Yes there are quibbles: Roger should’ve been on this cover as Sportsman of the Year last year (or the year before, or the year before that) and Anna Kournikova is featured yet again (out of guilt for having hired Gimelstob as an SI writer, perhaps?), but I choose to just be happy that tennis is getting some respect.
And one last piece that will do Roger fans some good: Peter Bodo’s post-Wimbledon interview of Pete Sampras (click here). It focuses mainly on Roger and is filled with great quotes like this one:
Q: Do you still expect Roger to break your Grand Slam singles title record (14 titles)?
A: Oh, absolutely. It’s inevitable. He’ll be in contention for all the majors, and he’ll win a few more Wimbledons and U.S. Opens before he’s done – no doubt in my mind.
It’s amazing how Pete (my fave childhood player) has embraced Roger’s accomplishments – I get the feeling that he’d be disappointed if Roger didn’t break his Grand Slam record. (One quibble, Bodo calls me and everyone else who hated that LATimes article “tools”, but I’ll suppose he was joking.)
Okay, that’s it for the tennis media stories – I like going out on a positive note.
Have a great weekend everybody! Anyone watching the Hall of Fame Championships on FSN? I think I need a tennis break!
(Image swiped from Down the Line!, originally by Simon Bruty for Sports Illustrated)