Sorry everyone – I’m swamped this week and fairly useless when it comes to Rogers Cup coverage. Instead of watching matches, I’ve only had time to watch this:
I love how Novak is all ambivalent about hugging the dancing tennis ball at the end.
A few more very random thoughts:
I’m not the only one who has been slacking on my tennis this summer. Here’s Rafael Nadal in Montreal, commenting on his long post-Wimbledon break (via Yahoo!):
“I cannot say I was very anxious during this period of time,” a smirking Nadal said. “I enjoyed being with the family, with the friends. It’s the summer there too … Mallorca is a good place to be in the summer.”
Rafa must have enjoyed his easy, breezy 6-2, 6-0 shellacking of Jesse Levine on Wednesday, his first match back on tour.
Go Milos! Canadian Pride!
Blame Canada! (Specifically wild card Vasek Pospisil for his win over John Isner.) When the rankings come out on Monday there won’t be an American in the top 20 of the ATP rankings for the first time in history. My fellow Americans, how do you feel about this?
It was nice to hear that cancer-survivor Alisa Kleybanova was back on tour, though briefly (she lost in the first round of Toronto to Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.)
Venus. She has the right to keep playing however long she wants. I trust she knows something the rest of us don’t about what she has left to achieve in the sport. But I’m not enjoying this comeback so far.
Pop Quiz – is this headline from the WTA website or the Audubon society? Globetrotting Babos Through in Suzhou.
For some reason I feel relieved whenever I see Sam Stosur cut loose a bit. Don’t go too wild, Sam!
And of course I can’t let 8/8 pass without extending fond birthday wishes to the now 32-year-old Roger Federer, seen here already practicing in Cincy with Dennis Kudla and his new racquet.
Phew, I haven’t seen Roger this disheveled in quite some time. Perhaps he’s revisiting his younger, wilder days when his grooming was more carefree.
I wonder where Roger will celebrate his big day in Cincy?
Okay, now tell me – what have I been missing?