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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.

Roger-Federer380

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.

 

Double the fun

I spent nine hours today at the US Open tennis tournament — the hottest day this year in New York City.

Thank goodness I had a big hat.

During that time, I watched a lot of tennis, both singles and doubles, on all three major courts at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center.

My pick for the match of the day?

bryan brosThe Bryan Brothers win on the Grandstand

It was moved from Louis Armstrong because the Cilic / Simon match ran five sets.  And as soon as word got out, people started streaming into the smaller court where every seat is a great seat.

Five guys had appointed themselves cheerleaders for the Bryan Brothers and periodically treated the crowd to custom cheers that always got a huge ovation. The challengers, Verdasco / Marrero, had their fans, too; I would just need a translator to tell you what they were saying.

The first set was classic Bryan Brothers, a quick 23-minute hold. But the momentum shifted in the second set, and Ver/Mar claimed it.  The third was back and forth until the Bryan Brothers got the break.

I’m pretty sure our crowd could be heard throughout the Tennis Center.

Doubles deserves much more respect.

 

Sweat happens

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?

wozniackiMaria 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.

 

 

 

 

Adam and Adam

During the brief rain delay in Friday afternoon’s US Open tennis tournament coverage, I switched over and watched a bit of the Deutsche Bank golf tournament from Boston.

They were dealing with some weather issues of their own, and while the commentators discussed past winners, the name “Adam Scott”, the 2003 champion, jumped out at me.

Adam Scott…a professional golf player?  Adam Scott doesn’t play golf.  Adam Scott is an actor.  I knew him first as Henry in the exceptional Starz cater waiter comedy “Party Down,” but he made the leap to the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” last season.

(Good decision on his part, too, because Starz canceled the comedy, the bums.)

So, I checked Wikipedia — ’cause if it’s there, it’s gospel — and sure enough, Adam Scott is a golfer from Australia.  It’s funny, though — when you look at the promotional pics of Adam Scott the golfer and Adam Scott the actor, it’s not immediately obvious which is which (unless you already know).

Take a look yourself.

See what I mean?

If you don’t know, there are some clues.  Adam Scott the golfer [on the left] has a killer tan and a bit more muscle definition — he works outside, so it stands to reason.  (No offense intended, Adam Scott the actor.  Chances are, you are much, much funnier.)

An interesting side note — Adam Scott the golfer is no stranger to the movie biz, either; he dated actor Kate Hudson back in the day.

Man — don’t you love sports??

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.