• So we haven't even gotten out of the first round, and the storylines are abundant. We have an American teenager,
Lost in all this has been the heartening story of Lucic, 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist who made a brief detour to hell and now, in her late 20s, is making the slow climb back. Lucic's defeat of Molik (a heart-rending story for another time) marked her first Grand Slam win in more than eight years. "Every match I win now, it's like winning an entire tournament," she said yesterday.
Tennis can be like a swan. What you readily see is alluring: all those smiling millionaire winners with their entourages and their clothing lines. Underneath the surface it's less pretty. Here's a prime example. Lucic, you'll recall, had to flee with her mother and siblings to Croatia to escape her abusive father. Her game suffered, and she went broke. I asked her if she ever quit tennis, and she was adamant she hadn't. "It wasn't that I lost my love for tennis, it was family problems," she said. "It was all very unfortunate." She might still be a long way from where she once was as a long-haired teenager. But it's nice to get a happy twist for a chance.
• This cuts both ways. Yes, the players with the early start (i.e.
• OK, got it, but don't think that changes my answer. Who really is clamoring for best-of-five, even in a final? I feel like it's akin to playing 90-minute basketball games. More quantity, but no upgrade in quality.
• In keeping with our theme for the day, bring on the data! Why argue with this when an empirical answer should be at our fingertips? For the record: I do seriously believe that women's points are longer on average. We can cherry pick examples of individual players; but judging from stats like aces, service winners and time of match, I think it's pretty clear, especially if we include doubles in the sample size. But again, shouldn't this information be easily obtained?
• We reprint this, if only for the deft use of the word
• Exactly. By the way, someone wondered whether it were true
• There's water out there. I know at some tournaments there are official water sponsors, and there's a fear that a player will bring out a bottle of say, Evian, at a Perrier-sponsored event. But be assured, there's plenty of fluid on hand for the players.
• Nadal is hardly the only aggrieved player here.
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