I Am Going to Lendl-Navratilova-land!



Oh, yeah! I am finally going to the Czech Republic, land of Lendl, Navratilova and Berdych, not to mention the new Wimbledon champ, Petra Kvitová. Let me know if you have any suggestions on what to see, where to go, what to eat! Thanks!
There’s a Lendl museum, right?

Ivan the Great

Ivan the Great

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Hi, New Subscribers!



Wow! Thanks to all of the new subscribers!! I had wanted to write a post earlier about Novak Djokovic winning Wimbledon, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet, but I am, of course, happy that he won instead of Roger Federer – 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4!! Yay!

Novak with his second Wimbledon trophy

Novak with his second Wimbledon trophy







It was kind of funny for me when Federer cracked a joke during his speech, and the camera showed Novak, still just crying. And even when Novak himself made a joke by stating: “and thanks for letting me win,” he was still teary. I love to see men show emotions!



Novak married his high school sweetheart, Jelena Ristic, a few days after his Sunday victory on 17 July 2014 in Montenegro. Double congrats, Novak!!

Bagel in the Second Set!



No surprise that a Czech won the Women’s Single’s Championship since there were three in the quarters. Leftie Petra Kvitova over Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0. Dang. They hit hard out there! The second set was pretty boring – I’m not sure if that was due to Petra playing even better in that set or if Genie became too deflated.

Wimbledon Championship: Petra v. Eugenie (AFP)

Wimbledon Championship: Petra v. Eugenie (AFP)





Martina Navratilova, Petra’s idol, another leftie, wiped away tears during Petra’s speech. Genie looked pretty reserved during the awards ceremony. Though, really, she ought not be too gloomy – the talk is her sponsorships are about to skyrocket, and fellow Canadian William Shatner called her: “the cutest thing on Earth.”

Genie and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)

Genie and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)

Murray into the Quarters; Three Czech Women in Quarters


Looked pretty effortless for defending champion Andy Murray to reach the quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive year by defeating Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). Did you know he has a new coach?

Murray pumped (Glyn Kirk AFP/Getty)

Murray pumped (Glyn Kirk AFP/Getty)


















On the women’s side, three Czechs are in the quarters: Lucie Safarova, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Petra Kvitova. There were four Czechs in the Round of 16, which prompted Czech legend Martina Navratilova to quip: “Four Czechs into the second week, and none of them are named Berdych – it’s amazing.”

Berdych Out in Third Round? Ouch!


In dimming light with Hawk-Eye not working, Berdych asked stupid chair umpire Dumb Dumb Dumusois to change one of the line judges three times, which Dumb Dumb rejected each time. “I lost all the will to talk to that guy any more,” said Berdych. “I saw so many mistakes from him. I asked him three times to change the guy. All he said was, ‘Everybody can make a mistake, it’s a great linesman’.”

The match didn’t finish until 9:38 p.m., the latest time ever for an outdoor match at Wimbledon – WTH? And the darkness prevented the use of Hawk-Eye technology.

Due to stupid Dumb Dumb, the sixth seeded Berdych lost to Marin Cilic 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 7-6 (8/6) Friday night, as the light fadded. John McEnroe needs to straighten out that umpire!

Berdych frustrated by dumb umpire (Getty Images)

Berdych frustrated by dumb umpire (Getty Images)

Congratulations, Rafa!


Rafael Nadal wins for the ninth time at Roland Garros, beating no. 2 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. Rafa now has 14 Grand Slam titles: nine French Open; two Wimbledon; two U.S. Open, and one Australian Open. Rafa has won the most French Open titles (9) and the most consecutive French Open titles (5).

Nadal in French Open final (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Nadal in French Open final (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Sharapova Wins at Roland Garros


Sharapova looked good out there, n’est-ce pas?

Victory! (Kenzo Tribouillard/Agence France-Presse)

Victory! (Kenzo Tribouillard/Agence France-Presse)

Maria Sharapova defeated Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 to win her second French Open title. Though Halep played valiantly throughout, at one point in the second set, she served a ball like two miles wide and then hit the returned second serve two miles wide.

Maria once again brought to the French Open a beautiful dress: the Nike Premier Maria French Dress, which features a mesh body and a Dri-FIT jersey orange bust panel. Nike describes the colors as Pink Glaze/Atomic Orange/Metallic Red Bronze. Très jolie.

Sharapova pumped (image via USA TODAY Sports)

Sharapova pumped (image via USA TODAY Sports)


Now, even though Adidas was Lendl’s sponsor (and you know I love Adidas for that), that strange neckline on Halep’s shirt just does not work, I’m sorry. Back to Nike. I really love these colors, Nike! The orange! Love! Someone once looked in my closet and asked if I was a hunter because I have so much orange. I am not a hunter, but I do love orange.

Berdych and Murray in Quarters

Yay! Double yay! Berdych and Murray in the quarters, Federer out. Yay.

Tomas victorious

Tomas victorious

Berdych, seeded 6th, had an easy win against John Isner, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, while his next opponent, Latvian Ernests Gulbis, beat Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. That’s the way, uh-huh uh-huh, I like it . . .



Andy Murray won in straight sets against Fernando Verdasco, 6-4 7-5 7-6 (7-3). Murray next faces Gael Monfils.

Seeds and Draws at Roland Garros

The French Open begins on Sunday, 25 May 2014 and the draws and seeds have been determined. Tomas Berdych is seeded #6. Li Na is seeded #2. I can’t believe none of you sent me any courtside tickets!

Men’s Singles:

1. Rafael Nadal
2. Novak Djokovic
3. Stan Wawrinka
4. Roger Federer (he hasn’t retired yet? :|)
5. David Ferrer
6. Tomas Berdych
7. Andy Murray
8. Milos Raonic

Tomas looking good

Tomas looking good


Women’s Singles:

1. Serena Williams
2. Li Na
3. Agnieszka Radwanska
4. Simona Halep
5. Petra Kvitova

Come on, Berdych!

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:

Ivan Lendl tourism destinations

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!