Roddick's timing, the support for Venus, TV coverage and more mail
As Bruce Jenkins eloquently put it, these things are rarely completely clean.
?Defenses. Are. Weakening.
Again, there are so many ways to watch the tennis -- Tennis Channel (for whom I also work); USOpen.org; the various ESPN platforms -- you have no excuse these days if this main match is lousy. Remember a few years ago, USA bailed on the middle Sunday night match in favor of pro wrestling? That would never happen today because there are just too many ways to consume programming. (Discussion for another day: What happens to the fat TV revenue when you can watch everything streaming?)
No sooner had I written this then I got this from Emily M, Red House, West Va.:
Hi Jon - Still reeling from Roddick's announcement but thinking, too, of James Blake today. I watched him play Kei Nishikori at Cincy earlier this month and reported to my husband, "Remember how Blake used to just drill his forehands? He was doing that again today!" Then when he lost the match, I thought I must've had sunstroke, or else that I was too amateur to know what I was looking at. Really vindicated -- and happy for James -- when the ESPN commentators said basically the same thing yesterday. Turning back the clock indeed! Just great to see him playing so well.