I showed up an hour early. In my excitement about playing tennis, I misread the announcement and thought that we were meeting at 6pm. In fact, the meet-up was posted for 7pm. The sun was still brutally hot. The public courts were filling up fast. I stood there for a while wondering where everyone was.
Most of the courts were occupied by men. There was a smattering of women. A woman and a young girl who seemed to be her daughter struggled to hit the ball, the mother’s returns going… Continue
Added by tennischick on August 28, 2009 at 8:12pm —
...I found myself derailed by the bizarre view of courtside coaching in which the coach is attached to a microphone so that the TV audience can hear his every word. And what I saw in Maria Sharapova was a player who seemed utterly humiliated by the experience.
The humiliation started yesterday in the match against Kleybanova. The coach mentioned to Maria that he knew that her arm was tired but that he wanted to hit more slice serves down the line. She interrupted him snappily to… Continue
Added by tennischick on August 23, 2009 at 4:57pm —
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Added by Angela Wyatt Dean on July 27, 2009 at 9:47pm —
In yet another ''only in Miami'' story, French tennis player Richard Gasquet had his two-year drug ban lifted Wednesday after only two months because an international tribunal ruled that he had inadvertently ingested cocaine while kissing a woman he didn't know at South Beach nightclub SET during the Sony Ericsson Open in late March.
Gasquet, ranked No. 23, had withdrawn from the tournament with a shoulder injury on March 28, partied at… Continue
Added by Mark / The Mayor on July 16, 2009 at 10:30am —
Sadly, my singles league was canceled just after the first week for this season due to only four people signing up, and then another one dropping after the start.
Luckily, the league coordinator gave my information as a substitute for doubles, so this week, I played my first doubles match. My husband gave me a lot of practice volleying and hitting cross court which came in pretty handy last night. It's Round Robin doubles, and the scores for my teams were 6-0, 5-6, and 6-5. Not too… Continue
Added by Kristi on July 7, 2009 at 7:02pm —
The Bryan Brothers are the #1 team in tennis.
Nestor and Zimonjic are #2.
The Bryans regained #1 after dethroning Mr.Nestor from the #1 position.
Nestor-Zimonjic hold a 5-3 lead over the brothers in head to head match-ups.
The Bryan's and of course Nestor (with relatively new partner) are easily the most decorated and accomplished doubles pairs in mens tennis. They own all of the titles, including Olympic Gold between… Continue
Added by Mark Oskar on July 4, 2009 at 9:05am —
o the entire tennis world is up in arms over an allegation that the Wimbledon organizers place the pretty players on center court while the homely chicks are relegated to the courts located in the netherworld. I have honestly been shocked by the amount of press that this story has managed to attract, what with the universal fixation on the death of Michael Jackson and the astonishing number of related scandals now clogging up the news pages.
I was even more intrigued that a… Continue
Added by tennischick on July 1, 2009 at 4:11am —
umor has it that Philippoussis’ alleged hook-up with Paris Hilton led to the end of his relationship with popular Aussie singer, Delta Goodrem, which resulted in an ongoing negative relationship with his country of birth. And this was well before he appeared on the embarrassing “Age of Love”, an American reality show in which a bunch of young women (“Kittens”) competed against a group of Cougars (I hate that word) for his amorous attention. I didn’t think Philippoussis could sink any… Continue
Added by tennischick on June 30, 2009 at 4:30pm —
I wish I could comment on all the excellent matches that went down during the first week of Wimbledon. There are so many to choose from. So many impressive moments when players just rose to the challenge of performing in this most special Slam. But before I get to the impressive ones, let’s get one loser out of the way, shall we?
Find the rest of this article here: Wimbledon 2009, Week 1: The… Continue
Added by tennischick on June 28, 2009 at 4:00pm —
What a tournament! There are so many amazing moments to comment on. Honestly, I’m not sure where to begin. So I’m just going to ramble in this entry. Just random points as they occur to me. Today I will focus only on some of the women. I’ll talk about the men tomorrow.
Find the rest of this article here: Wimbledon 2009, Week 1: The Women
Check my blog… Continue
Added by tennischick on June 27, 2009 at 4:00pm —
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Added by Tough Love Tennis on June 25, 2009 at 3:17pm —
Tiring of the parks, the waits, the behavior, the condition of the courts, I went looking for another option and learned that West Side Tennis Club @ Forest Hills is offering a huge deal to players 31 and under. If you love tennis, you should check it out. It is something else to play where the greats once played (the US OPEN was played there until the National Tennis Center was built), see the stadium, play on grass, enter the club house lined with pictures of the greats, enjoy amenities which… Continue
Added by Isobel Kleinman on June 20, 2009 at 6:00pm —
It's that time again. This league season is a bit of a change for me, as I am now playing in the AM instead of the PM. Why? By mid July, at 6pm, it will be sunny and over 100° outside, and that is just a bit too hot for my blood. The evening league ended up canceling anyway, probably because a lot of people had the same temperature factor in mind that I did.
Before my first league, I had a little practice with another gal the night before. I broke my two main goals in tennis - not… Continue
Added by Kristi on June 17, 2009 at 1:03pm —
Last night, I had a "blind tennis date" with an awesome gal I found on Craigslist. We had a good time - warmed up for about 40 minutes then played two sets. I did pretty good at 6-0 and 6-3, which gives me a boost of confidence going into my league next week.
What was different about playing those two sets compared to my last league match over a month ago? It was one thing - my serve. After my coaching lesson and some great tips from my husband, I finally got my serve pretty… Continue
Added by Kristi on June 10, 2009 at 4:40pm —
Less than an hour to go before the French final between Robin Soderling, and Roger Federer. Both players are certainly performing their final preparations before taking the stage...Most which are mental preparations, and you have to believe that the mindsets of each warrior is slightly different.
Whether Soderling likes it or not, this is uncharted territory. Robin has gone far further than he has (boldly) ever gone before in a slam, and he's got… Continue
Added by Mark Oskar on June 7, 2009 at 6:30am —
ORIGINAL POST: http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/06/06/french-open-super-svetlana-kuznetsova-wins-the-championship/
“I’m sorry I played better than you.” Svetlana Kuznetsova told Dinara Safina on the awards podium today after beating her 6-4, 6-2 in the French Open final. It may have come out wrong, but I think Kuzy… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on June 6, 2009 at 9:44pm —
Soderling has done it again.
To many, this is probably one of the most improbable runs at a Grand Slam in recent memory. While he certainly isn’t the lowest ranked player to get this far, Robin Soderling has never made it past the 3rd round of any major, ever! The guy has not even won a clay event in his life...And here in France, Soderling has not only made it to the finals, he defeated arguably the greatest clay court player of all time, in what was one of the… Continue
Added by Mark Oskar on June 5, 2009 at 3:30pm —
For the most part of my life, I have not been a physical learner. I played softball for about 10 minutes when I was in elementary school, up until the point I took a ball to the mouth. I played volleyball a bit in junior high, but nothing super competitive. And I took a tennis course in college, almost a decade ago, and spent most of the class time running laps, because that was our instructor's solution for fixing students when they did things incorrectly, like popping the ball out of the… Continue
Added by Kristi on June 3, 2009 at 1:38pm —
Yes, it has been a long time since I posted. My second league season ended in a bit of a whimper, with a loss. Of course, I was coming off of a couple of weeks of not playing at all which didn't make matters any better. As always, I did a bit better in the second set than the first, and I managed to make one interesting volley. There really wasn't that much in terms of highlights from that game.
My overall ranking at the end of this season was #5 out of 8 players, which is pretty… Continue
Added by Kristi on May 29, 2009 at 4:52pm —
Via GOTOTENNIS: http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/05/25/french-open-wrap-day-2-federer-in-love-nadal-in-pink-sharapova-in-play/
There was loads of action at Roland Garros on Monday, with the likes of Federer, Nadal, Roddick, Venus Williams, and Sharapova all hitting the red dirt in Paris. We now have loads to talk about - fashion, new drinking games, and a… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 26, 2009 at 10:11pm —