Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This and That 3/31/2010

by Savannah

The WTA has jumped into social networking with both feet. It's new fan site,
http://www.WTASuperFans.com/, has a great look and provides interesting tidbits on the players. Serena Williams gives details on a recent awkward moment involving her hitting partner " Big Sascha". I have to admit I agree with her comments.

As far as Twitter is concerned Serena, along with Anne Keothavong, Svetlana Kuznetsova (who posts in both Russian and English) and Venus Williams are the most prolific and hilarious of the women. Among the men only Andy Roddick posts enough to make himself interesting and give a glimpse into his personality. I was taken back when he admitted he had Justin Bieber fever. Talk about awkward.

Another American player, Sam Querrey, whom I don't follow, managed to put his foot in his mouth last night.

RT @samquerrey: although i still wish i was in the tournament im glad to be home and away from guido-ville a.k.a. miami!!!


I'm glad I saved the post because when you go to his Twitter page now the post has been deleted. Calling an Italian-American a "guido" is not cool. Why he used it in reference to the resident's of Miami is not clear. Wonder what he says about other ethnic minorities when no one is looking.

Sony Ericsson Open/Miami Watch
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I'm still waiting to see what all the fuss is about regarding Yanina Wickmayer. Marion Bartoli (above) took her out in straight sets last night.
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Did this man play the match of his life last night? He played the man across the net plus a rowdy, pro Monogram crowd.

The crowd during the men's night match was comparable to the crowd during the day match between Nicolas Almagro of Spain and Tomaz Bellucci of Brazil. Almagro had to stop playing at one point because of the heckling and an offending fan was warned that his next outburst would lead him to the exit.

Marin Cilic who was seeded 7th at Key Biscayne lost to Fernando Verdasco who will play Berdych next.

Pictures of the Day
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Both of the above were taken during the Verdasco match.

End Note:

Serena Williams is reported to be "questionable" for Rome.

7 comments:

Kia said...

Sam Querrey better be awfully grateful to the "guido" contigent b/c they are keeping that tourney afloat with the weakness of the dollar. I'm from Brooklyn, ancestral home of many of the Jersey Shore crowd, and this word was always in usage and never applied to the Miami scene- there were another set of slurs for the South Beach set.

I'm so torn about this Caro/Henin match. Could a new coach help her develop some game? I know her dad was a pro soccer player but surely there is something more she could bring to the proverbial table. My husband isn't remotely a tennis fan and he even had to pause when I informed him that she was the world #2. He thought that was her seeding for the tournament and that everyone of consequence was incapacitated : )

And Savannah give Roddick a break re: his Bieber fever. My muscle bound, no necked baby brother who is a correction officer jokes that he is afflicted as well : )

Savannah said...

Kia said:
"Sam Querrey better be awfully grateful to the "guido" contigent b/c they are keeping that tourney afloat with the weakness of the dollar. I'm from Brooklyn, ancestral home of many of the Jersey Shore crowd, and this word was always in usage and never applied to the Miami scene- there were another set of slurs for the South Beach set."

So true. I worked with a lot of "guidos" from Brooklyn. An outsider never, ever, used this word in conversation with them unless you needed all your teeth extracted for some reason.

vw said...

I'm surprised about this comment from Sam. I would never use this even jokingly in front of any Italian. Yikes!

First,glad Justine knocked out the Pusher. Now let St. Kim and Henin destroy each other and let the last one standing face Venus. :-)

Savannah said...

The question is why did he use it referring to Miami? The largest ethnic group there would be defined as "Latino".

royce said...

Maybe Sam isn't smart enough to know the difference.

BooksHere said...

If he didn't know the difference then, he might now that one of the "Guido"-like Argentinians just beat him in Houston. Latino, Guido, they're all alike, aren't they? But one them beat you, Sam. Take that!

Watching that match was a chore, slow-moving and slow-witted from both ends. That kind of tennis looks like a completely different game than what Nadal, Federer, Murray, even Tsonga play. Run and hit the ball at the same time? No way, Jose!

Savannah said...

BooksHere, welcome. Don't be a stranger.

Can't disagree with your comments at all re Querrey. What was most striking about yesterday's match is that the announcers seemed almost desperate for Querrey to win so that they could say that an American had a clay title.