Category Archives: Tennis

US Open: Where’d that monkey go?

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Tonight, Andy Murray became the first British man to win a Grand Slam tournament since Fred Perry in 1936!

(It seems fitting that this final, which lasted four hours and 54 minutes, tied the record for the longest U.S. Open final, which was contested between his coach, Ivan Lendl, and Mats Wilander.  Also like his coach, Andy won his first Grand Slam in his fifth major final!)

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Plebeian Pippa and more US Open

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So many exciting things are happening in New York.  Obviously the most important thing is that Pippa Middleton is still in town:  watching some tennis, supposedly checking out apartments, and inexplicably wearing this “NYC” tourist hat that she probably bought in Midtown.

Pippa—what is HAPPENING?  Even your iced coffee looks like it came from a truck or a deli… Get thee to Le Pain Quotidien, stat!

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Pippa Middleton in New York!

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The rumors (rumours?) are true… Pippa Middleton is in New York!

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Busy week: My favorite things!

Last night, I attended the U.S. Open, courtesy of Nicole who was actually successful in procuring tickets at a reasonable price (an increasingly difficult task, thanks to scalpers).

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US Open: Qualifying tournament

Yesterday, my secret friend Nicole and I headed over to Flushing Meadows to check out the last day of the U.S. Open qualifying tournament, which just happens to be FREE.  (Ben & Jerry’s on a stick, however, still costs $5.)

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Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray!

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Congratulations to Andy Murray, who clinched the Olympic gold medal at Wimbledon over Roger Federer!

Who would’ve believed that he would beat Federer here at Centre Court, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4?  Not the crying runner-up that we saw just four weeks ago at Wimbledon.  (Probably not Ted Robinson or John McEnroe either, who talked about Murray’s “good fortune” at the beginning of the second set, which I doubt that any commentator would credit for any Federer success.  MEAN!)

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Tennis semis at the Olympics!

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The Wimbledon gods shine a light on Andy Murray today as he defeats Novak Djokovic in the semis, 7-5, 7-5!  (Or maybe the camera caught a weird angle, but I prefer the former.)  This means that he is GUARANTEED an Olympic medal, which—gold or silver—is much cooler than a shitty runner-up serving plate.

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Olympics: Rafa is out!

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Oh no, reigning Olympic gold medalist Rafael Nadal just announced that he is withdrawing from the upcoming Games, saying that he is “not in condition to compete.”  He was also chosen to be the flag-bearer for Spain in the opening ceremony.

What a bummer!  Of course, Rafa hasn’t played since the second round of Wimbledon, when he lost to Lukas Rosol, and he had withdrawn from a charity match with Djokovic.  Even though Rafa’s still a top player, you have to wonder when the hell his knees are just going to finally give out.

Boo, I was really looking forward to cheering for Rafa and Spain in the Olympics, but I guess we’ll have to wait until the US Open to see him get a shot at another Grand Slam (assuming that he even plays!).  At least there will be another very happy Spanish tennis player who will get the chance to participate in the Olympics!

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All together now: Poor Andy!

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Well, Roger Federer won his 17th Grand Slam, regained the No. 1 ranking (equalling Pete Sampras’ record of 286 weeks as the top-ranked player), Great Britain is still champion-less after 76 years, blah blah blah.  Oh man.  The stars were aligning for Andy Murray, and he started off great (and won his first set in a Grand Slam final!) but the ghosts of Centre Court shined their light on Fed again.

New York recently did a lengthy profile on Roger, which struck me as kind of odd since he hasn’t been the top-ranked player (until now, I guess) nor had won a major tournament in awhile.  According to the article:

“I just don’t like the ring of it when I’m being introduced on Centre Court saying, ‘and this is the No. 2 in the world,’ ” Federer said [after losing his No. 1 ranking to Nadal in 2008]. “It just sounds wrong. Either I’m No. 1 or I’m a Grand Slam champion, but I’m not No. 2.”

Oh well.  That Roger.  He’s always honest.

But Andy played great.  He should be very proud of how he played in his first Wimbledon final.  But man, watching him and his mom cry at the trophy presentation… yikes.  There’s always next year!

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I like this picture since there is a couple randomly kissing amongst all the viewers who are on the edge of their seats.

PS – I just moved… and after a week of living like a caveman… I FINALLY HAVE TV AND INTERNET AGAIN!

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Who?

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Rafa probably doesn’t know either.

I’m sad.  GO MURRAY!

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