Next Up: Roland Garros Time

Les rouge clay French Open begins on May 25, 2014 and ends on June 8, 2014. I am accepting tickets from any of you – thank you in advance.

Here’s a little history on Ivan Lendl:

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Ivan Lendl won the French Open 3 times: 1984, 1986 and 1987


1984: beat John McEnroe in 5 sets
1986: beat Mikael Pernfors in straight sets
1987: beat Mats Wilander in 4 sets

Finalist: 1981 (lost to Björn Borg in 5 sets; Lendl was 21 then)
Finalist: 1985 (lost to Mats Wilander)

Well, given that Nadal has won 8 out of the last 9 years, I’m betting he’ll take home the prize again this year. Thanks to the new subscribers! Happy tennis!

Winter Olympics – Sochi


That’s right. No tennis was played during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. But since this is my website, I am going to write a little about Sochi.

First of all, I am very upset that NBC didn’t tell me that Johnny Weir was going to be commentating on I think its online site. What the hell? Because all I ever saw and heard was Scott Hamilton. Did I already write that I am very upset? What little I saw of Johnny and Tara Lipinsky when they were on Primetime clued me in to the fact that they were in fact commentating during the entire time. What the hell? I like Scott well enough, but I really really would have liked to have seen and heard Johnny and Tara.

Secondly, I am going to now list some of my fave athletes and moments who may or may not have participated in these games (again, just to warn you, there is no tennis news in this post about the Olympics): Yuzuru Hanyu; Johnny Weir and his outfits; Mikaela Shiffrin; Bode Miller; story on Jessica Long – OMG, NBC, could you have made more of a tearjerker??; all of the alpine skiing; Johnny Weir and his outfits; Tara Lipinsky.

Third, what on earth is skeleton?! Looks like suicide to me. Why are so many of the winter Olympics sports so dangerous? E.g.: all of the halfpipe, slopestyle, board and ski cross events – what on earth? Most of the summer Olympics sports are fairly safe. What’s up with that?

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Berdych Out. Bummer.

I really don’t like the Swiss players now! Stanislas Wawrinka beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) on Thursday. That sucks.


To ease my disappointment, I’m posting a pic of Lendl here.

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On the women’s side:

Li Na 李娜 will meet Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in the Australian Open final after Li beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-4 and Cibulkova beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2. This is Li’s 3rd appearance in the Australian final, the other two were in 2011 and 2013, when she lost to Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka, respectively.

Berdych and Girlfriend with Wombats


Cute! Tomas Berdych and girlfriend Ester Satarova at the Melbourne Zoo.

Tomas and Ester with baby wombats (Fiona Hamilton)

Tomas and Ester with baby wombats (Photo by Fiona Hamilton)

Berdych in the Semis!!


That’s right, baby! Tomas Berdych in the final four at the Australian Open. 28-year-old Tomas defeated No. 3 David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Tuesday afternoon to complete his set of Grand Slam semi-final appearances.

“It’s really a great feeling,” said Berdych. “There were some special moments which went well together in this match, making it for the first time here in the Aussie Open to the semis, winning my first match on Rod Laver after all those years. That’s been a very special match to me. I’m extremely happy to go through.”

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Really, it counts in the end that I won three sets. I couldn’t expect that all of the matches will be straight sets. Definitely not with David. He’s a really huge, huge fighter. That’s what he proved today.”

Tomas is the 23rd man in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals at all four majors and the second Czech after Ivan the Greatest Lendl. He equals the record for most Australian Open appearances before reaching the semi-finals, joining Colin Dibley and Mark Woodforde, who also accomplished the feat on their 11th visit.

Tomas will face the winner of the match between defending champion Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka. Djokovic ousted Berdych in both 2011 and 2013 in Melbourne, but Tomas reached the 2010 Wimbledon final by beating the Serbian in the semi-finals.

Come on, Berdych!!

Whoa! Serena Out in Fourth!


Serena is out?! Whaaaa? Beaten by Ana Ivanovic, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Williams had a back pain that Ana, seeded 14, noticed and used to her advantage by attacking Serena’s less-than-normal serves.

Ana Ivanovic, AP Photo, Aaron Favila

“It’s not easy playing such a champion … but she is also just a human,” said Ivanovic, who beat Venus Williams in the final at Auckland, New Zealand earlier this month. “I just went out there swinging.”

Williams hadn’t lost a match since August, and went 78-4 in 2013. This was her 70th match at Melbourne Park, a record in the Open era. Williams had just set the mark for most match wins (61) ever at the Australian Open with her third-round victory.

Ana will either play Casey Dellacqua or Eugenie Bouchard in the quarters. The other quarterfinal on this half will feature two women who’ll turn 32 next month: Li Na and Flavia Pennetta.

Hewitt Out of Australian Open


Oh, bummer. Lleyton Hewitt beaten in the first round in a thrilling five-setter by Andreas Seppi, the Italian 24th seed: 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 7-5. Australia’s former number one arrived with such high hopes. Hewitt couldn’t hide his disappointment after the loss.

Lleyton Hewitt shows his disappointment


“Every grand slam loss is tough. There’s no easy ones,” he said.

Obviously if you come close to winning, even though it’s a first round match, it’s still frustrating.”

Making a record 18th consecutive Australian Open appearance, Hewitt was playing catch-up from the start. He had to rally back from a break down to force the first-set tiebreaker, which Seppi won with a service winner. Hewitt found himself in a deep, deep hole when he lost his first service game at the start of the third set. But he then played well, breaking straight back and whipping the crowd into a frenzy when he won the set on a Seppi backhand error. Though Hewitt pushed the match to a fifth set, Seppi won the decisive final service break when Hewitt hit a forehand wide and the Italian claimed victory after four hours and 18 minutes.

Big Bang Theory Star Marries Ryan Sweeting


I have nothing to report yet on tennis on this New Year’s day – Happy New Year to all of you – as the Australian doesn’t start until the 13th, but here is some sweet wedding news:

Ryan Sweeting, who is ranked at 667, married Kaley Cuoco of Big Bang Theory fame last night in Los Angeles. Sweeting, 26, is an American born in the Bahamas and is 6’5″, right-handed.

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They are definitely a cute couple! Cuoco wore a pink Vera Wang gown.

Sweeting and Cuoco kiss at their wedding

Thanks for Subscribing!!

Thanks to the new subscribers! It’s been nice to see the new subscriptions even though I have not written in so long. Sorry. Nothing much, as far as I can tell, is happening until the Australian Open, which begins on 13 January 2014 and ends on 26 January 2014.

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I hope to see lots of Lendl and Berdych! Until then, happy tennis and happy holidays! It’s ski time. Thank you again!

Nothing Happening Now in Tennis

Well, as you may know, nothing is happening now in tennis except there is play in Paris with all the tops, including Murray and Berdych. But, that isn’t all that interesting, so here I will share with you yet another photo of Lendl the Great: