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 Hines 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 Hines 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 Hines 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 —
From GOTOTENNIS: http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/05/23/french-open-jo-wilfried-tsonga-wants-to-pleasure-you/
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the talented, charming and injury-prone Frenchman, has played in the French Open only once - way back in 2005. He’s making his long-overdue return to the terre battue this week, and with Gael… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 26, 2009 at 10:00pm —
From GOTOTENNIS: http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/05/24/french-open-wrap-day-1-ivanovic-scraps-maursemo-craps-out-murray-impresses/
FRENCH OPEN DAY 1: The brick orange clay, the renewed fire (and fear) in the players’ eyes, new drinking games based on Brad Gilbert-isms - what’s not to love about a Sunday… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 26, 2009 at 10:00pm —
2009 ROLAND GARROS FRENCH OPEN TV SCHEDULE
We have the US, UK, Canada, and Australia French Open TV Schedule. Scroll down to find your listing.
Read more: http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/05/19/2009-roland-garros-french-open-tv-schedule/
Added by FreakyFrites on May 23, 2009 at 2:38pm —
If you filled in your Roland Garros drawsheets this morning, you probably had an easy time at the top of the men’s: Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, uh, Nadal.
There’s nothing for the 4-time champ (or Rafanatics) to lose sleep over, especially with clay-averse Andy Murray the big gun in his half. Rafa will shrug off Dr. Ivo or Hewitt in the 3rd round and get a workout against Ferrer in the 16s. Verdasco, Davydenko, Wawrinka and… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 23, 2009 at 2:36pm —
“If I continue like this I have a very good chance here (at Roland Garros).”
No sh*t, Dinara! Safina has a 14-1 record on clay this season and the added confidence of being World No. 1 and last year’s runner up to the now-ailing Ana Ivanovic. Like Rafael Nadal on the men’s side, I had no trouble filling in Safina’s little section of the French Open draw.
The rest gets messy.
It’s going to be a battle to face Dinara… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 23, 2009 at 2:35pm —
*INTERVIEW BY FREAKYFRITES WITH PATRICK MCENROE + MARY CARILLO
Mary Carillo and Patrick McEnroe, who will be anchoring ESPN’s French Open commentary team at Roland Garros next week, took time to chat with reporters (and me) about the upcoming action on the terre battue. Here’s some of what they had to say about Nadal, Federer and the rest of the… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 21, 2009 at 12:24am —
Who knew that 18-time Grand Slam champ, Chris Evert, was such a hard core Fedophile? I’m putting her in the “Historian” category, due to the fact that she also really admires Nadal. Here’s the money quote from her ESPN interview with Bonnie D. Ford (click here for the full article):
“Isn’t there something about Federer that pulls at your heartstrings? I cry every time he loses a match, and I don’t even know the guy. (Laughs) There’s… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 21, 2009 at 12:20am —
Tough new anti-doping controls will be in effect at this year’s Roland Garros.
From Le Monde (click here for the original, my translation):
“This year, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, like all players who compete at Roland Garros (May 24 to Sunday June 7) will not only be subject to traditional anti-doping controls by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), but also those carried out by the very effective French Agency for the… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 21, 2009 at 12:18am —
Imagine a beautifully printed, perfectly personalized greeting FROM Andy Roddick, Justine Henin or Vera Zvonareva.
At Great Friends Greetings
, you can make that happen. Select a spectacular photo of Andy, Justine or Vera for the front, compose a perfect message for inside and identify yourself as the gift-giver of the card… Continue
Added by Angela Wyatt Dean on May 16, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Before I launch into how Americans suck on clay, I want to congratulate Andy Roddick
for an impressive three set win over Tommy Haas in Madrid on Wednesday. It was a gutsy debut on the red stuff. Okay, back to business. . .
There’s been lots of talk going into the French Open about both the Americans’ lack of success on clay and their lack of success in general.… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 14, 2009 at 10:25am —
Many of the world’s finest female athletes have teamed with Great Friends Greetings
to be featured in the customized gift company’s unique line of personalized greetings.
World all-around champion gymnasts Shannon Miller and Chellsie Memmel, tennis stars Justine Henin and Vera Zvonareva, softball sensation Jennie Finch, soccer icon Kristine Lilly, hall of fame hockey star Angela… Continue
Added by Angela Wyatt Dean on May 14, 2009 at 5:45am —
The ex-King of the tennis world.
The former invincible one.
The man with shots that never existed before.
Roger Federer, (on the brink of being) the #3 player in the world.
That just sounds wrong, doesn't it?
But here we have it...Roger doesn't make the finals this week and Andy Murray takes over the #2 spot in the ATP rankings. Andy Murray will instantly hold a better position… Continue
Added by Mark Oskar on May 13, 2009 at 5:39pm —
Rafael Nadal has changed his not-so-sweet tune about this week’s Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open. After complaining about the court surface, the schedule and the general disorder around the tournament a few days ago, Nadal is now heaping on the praise, saying stuff like, “It’s special to play in Spain and in Madrid. And this year is no exception.”
On the tournament’s facilities, which he called “disorderly”:
“The facility is… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 13, 2009 at 1:33pm —