November 22nd, 2014
Harry Wall just suggested that Andy Murray should beg Ivan the Great Lendl to return as Andy’s coach. Ha ha.
Lendl said in October: “I don’t think so anytime soon,” when asked if he was planning to coach again. “You never know. I always feel the situation has to be right, the time has to be right. It could be in six months or maybe four years. I enjoyed it enough to consider it again, but at the moment I enjoy playing and having a bit more free time. When you travel 25 weeks a year, that’s a long time, and at my age I didn’t want to do it at the moment.”
Lendl the Great (Clive Brunskill/Getty Image)
Ivan and John looking good in Australia, January 2011 (Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
Maybe if both Andy and Judy Murray both begged and let Lendl have a lot a lot of free time to play in senior tours, run his academy, see his family, and travel less.
Tomas Berdych wasn’t able to convince Ivan to coach him either. Deep sigh.
October 21st, 2014
I have returned from my visit to the Czech Republic. OK, I’ll admit it – I only went to Prague, where Martina was born. Ivan was born in Ostrava, which is nearly all the way to the east of the country, near the border with Poland. I unfortunately did not make it east to Ivan’s birthplace.
And, for some reason, I could not find either the Lendl or the Navratilova Museum, but I did find the Kafka Museum, which had nothing to do with tennis. I am happy that his country now values him and his work.
So, since I failed to obtain any photos from the Lendl Museum or the Navratilova Museum, I’ll just leave you with some random pics of Prague and more random pics of Ivan, Martina and fiancée Julia Lemigova.
Julia and Martina after Martina’s 6 September proposal (Uri Shanker/Getty Images)
Ivan winning the 1985 U.S. Open (Assoc. Press)
September 22nd, 2014
Li Na announced on social media that she is retiring. Having endured three operations on her right knee, her left knee also became problematic this year.
Li, aged 32, is a two-time Grand Slam champion, including the 2014 Australian Open. She won the French Open in 2011.
Tennis is losing a colorful player and one of the few Asian players who made it to the top ten.
September 8th, 2014
I was riding in a bicycle charity event this weekend (Best Buddies Hearst Castle Challenge 2014) and came back to news that an Asian-American is in the final?! Huh?
Nishikori beat No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3 in the semi-final. Federer lost to Marin Cilic in straight sets.
Novak and Kei after their semi-final match (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Who is Kei Nishikori? I’d never heard of him.
Coach: Michael Chang.
Nishikori jumps for joy after beating the No. 1 seed (Getty Images)
The final between Nishikori and Marin Cilic gets under way in a few hours. Come on, Kei!
September 5th, 2014
I read this headline like ten minutes ago, and I’m still getting goosebumps! Tomas Berdych said that he would like to be coached by Ivan the Great Lendl, who recently parted ways with Andy Murray after he coached Murray into two Grand Slam titles and an Olympic Gold Medal. Reports are that Murray might not be so thrilled to hear this news.
Lendl the Great (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Berdych, seeded sixth here at Flushing Meadows, is looking to break into the top four and has yet to win a Grand Slam. He explained that the two may already have discussed the possibility.
“I think it’s something which I was thinking about definitely. I think just needs probably the right time and timing to make it happen,” Berdych said following his loss to Marin Cilic in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. “Fingers crossed …” Totally, my fingers are crossed too! OMG. OMG. I’d better make sure I buy all of the Grand Slam tickets for next year soon.
My fave faves Ivan the Great Lendl and Tomas Berdych at the AEGON Championships in June 2013 (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
August 29th, 2014
That was a close one, Tomas!
Berdych, seeded sixth, survived a five-setter second round match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. In the first round, Berdych defeated darling Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets. Pretty colorful shirt, Lleyton.
Hewitt congratulates Berdych after 1st round game (Reuters Eduardo Munoz)
July 16th, 2014
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
July 12th, 2014
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
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!!
July 6th, 2014
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)
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)