Words on Wimbledon 2008 – Week One
Janko Tipsarevic has a tattoo in Cyrillic that reads “Beauty will save the world” from Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot.
Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic bow out early? Ivanovic might still be on cloud 9 after her first Slam title so I can excuse that, but Sharapova?
Nadal vs. Youzhny is always good stuff even before Youzhny turned into a bloody mess in Miami. Mr. Intensity vs. Mr. Psychotic – sounds fun to me.
No U.S. Men, no Sharapova, and no Ivanovic – what will NBC do when it can’t advertise jingoism or cheesecake? Maybe it should advertise a great sport and competition. Just a suggestion ….
Federer and Nadal are a combined 16-0 on grass in 2008 with 3 sets lost by Nadal as the only wounds to report at this point.
Even without Sharapova and Ivanovic the women’s draw has lots of good young players left along with Serena, Venus and Jankovic.
July 4 is a day that the U.S. celebrates a victory over England. Funny thing, no U.S. men will be playing on July 4 … England laughs last.
WTA officials should add a tab to their website that explains patronymics in Eastern European languages. It might help fans understand why so many top players last names end with “ova” or some such variation.
Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin, Rainer Schuettler, and Arnaud Clement had a combined 4 grand Slam Titles and 6 Grand Slam runner-up finishes between them entering Wimbledon. Crazy as it sounded one week ago that collective total could rise.
Nadia Petrova and Elena Dementieva could both start a nice second act to their careers by making a splash next week.
Marcos Baghdatis is a combined 12-2 at Wimbledon since 2006. His serve, forehand and nice hands at net make me wonder why he is not posting better results during the other portions of the season. The Cypriot is marketable and personable. It would be good for tennis if he becomes more consistent.
Venus Williams clocked a 127 MPH serve.
The men’s final 16 is made up of only 1 Australian but has 3 Spaniards. This is grass right? Oh yeah, the Aussie is a counter-punching baseliner to boot.
No play on middle Sunday 2008, but less rain has prevented last year’s back up.
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