So, in a recent issue of People magazine (I’d say the one with Angelina on the cover, but don’t they always have Angelina on the cover?) there’s a fluffy photo piece featuring celebs with their dogs. Yes, the one with Mariah Carey is freaky (and MUST be photoshop-ed – it looks like they cut her out of a publicity photo and stuck her with a dog from Dog Fancy magazine.) But the one I’m talking about is of Serena cavorting in the Malibu surf with her Jack Russell. It’s a cute photo – I love terriers. But BOY does Serena look IN SHAPE! She’s kneeling in the sand in a teeny red bikini, and there is not one ounce of fat on her body (except for the boobs, but that’s a good thing.) There are many, many ounces of muscle, however, which look quite intimidating. The photo is dated around mid July, so if anything, she’s probably more buff now. The reason I’m writing about this is because I analyzed Serena’s physique at the JP Morgan Chase Open in an earlier posting, and I wondered if she still had some work to do, fitness-wise. I stand corrected! I think her body is just so extreme that from a distance you can’t sort the bulges from the bulk.
So, the US Open is starting tomorrow and I’m going to be there this weekend! I can’t wait. Right now, I’m really just focusing on what I’m going to wear (gotta look fly, rain or shine!), whate I’m gonna eat (Peter Lugers porterhouse, bagels, pizza), and if it’s going to rain (PLEASE NO!!!) but I also feel the need to do a little musin’ about the players I’m hoping to catch on court (and not from the dizzying heights of the nosebleed section in Arthur Ashe, either.)
10. Is it true? Mardy Fish and Fernando Gonzalez are playing doubles? Could be a really fun team to watch, and they’ll most definitely be playing on the side courts.
9. Speaking of dubs, how about Navratilova/Petrova? I gotta catch Martina (version 1.0) before she’s obsolete, and the way Petrova’s playing singles lately, this might be the only way for me to see her at the Open. But if they happen to be playing Ivanovic/Kirilenko the day I’m there, I’ll have to bring an umbrella to shield myself from the drool coming from the men sitting behind me. How’s that for a model quality pairing?
8. Fabrice Santoro. He’s got the slices, the touch, and the trick shots that are just lost on television. It’s possible that I could see him play Andy Roddick next weekend, which would be a fantastic match of contrasts. Yeah, I want Andy to win, but here’s hoping he gets “Santoro-ed” for at least one set. Only thing is, if the Magician is playing Roddick, it will probably be in Arthur Ashe, and therefore watchable only through binoculars! So maybe I’ll try to catch Fabrice playing dubs –
7. I wouldn’t mind catching the team of Amelie/Svetlana either. Hey, why isn’t doubles popular? You get to watch two great players work as a team and see who has to apologize the most for messing up. Stars + team work + lots ‘o’ volleys + embarrassment = ENTERTAINMENT. (Why can’t Fed get out there with Ljubicic or Roddick for goodness sakes?)
6. In case I miss her in doubles, I definitely want to catch the beautiful Ana Ivanovic playing her beautiful singles game.
5. Speaking of phenoms, I hope I can catch Gasquet at some point. Is he really worthy of the moniker “Baby Fed”?
4. Of course I’m going to watch MARAT! I mean, come on, the man is H-O-T. Although nothing could match this year’s Indian Wells tourny, when I got to see him play fellow-dreamboat Carlos Moya (I was seated about 10 feet from the baseline!), it looks like the big Russian might be playing Coria. Coria is not so hot, and you can’t count on either of them to get past the first round, but it would be an entertaining match, nonetheless.
3. Andre – come on, it’s his last Open! Here’s hoping he makes it through to the second week.
2. Lindsay Davenport – if I see her, it means she wasn’t sidelined by that tragically unlucky shoulder injury.
1. ROGER!!! On the practice courts, of course, cuz binoculars are useless.