Monday, September 10, 2007

The US Open - A Final Look

by Savannah

A look back at some of the sights and words of the 2007 US Open

Don't Ask Her Unless you want an answer...

Jelena Jankovic commented on the womens draw
during her post match presser after losing to Venus Williams.
Q. Do you feel like you lost to the best player in the tournament?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. But I think it was unfortunate that the upper draw was very, very strong and we had to play each other. Venus, Serena, Justine, we were all up in the draw.
Whoever wins from that top will win the whole tournament, from my opinion. Unfortunately, we were all stuck in that side. It was a very open draw in the bottom. So this is how it is. This is the luck.
It happened actually in the last three Grand Slams. It has been kind of similar that Serena played Justine in the quarters and then I would play in the semis Justine. It's like they copy the draws (smiling).
But you have to accept it, and I think it will be a great semifinal. Venus and Justine will be a great match, and I think one of them will win the whole tournament.



Most Classless Moment of Tennis

Michael Barkan asking him, and Novak Djokovic doing his impersonations of Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal on national television. The original images have been on YouTube and some message boards for quite some time now. They weren't funny there either. I wonder how Novak would feel if someone did impersonations of him faking injury? I guess it would go something like this:

Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce,Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce,Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce,Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce,Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce.

"I'm getting pretty tired... I think I'll call for the trainer... A back rub would be nice."

Thanks "cheerioko" over at ESPN

Talent vs Practice

Those of us upset about the lackluster quarters, semis and final on the womens side should read this quote from Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post:

Practice beats talent when talent doesn't practice.

In view of Venus anemia this may seem a little harsh but there is some truth to it.

Roger on Novak's Injuries

Back in September of 2006 Roger Federer said this about Novak Djokovic after a Davis Cup match:

ROGER: You know, I don't trust his injuries...[general laughter] It's not funny, yeah? I'm serious.

INTERVIEWER: He was running around pretty well....

ROGER: Well, that's what I'm saying. I think he's a joke when it comes down to his injuries. I mean, the rules are there to be used but not abused. He was doing it many times, that's why I was not happy to see him doing that and then running around like a rabbit again, so... more laughter] Yeah, it was a good handshake for me. I was happy to beat him.

Djokovic Injuries


Sounds a lot like what Juan Monaco said after playing Djokovic doesn't it? What's weird is that the Davis Cup site edited out Roger's comments. I wonder who requested that be done?

For those of you who wonder why anyone who has heard both prefers the BBC coverage of ANY tennis match as opposed to their American counterparts here's an example of exchanges betweeen American commentators DURING a match.

ted robinson: now i notice rafa has the white colored shoes on, and he's bending down to tie them, john. that's just not something you see every day. what about the game has changed where players have to tie their shoes so much on court?

p or j-mac: with the new technology, players have to make more adjustments. it's just part of the game today.

robinson: and that shirt color -- you have to go back to 1993 to see a similar color and pattern in the men's game.

mac: i remember in my match against lendl he had a similar pattern, though the results weren't as good for me.

robinson: i just don't recall seeing it before in quite that level of detail or panache. he's had 37 unforced errors compared to 50 winners since he's been wearing that shirt, just amazing.

mac: he needs to start cutting down those unforced errors more if he's going to have any chance at all to get back in this.

robinson: now, would you say that pattern would tend to have more of an effect on grass, or on hardcourts? or would it make the most difference on clay? because we've all seen his proficiency there. how much exactly does his success at roland garros...

endberg(sp): the terre battue!

robinson: ...have to do with the shirt pattern, and how much with the unique colors?

mac: well let's not forget, ted, that he's got the shoe tying to worry about too, nadal does. that's definitely going to have an effect, especially on his opponent.

robinson: speaking of which, and we saw this last week at cincinatti, there have been 134 consecutive serves to start a match that *didn't* involve either a shoe tying, or a colored shirt. And that's not counting the endorsements sewn into the fabric. We haven't seen that since 1987.

mac: you can't be serious!

endberg: 40-30, break point. correction: deuce at 4-4 in the tiebreak, oh my!

robinson: now if rafa went up against pancho gonzalez, assuming both were wearing the same color and they had velcro shoe fasteners, who would have the bigger serve?

mac: it would depend on how fair the linespeople were that day.

robinson: because you'd have to think, if only there were some way to have that matchup -- well, i don't know. who would fare better considering the line judges were on their game?

mac: if they weren't, we'd have to reconcile with them, like in my latest amex commercial - you're not evil!



robinson: how much impact would you say evil is having on the game today? when we see a federer going up against a nadal, or a justine going up against a venus or serena, you just have to wonder what level of evil is playing a part, especially in the serving.

mac: well it's the return game that's really affected. and up at net too, don't forget. players have to get much lower to hit those volleys than they have been.

robinson: but back on this question of evil -- does it have more to do with the shirt color, or more to do with tying the shoes? we haven't seen any player asked this question on court since 1952.


The above exchange was posted on the ESPN
board and was obviously between JMac and Ted Robinson.
What do Rafa, Venus and Serena have to do with evil in the game of tennis Ted? Is this part of your campaign against the predominance of Eastern Europeans in tennis now or a separate part of your world view? I'm offended.

Winning ain't easy...

A little perspective is needed when talking about Rafael Nadal and his so called failures at the US Open. "Reyes" posted the following on Vamos Brigade about Roger Federer's road to success at Flushing Meadows.
2000: 3rd Round
2001: 4th Round
2002: 4th Round
2003: 4th Round
From 2004 to 2006: Winner
Of course now 2007 has to be added but you get the picture. He didn't descend from the clouds and begin winning the US Open. It took him time to figure out how. Thanks for the information, and perspective "Reyes".


The US Open is over. It will be another year before New York City is host to the best tennis players on the planet. Men and women will have played a long hard road beginning with the warm up events in Australia rejoining the summer they left behind on the asphalt of the city known as the concrete jungle.

There will of course be tennis. The focus moves to Asia where the top players are set to perform in Beijing, Mumbai and Bangkok. There will be an exhibition match between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras. Lindsay Davenport will return to the main tour in Bali. There is also an event in Bucharest Romania on that most maligned surface, clay.

There is the European indoor season and at seasons end, the women play their Year End Championship in Madrid while the men will play the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.

So even as we tennisheads take a deep breath and for a few hours turn our minds away from tennis we are looking at the draws for upcoming events and will begin to follow our favorite players trek towards the end of the official season. It's already September. January is just around the corner.

6 comments:

Shannon said...

This made me laugh and laugh. And thanks for the perspective on Nadal's US Open results.

I'm a bit sick of hearing how his days are numbered. He was doing just fine this year until the Wimbledon schedule did him in, and he still almost won that one. The USO injury seems to me to have resulted from overcompensating with the good knee, and then just not giving it a chance to heal. Hopefully he can do that now and be ready for the end of the year.

Good to see Roger taking down Djokovic, who managed not to call for the trainer this time but DID manage to get extra attention anyway by throwing water all over the court on a changeover. Classy!

Karen said...

endberg: 40-30, break point. correction: deuce at 4-4 in the tiebreak, oh my!
I could not stop laughing after reading that section. I had to read it many times over to see whether I was reading correctly. I would just like to know at what point in a tiebreak do we have deuce. It just blows my mind that this fellow almost always seems to get the score and everything else wrong, yet he is still there plodding away behind the mic. Steve Tignor posted on his blog that Ted Robinson needs to go elsewhere to be J-Mac's PR person. So true. As to the discussion about evil, Ted needs only look at himself in the mirror and he will see the very embodiment of evil.

Savannah said...

Shannon welcome. I'm glad your visit here was pleasant.

Since this is a tennis blog not a blog about one player I try to keep my KADism quiet but sometimes it just gets to be too much.

I notice that Djoke didn't pull any illness crap playing Roger but that water bottle incident should have gotten him a warning. Instead the people in the booth, and apparently Brian Early and the chair felt it was just a young guy having a "moment". Yeah right.

And Karen the last part of your statement is so true. Instead of asking that idiotic question Ted should just go somewhere and put himself out of our collective misery. If he wants to be JMac's straight man I have no problem with that. I just think they should take their act on the road.

The other announcer that bugged the hell out of me was Jim Courier. He's come across in the past as the voice of reason. The last two weeks he's been like a guy who's been locked in the basement for twenty years and now out, talks about any and everything from a perspective that is questionable to say the least.

No tennis on television today! Now to ease myself back into proper society and see what's been going on in the world the last two weeks.

Helen W said...

Savannah are you a professional writer? Your blog entries really capture the essence of the experience. And I love your choice of pictures.

Like you, I am simply at a loss to understand why tennis commentators include the likes of Dick Enberg and Bud Collins. No other sport that I watch has such inane commentators. After NBC finally let Bud go, ESPN snapped him up -- go figure.

Mariya said...

LMAO, the JMac-Ted Robinson -Enberg dialogue is hilarious. And so on point

BTW - it's obviously a joke, I'm not sure everyone caught that.

Savannah said...

Helen I do write - I've posted fanfics on some sites - but I do it for my enjoyment.

I'm glad you like my writing style. I try to write so that those reading it do get the feel for what it was like to be there.

Thank you.