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Easy target

Oh,  how everyone loves to poke fun at the French.

How rude they are,  how lazy,  how smug!

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But at Roland Garros, the French crowds overwhelmingly supported #1 Novak Djokovic in his quest for his first French Open title and career grand slam.

It may have been Novak’s 12th major title,  but it was the first time he didn’t have to battle the crowd as well.

I for one am loving all things French today.

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Seeing pink

It’s the US Open Men’s Championship.   Djokovic is playing Federer.  All is right with the world.

Almost.

rogerfederHave you spied Roger’s gear for this year’s tourney?  His tennis whites are outlined in bright poppy pink.

Even his tennis shoes are dyed this neon bright color.

Eww.

I’m not a fan of pink, but this isn’t an issue of personal preference.

The hot pink is an unusual choice, and I’m wondering if it was psychological. Did Roger’s team hope that the color would have its rumored effect of sapping his opponent’s strength?

stan wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka wore a similar hue in his triumphant run earlier this year at the French Open — in plaid shorts, no less.

Hmmm….

Faux pas

Fashion has always been a big draw in women’s tennis. Many of the top players, including both Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova, have their own clothing lines.

But the men?

More and more, they appear to be fashion victims of the labels who pay them to wear their clothing on court. And then at this week’s French Open, THIS happens…

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Who wore it better?

In that design, nobody wins.

LOVE

I have tennis on the brain this week. Or as Geoff Peterson would say —

Balls

tennis ballsI’ve been watching the French Open as much as humanly possibly on this side of the drink.

I bought my tickets to the US Open yesterday — one of the best things about living in New York City — through the American Express advance purchase sale.

(Because membership has its privileges….)

And I am already looking forward to watching Wimbledon over the Fourth of July holidays right here at home.

I hear rumors on Facebook and Twitter that the NBA playoffs are going on somewhere, but seriously — how can people even think about ‘pro’ basketball — when there is so much tennis going on??

Caved

Lazy Sunday morning.  Rory on the couch.  French Open Men’s Final on the tube.

Awesomeness.

I can’t help but flash forward to this year’s US Open on Labor Day weekend in New York City.  I haven’t missed the annual tennis tourney since I moved to Manhattan four years ago.

It’s always an amazing experience, but this year’s is gonna be special.  Because this year I’m attending the big event…as a member.

Not of the USTA.  (I joined a while back so I could buy tickets early.)  Nope, I finally caved and got an American Express card.  Because membership has its privileges…especially at the US Open.

For the past four years, I have walked past all the booths and kiosks with their special “For AE Card members only” signs.  Feeling left out.  Feeling…less.  Heck, one year I even used my friend Beth’s card information so I could get the special “For AE Card members only” radio headset to listen to the play-by-play during the matches.

Not this year.

I’m one of them now.  One of the uppity-ups.  Getting all the special drinks, special seats and special treatment.

But don’t worry.  I’ll be back with the little people at tourney’s end.