Tag Archives: Roger Federer

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….

Bad manners

You have to love Brits. So proper,  so polished, so personable.

Wimbledon has always been a prime example…until this year.

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Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, beat Roger Federer in Sunday’s final.

And Wimbledon had the bad manners to telegraph their choice for the trophy. Both before and after the match, their social media feeds were full of Federer — waxing poetic on the possibility of his eighth title, and openly weeping at his eventual defeat.

In contrast, Serena Williams’ win in the ladies’ championship was celebrated without question or sadness for those she felled along the way.

I expect more from you, Wimbledon.  Remember — even Federer had to defeat favorites in his early years at the tourney.

Today’s top men’s seeds deserve the same respect.

Check your math

wimbledonmatchNovak Djokovic:

#1 in the world
#1 seed at Wimbledon
Reigning Wimbledon   champion
Now playing on Court #1

 

Roger Federer:

#2 in the world
#2 seed at Wimbledon
Last won Wimbledon in 2012
Now playing on Centre Court

Something doesn’t add up…

#norespect

Advantage, Federer

Noshikori and Cilic in Monday night’s US Open Men’s Final?

Tennis fans are in shock.  (I include myself.)

But I would guess most perplexed are the organizers of the US Open themselves.  They wanted Roger Federer in that final game and, I contend, gave him every advantage to get there.

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Just take a look at his schedule:

  • Aug. 26th — Round 1, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Aug. 29th — Round 2, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Aug. 31st —  Round 3, last match of day session, Arthur Ashe
  • Sept. 2nd — Round 4, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Sept. 4th —  Quarterfinals, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Sept. 6th —  Semifinals, rain delayed to early evening, Arthur Ashe

If he were the #1 seed, or the #1 player in the world, you could argue that Federer was given more night matches due to his position.  But Djokovic occupies both of those spots, and he played primarily day session matches — was even scheduled in Louis Armstrong one afternoon.

If organizers cite TV ratings as justification for the schedule,  I call foul.  Federer was able to march through the draw without being forced to endure court temperatures over 100 degrees like every other player….

And that’s an unfair advantage.

 

Back and forth

I am not one to debate politics.  It’s wasted breath, in my book.  And someone usually gets mad (even if they won’t admit is).

But today I found myself arguing about — of all things — tennis players.  And realized it sounded much the same.

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My opponent was a Federer man.  Me?  I’m Djokovic all the way.  We had both been to US Open earlier in the week, and our conversation of shared experiences quickly dissolved into a volley of insults.

He finds Nole cocky.  I think Roger defines arrogance.  While we both agree that Federer is an amazing player, I find him boring to watch; he finds Fed fluid.

I like a player with personality which Djokovic has in spades. My opponent finds some of his schtick funny, but he’s a Federer man.  I’m Nole all the way.

Yep. We made a lot of progress, like most political discussions.

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Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer?

As the US Open Tennis Tournament begins at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing tomorrow — and Rafa Nadal is out due to injury — the rivalry is back in the forefront.

Not to discredit Andy Murray’s gold medal at the Summer Olympics…but still —

Novak or Roger?

This video answers that question for me.

Who can be one of the greatest tennis players of all time and still have fun?  Put on a good show for the kids assembled at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day?  Not take himself — or his celebrity — too seriously?

I’d support that guy any day.

Breakfast at Wimbledon

Guess which Olympic sport I’m watching this morning?

Murray vs. Federer, for the gold medal, in a Wimbledon final rematch — it will be EPIC!

(Now, sit down everyone…and put down your balls.)

Very superstitious

Turns out today’s date — 09.09.09 — has turned the whole world whack.  Literally thousands of Chinese couples are marrying today because the number ‘nine’ sounds very similar to the word ‘longlasting’ in all major Chinese dialects.

What would they have all done if it sounded like ‘Cheetos?’  Or ‘democracy?’  Or ‘animal rights?’

We should be so lucky.

I, for one, am going to use all the superstition surrounding today’s date to ward off the rain. I have tickets to the US Open tonight, so I will knock wood, step over cracks in the sidewalk, and toss salt over my shoulder to keep the storm clouds at bay.  I want to watch Roger Federer and Melanie Oudin on Center Court…not reruns on ESPN2.

If time permits, I’ll wander down to the food court and enjoy an egg roll.  And if a marriage proposal comes with it, I’ll consider it.

But I prefer spicy mustard.

The most wonderful time of the year…

The 2009 US Open tennis tournament begins Monday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing.  Attending is always a highlight of my year and a true out-of-body experience.

I have watched the US Open on television since I was a very little girl.  I loved Jimmy Connors’ spirit, bemoaned MacEnroe’s mouth, admired Lendl’s cool, endured Sampras’ calm, and was bored (most of the time) by Federer’s perfection.  (I watched the women’s draw as well, but I do love the men.)

To get the chance to experience it in person always blows my mind.

The venues are smaller and more intimate then they appear on TV, and the personalities even bigger.  You can sit in the highest level of Arthur Ashe stadium — and believe me, I have — and still have an incredible view of the action and all the celebrities in the crowd.  During my first US Open, I watched Matthew Perry during every break in the action. (His seats were way better than mine. )

When you attend the US Open, you can also watch matches in Louis Armstrong, the Grandstand, and other smaller courts.  You might get a chance to see some up-and-comer make their big move.

This year, I feel, is Andy Roddick’s Open.  After his near success at Wimbledon, it seems destined to be.  And I will be there, a very small part of tennis history.