While envisioning Dinara Safina, Donald Young, Ernests Gulbis and Ana Ivanovic in the same corner of the Melbourne watering hole last night, complaining about their rough days at the office ...
• Lefty? I can't even hold a fork with my left hand. I would definitely agree that the Queensland "Rally for Relief" didn't generate nearly as much attention as the original "Hit for Haiti" did a year ago. But the operative word is "original." It stands to reason that the first benefit -- an unprecedented show of conscience and solidarity among the players -- would be a bigger deal than the third. (You'll note the second was the Agassi-Sampras debacle.) Also, I reject your "reverse racism" theory. But I do think there might have been more significance regarding players teaming up to benefit a faraway Caribbean island (where most will never set foot) versus teaming up to benefit the host nation. But really, this is quibbling; both events were great, still more proof that the sport has a soul. And let the record reflect: Rally for Relief raised nearly $2 million.
• Full disclosure: I didn't realize this until a reader pointed it. But Shvedova is out with a knee injury -- one she's allegedly been phototweeting.
• Sam Querrey's inability to close out his match notwithstanding, Davydenko's defeat might be the most surprising result so far. That said, I hate 64 seeds. I don't want Federer-Nadal in round one. But if 21 has to play 54 (instead of 107) so be it ...
• On the plus side, nice to see Sania Mirza play well against Justine Henin, suggesting her career is back on the upswing.
• I didn't see the interview you referenced. And it sounds cringe-inducing. But I think Chris McKendry -- a former college tennis player -- knows her stuff. Give her the equivalent of a second serve.
• That's way too logical. You have no future as pontificator in the comments section.
• If you missed it here's
• Katie of Chicago: "Reading the comment in today's mailbag about getting tickets to Wimbledon, I thought I'd share a recent blog post I did
• Fox Business Network (FBN) has teamed up with the Tennis Channel to bring viewers daily updates of market moves and courtside play during the 2011 Grand Slam Events for the second year in a row.
• Savvy reader Stewbop notes that of the first 32 women's matches, 14 went the distance.
• Yosh of Chicago: "I know the Aussie Open just started, but I need to gush about Lindsay Davenport's commentaries on the Tennis Channel. I've always been of fan of hers when she was on the tour, but as a former player who actually competed with the Williams sisters, the Belgians, et al., I find her insight refreshing and her well-known graciousness a nice break from ... let's just say other commentators."
• Kevin Cameron, River Edge, N.J.: "Is it just me or does Andy Roddick's brother and former coach,
Enjoy Day 3 everyone!