loss Monday was much less surprising. To traffic in cliché, she had caught lightning in a bottle in Paris and all but admitted as much. A less rational/self-aware player would have pounded her chest and said, "It's Skeevy Time. I'm going for the summer double. I won one Slam and now I'm backing it up, $*%*%$*@!" Instead, her attitude was essentially: "I can die happy now."
• Aha! So it wasn't the lefty strokes of
• We can argue about style. But no one who works outdoors for long stretches of time should be asked to lose the hat.
• We could also add that in major team sports, players are under contract and still get paid while they're rehabbing. In tennis, you don't play, you don't get paid. So there's a serious temptation to go out there less than 100 percent (which can exacerbate the injury.) But again, I go back to my original point: Has it really gotten to the point where we're discussing tennis injuries in the context of the NFL?
• Still partial to
• You can't really go wrong in terms of the cities. But, truth be told, I've never been to any of those small fall events. If any of you want to weigh in and help Michael decide, I'm happy to play middle man.
While there's no event there, I recently visited Berlin and came away wondering why it is we don't all live there. Just a tremendous city. Think of this as an unsolicited recommendation.
• Pain felt.
• True, that, as
• USTA rules don't hold sway at Wimbledon. But nice find by Don. If I'm a player and my opponent has a reputation for screaming like the woman in Pink Floyd's
• Winner of the Alejandro Falla Pun Contest (what, you didn't know there was one?) goes to the anonymous reader who claims that Centre Court was nearly a "House of Falla." A vuvuzela to the winner.
• Scott G. sends video of the
• A clarification on how and when
• Lisa of Trinidad and Tobago: "For two players who have been on the tour for more than 15 years
• Pete H. has long-lost siblings: