600 Countdown

Hello again! Remember when Daily Scores was the best tennis-related blog on the Interwebs? Hell, no? Well, maybe that’s because it never happened at all.
Anyways, I’m not baaaaaaaaack. Just not yet. As you might now, I’m a working man now, sun-to-sun, and all the hard work is turning my neck red and… no, just kidding. I answer e-mails.
Whatever.
I have this idea that, in order to succeed, you must do something different. Talking about daily tennis is not actually innovative, not the iPad of blogging or something. And I’m not sure I will get to watch as many matches as it takes to make insightful analysis.
So let’s just take it post-by-post. May not be the greatest thing in the whole wide world, but that’s what we have for today (well, that ought to be funnier in Portuguese). Still.
Today’s subject is one of my favorite, tennis-wise. Andrew S. Roddick. Rodman, Rodderino, Roddinator, A-Rod, Andrew Stephen, etc. The bald guy with a Mohawk. You know who I am talking about.
For those of you who already follow me – and I believe it’s the biggest part; I wasn’t followed much after the US Open – you might recall the #600Countdown and #20MillionWatch, two hashtags I implemented while Andy searched for his 600th career win and 20 mil in Prize Money. Well, he surpassed the second in Basel, if I remember well. And is 11 wins away from accomplishing the first.
This is the subject of this post. An stat of how many matches it took for Roddick to reach 11 YTD wins – and since 2001, he is finishing season well above 11 YTD wins. So here we go.

2001: 6 events (Davis Cup, Memphis, San Jose, Delray Beach, Miami, Atlanta). Andy started his 1st full year in the big leagues still playing some CH events, and that’s what caused him to reach his first 11 wins of the season only in the final week of April. The 11th win came against Stefan Koubek, in Atlanta semis. He would go on to claim his 1st ATP title that week. Record: 11-4.
2002: 4 events (Sydney, Australian Open, Davis Cup, Memphis). Already in the top-15, Roddick started 2012 losing to his all-time nemesis Roger Federer in Sydney semis. He would advance to the Australian Open 2nd round and claim two wins in the Davis tie v. Slovakia, entering Memphis with a 6-2. A three set win over Blake in the final in Tennessee would not only give him his 1st title of the season, but also his 11th win. Record: 11-2.
2003: 5 events (Sydney, Australian Open, Memphis, Delray Beach, Indian Wells). Maybe few people had Andy’s best year coming when 03 started. He lost in the second round of Sydney to Lee, but also made his first AO semifinal in the very next event, including that epic v. El Aynaoui. He’d lose to Schuettler in the next match; Roddick also fell in Memphis final to Dent and Delray first round, to Fish, which delayed his 11th win of the season. The “magic” number came in Indian Wells first round, against Thomas Enqvist. Andrew would lose – again – to his Australian Open nemesis in the QF, but we all know what happened in the rest of the year. Record: 11-4.
2004: 4 events (Doha, Australian Open, Davis Cup, San Jose). Starting the year topping the rankings, Roddick opted for a Middle East start instead of Oceania. He lost in the 2nd round of Doha, before playing his first and only Slam as the top-seed, where he would fall to Safin in the quarters. After claiming two wins for Team USA vs. Austria, Roddick entered San Jose bearing an 7-2 record. He didn’t lose a single set that week, claiming his first tournament of the year. The eleventh win came in the semifinals, vs. Kendrick. Record: 11-2.
2005: 3 events (Australian Open, San Jose). Shortest for 11 wins so far. Roddick reached his second career semifinal at the Australian Open, before losing to eventual runner-up Hewitt in four sets. He claimed his first title about three weeks later, in San Jose, against Saulnier. The #11 came only in his 13th match of the season: Memphis opener, against Hyung-Taik Lee. Straight sets win. Roddick would go on until withdrawing in the semis, giving Kenneth Carlson a final pass. Record: 11-1.
2006: 5 events (Australian Open, Davis Cup, San Jose, Memphis, Indian Wells). Roddick was off to a shaky start in the new season. Despite being ranked #3 in the world, he lost to eventual finalist Marcos Baghdatis in the fourth round of the Australian Open. He also fell to Pavel in his first DC match of the year, in five sets, followed by a semifinal run in San Jose (losing to then-#60 Andy Murray in the semis), QFs in Memphis (losing to Le Fantôme) and finally claiming the 11th in Indian Wells third round, beating Fernando Verdasco in straights. He would lose to Igor Andreev in the very next round. Record: 11-4.
2007: 4 events (Australian Open, Davis Cup, San Jose, Memphis). Having finished the year as the world #7, Roddick reached his third Australian Open semifinal in the last five season, losing to (who else?) Federer. He then helped his country with two wins in a tie v. Czech Republic, made it to the semis of San Jose again (losing to Murray another time), claiming the number eleven in the very next event, once again over a Swede: 6/2, 7/5 over Thomas Johansson. Record: 11-2.
2008: 5 events (Australian Open, Davis Cup, San Jose, Memphis, Dubai). After failing to Peppo Kohlschreiber in one of the most memorable matches (at least for me) I have heard about, Roddick beat Jojo Melzer in the only match he played that tie. Andy claimed his first title of the season in San Jose, adding five more wins to the count and another title for the shelf. A loss to Robin Soderling in Memphis quarterfinals and the eleventh only came in his opening match at Dubai – 6/2, 6/4 over Juan Carlos Ferrero, against whom he had won the US Open years earlier. Rodderino would later beat #14 Mathieu, Rafa, Djokovic and Lopez to take the title in the UAE. Record: 11-2.
2009: 3 events (Doha, Australian Open, San Jose). In 2009 – maybe his last great year at the tour to date – Roddick equaled his 2005 record in shortest for 11 wins. He reached that number after semifinals in Doha, Melbourne and San Jose. #11 was a second round triumph over Ernest Gulbis. He would later beat Haas, before being halted by eventual champ Stepanek in the semis. Record: 11-2.
2010: 3 events (Brisbane, Australian Open, San Jose). In 2010, Roddick kept his 2009 Wimbledon-runner up momentum into the early moments of the season, winning his first tournament of the year for the first time, beating Stepanek in the Brisbane final. Roddick then fell to Cilic at the Aussie Open, narrowing missing the full defense of his ’09 semifinal points. Starting the year 8-1, heading into San Jose, Andy reached his second final of the season in three tournaments played so far, claiming the 11th win in the quarterfinals, against Tomas Berdych – whom he would defeat weeks later for his last Masters title to date. Record: 11-1.
2011: 3 events (Brisbane, Australian Open, Memphis). Following a relatively disappointing season hampered by injuries – including mono – Roddick’s 2011 was off to a good start, reaching Brisbane final again, but losing to Soderling this time. For the first time ever in an odd year (he didn’t play in 2001) Roddick missed the semifinals of the first Slam of the year, losing to Wawrinka in a match that, personally, drove me crazy, surfacing his push-and-volley style that so much bothers me. Andy’s redemption – and one of his most remarkable runs of the year, along with the US Open – came in Memphis. He won his only title of the year beating ’10 US Open nemesis Tipsarevic, Del Potro (for the first time), old time rival Hewitt and an up-and-coming Raonic (finishing him off with that epic MP) in a row. Not bad. #11 came in Memphis semifinal, against the resurgent Juan Martin, then ranked #298. Record: 11-2.

Conclusions? If Roddick starts the year with a new momentum (we are all pretty sure about a new hairstyle), we can all expect him to get those damn 11 wins quickly. It depends a lot on his schedule – he will start in Melbourne for the first time since 2008 – but I’d put a buck on the 600th coming in one of the pre-Indian Wells USA events.

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Pete’s highlights: The US Open in fourteen facts

Should I have done this earlier? Yes, I should. But a mix of laziness + lack of time + lack of will to sit at the laptop to write delayed the process. Better late than never. Here, I present you, my final analysis of the US Open. A day-by-day commentary on all the action in Flushing Meadows.

 

This girl is gonna be a thing real soon.

Day 1 – The future is bright, my friends – If the first day of the US Open told us something (other than Kvitova’s consistency), it was that there are a bunch of young girls out there ready to make some noise. Americans Irina Falconi, Christina McHale and Madison Keys all survived the August, 29th, with wins over Zakopalova, Wozniak and Craybas, respectively; Heather Watson gave her best to Sharapova – and Maria barely survived; her countrygirl Laura Robson, who debuted at the main draw of a Slam, advanced to the round 2 after Ayumi Morita retired in the second set. Thing is, they may now be winning in the first Monday of Slams. Soon, it could be second.

 

Simona Halep celebrates: The last of the 2011 Slam champions fell to her hands

Day 2 – Meaning of ‘Open Field’ – As Simona Halep finished off with Li Na in two sets – 6/2, 7/5 – another thing was clear, after only two days into the Open: For the first time since 2008, WTA would crown four different Slam champions in the same season. With Kim out for the year-and-maybe-more and Petra Kvitova’s surprising-but-not-so-much loss to Dulgheru, Li Na was the only reining Slam champ alive in the draw. As she lost, 2011 Grand Slam winners left the US Open bearing an outstanding 0-2 record at the remaining Major. Good? Bad? I’m going for the first.

 

Waves after beating Dolonts; Let's just all hope this wasn't her last US Open win.

Day 3 – We are gonna miss Venus Williams – Whether you like the Sisters or not, you must admit they are true legends of the sport. Seven-time Slam champion Venus Williams, after getting through Vesna Dolonts in the first round, set the anticipated, big-serving meeting with Sabine Lisicki. A meeting which never happened – Venus was forced to withdraw due to an auto-immune disease that causes her retirements galore. At 31, and with health problems, Williams’ future as a tennis star doesn’t seem like a long road anymore. Which only shows how we are gonna miss her exotic dresses and big serves when she calls it a career.

 

Day 4 – Some people are stupid and should never be allowed to touch a computer – Seeded #29 and en route to an imminent third-round meeting with Wozniacki, Jarmila Gajdosova, or simply Jarka, had her run halted by doubles-specialist Vania King in the second round. Winning only two games – both in the first set – Jarka, who was born in Slovakia, said goodbye, to Flushing Meadows. And to Twitter. Thanks to some shitheads who offended her, Gajdosova announced she would no longer be part of the TwittFamily. The decision, however, was not permanent, and she is already back. What is, unfortunately, permanent is the prickness contained in some lost souls, who ramble around the Internets to harass players. Go get a life, morons. Or better. GFY.

 

Day 5 – Balance is maintained – Anyone who closely follows tennis could have called it: From the beginning, it was 100% certain Sharapova wouldn’t win the US Open. And I’m not saying that just because Serena was in the draw. No. Just because of this: Maria Sharapova has a 3-2 record in Slam finals, being 3-0 in even numbered years and 0-2 in odd ones. In the event that Masha had been the last woman to survive, I’m sure the balance that keeps the world as we know it would be disrupted, and we would be locked in a black hole that transgresses the limits of time and space. Truth or not, she lost to Flavia Pennetta in three sets, the first big win for the Italian in 2011. That automatically assured an “underdog” in the semifinals – since the other seed in this half, Kvitova, had already said goodbye.

 

Ashe's lights were too much for her and McHale; Soon it won't, anymore.

Day 6 – Easy, USA – First of all, let’s cut this “USA teniz iz dead!!!!!!11111!!!”. It is not, mainly on the ladies’ side. But still, let’s be patient, shall we? For the second consecutive day, the organizers put one of the up-and-coming players to play on Ashe, night session. Just like Christina McHale in the day prior, Sloane Stephens couldn’t show her best tennis, as she fell to (a reborn?) Ana Ivanovic in two sets. Can’t blame neither Sloane or Christina. They are still teens, with lots to learn. Better not expect anyone to sub in for the Williamses like, now. We all know what happened to Oudin. Giving time to time is the key.

 

This was from her McHale match, but really, I could not leave this pic out.

Day 7 – Ladies’ nite in Queen’s – Anyone who stayed for the night at the BJK complex and truly appreciate this sport can’t say they felt disappointed. On the Grandstand, Samantha Stosur and Maria Kirilenko played an instant classic – besides the longest WTA Slam tie-break, with Sam squandering eight match points and Kirilenko battling her way to a third set. In the end, the Aussie, as you can imagine, survived a clash that showed all the grit, fighting and skills that women’s tennis have, proving that strong is beautiful, yes, but beautiful beyond photoshopped athlete-models and Stella McCartney dresses.

 

Yeah.

Days 8 –  AWESOME. (While it lasts) (And it’s not a lot) – Wasn’t that hard to figure out I was talking about Svetlana Kuznetsova, right? The crafty Russian, who has two Slams to her name, showed once again her enormous potential in the match v. Caroline Wozniacki, in the fourth round. Sveta, alongside Schiavone and Stosur, has one of the most interesting and plastically pleasant styles in the whole WTA. However, Kuznetsova is like a time-bomb these days. She was hitting forehands with a good depth and volleying like awesome (though her overheads were simply ludicrous). She kept the level until the 7th game of the second set, if I’m wrong, when she squandered a break lead (she was holding her games with certain ease before) and everything went boom. Caro won 6/7, 7/5, 6/1, and not only sent Kuznetsova packing, but also “helped” sending Juan Monaco home in a quicker way.

 

Bored Pavs is bored. And cute.

Days 9 and 10 – Rain rain go away rain – The morning of the ninth day of the US Open saw rain. The morning, noon and night. Play was called off before anybody even thought about calling it on. The very next day saw another ‘wet problem’, as the discussion about a roof began to surface again. As a result, only 10 games were played (3 in Muller-Nadal, 3 in Young-Murray and 4 in Roddick-Ferrer) that day, that even saw the ladies’ coming out to warm up. Play was once again canceled, though. HOWEVER, thanks to rain we had this EPIC pic from Anastasia Pavlyuchencute.

 

Day 11 – WTA is not ready for Serena – As I’m used to say, you can’t blame someone for being too good. You can’t also force other people to love it. That’s more or less how I feel about Serena Williams (by the way, I know this topic would fit better in other days, but apparently the other days were already taken by better headlines). Thing is, as she made a typical-WTA first set, but picked up the pace and demolished Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second, it was clear that that woman, who stayed almost a full year away from pro-tennis and was back into a Slam semifinal without dropping a set, is way above the others. You can’t really blame her. Her opponents? Maybe. But still, while she keeps hungry the way she is, only someone playing the match of a lifetime will be able to beat her. As for the others, expect beatdowns and sleepwalks through the late rounds.

 

Day 13* – There is nothing wrong with Caroline Wozniacki’s game – And this affirmative is justified by the last topic. Let’s say Caro suddenly changes from her comfort zone, morphing into a more aggressive – therefore more susceptible to errors, like, say, Cibulkova. I can already see people claiming her style is “dumb”, mere “ballbashing” and that “she doesn’t deserve to be #1”. Caro is what she is, guys. Can’t blame her for dating a golfer, can’t blame her for making whatever capitol sins she commits on Twitter. It’s not pushing – it’s defense-oriented tennis. (I think). It’s not pretty, but has assured her a lead by over than 3000 points on the #2 Maria Sharapova.

 

This pic is pretty lovely

Day 14 – Samantha Stosur is a FREAKING MONSTER – #1, she’s Australian and #2, she is a former doubles #1. These two factors combine into the fact Sam has the variation running through her veins. And she indeed does! Very few players can mix it up like Stosur these days – with an outstanding kick-serve, slices and volley. Sam is, however, also a paradox: her best results as a singles player came in the slow clay surfaces, like Charleston and Roland Garros. And even though she is already a grown woman (27) who’s not part of the “blonde” group of WTA players who sometimes drag more attention thanks to their looks rather than their tennis, she is also keen to having blackouts, walkabouts and then it’s done.

The former #4 did, however, leave all the downsides of her game in the closet when she left the hotel room that day. Samantha brought her A-game into the final and, counting with Serena’s inability to work with the first set, the Aussie literally ate her up with the 2nd serve forehand return winners to clinch her first Major title, 6/2, 6/3 scoreline. Quite good for her debut on the Arthur Ashe stadium, huh?

I would also like to leave my sincere wishes that this title triggers Stosur’s A-game more often. I know she has been in the top-5 and now she is a Slam winner, but with her skills, she should have way more than three singles titles. She should be a permanent contender for any and every WTA tournament held.

 

* – The day 12 of the US Open was used only to play the ATP semifinals.

Featured match of the day – US Open day 7

I did it once, I did it twice. I’m doing it… is ‘thrice’ a valid word in English?

Featured match of the day, the famous cannot-miss, the one that will make sure your money invested is worth. Tomorrow, this match is the second on the Arthur Ashe stadium, after Nalbandián – old and fat – and Nadal – meh, no big deal, he’s let Djokovic inside his head and ever since declined – finish the supporting act.

FFF = Feel my French Fierceness

For the fifth time they will meet – and the local has the edge, 3-1. In the rankings, they are both situated way lower than they should and separated by 60 spots: the American is currently ranked #21 and Le French currently sits at #81, having just returned to the top-100 this week.

And why this clash is just so special? Well. ONE: They haven’t played each other since 2008, when Roddick mounted a comeback to beat Jules in the Round of 16 of Miami; TWO: Jules is en fuego, or as you would say in French. He qualified and reached the finals at the inaugural Winston-Salem open, but intentionally tanked the final, in order to let John Isner enjoy some glory at home. This week, the Wildcard Benneteau got rid of Almagro’s top-10 ass and Istomin to reach the third round – therefore adding forty-five more points to his. THREE: Andrew S. Roddick is, well, playing at home. And he is always entertaining – whereas he might be smashing racquets and/or arguing line calls for it. He might stall double-digit aces, and even so tickle his opponent with his backhand or groundstrokes in general hit from the first row of the stands.

A.S.R. looks at the draw: "Playing HIM, again?"

FOUR AND FINAL REASON WHY THIS IS THE BEST MATCH ONE COULD DREAM OF: They are both MYTHICAL players. I mean, WHICH tennis fan has never heard the fortunes that involve the glorious past of Andrew S. Roddick and Julien F. Benneteau? For those who are not familiar to Julesses (pronounce it as if there was an apostrophe there) glories, I link here a post I, as the president of the first Julien Benneteau Fan Club, wrote. Here, here, grasshoppers. Fulfill your curiosity. And Roddick, well, he is a living legend. I have also wrote a tribute for him – and many many other posts.

So, if you want to witness the ultimate clash – an early final for the last Grand Slam of the season, doubtless – between two contrasting styles: A.S.R.’s big serve-outpace-him style that is a trademark of the Open Era and J.F.B.’s all-around, baseline-hitting, first implemented by the pre-1968 Frenchmen who liked to play tennis wearing tail-coat, well, then, meine Damen und Herren, you must tune in to the Arthur Ashe, not before 1:30 PM and hold on to your hats, because a hurricane is due to strike.

#earthwillshake #monsterclash #comeonandy #allezjules

 

PS: This post is loaded, I mean LOADED with sarcasm. I shouldn’t have to say this, but given some recent happenings, I feel like it’s better.

30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 30: Favorite tennis related pic

It’s done. It’s over. It ends today. Oh my God, I will miss it, but hope the readers and friends the Tennis Challenge brought to Daily Scores will remain. Life goes on, friends.

Finishing it, here’s my favorite tennis related pic.

There’s no much to say about it. It was, in fact, the first post of Daily Scores history. I will quote here what I said there:

 

“As the soon-to-be Major, Mikhail fondles Igor’s hair, I can totally see on his face that expression, that says: “Roughly two decades from now I will be the biggest bad-ass on the circuit”.

As for Andreev, I totally read on that childish smile of his:  “I will be a good player. But one day that little Maria girl will grow up and become a gorgeous woman, and she will be the one fondling my hair, and that’s okay and totally enough for me, because who needs to play high level tennis when you share the bed with a grown up MaKiri?”

Oh, those future tennis stars from the post-Soviet Russia of the 1990s…”

 

Thanks for sticking around, fellas. A goodbye post will follow.

Not pretty. But works.

I digress. It’s amazing how, even though there are some players out there who really made me feel for them – in good and bad times – I have realized I only write posts like this one about two of them. Andrew S. Roddick and Kimberly H. Clijsters. What does it mean? Don’t know. Maybe I like them more than I like the others – and sometimes I’m not sure I can self-proclaim as a Roddick fan, with guys like my buddy @cacwhere out there. But the truth is, constant posts like this one, just about them. Make of it what you will.

YES, it is a backhand. AND no, it is NOT a slice. #Progress

HE IS BAAAAAAAAAAAACK. That’s a player worth the hyperbole, or whatever you could call this. But my point is, HE IS BAAAAAAAAAACK! For the first time since Wimbledon – and with some glimpses at the Davis Cup and, 37 days later, Cincinnati, with catastrophic results – I can say Andy Roddick is back to business.

Maybe falling out of the top-20 was the last warning he needed. I don’t care, not a bit at ALL, but it IS working.

Making an analysis of his style, it is, in its deepest essence, the 2.011 version of Andy Roddick software. The big serve? Hell, still there, up and running, the beating heart that pump blood through his veins – and brains. The backhand? “404 Error”, Google’d say, but that’s understandable. He is back into flat groundies, instead of the annoying and useless slices (yo, Andy, you are no Petzsche, glad you finally realized it).

Even better, Roddick has finally learned he must MIX IT UP. This means, slices ONLY WHEN NECESSARY. Back in the dark days of the Australian Open and Indian Wells, his revolutionary push-and-volley style only earned him frustrations. Him and his fans, let’s make this clear.

Clutch. As always.

Also another fact is, his game is ugly now, for whatever reasons: a physical decline, injuries, he’s aging. It has mostly come to this: He serves. Most of the times, the return will go out. If it doesn’t, then rally – on his backhand, of course – and he either eats the winner or makes the opponent eat up an UFE.

But hey, I said it before: it IS working. He played so far three guys he should beat. And he did it, easily: 2 and 4 over LL Vasselin, 1 and 3 over Giraldo and 1 and 4 over Monaco. Roddick also didn’t face a single break-point. This means his game is like the ’00 Ravens: No offense, but who cares, since your defense and the special teams are doing the job? Ugly, but successful.

Another point that deserves note, his temper. Roddick has not lost it so far this week. The ease with which he won his matches certainly helps, but we know Roddick. We know how a foot-fault could just unleash the beast inside him and spread mayhem. Instead, he is focused, shouting loud-but-respectful-and-contained ‘Come On’s after winning the big points. And moving on, after missing break-points and wasting opportunity points, like a 0-30.

I have already said it here before, and usually train went off the tracks after I did, but hell, I will buy another ticket and go for it again. I’m truly enjoying Mr. A.S.R. this week. How far can he go? This week, all the way to the title seems a reasonable guess – though it won’t be easy to get past Big John Isner tomorrow. At the US Open? With the positive draw he has – Russell, Sock/Gicquel, Benneteau/Almagro likely in third round – it’s not a distant dream to think he can at least improve from his last year’s performance. In an eventual R16 match up, the highest seed he could face is David Ferrer.

But heee, hold on to your knickers there, peeps. One step at a time, right?

30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 28: The Grand Slam you would most like to go to

Only two days left. In the end, I’m gonna miss the Challenge after it’s gone. Or, at least, the visits it brings to my blog. Of course, you will stay with me, right? Daily Scores (The blog) won’t end after the Challenge. I just hope it helped me captivating more readers. I shall stop digressing now.

The difference between this topic and “Your favorite Grand Slam tournament” is probably the same than between “A match that makes you happy” and “A match you will never forget” or something.

That’s why, even though Wimbledon is my favorite Major to watch through a TV, sitting on my couch and eating Doritos (and drinking Pepsi, though it’s played in the morning, local time, which makes a pretty awkward breakfast), the Grand Slam I would most like to go to is…

 

The US Open. Of course. Because tennis is life. And life is tennis and more.

I’m thinking beyond tennis here. There is no other place in the world I would like to visit more than the United States of America. Therefore, Flushing Meadows would make the perfect opportunity for it. And since the complex is in the Queen’s, I could take some time off tennis and go visit my baseball team, the beloved New York Mets, and watch as they slump, giving six or seven runs in the late innings to lose the ballgame. I would also love to watch them getting mercilessly crunched by the Phils.

(Even though they suck, I still love them)

That and many more. And that’s why. The US Open is my pick. And this post ends.

 

Useful:

Prologue and explanation

Day 1 – Favorite men’s player

Day 2 – Favorite women’s player

Day 3 – Favorite doubles team

Day 4 – Least favorite men’s player

Day 5 – Least favorite women’s player

Day 6 – Most memorable match

Day 7 – First player you became a fan of

Day 8 – Earliest tennis memory

Day 9 – Favorite retired men’s player

Day 10 – Favorite retired women’s player

Day 11 – A player nobody would expect you to love

Day 12 – A player that you aren’t a fan of but you respect

Day 13 – Favorite Grand Slam tournament

Day 14 – Favorite non-Slam tournament

Day 15 – Most attractive women’s player

Day 16 – Most attractive men’s player

Day 17 – Favorite women’s outfit

Day 18 – Favorite men’s outfit

Day 19 – Who were the #1 the day you were born

Day 20 – Favorite men’s Slam champion

Day 21 – Favorite women’s champion

Day 22 – Favorite umpire

Day 23 – Favorite mixed doubles team

Day 24 – Favorite tennis couple

Day 25 – Favorite tennis WAG

Day 26 – A match that makes you happy

Day 27 – A match that makes you sad

30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 25: Favorite tennis WAG

Second and last day of the ‘gossip’ section of the Tennis Challenge. Glad it’s over – I’m really not concerned at all about 90% of the off-court activities.

But play the music and let me dance to it. Favorite WAG? I wish I could pick WTA players who date ATP players. Like Camille Pin. Or maybe not. Or Dominika Cibulkova – yeah, that’s better – but I can’t. Whatever, really.

The other options, well my first intention was to avoid the obvious – I even though about picking Camille Llodra, but… no.

Sometimes you just can’t escape from the obvious, right?

ANDREW S. RODDICK: Scoring aces on and off the court.

That’s why my pick is… Miss Roddick. Or simply Brooklyn Decker. Or Brooke-Lynn Decker, because I have this crazy need of changing people’s names.

No further commentary is needed, I believe.

 

Useful:

Prologue and explanation

Day 1 – Favorite men’s player

Day 2 – Favorite women’s player

Day 3 – Favorite doubles team

Day 4 – Least favorite men’s player

Day 5 – Least favorite women’s player

Day 6 – Most memorable match

Day 7 – First player you became a fan of

Day 8 – Earliest tennis memory

Day 9 – Favorite retired men’s player

Day 10 – Favorite retired women’s player

Day 11 – A player nobody would expect you to love

Day 12 – A player that you aren’t a fan of but you respect

Day 13 – Favorite Grand Slam tournament

Day 14 – Favorite non-Slam tournament

Day 15 – Most attractive women’s player

Day 16 – Most attractive men’s player

Day 17 – Favorite women’s outfit

Day 18 – Favorite men’s outfit

Day 19 – Who were the #1 the day you were born

Day 20 – Favorite men’s Slam champion

Day 21 – Favorite women’s champion

Day 22 – Favorite umpire

Day 23 – Favorite mixed doubles team

Day 24 – Favorite tennis couple