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In 7 days…

During this fortnight that is Wimbledon, I can’t get enough tennis.

7DaysInHell-720x1066But 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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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

Out!

I love Wimbledon. I look forward to it every year. I consider it a legitimate response to the question,

“What are you doing July 4th weekend?”

But this?

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No.

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.

My eyes!

In basketball games, the home team wears white, and the visiting team wears a more saturated color.

In tennis, the players wear whatever they please, regardless of their seed in the tournament.

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That’s why all of us watching the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tournament on Tennis Channel are experiencing eye strain.

Both players in orange jerseys.

On an orange clay court.

I believe my eyes are bleeding orange blood, too.

Who’s the kid?

So, I’m watching the ATP World Tour Finals on Tennis Channel whenever time zones and my time allows.

And they’re doing those creepy child escorts again for the players as they enter the indoor stadium.

atp tour child escortsI know this is a cultural difference, so I am trying not to judge.

But I think the players look uncomfortable — the kids look uncomfortable, too.

(This child looks a bit like a tween Chucky doll, which is also a bit unnerving.)

Once the players reach their chairs courtside, what are they supposed to do?

Hug the child? Pat them on the head? Ignore them and go about their prep?

All choices look creepy…from my point of view.