People have been slamming the U.S. Open series, complaining that Anna Chakvedatze and Radek Stepanek are highjacking the bus from the big names and then realizing that the big names could care less – busy as they are sliding around on European clay courts or vacationing in undisclosed Arab Emirates. Personally, I think it’s fun to watch these B-list pros play their usually overshadowed, yet sometimes exquisite tennis (Hyung-Taik Lee, man, he’s got game!) while enjoying the suspense that the Rafa-Roger or Justine-Serena draws usually don’t provide.
Hey, if more of the big boys had shown up in D.C., would John Isner have had a chance in hell? He’d have played a determined Robredo or Davydenko-type in the second round and have been sent packing without making any impression on the average American tennis fan. But now, thanks to field where the No.12 ranked Tommy Haas was the tournament’s second seed (and an eventual Isner casualty), the 6’9″ University of Georgia grad is the most exciting breakout story of the summer!
So stop complaining, grouchy, never-satisfied tennis media, and enjoy this humble snack of Mardy Fish and Sania Mirza! Sure, we are all sophisticated enough to prefer a Petit Basque or a stinky Camembert served off of a fancy cheese cart, but sometimes even the most snobbish connoisseur craves the crispy-on-the- outside, warm-and-gooey-on-the-inside goodness of a grilled cheese sandwich made with buttered white bread and some Kraft American Singles. How about a new marketing campaign: The U.S. Open Series – Five Ounces of Milk in Every Slice!