First of all, does anyone even care about tennis on this message board? As far as I know, I'm the only one.
If you don’t like it, I recommend giving it a shot. The French Open and Wimbledon are great for those long summer months when for a lot of us there isn’t crap to watch when it comes to sports.
Anyway, the tennis I’ve been seeing the past year or so has been some of the best tennis I’ve seen in a long time. Nadal vs Federer in Wimbledon was amazing and so has been much of the US Open. I expect the men’s final to be pretty damn good this time.
Anyone else been seeing this stuff?
I’m a huge tennis fan. I’ve been playing ever since I was 11 and still play it till this day. I grew up idolizing the best of American tennis: Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, Michael Chang, and Andre Agassi. I love the history of tennis players and diggin up past footage on champions such as Borg, Laver, McEnroe, Conners, Lendl, Edberg, Graff, Evert etc.
I went to the US Open this year during Labor Day weekend. Watched some awesome matches from Del Potro, Bryan Brothers, Andreev, Mauresmo, Safina (I caught an autographed ball from her), and many many others. I try to make the US Open a yearly event and Labor Day weekend is the best time to go since you see the best matches. I usually get Grounds passes that lets you in all courts except Ashe. Most of the better matches are played on the Grandstand and Armstrong anyway.
I also went to the French Open this year and saw some semi final action with the two of the eventual champs, Nadal and Ivanovic. Roland Garros sucks compared to the environment at the Billie Jean National Tennis Center. I do like the main show court, Phillipe Chartrier, better than Arthur Ashe stadium.
The US OPEN finals will be interesting. Serena is on a surge this year. I think she’s committed as well as her sister to be back on the top of tennis. We need that in American tennis where we have no young stars to fill the void. Serena looks faster and fitter as she was in 2002. Her serve is more consistent and she’s match focused. I like Serena in 3 sets.
On the men’s side, as much as I hate Federer ( I respect him as a player but don’t want him to beat Pete’s record), he’s looking to win his 5th straight US Open against 1st Grand Slam finalist Andy Murray. Murray is on a surge. I watched him last year at the US Open and he was terrible. He lost in the 3rd round last year to Taik Lee in 4 sets. This year after dropping Gilbert (former Agassi coach) as his coach he’s done much better. He’s beating top players and getting deeper into tournaments. Murray’s gotten a lot more patience and knows when to go for his shots. That’s what he’s done this whole US Open: he’s been making opponent hit that extra shot to put him into position to make his winner. He lots more fit. It should be a good match but I like Federer in straight sets.