French Open midterm grades
Most of the contenders are alive, the strings are dead, the French women fell faster than the French GDP. We're seven days into Roland Garros and, herewith, our midterm grades. (All grades distributed on the Memphis Basketball bell curve.) Warning: argue the mark and you'll endure boos and whistles from the French crowd.
Men's seeds: A "formful" draw so far, led by
Other comeback kids:
Sibling acts: Bryan-Bryan, Williams-Wiliams and Radwanksa-Radwanka (Randwanksi?) still alive. Only Bondarenko-Bondarenko are out.
Tennis Channel: Coverage has been generally unimpeachable, but someone has to figure out a way to improve distribution. Who has an in with the Dolans?
Grunting: Like Nadal's pink shirt, it's a fine "conversational," but man have the sound effects gotten out of control. (That means you, young
French femme brigade: Of 18 players in the draw, two are left. Who do they think they are, Americans?
Departing crowds: It's like mom calls from the stoop and every fan has to rush home for dinner. By 7:00 p.m. it looked like 75 percent of the seats were vacant, even as some of the biggest stars were playing.