Event of the Week
Roger Federer in a smartly tailored suit to Novak Djokovic in what I read is a dress track suit and Andy Roddick in an obviously borrowed, and too small, waiters Jacket (you mean no one in his entourage knew he needed a suit jacket?) the stars of the tennis world lined up for a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Between American golden girl Betty White and Her Majesty women in their eighties are taking the world by storm. Work it ladies.
An Historic Match
Mohamed Lahyani, who said that his flying coach helped him sit in one place during Day 2 of the marathon.
Things I'm Not Going To Talk About Anymore
- Alisa Kleybanova needs to get her ass in shape so she can be the player she can be. I mean really Alisa. When the commentators are openly speculating you weigh about 250 it's time to step away from the table.
- Gael Monfils needs his head examined and/or to stop partying, and or caring about entertaining the crowd. The bimbos will be there when your career is over. You should keep in mind that a career in tennis is short.
- There is more to the WTA than Maria Sharapova. Or Justine Henin. Or Kim Clijsters.
- Laura Robson. After calling her peers "sluts" young Ms Robson tweeted yesterday that she was on her way to the players restaurant where one Mr. Marat Safin was dining. Said she was hungry all of a sudden. She is now in the running for the Blanche Devereaux Award. Then again when it comes to Marat most women fall into the slut category. Ahem.
- Mary Jo Fernandez and the conflict of interest her appearances present.
- Hannah Storm. She's not twenty anymore. At least the other idiot woman they had on (Can't remember her name) knew how old she is and was not trying to be half her age on camera. And she got the names right and had learned something about tennis before starting her gig. After she said that Venus was up two sets to love when she was actually up a set and two love, and didn't correct herself, I keep the mute button on when she's there. Guess she didn't know that if Venus was up two sets to love the match would be over. I'm just saying. I also love how Mary Carillo looks as if she wants to bitch slap her everytime they're forced together. Drah-mah dears. Drah-mah.
Is An Exorcism Needed?
Call in the Winchester brothers. Court 18 may need a ritual cleansing. Victor Hanescu suffered a complete emotional breakdown during his match on that court. Apparently a fan had been insulting him for most of the match. He appealed to the chair and got no help. The abuse continued as the fan was allowed to stay. When he'd had all he could he spit in the direction of the fan and then allowed himself to be defaulted. He was fined about 15,000 pounds for both infractions. I don't know who the chair ump was. Hanescu, normally a stoic man, has apologized. There's nothing more here.
Order of Play for Monday, June 28th.
CENTRE - SHOW COURT - 1.00 PM START
1. Roger Federer (SUI)  vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 
2. Serena Williams (USA)  vs Maria Sharapova (RUS) 
3. Sam Querrey (USA)  vs Andy Murray (GBR) 
COURT 1 - SHOW COURT - 1.00 PM START
1. Kim Clijsters (BEL)  vs Justine Henin (BEL) 
2. Novak Djokovic (SRB)  vs Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 
3. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs Rafael Nadal (ESP) 
COURT 2 - SHOW COURT - 12.00 NOON START
1. Jarmila Groth (AUS) vs Venus Williams (USA) 
2. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)  vs Petra Kvitova (CZE)
3. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs Andy Roddick (USA) 
COURT 12 - SHOW COURT - 12.00 NOON START
1. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)  vs Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 
2. Julien Benneteau (FRA)  vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 
3. Robin Soderling (SWE)  vs David Ferrer (ESP) 
COURT 18 - SHOW COURT - 12.00 NOON START
1. Na Li (CHN)  vs Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 
2. Tomas Berdych (CZE)  vs Daniel Brands (GER)
COURT 5 - SHOW COURT - 12.00 NOON START
1. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) vs Marion Bartoli (FRA) 
2. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) vs Kaia Kanepi (EST)
Mention should be made of the players I highlighted above. If you are a casual fan and watch Wimbledon coverage in the States I'm pretty sure you have no idea who any of these players are. No one is expecting any of them to win the tournament but if I were Marion Bartoli I'd be a tad worried and hope that Ms Pironkova succombs to nerves. She has a nice collection of scalps and she'd love to add yours to her collection.
The week was dominated by the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and the marathon match on Court 18. Because of these two events a lot of decent commentary, not fan boy or girl stuff but good commentary, on the quality of the tennis that was played went by the wayside. Instead we got the laughing, giggling, and general nonsense one expects when ESPN has the lead on coverage. This is not to say that other announcers don't have their favorites and that they don't react like fans when their faves go down in flames. It's just that it's not the entirety of their coverage. ESPN3 is using the BBC feed and it's amazing how differently John McEnroe commentates there as opposed to his work on NBC for example.
And don't get me started on NBC and their three hour window for tennis coverage. Tennis is like baseball or golf. There is a start time but when it finishes is anybody's guess. If it weren't for live streams online tennis fans would've had to endure watching a match many had already seen on ESPN3 or knew the final score of. Meanwhile live tennis was being played, live tennis where at least one American was playing. I presume many American fans would've been interested in seeing it but unless you had computer access you were shit out of luck.
To add insult to injury there was Hannah Storm creating a new tennis player out of thin air. Elena Dushevina apparently played this week. What happened to Vera Dushevina? Is Elena a sister or is Dushevina a common Russian name? None of her mistakes were corrected.
If you want to cover tennis you have to provide competent commentators. Every now and then Mary Carillo proves that she knows something. Pam Shriver should know better than to talk in a normal voice during a match. Mary Jo Fernandez does know her tennis but she's tainted goods as far as I'm concerned.
I do have to mention Boris Becker's commentating yesterday. I'll have to hear him cover a match where a fellow German isn't playing. He whined more than a hungry child when things started going south for his countryman. Not professional but hey, the others do it.
Fernando Verdasco losing so early was a big surprise but maybe it shouldn't have been. He's played a lot this year and will hopefully take the time off for mental and physical rejuvenation.
Victoria Azarenka's loss was a surprise but her play has not been good of late. Bad coaching change? It's too early to say. She was hampered by injury during the lead up to Wimbledon and maybe she should've given herself more time to rest her body. I wish I could say I was surprised by Svetlana Kuznetsova's early departure. She doesn't seem to be focused this year for some reason. Feliciano Lopez seemed to want to be somewhere else.
And then there was this stunner. C Eaton (GBR) / D Inglot (GBR) d  D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 75 57 76(4) 67(3) 86.
Eaton? Inglot? Who the hell are they?
There was good play as evidenced by all the players who made it through to the second week. Tomorrow is one of the most anticipated days in the tennis world. Maybe Hannah Storm will do some reading up on just how tennis is scored and who the players are today. Then again why should she? Tennis is still treated as the red haired stepchild of sports.