Hey everyone. From the full disclosure department, I'm back in New York. But we've gotten lots of mail, links and tidbits, so we'll try and do brief baguettes...
• So MJMS plays a terrific spring of clay-court tennis. She beats various elite players and wins the biggest title of her career. She comes to Paris with a top 20 seeding for the first time ever. She is a veteran who's been to the Paris rodeo plenty of times before, so the "awe factor" ought to be minimal. Her draw looks pretty innocuous...
Then she drops her first match. To 97th-ranked
The big upset on the men's side?
We've seen plenty of evidence of this in the past, but it's clear that momentum can be an overrated and delicate commodity heading into a Slam. Players like to be in form, having played -- and, better still, having won -- some matches on the surface before the Big Dance. At the same time, the tune-up winners (especially when they're the non-stars) can come in with zero battery power. I suspect the MJMS was simply fried, emotionally and physically, before Roland Garros. And the weight of expectation only worsened her predicament.
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•New rule: All former grand Slam winners deserve a lifelong wild card at the event they win. It's been a long time since Gaudio has been a top-tier player. But, jeez, the guy won the friggin' tournament! It's simply wrong that he has to go through the indignity of qualifying, especially given the number of French no-names who got the automatic in.
• Yeah. We're calling a moratorium on Nadal's attire. Let's focus on his tennis instead. Same goes for the watch. Though we surrender the last word to our friend
• Tell that to my wife. We'll be back with a full seed report before Wimbledon. No more vacations scheduled for a while. As for picks, it's Nadal and ... well, we like this gem from loyal reader Stewbop: "A quick thought about who might be holding the trophies after the third Sunday (still getting used to that). The men's title will probably go to someone from Spain, while the women's title will probably be claimed by someone from ... um ... Earth."
• It looks like another tape-delayed final for the American audience, such as it is.
• Mike Tyson
• Alex of Jamaica Plain, Mass.: Not a questions, just a shot -- I thought the following
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• On the subject of event volunteers,
We'll be back tomorrow. Enjoy the tennis, everyone!