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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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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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?”
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Tagged Andy Murray, Andy Murray tattoo, design, Fashion, Fourth of July, Holiday, Humor, Independence Day, July 4th, Sports, tattoo, tennis, Travel, Wimbledon
I spend most Fourth of July holidays occupied by a very British tradition —
The Championships, Wimbledon
In recent years there haven’t been any American tennis players, male or female, in contention for the major titles. This year’s champions are Serbian Novak Djokovic — yay! — and Czech Petra Kvitova.
But things may be changing in a few years.
The boys Wimbledon final was an all-American affair between qualifier Noah Rubin and six-seeded Stefan Kozlov. Rubin won in three sets and the two players, who are friends off-court, posed for this patriotic shot with their trophies:
Finally — some American fireworks in jolly ol’ England!
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In honor of the first day of the Championships Wimbledon, I have posted an amazing portrait of Queen Elizabeth:
It was created from random, found objects by British artist Jane Perkins.
There are two reasons to celebrate the old country today!
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I have been verbally spanked by more than one person for my lack of enthusiasm for the World Cup.
I’m not a soccer fan. To become an SSF (Sudden Soccer Fan) because of the frenzy surrounding the event doe not feel authentic to me.
Turns out it’s practically un-American.
To add insult to injury, I’m writing this post during the US / Portugal World Cup match.
Which I’m not watching.
Don’t get me wrong — I truly hope the US wins — but it’s still soccer.
I’m okay with getting the score later.
In other sporting news, the Championships Wimbledon begin tomorrow, where many Americans will be competing on its famous grass courts.
I love tennis and will be watching as much coverage as my schedule allows. I won’t verbally abuse you, however, if you have other plans.
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Tagged add insult to injury, Americans, Championships Wimbledon, commentary, competition, frenzy, grass courts, Humor, life, soccer, soccer fan, sporting life, Sports, sports coverage, Television, tennis, unAmerican, US Portugal soccer match, verbally spank, Wimbledon, World Cup