Play was suspended earlier today at the US Open due to heavy storms and lightning in the New York City area. It brought to mind the question:
Don’t tennis players know their outfits are going to get wet?
Not from rain. From sweat.
Today was the most humid day of the tournament by far, and the players — male and female alike — were drenched, their clothes reduced to near transparency. Which begs a second question:
Do they consider this possibility when they chose colors?
Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki, who played earlier this afternoon, wore light grey and tan respectively in their afternoon match. After just one or two games, I could have sketched an anatomically correct map of not only their undergarments, but also any birthmarks, moles or particularly large freckles.
What gives, ladies?
I should really pass the blame to the clothing manufacturers. It seems like this issue should be part of their quality assurance testing.
We can do better, people.
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My friend Leah and I went to the US Open tennis tournament today hoping to see favorite players.
Me, Djokovic at the practice courts. Her, Verdasco in his early round match. We were both successful. (Leah even shook Verdasco’s hand.)
But we did not expect to meet Jack Sock’s aunt and uncle on the train platform on our way back into the city!
But we did.
They were chatting with friends and were curious about the matches that were still in progress. And since both of us were intent on our cellphones, they asked for an update.
We ended up talking until we arrived at Penn Station.
I think that counts as yet another sports celebrity encounter — don’t you?
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Add this to the list of things that your parents never tell you…
There is a professional tour for miniature golf.
The 2014 US Open Miniature Golf Tournament starts today in nearby Oceanport, New Jersey at the Bluegrass Miniature Golf Course.
And if we wanted to, you and I could play!
We just have to declare ourselves professionals and join the US ProMiniGolf Association. (The fee is $25.) Then there’s the US Open tourney fee of $100. It’s a par 40 course without the typical windmills and clowns, and the winner takes home $3,500.
(So, don’t expect to see Tiger or Rory in the lineup.)
And get this — men and women play together. In fact, the favorite is a 19-year girl from the Czech Republic who has won all the miniature golf majors this year.
This tour sounds way more fun than the PGA — am I right???
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I am fascinated by The Golf Channel’s coverage of The Open at Royal Liverpool.
So far this week, they have broadcast seven hours of ‘live’ coverage each day — followed by a repeat of that same coverage in the evening hours — and the golf tournament hasn’t even started yet.
That’s three days, 14 hours per day, of nothing but press conferences, talking heads and video of a practice round or two.
But no golf.
When the tournament begins on Thursday — at 4am ET, mind you — ESPN has the honors of showing actual rounds of golf.
Sucks to be the baby of the (cable) family, am I right?
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I spend most Fourth of July holidays occupied by a very British tradition –
The Championships, Wimbledon
In recent years there haven’t been any American tennis players, male or female, in contention for the major titles. This year’s champions are Serbian Novak Djokovic — yay! — and Czech Petra Kvitova.
But things may be changing in a few years.
The boys Wimbledon final was an all-American affair between qualifier Noah Rubin and six-seeded Stefan Kozlov. Rubin won in three sets and the two players, who are friends off-court, posed for this patriotic shot with their trophies:
Finally — some American fireworks in jolly ol’ England!
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In honor of the first day of the Championships Wimbledon, I have posted an amazing portrait of Queen Elizabeth:
It was created from random, found objects by British artist Jane Perkins.
There are two reasons to celebrate the old country today!
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I have been verbally spanked by more than one person for my lack of enthusiasm for the World Cup.
I’m not a soccer fan. To become an SSF (Sudden Soccer Fan) because of the frenzy surrounding the event doe not feel authentic to me.
Turns out it’s practically un-American.
To add insult to injury, I’m writing this post during the US / Portugal World Cup match.
Which I’m not watching.
Don’t get me wrong — I truly hope the US wins — but it’s still soccer.
I’m okay with getting the score later.
In other sporting news, the Championships Wimbledon begin tomorrow, where many Americans will be competing on its famous grass courts.
I love tennis and will be watching as much coverage as my schedule allows. I won’t verbally abuse you, however, if you have other plans.
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