Sharapova Tuxedo Shirt No Hit at Wimbledon; Gilbert Quits LTA
by Staff | June 25th, 2008, 12:08 am

Davydenko Beat; Federer v Soderling, Djokovic v Safin Wednesday at Wimbledon

No. 4 seed Nikolay Davydenko was the highest-profile seed dismissed Tuesday at Wimbledon, losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to German Benjamin Becker in his opening-round match on the All England Club lawns.
“He played good, but I played very bad,” said Davydenko, who went on to say that not only is he not guilty in the ATP’s much publicized match-fixing investigation, but that there is no match-fixing — even after numerous players have stated they have been approached by gamblers to lose matches.

“Nobody can prove anything,” said Davydenko, sounding like the PR man for match-fixing. “I think there’s no match-fixing in tennis.”

Ironically, with all the ATP turmoil surrounding match-fixing, the Hamburg event suing the ATP and the top-player uprising against ATP Chairman Etienne de Villiers, the only other upset on the day was ATP Player Council President Ivan Ljubicic, the No. 26 seed, who was outlasted in five sets by Austria’s Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer. No word from Ljubicic if the match was fixed or not.

Top 10-seeded winners Tuesday in opening-round play were (2) Rafael Nadal (d. Andreas Beck), (6) Andy Roddick (d. Eduardo Schwank), (8) Richard Gasquet (d. Mardy Fish), and (9) James Blake (d. Christophe Rochus in four sets).

“I think if you were to pick five guys to win, I’d like to think of myself in those five,” said Roddick, who next faces a tester against Serb Janko Tipsarevic. “This year I’ve played some of the best stuff I have in the last couple of years when I’ve been on the court. I always feel like I’m going to be able to grind out matches, kind of figure out a way to win sometimes.”

Unseeded names of note advancing were Xavier Malisse (d. Denis Gremelmayr), Arnaud Clement (d. Jonas Bjorkman in the Swede’s last Wimbledon appearance), Marin Cilic (d. Edouard Roger-Vasselin), Ernests Gulbis (d. John Isner in four), Tommy Haas (d. Guillermo Canas in four), Rainer Schuettler (d. Santiago Ventura), Sebastien Grosjean (d. Potito Starace), and Jesse Levine (d. American compatriot Donald Young in four).

Matches of interest Wednesday at the All England Club are (3) Novak Djokovic vs. former No. 1 partier Marat Safin, (1) Roger Federer vs. Robin Soderling, and (10) Marcos Baghdatis vs. former Slam champ Thomas Johansson.

Williams, Sharapova, Davenport Win at Wimbledon

Venus Williams overcame a stern first-set test from Brit Naomi Cavaday before advancing 7-6(5), 6-1 in her opening match Tuesday at Wimbledon.

“She played a great match,” Williams said. “She put a lot of pace on the ball, forced a few errors by me. I felt confident throughout the match. I felt good out there. I always feel good on that court.”

Other Top 10-seeded winners were (2) Jelena Jankovic (d. Olga Savchuk), (3) Maria Sharapova (d. Stephanie Foretz), (9) Dinara Safina (d. Yung-Jan Chan), and (10) Daniela Hantuchova (d. Sara Errani), all in straight sets.

The 21-year-old Sharapova took to the court in what she described as a tuxedo-inspired coat and shorts.

“I’m very inspired by men’s wear this year,” Sharapova said. “Every year at Wimbledon I want to do something classy. I’ve never worn shorts before at a Grand Slam and Wimbledon is the place to do it…It was great to get out there and get a feel for the court. It was my first match on grass this year and I did pretty well considering it was the first one.”

No. 23 Katarina Srebotnik was the only seeded upset victim Tuesday, outlasted 16-14 in the third set by Julia Goerges.

Seeds escaping with three-set wins Tuesday were (13) Vera Zvonareva (d. Aiko Nakamura), (20) Francesca Schiavone (d. Tamira Paszek 10-8 in the third), (25) Lindsay Davenport (d. Renata Voracova), and (32) Sania Mirza (d. Catalina Castano).

“It’s not ideal,” Davenport said of her knee issue. “It’s been bothering me now for a few weeks. It’s coming more from the back of the knee. In the latter stages of the second set I definitely felt it was getting worse. Two days ago it felt perfect. It’s frustrating. I’m not really sure what to say every day.”

Matches of interest Wednesday on the lawns are (1) Ana Ivanovic vs. French veteran Nathalie Dechy, (6) Serena Williams vs. Polish riser Urszula Radwanska, upset-minded Aussie Sam Stosur vs. (18) Nicole Vaidisova, an all-Russian in Evgeniya Rodina vs. Elena Vesnina, and an all-Polish in Marta Domachowska vs. (14) Agnieszka Radwanska.

Rafael Nadal has won his last 18 matches. Nadal has also never lost an opening round Grand Slam match…

The only seeded woman to lose Tuesday was Katarina Sbrebotnik…

Roger Federer has won 35 straight grass matches at Wimbledon and 60 straight on grass…

Andy Roddick has failed to reach the Wimbledon semifinals the last two years…

British Chris Eaton, who got a wildcard into qualifying, is through to the second round. The 6-foot-6, No. 661-ranked bomber is playing his first Slam…

Elena Dementieva is the only player yet to finish the first round…

With the retirements of Wayne Odesnik and Nicolas Lapentti, a total of seven players retired in the first round, tying the Slam record for most in any one round (2002 US Open, 2007 Roland Garros). Good thing both tours say injuries are not a problem…

Maria Sharapova’s shorts are bad…

35-year-old Fabrice Santoro played on Wimbledon’s Centre Court for the first time…

Robin Soderling has lost 12 of 13 career sets to Roger Federer…

Novak Djokovic has reached the final 32 at his last nine Grand Slams…

Since Roger Federer won his first-round match, Novak Djokovic cannot be No. 1 the Monday after Wimbledon…

Venus Williams has won 17 of her last 18 Wimbledon matches…

Ana Ivanovic has won 8 straight Slam matches…

Three 19-year-olds are into the men’s second round: Juan Martin Del Potro, Ernests Gulbis and Marin Cilic…

Fernando Gonzalez is 2-0 v. Simone Bolelli. Both meetings went three sets, with five of six sets going to a tiebreak…

Weather: Continued dry and warm…

Nikolay Davydenko on the ATP match-fixing investigation: “This has been a bad dream, not for one day but for months. But I have still been able to play and that has made me happy. I have been told by my lawyer that this should be decided in July. This has taken so long — nearly one year. Nobody can prove anything. My lawyer has been waiting one year but there is no proof. I’m confident the ATP will find no proof. I’ve already played one year. If they decided to investigate for another year, I’ll still be playing.” — Question is, once the ATP admits they have no hard evidence, how much will Davydenko counter-sue for in regard to making his life hell?…

From MediaPost: “IMG, the traditional athlete representation agency that is moving even more aggressively into program marketing and ownership, said it has reached a deal with Fox to distribute sports programming internationally. The deal calls for the IMG Sports Media division to exclusively distribute more than 3,000 hours of catalog material from Fox Sports International. The agreement takes effect July 1. Content available to IMG includes the college football national championship game, Big Ten basketball and football games, action sports from Fuel TV and Fox Soccer programming.”…

From The Guardian Wimbledon blog: “…here’s Sue (Barker), strangely ageless, resplendent in grey trouser suit. “The history and the tradition all add to the glamour of it all,” she says. So do you, Sue, so do you…It’s Tim himself (in the studio)! Tiger Tim. Grrrr! You thought you’d seen the last of him, but Henman’s back. Also strangely ageless, also resplendent in grey trouser suit, he’s basically a (slightly) male version of Sue. Can he be as undistinguished a commentator as he was a player? Time will tell, but the early signs are promising. He nearly didn’t make it, he says, an infection on an old ankle injury. Aww, poor Tim…Tim’s voice has an interesting effect on my brain. It just shuts down, refuses to even attempt to take in what he’s saying. Maybe he is saying something interesting, I’ll never know. Luckily he can’t get much in, because John McEnroe’s there, babbling on. Thank god for McEnroe, he’s got things to say. “These guys are greedy bastards,” he says, about the modern breed of players. Oops, he can’t say bastards, says Sue. This is Wimbledon. Later he just about gets away with “derriere”. Meaning arse, I think…Time for Tim to do some work — an interview with Andy Murray, who may have heard of him. Actually, it must have been recorded, because the sky is grey and Tim’s wearing a different outfit — a casual V-neck jumper, also grey. The interview is certainly grey. They wander around mumbling to each other and Tim keeps asking Andy if he’s looking forward to the tournament. The idea is not to show what good mates you are, Tim, it’s to try to get something out of him. A bit more media training needed maybe. And don’t give up the day job. Oops, you did.”

British Lawn Tennis Association coach Brad Gilbert’s charge Alex Bogdanovic lost first round at Wimbledon, and now Gilbert is out the door. It was announced that Gilbert will part ways with the LTA and following Bogdanovic around the Challenger circuit when his contract ends in three months. ‘That kid sucks and I am sick of it,’ Gilbert didn’t say. Bogdanovic is a stunning 0-7 career at Wimbledon…

Britain’s The Telegraph perceiving anti-Serena sentiment at Wimbledon: “Serena is never happier than when projecting her role as a perceived style icon, so the obsequious comments from American journalists about her dress sense were only too gratefully received. “I love trench coats,” she trilled. “I probably have more coats than anybody. I’m always buying Burberry coats, I love them and I don’t know why, because I live in Florida.” At so many levels, she is a study in contrasts. She explains the attachment to her latest coat by the fact that it is “ladylike” — a perfect fit for her, in her words — and yet poor Kanepi can hardly have felt the same when on the receiving end of a first serve that peaked at 126mph. The polarising effect of Serena’s personality on the Wimbledon crowds has never been more starkly shown either. When she walked on court the audacity of the coat was audibly appreciated, and at the end she responded to the applause with a wave that could only be described as regal. And yet in between there was an ambivalence around Court No 1, the admiration for her ferocious play mingling with an uncertainty at her histrionics. At least her cry of “come on!” upon saving a break point at 6-5 down in the first set was less grating than her howls of anguish when her leg ‘cramped’ against Daniela Hantuchova last year. But that incident has proved damaging for Serena in the popularity stakes, as the crowd willed her muscular technique to falter against the wiles of her Baltic opponent…

MISC: Greek number one Eleni Daniilidou is likely to miss the remainder of the 2008 season following surgery to her right knee…No American women qualified in singles at Wimbledon…This year more players are coming out on court in dumb-ass trenchcoats or sweaters or tuxedo outfits or clown pants — which is good for tennis. Too bad Vince Spadea already lost, what a golden opportunity to float some “Vinnie style”…Wimbledon is under fire from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for hiring gunmen to shoot pigeons around center court and the restaurant to keep them from diving around players and spectators…Andy Roddick on Roger Federer’s Wimbledon look this year: “I personally don’t care. But I think any attention drawn to tennis for whatever reason is good. If that means wearing the Mr. Rogers’ sweater, whatever else you got, then so be it. I don’t know if it would be a good look for me or any of my friends or relatives.”…

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49 Comments for Sharapova Tuxedo Shirt No Hit at Wimbledon; Gilbert Quits LTA

Shital Green Says:

When put side by side with the last week’s news about match fixing and the manner Davy lost to Becker today, in straight sets, one would be tempted to say Davy is involved, but we should take caution before accusing him without evidence.

jane Says:

“Three 19-year-olds are into the men’s second round: Juan Martin Del Potro, Ernests Gulbis and Marin Cilic…”

These are a heck of a talented trio – be interesting to see where they’re headed in the next couple of years, or maybe sooner.

BTW, Maria’s shorts are not “bad” – certainly not as bad as Venus’ um “shorts” last year, which looked like they were shrunk in the wash or Serena’s er “trenchcoat”; those latter two girls can play some tennis, but all-in-all they could use some fashion tips. At least on the court; Venus often looks nice off the court and usually on too – except for those hotpants.

iplaytennis Says:

Well…if Dementieva is the ONLY one has not finished first round, how would she finished it then since she wouldn’t have an opponent to help her to finish it? lol

jane Says:

This is off topic, but did anyone else think Murray looked very good in that opener with Santoro? He didn’t have any of those “lapses” in concentration when he drops a set 1:6 or whatever. He played aggressively throughout and displayed the amazing range of his game. If this guy can keep it up I see a cracker of a Murray vs. Rafa Quarter final – presuming they both get that far of course. But anyhow, the Scot looked really good imo. I love his game when it clicks and when he plays more aggressive like he did today; it’s beautiful to watch.

Jack Says:

I play tennis:

Very smart catch! It is one of those things that sounds SO obvious after you mention it. I would not have caught that mistake in a million attempts.


Santoro won less than 5 (maybe even less than 3) when he got ousted by ferrer and federer at the french and australian open! Murray was alright. It is not going to be easy making three talented shot-makes in malisse, haas and gasquet. The only thing murray has in his favour is that those three collectively have a mental strength the size of a pea.

Having said that, I would personally love to see gasquet bring in the kind of form he brought into that quarter-final match last year. To me that was the match of the tournament! Gasquet’s shot-making was just heavenly. Right up there with a young marat blasting through sampras in the 2000 US final and Federer double bagelling an in-form hewitt. Roddick played a really great match and would have pulled that match out against any of the other quarterfinalists (except ofcourse Roger)but Gasquet never relented. Roddick lowered his guard just a wee bit in that 3rd set and gasquet just bull-dozed through the match. 93 winners? with almost 2 thirds of those coming on that divine back-hand side.Tennis becomes a religion when played at such exalted heights.

God bless gasquet. I would love to see him play nadal in the quarter-final this year and play the kind of tennis he played in that qf last year. Even nadal in the form of his life wont be able to survive that deluge. I hope gasquet like federer finds that mind strengthening moment. Federer’s was in the 03 Masters cup where he beat nalbandian, ferrero and agassi, three people he had a losing record against. At the end of that Masters cup you just knew Federer was going to reach the heights few tennis players ever did until then.

It will be a travesty of gigantic proportions if gasquet goes the rios or nalbandian way. I would add Safin too but safin did atleast reach no.1 and win 2 slams.

jane Says:

Gasquet is talented, and has the best one-handed backhand, better than Fed’s I think when he’s hitting it clean, but somehow, to me, Murray is more exciting to watch. And don’t underestimate the magician; he’s a better player on fast surfaces and has pushed even Fed on hardcourts.

I agree about the mental strength “size of a pea” comment. Gasquet is way to inconsistent so far, regardless of his immense talent. He doesn’t seem hungry enough to me.

SPeaking of mental weakness, I have no idea why people are hyping Soderling against Fed, saying it’ll be tough for Roger etc – Soderling’s won something like 1 set in the 13 they’ve played. I mean give me a break. He’s no contest.

Who is there to really challenge Roger before the semis? No one, the way I see it. Maybe Monfils could’ve been tough, but who else? Hewitt has a hip injury, Gonza won’t pull off a W in a 5 setter nor will Berdych or Ancic. Ferrer maybe if he played the match of his life! All the people who could ‘possibly’ trouble Fed are in other sections – there are no “young guns” really in his section (Del Potro, Guilbus, Cilic) no Stepanek, Gasquet, Murray, etc. I’d expect him to get to the semis fairly routinely.

In terms of second round matches, Djoker has a much tougher match with the great Marat, and Rafa will have a tougher time with hot Guilbus.

jane Says:

Even Roddick has Tipsy, who we know can “bug” all the players, including Roger; he’s scrappy, has a kind of zen confidence, and has power for a smaller guy. He got to the R16 last year.

Shital Green Says:

I am not happy that our huckleberry literally let Safin have the 1st set. He looks subdued. I am little concerned. Hope he will get his act together and pull this thing out.

Von Says:

Shital & jane:

I think Djoko is bothered by the elements. At times he can’t buy a first serve if he wanted to. Also, his ball toss seems to be off. He is arching his back too much when he tosses the ball making it difficult for him to unwind to have proper racquet/ball connectionn. Perhaps the 2nd set will be better, only if he gets that first serve problem straightened out or maybe the weather conditions will be kinder to him. Cheer up there are 5 sets and anything can happen. Presently, he’ll have to go to 4 to pull out a win in this match. he can do it.

Shital Green Says:

Thanks for the kind words.
He looks “shackled” and very nervous by Safin’s personality. The 2nd set is about to go tiebreaker. So far his performance has been shockingly disappointing. Djoko has not found his game at all today. I cannot stop my heartbeat as I am not seeing any light at the end of the tunnel. It maybe be too early to give up, but I am almost inclined, though unwillingly, to say it could be the biggest upset. If he survives this match, I will be the happiest person.
Well, if not, somebody will be happy.

Von Says:


The tiebreak will be won by the better server, who, at this juncture, seems to be Safin. If they get into rallies, then it’s anybody’s point. Stay positive — been there, done that; it’s easier said than done!

Daniel Says:

Things are not looking good for Serbian n. 1’s. Ivanovic was leading the second set and then it is all even now.

Safin won the second set! I can’t see the match, but it looks like Safin is having huge serves. It will be disappointing if Djoko looses, but Safin is needing a great tournament quit a while. He owes it to us fans!

Shital Green Says:

Djoko is 2 sets down and is on the way out. Safin is playing great, and everything is going his way. He has now a lot of confidence going into the 3rd. It could be a straight set loss for Djoko. This is the worst I have seen of him. It looked like he did not want to play today. There is simply no will to play, no motivation. It is nightmare. He looks like he just came out of or ER, puzzled. I am weak and turning off my TV.

jane Says:

Well I am sad for Huckleberry but happy for Safin. I just hope, now, that Safin can make a run of it and go really deep.

jane Says:

What a lame finished for Djoko – double faults ugh! He couldn’t deal with the wind, which is not a good sign for him. Champs need to deal with the elements.

I am not surprised; I knew Safin was a tough one for Djoko.

Oh well – Congrats to the Big Guy!

jane Says:

I wonder if Ivanovic will win the 3rd set now? Both top Serbs out maybe?

Ryan Says:

With djokovic always saying federer is vulnerable maybe he shoulda thought about himself first… it was good to see safin beat him in STRAIGHT SETS.
Safin,federer,gasquet all have raw talent unlike djokovic.Safinator is back……

Shital Green Says:

Congratulations to Safin. Hope he will consolidate this win to go further in this tournament as well as others in the future.
Strangely, Safin does not know yet who he is playing against in the 3rd rd. One way to look at this is he was so focussed on this match today, and it paid off. Another way to look at, in his own words,is he was facing Djoko and was unsure he would get past him.
Djoko should start practicing for Rogers Cup, Toranto (?). Are you anywhere near, Jane?

jane Says:

Safin is back!! BUT. Can he stay in it? I’d LOVE to see him go deep; I’ve always. If i had to see Djoko go out, i am happy to see it be to Marat.

Another old champ through (Hewitt) and another retirement (Ferrero).

Djoko was a lame today; he didn’t compete, was a bit nervous and the wind threw him off. But no excuses for him. He’ll have to step it up, and watch how much he talks up things. I liked that he gave Safin a hug at the end at least; he knows what this means to Marat and Djoko knew he was outplayed.

jane Says:

hi ShItal,

Sad eh? Huckleberry had a weak heart today. I am very disappointed for (and in) him.

But as i just said, I am glad it was Safin who beat him; I’ve always been a big fan of Marat’s.

Novak will have to re-group for hard courts.

Von Says:

jane & Shital:

so sorry guys — i know the feeling. Today was not Djoko
‘s day; the elements played heavily on his serve.

I’m very happy for Safin being able to string 2 matches in a row. I hope this positive momentum takes him through to the semis. If there’s one guy that can give Federer a headache, it’s Safin. I would like to see a Fed/Safin SF and a Safin/Roddick final. That would be one helluva match — two huge servers with game and attitude to wit.


To use a New York phraseology: “Howdyja like them apples!”I like ’em just peachy.

Von Says:

I would like to shake someone at ESPN. A huge match between Safin and Djokovic and they feature Ivanovic/Dechy, with about 15 minutes sum total coverage dedicated to the Djoko/Safin match. Ridiculous!

jane Says:

Thanks for the kind thoughts Von; as you know I don’t put all my eggs into one basket though Novak has the most eggs.

So I’ll throw my support behind a bunch of other players I like: Murray, Roddick, Rafa, and Safin. – I like Gulbis a lot too.



What do you think? They’re talking about mental pressure for Novak. I wonder. I think he respects Marat a lot, and that might’ve played on his mind. And Safin had nothing to lose.

Overall, it’s bittersweet for me: bitter to see Huckleberry lose like that but sweet to see Marat play well.

I hope you’re okay :-( Write soon and let me know!

Hardcourts are coming! Maybe this break will be good. Novak had great results on clay, and was in the final at Queens, so maybe he was worn out.

But i do think – and have said this before – he needs a more consistent serve. When it’s on it’s great; but when it’s off, like to today, oy!

Tejuz Says:

yeah.. i would luv to see Fed vs Safin semifinal.. and hope it turns out like their AO encounter. Even Last year.. Safin was coming into the groove and was give Fed some trouble in their 3rd round match. Djoko certainly dint give it all out there… gave up easily. Safin played great .. moved well.

Tejuz Says:

djoker has quite a lot of work now to reach No 2 (let alone No 1).. since he has heaps of points to defend now.

jane Says:


True about Safin last year against Fed – the 3rd set was a tiebreak and Safin looked good. no matter if he says “grass is for cows” he plays pretty good on it, and the service now is probably more suitable to his game?

jane Says:

typo – I meant surface not service – do you think the way it plays now is better for Safin anyone?

Von Says:


Safin’s serve is suitable for any surface. He can pound out those serves very well; his serve together with his all-court game is great to watch when he’s on song, and today, he was in the groove despite the elements. I’m hoping that he has a good run to help salvage his ranking and stop his talking/thinking about retiring. I’d like to see him around for a few more more years — maybe 5 more years, or is that asking for too much?


The Fed/Safin AO 2005 encounter was a great match. Let’s hope for a duplication. I hope Safin does not disappoint me now that I’ve gotten my hopes buoyed up.

Safin4Life Says:

Big win for Marat as he played his mini-Me. Novak has one of the 5 longest Open Era streaks for Grand Slam semifinals at 5 in a row snapped. This just shows how crazy Federer’s active streak of 16 Grand Slam Semifinals is. Marat could still provide Roger with a nasty semifinal opponent. Also, Marat is about the same age Agassi was when his second career took off; maybe Safin can have a similar couple of years to redeem his spotty play during his early 20’s.

andrea Says:

hhhmmmm…so, mr. borg who was the supposed #2 favorite to win wimbledon this year?

oh, that’s right. the guy that got knocked out in the second round!

not that i’m upset with that result.

Shital Green Says:

I am heartbroken but holding alright. Soon, I will recover fine. My disappointed is more about his not putting up a good fight than his loss. It was not quite as bad as Fed’s performance at FO, but bad enough.
I really don’t know for fact why Djoko played like that. The first germ of doubt I had was very early at the end of 2nd game of the 1st set. Ok, from 0-40, he came back to hold on at 1-0. It was relief, but he could have broken Safin in the 2nd game. I looked at his body language, and there was no urgency, and as I mentioned above, no will, to win the match. He looked mentally depressed through out, for whatever reasons. Technically, he could not read Safin’s serve in the 1st place. His own serve was terrible today. Safin returned pretty well, credit to him. Djoko could not measure the court properly, largely due to Safin’s big physique, thus resulting in a lot of unforced errors. To minimize UEs, he shrieked from hitting down the line and started hitting mostly in the mid court, allowing Safin to hit winners. He could not play net game, came to the net only 2-3 times. Most devastatingly, he forgot he was playing on grass and tried to play power game. On the other hand, Safin played patiently a grass court tennis.
No doubt Safin was mentally assertive and imposing, and that must have unnerved Djoko.
For future, Djoko has to improve a great deal on quick positioning, which is not as good as Rafa or Fed’s, and squash shots. Also, he must be fired up from the get go.

About Safin’s prospect, I like to see him once again in the top 10, even top 5. Today’s win is good for his morale building after a series of early round losses in the past two years, but could this be any definitive sign of his big comeback? Honestly, I don’t know yet. I have to see him next couple of rounds. Maybe, if he makes it to the semi, not impossible, and defeats Fed, little improbable, then I would be able to say, “Marat is back and back with a big statement.” I will wait till then, wishing him best.

polo Says:

andrea Says:
hhhmmmm…so, mr. borg who was the supposed #2 favorite to win wimbledon this year?

Mr. Borg must be turning in his grave now.

jane Says:

Mr. Borg still might be right about Rafa, however, if Rafa makes it to the final again (he’s got a much tougher time of it than Fed).

Von Says:


I posted to you on the other thread. Hope you read it. Djoko will bounce back and will be fine on the hard courts. Keep the faith. :)

jane Says:


I read the poem you posted for Shital and just wanted to say thanks for that – it was a nice gesture.

tenski Says:

Looking at the FED Express in full gear (2 sets up on Soderling) I suggest that reports of his demise have been somewhat premature.

Safin looked good. Actually I think its a sibling rivalry effect. With Dinara doing so well at the French, he needs to recover his position in the family ;)

Von Says:


You’re welcome. Nothing like some good ol poetry to inspire, laugh and/or cry. Things always look better after. Now you can turn your attention to your other faves. :)

Soderling has set the stage for another cave in. His foot is sick — more like his head. Another Haas. These guys need to munch on some mettle and positive reinforcement.

jane Says:


I confess – I had tears after I read it. But it was cathartic. :-)

Yes, while Nole is my number 1 fave even today (poor huckleberry), I will cheer on your Andy, the other Andy, Safin and Rafa. I’d be happy to see any of these guys win their FIRST Wimbledon.

Chris Says:

Quit whining, Djokovic fans. If you called him ‘your huckleberry’ to his face he’d probably spit on you.

jane Says:

Do you know where “huckleberry” comes from or how the nickname evolved here on Tennis X? Doubt it. If Djoko knew he’d laugh. He’s a cool guy.

MD Says:

you seem to like spitting. let me spit on your face. now turn your other cheek. do you like puke too? i just puked on your face. is your mom whining seeing spit and puke on your face, huh, retard?

alex Says:

“Safin looked good. Actually I think its a sibling rivalry effect. With Dinara doing so well at the French, he needs to recover his position in the family”

That’s interesting and funny thought. :)

“Do you know where “huckleberry” comes from or how the nickname evolved here on Tennis X?”

I am actually quite curious.

jane Says:


Thanks for asking. It comes from a film Dr. Death quoted – I forget the name of it and don’t feeling like trawling through old posts (and Dr. D hasn’t been posting lately) – in relation to Novak having a “weak heart” because the character did (it wasn’t Huck Finn) – maybe it was after the Miami loss? But some of us started using the name facetiously because, well, overall Novak doesn’t have a weak heart; he fights hard. It’s meant with some tongue-firmly-in-cheek, at least when I use it. I think Novak rocks, of course. Maybe Von thinks Novak really has a weak heart (?) but she uses the nickname kindly and humorously nonetheless. It’s a bit of an ongoing joke between a few of us friendly regulars really. Djoker would laugh if he saw it evolve.

Von Says:


It was the film with Valm Kilmer — however, i too, don’t remember the name. The word “huckleberry” is a southern slang name. We began using it after Novak withhdrew from the Monte CarloS SF match v. Federer.

jane Says:


Thanks for adding more details – yes I remember the Val Kilmer reference now too.

Chris Says:

You guys are too stupid for words.

jane Says:

Chris – mea culpa! You’re obviously SO intelligent.

Chris Says:

I heard Wimbledon had banned some stalkers this year. It’s obvious where the crazy Djokovic fans hang out.

JCF Says:

“Elena Dementieva is the only player yet to finish the first round…”

Shouldn’t her opponent also be with her? How can she be the only one yet to finish the first round?

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