Oh, Davis Cup, you wacky, relentless and bizarre competition! How I adore thee!
Russia v. Czech Republic:
I love keeping an eye on the Russian squad – it’s so exciting to see what captain Shamil Tarpischev comes up with. It’s either pure crazy or genius, depending on the final result. And this time he’s in Einstein territory. Shamil, baby, what were you thinking? To play Safin, ranked one millionth in the world (at least mentally), against Berdych, who made it to the semis in Miami? When you could’ve played Kolya “Golden Boy” Davydenko? And then you have to sit in the hot seat and watch your Wild Card go down two sets before he pulls out the win? Wow, that is some hard core foshizzle, comrade.
U.S.A. vs. France
I am so impressed by Andy, James and the rest of the American team – unlike so many other squads (bonjour!) they always come ready to play and support one another from the sidelines. The fans are starting to catch on, too – the crowds in Portland last year and now in Winston-Salem have been impressive.
Don’t tell my husband, but I find P-H Mathieu sexy. This disturbs me, since he’s French and therefore unpredictable and ultimately disappointing on the court. His walloping backhand is thrilling! It was a good looking match in many ways – power hitting, fast play and even some trash talk. And James came through with the five set win! Hurray!
I do miss seeing Gasquet and Tsonga , however happy I am for the American team to be playing against “second string” players like Llodra and Mathieu. I was so hoping for that Tsonga/Roddick match that never materialized in Miami.
Side note: Since when did “VAMOS!” become the official victory whoop of pro tennis? Non-spaniards P-H Mathieu and Maria Sharapova both use it. Which American do you think will be first?