The Tennis Channel coverage of the Monte Carlo Masters is such a nice change from the FSN fiascos at Indian Wells and Miami. Imagine – over eight straight hours of tennis with muted, knowledgeable commentators (I don’t even know their names, because they don’t feel the need to talk about themselves constantly.) Tennis fans, you know it’s serious when you find yourself watching the end of the Starace/Lapentti match. (Lapentti won, by the way.)
Only one complaint about the coverage so far – I can’t see the f’ing ball! I don’t know if it’s the quality of the broadcast, the camera angle (too high up!!!) or the fact that there’s not enough contrast between the dirt and the ball, but it’s frustrating.
The best thing about this tournament is gawking at the gorgeous Monte Carlo Country Club- the sea, the rocky cliffs, the sensual orange-red clay! Within minutes of turning on the television, I was fantasizing about sailing to the tournament on my yacht with a flute of Cristal in one hand and a front row ticket to the tourny in the other. Can any other tennis event match Monte Carlo for full throttle European glamour? Sigh. . .
Go Maria had a great comment (attached to the Grab Bag post) about the spotty draw. Blake, Roddick, Gonzo, Hewitt, Tsonga, Baghdatis and Berdych are all missing (for various reasons.) One notable accecption to the M.I.A. Americans is Sam Querrey, who somehow (how???) beat Carlos Moya in three sets. I know Carlos is “old”, but come on, this is CLAY!!! Wow, that’s a big win.
Speaking of “old” clay courters – how painful/sad was Guga’s 1-6, 1-6 defeat to Ljubicic today? And how’d Ivan’s ranking plummet to 29th in the world? And why didn’t I notice?
Some thoughts on the Top 3:
Nadal’s draw is pretty tough – he gets Ancic tomorrow, followed by Ferrero, then Ferrer if the seeds hold and the possibility of a revenge match against Davydenko in the semis (although Kolya may be too tired/injured to make it.)
Fed’s draw is tricky, considering he might bump up against arch nemesis/scary bad ass David Nalbandian in the quarters, with Djokovic waiting in the semis. He needs a good test, and this is it.
Djoky will hopefully meet Murray in the Rd. of 16! My fingers are crossed. Besides that, Mr. Personality should be fine until he meets up with Roger or Nalby in the semis. We’ll see. . .
I’m looking forward to some more great tennis tomorrow. Maybe I’ll put on my bathing suit and drink a beer while I watch, and pretend to sunbathe on my yoga mat.