Our gal in Cincy, Andrea Nay, has been braving the heat this week to capture the best of the Western & Southern Open.
DelPotro’s En Fuego
Juan Martin Del Potro and Tommy Haas met Wednesday in a hot first set battle. As temperatures soared and the Ohio’s famed summer humidity took its toll, Del Potro called for the trainer midway through the first set. “I took some pills to feel much energy,” he said. DelPo came through with a 7-5, 6-2 win, noting Haas played exceptionally well and will be dangerous at Flushing Meadows. On Thursday, the Olympic bronze medalist went on to escape Victor Troicki 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-1 to set up a quarters match against giant-killer Jeremy Chardy who ousted Andy Murray in the round of 16.
As Temps Soar, the Shirts Come Off
All Cincy tennis goers know that when the courts heat up, the clothing drops on the practice courts. Mikhail Youzhny and Tomáš Berdych did not disappoint. Though Youzhny was out in the first round of both singles and doubles, he stayed around to practice on Wednesday. Aren’t we glad he did? Berdych’s extra work paid off, as he moved past qualifier Yen-Hsun Yu to face Milos Raonic in Thursday afternoon action.
The world’s No. 1 golfer Rory McIlory and fellow PGA TOUR star Sergio Garcia are both in town this week to enjoy a little tennis action. McIlory was spotted watching gal pal Caroline Wozniacki’s match Wednesday afternoon along with her father Piotr. The PGA Championship winner graciously signed autographs for star-struck fans sitting near him on Grandstand Court. Garcia kept busy Wednesday by watching James Blake’s loss to Kei Nishikori.
Nole Wonders, Where Am I?
London, Toronto, to Cincinnati. Grass to hard courts. Pleasant temperatures to the heat of the midwest. All in less than a month. It’s hard to fault Novak Djokovic for his slow start against Andreas Seppi on Wednesday. Despite winning 7-6, 6-2, Nole admitted the grind has taken a toll. “I mean, in [the] last three, four weeks, I have changed three different cities, places, surfaces, conditions,” he said. “Still trying to figure out where I am.” Tonight, Djokovic faces Davydenko in the highlighted evening match.
Quote of the Day
Tennis means love for Sloane Stephens. The refreshingly candid American teen dished to the media Wednesday, admitting her massive crush on Rafa Nadal.
“I get star-struck when I see him,” she declared. “I like seeing him practice. . . . he’s always on the first court so everyone can see. I like eating my lunch and watching him.”
Although Stephens said she might like to court Brian Baker as a mixed doubles partner, she saves her fangirl status for Nadal. “I’m in love with Baker’s game; I’m in love with the way Rafa looks. That’s two different things. . . Seriously, Rafa over everyone else is kind of ridiculous.”
Andrea Nay is a freelance photojournalist based in Western Ohio. When she isn’t chasing aces on the court in Cincy, she’s capturing college football, concerts, and travel. Find more of her work at AndreaNay.com.