If you’ve been watching the US Open Championships this week, you probably recognize this guy:
Denis Shapovalov, phenom from Canada
I first saw him beat Rafa Nadal a few weeks ago in a tournament in Montreal. Now he’s cutting a similar swath through the men’s bracket at the Open.
I’m pulling for him.
But I am distracted by his hat. It is always cinched so tight.
I have to wear caps like that at the widest possible position. Some don’t fit me at all. Which begs the question…
How small is Denis’ head? And how big is mine?
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I just spent three days at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, my 10th consecutive year among the sport’s best and brightest at the US Open.
Although I’m tired from the trip, I returned home with all my limbs intact.
Unfortunately, many of the top players in the men’s draw can’t say the same thing.
In all my years faithfully watching professional tennis, I have never seen so many walkovers and retirements. And the fact that they predominate in the men’s tour makes me question the best-of-five format.
The ladies play best-of-three in all tournaments, whereas the men play best-of-five in all majors and many masters classics. The sport continues to become more physically demanding, and over the course of the year, these long matches can really takes their toll.
I love watching tennis; I hate watching men in tears as they are forced to withdraw due to injury.
The USTA pays men and women equally as they should — why not require them to play the same amount of tennis?
Who knows…it might lengthen some tennis careers and will definitely make the current tournaments more competitive.
Just one fan’s point of view…
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Tagged best of five, Billie Jean King Tennis Center, equal pay, equal work, Health, Humor, injury, life, major tournaments, New York City, Sports, tennis, US Open
Oh, how everyone loves to poke fun at the French.
How rude they are, how lazy, how smug!
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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Tagged celebrities, easy target, French Open, Humor, Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros, Sports, tennis
I got up at 3:30am to watch the men’s singles final at the Australian Open.
Djokovic is playing; of course I did.
There’s a video that has been shown repeatedly throughout the tournament featuring a poem by a native Aussie and images of the continent.
It’s very high brow and thoughtful.
Wimbledon produces similar films which befit its formal air and traditions. But I would love it if the US Open would follow the same format but make them funny.
Same earnest delivery. Same chamber music. Heck, you could show the same type of beauty shots.
But have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler voice them and add their hilarious takes.
That would be poetry.
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Tagged Amy Poehler, Australian Open, comedy, commentary, Djokovic, film, Humor, poetry, Sports, Television, tennis, Tina Fey, Wimbledon
It’s the US Open Men’s Championship. Djokovic is playing Federer. All is right with the world.
Have 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.
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 wore a similar hue in his triumphant run earlier this year at the French Open — in plaid shorts, no less.
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Go, underdog, go
I cheered today, but alas
Only Kevin heard.
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Tagged cheer, ESPN, haiku, Humor, Kevin Anderson, life, New York City, Sports, Television, tennis, underdog, US Open, writing
During this fortnight that is Wimbledon, I can’t get enough tennis.
But that’s not why I loved and fervently recommend 7 Days in Hell, the hilarious mockumentary scheduled to air this Saturday night on HBO.
(I saw it early OnDemand. Gotta love OnDemand.)
Andy Samberg (SNL, Brooklyn 99) is Aaron Williams, a washed up former tennis star long removed from the game who returns for one last epic match against his bitter rival, young tennis phenom Charles Poole, played by Kit Harington (the late — or is he? — Jon Snow of Game of Thrones).
The match goes the full five sets and, since it is played at Wimbledon, does not have a tie break in the final set. So the play goes on and on — for a variety of bizarre reasons — for seven long days.
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut will be a tad jealous when they see why. (They hold the real record for the longest match at Wimbledon, iffin you didn’t know — 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days.)
There are tons of cameos by celebrities from television, film, tennis, even the world of magic. The story is outrageous, but the documentary format is honored, so it looks right…
Even though it is gloriously wrong.
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#1 in the world
#1 seed at Wimbledon
Reigning Wimbledon champion
Now playing on Court #1
#2 in the world
#2 seed at Wimbledon
Last won Wimbledon in 2012
Now playing on Centre Court
Something doesn’t add up…
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Tagged celebrities, Centre Court, check your match, doesn't add up, history, Humor, life, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Sports, tennis, tennis court, tournament seeds, Wimbledon, world ranking
What a difference a day makes.
Sam Groth, an unseeded player from Australia, was last seen on the courts at Wimbledon in his traditional tennis whites. Nothing to mar the surface except the brand logo.
It is a different story today during his headline match on centre court with Roger Federer.
Note the sponsor patch that has been applied on his right sleeve. There is another out of view on his left arm as well.
Those last-minute sponsorships can earn a player $50,000 a pop.
When you add that to his projected winnings for losing in the third round — it looks that way at this point — Groth could walk away a Wimbledon ‘loser’ with close to a quarter of a million US dollars.
A good week.
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