June 27th, 2008
“I think I know what it takes to win Slams or to go far,” Federer said. So I have the proper preparation. I have the belief…Playing at Wimbledon always creates extra pressure because it’s what’s closest to my heart…I want to prove it to myself I can do it again here.”
May 30th, 2008
“The match was just poor, not within my game,” Blake said. “I think I played the way too many commentators think I should play. Saying I probably didn’t make very many errors, and I didn’t hit that many winners. And that’s the way a lot of them think I should play, and I think today was a good indication of that’s not the way to win matches for me. I lost to a guy ranked No. 80 in the world. Granted, he didn’t play like No. 80 in the world, he played better than that, but there are a lot of guys out there that can dictate play against me if I try to play like that. That’s just really frustrating for me to play a match like that when I know my game, I know what works best for me, and I didn’t necessarily do it effectively today.”
May 28th, 2008
I’M NOT A HEADCASE: Richard Gasquet, who withdrew from the French Open citing a bad knee, says don’t count him out: “What can I say except that it’s been a huge amount of bad luck for me,” Gasquet said. “I keep reading I’m having a hard time mentally, but it’s not true.
May 27th, 2008
Only 13 of 72 scheduled men’s and women’s matches were completed on Tuesday at the rain-soaked French Open, where Nikolay Davydenko and Stan Wawrinka were the only two Top 10 seeds on and off the court.
May 12th, 2008
MEMPHIS MOVING?: The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that a deal to sell the combined ATP/WTA event to keep it in the city fell through, and now the event could be sold to outside interests who could move the event (see: Middle East, Asia, the usual suspects — goodbye to another U.S. event).