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Montreal Crisis Center, Day 5 08/14/2009 - 1:35 PM

89735298 Howdy, everyone. I'm a little late to the barn today, sorry 'bout that. Just had a big editorial meeting planning out our US Open coverage, for the magazine and website. I'll be doing the same-old, same-old, and also working on a few pieces for the magazine. Next week, I'm on vacation, but mostly lolly-gagging at the farm, so I'll  be on-line and keeping an eye on things. We'll have the usual Crisis Center posts (Rosangel pitching in a few of those days) but we'll go light on the red meat.

Week after (24th to 31st) is qualifying week at the US Open, and I'll be going out there pretty much daily, And once again let me remind you all that the US Open qualifying event is - by far - the best deal in tennis: admission is free, the concessions are mostly open, and the field always features surprisingly big names. You can sit courtside, basking in the sun, 15 feet from the players battling it out for a coveted spot in the main draw.  Get out there if you can.

I need to apologize for writing yesterday that Kim Clijsters is from the land of tulips and windmills; it was a silly error, not my first or last. Feel free to think of me as an ignorant xenophobe, but I'm pretty content with the stamps in my various current or expired passports, my European roots and all the cultural baggage that came with it, and my ability to get around in four or five languages. But that sounds self-justifying, doesn't it?

Anyway, you can also read more of my thoughts on Champagne Kim Clijsters over at ESPN today, where I go on a bit of a rant about the abuse of the verb "to retire," and the gerund derived from it. Now many of you know that one of my guilty pleasures is poking fun at Clijsters, which made it easier for me to connect a few dots that have been knocking around in my brain for some time now to get myself in a good mood to vent. But the reality is that I'm tired of the way the idea of retiring has been hijacked by some athletes (in the interest of fairness, Justine Henin is a culprit here, too - until proven otherwise in, oh, 10 years or so).

Let me make summarize: You retire when you get too old to work, or you get shoved out of your workplace because of your age. If you've ever seen a 72-year old geezer trying to fit a lady's foot into FM pumps at the shoe store, you'll know what I mean. Granted, the retirement age for a tennis player is far lower than for the average working stiff, but the idea that a 22 or 24 or 26 year old can "retire" is absurd. Maybe this is just semantics (you know, the way some people use "reticent" as a synonym for "reluctant"), but the reality is that "retire" is the wrong choice of word. After all, did you "retire" from that job collecting carts at the Price Chopper when you were in your senior year of college, or did you just get bored and quit?

Likewise, Clijsters got sick of tennis and she up and quit in the Spring of 2007. I'll hasten to add that there's no sin in that. It's her life, right? Or you can mute the idea and say she took a break, although she never said that herself (as far as I recall) - she preferred to declare that she was "retiring": done: finito, outta there, quit, shed of it, put it any way you want, but not that she "retired." People don't retire at age 24.

A player coming out of a proper retirement, to take one more shot at the golden ring, always plays on our heartstrings. And as much as some of us like Clijsters, I don't think we ought to get overly sentimental about her return to the game. Look at it this way: While Clijsters took her break, most of the other women of her generation on the WTA Tour kept doing the heavy lifting, and the punishments thereby incurred (see "S" for Sharapova). Clijsters is now returning at age 26, and while taking a long break from the game is always risky, it also has a variety of upsides (I'm sure Rafael Nadal fans have been making those cost-gain flow charts for weeks now), including the fact that she's got fewer miles on her clock than her main rivals.

Is it a mere coincidence that Clijsters is making her return exactly when it's obvious that Sharapova is beat up, the Williams sisters are increasingly erratic, Amelie Mauresmo is working her way out of the picture, and Henin is presently no factor in the game? Perhaps. But I suggest that there might have been some shrewd calculation involved here, too. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, either. All is fair in love, war and tennis. But let's not get carried away and pretend that Clijsters is like one of those old, punch-drunk tomato cans, climbing back into the ring one more time in some doomed, hopeless underdog's Quixotic quest. She did what she had to do - that is, quit - for reasons of her own, and she's coming  back for reasons of her own.

So that's my rant, Part II, and it plays into my long-time feeling that Clijsters is not exactly the happy-go-lucky girl next door, upon whom most everyone has bestowed that most anodyne of accolades "She's so. ..  nice." My feeling is that she always traded heavily on her niceness, and has expertly done so with this retirement narrative. She's a clever girl, that Kimmy, which is different from being merely nice, even if the two do intersect here and there. More power to her. The big question for me is whether she'll be more able than before to deliver the real goods - suck it up and respond to the call, doing what needs to be done to win the big titles.

The rest of it always was, and still is, a no-brainer for a player as young and blessed with talent as Clijsters.

-- Pete

As at 9:20pm ET, overflow going up.  Andrew

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Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:02 PM

God I hate White Sunnies,they are so 80's.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:02 PM

black matt - i think both fed and tsonga are playing really well, and producing very fun tennis. I'd like fed to win, i always do, but i'm ok with him losing a hard fought match where he plays well. and he is playing well, though his serve did go all wonky at the end of that first set and in the tb.

ruh roh - trainer for tsonga? on the wrist/forearm? oh man, that's the worry with diving on a hard court. :(

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 04:02 PM

Cahill and Co. saying he's flexing his wrist and now working the elbow. Replay shows that the right arm broke his fall.

Posted by lionheart 08/14/2009 at 04:02 PM

of course AM but its funny the way dina makes us suffer like this ..you needed to watched me at the RG final

and the fed breaks yayyyy cmon fed how hes lokin in this set ?

Posted by Andrew 08/14/2009 at 04:03 PM

Federer holds, breaks, holds. Is Tsonga getting attention on his hand? It looked like he'd taken a painful bang?

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 04:03 PM

Please get well, Tsonga. I don't want a retirement or an injury affecting this match.

Posted by Black Matt 08/14/2009 at 04:03 PM

Frankly, you Fed fans should WANT Murray to win. Have him win Cincinnati too. Then he'll be unbelievably hyped up again before the USO.

Just like Australia.

Just like Wimbledon.

*coughs*

Posted by sukhi 08/14/2009 at 04:03 PM

oh oh..doctor's call? Now if Fed wins it will be because Tsonga was hurt..ssh.

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 04:03 PM

Does anyone else find Chris Fowler's voice very calming"

NOOOOOOOO. I can't stand the man! (and I don't usually go around just disliking people)

Oh no, I hope Tsonga didn't hurt himself badly during that dive.

Posted by Jenni 08/14/2009 at 04:03 PM

Carrie, you forgot Fashion Icon. :)

"was the macth so bad"

Yes. It was really, really bad.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 08/14/2009 at 04:04 PM

Sokol, just curious if you count Vika has Russian?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:04 PM

Ahhh poor Joe

showing replay he falls heavily on his elbow

Gosh I know how that feels,my right elbow has gone too

Joe has had soo many injuries in his career.

Posted by rafadoc 08/14/2009 at 04:04 PM

Karen: I love Chris Fowler's voice.

Posted by Sunshine Breeze' 08/14/2009 at 04:04 PM

I wish Tsonga could play this whole match with no shirt=P hehe

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 04:04 PM

Looks like Tsonga took a painkiller, trainer massaging the right elbow with some type of hot cream.

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:04 PM

Tsonga's retuns has also gone, as he misses 2 consecutive returns from 30 all. Fed is up 3-0 in the 2nd set.
Checking the comments, i saw the Hott Woz's score. Oh girl, that sure wasnt pretty. Probably she needs a hug after that. Why am i not in Cincy? Demetieva is very dangerous if she plays well, though.
And also, Safina defeated Kim. Well, it was a very good comeback for the "apparently-not-so-nice" Kim. And regardless of wether or not you think she deserves to be No.1, Safina is one of the top players in the world right now, so not bad for Clijsters.

And it looks like AM was right, as Tsonga has called the trainer. Apparently, he hurt his right arm in that fall in the last point of the 1st set. That could explain some of the awful shots he has hit so far in the second.

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:05 PM

Black Matt: you have a point, the hype machine in full effect...lolz

I hope Tsonga is ok, which is why I don't advocate diving, everytime I see La Monf do it, I fear he's going to stay down and not get up...le sigh...

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 04:05 PM

Flavia and Dani started their match...
Come on, Flavia, eventhough I don't care much as Dina has a strong H2H against either one of them...

Posted by roadrunnerz 08/14/2009 at 04:05 PM

Is Tsonga wearing earrings in both ears? (shallow time out observation)

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 04:06 PM

Oh you too Rafadoc?? (ewww) sorry that's how strongly I feel about him.


Nice close ups of Tsonga. I really hope he's ok

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 08/14/2009 at 04:06 PM

Just saw Federer's chest. I have a thing for guys with hair on their chest, I just think it's really hot. Love it.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:07 PM

ok - we're back out, lets see if fed keeps his lead in this set or lets it get away after the interuption...

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 04:07 PM

Tsonga's done with the timeout. I guess we will see if that helped. Tsonga to serve 0-3.

Posted by LIONHEART 08/14/2009 at 04:07 PM

poor jo hope its nothing seriuos this guy has overcome so manny injurys
and its not fair hes reall fun to watch

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 04:07 PM

"Checking the comments, i saw the Hott Woz's score. Oh girl, that sure wasnt pretty."

Yes, it wasn't. You were missed during the match call. :-)

Posted by sukhi 08/14/2009 at 04:07 PM

I am actually surprised that Fed missed that BH in the last point of TB. It was right in the zone for him. Come on Fed don't loose focus. Now that you have twins doesn't mean you start seeing everything in two's!

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:07 PM

roadrunnerz - yes - already noticed that :)

samantha - word. :)

*splashes happily in the shallow end for a bit*

Posted by Carrie 08/14/2009 at 04:08 PM


Awww…I hope Jo is okay. *frazzles* :(

Jenni- I think we just need to acknowledge that Fed is the most awesome person ever. Heck, Jesus Christ probably has a bumper sticker that says WWRD? (What Would Roger Do?)

Posted by mina hearts Rafa 08/14/2009 at 04:08 PM

i hope the wrist is okay. i had such hopes for Jo, esp after taking the tb...

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:08 PM

Samantha Elin Yikes I cant stand men with hairy chests,dont start me on back hair either lol!

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 04:08 PM

For the record I dont think Tsonga dove Monfils style - I think he slipped.

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 04:09 PM

Just merdelicious, I tell you. Anyways, in case you wonder why Fed doesn't dive at the net, this is why. Dude it's freakin' concrete. Just ugh!

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 04:09 PM

"Sokol, just curious if you count Vika has Russian?"

I do, Belorus' is very close with Russia,the mentality is the same, there's slight difference in the language, but most of the people speak Russian... When she plays against someone who's not Russian I usually cheer for her, but when she plays Russian players, then of course I cheer against her...
kind of the same for Ukranian players :-))
When I was growing up it was one country...

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:10 PM

becks that's EXACTLY my issue w/ monfils. he's SO fun to watch, but his sliding and diving result in so many injuries.

jowilli i think is so fun to watch, and i'd just hate to see him injured.

seems that service game was good from him, lets see if fed can hold onto to his lead.

Posted by rafadoc 08/14/2009 at 04:10 PM

Tfactor: Yah. Sorry. :) I was actually thinking about it yesterday. I really like it.

Is Tsonga okay? SBing since my son has monopolized the TV with the Cubs game (17-2-Go Cubs Go!)


Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:10 PM

ummm, not good, looking at the strings in frustration...

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 04:10 PM

Yikes I cant stand men with hairy chests,dont start me on back hair"

+1

Flavia is already up 2 love

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 04:10 PM

Federer seems to be moping around the baseline, not particularly enjoying this match. Perhaps he should bring the twins in a pram and park them beside his murses to amuse himself during changeovers. :-)

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:10 PM

Mmhm, wild FH, this is where he gets broken?! le sigh, dude you are such an open book...

Posted by greenhopper 08/14/2009 at 04:10 PM

Agree Whitney, he was looking to change directions and slipped. Unfortunate for him, but boy am I glad he took a set.

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 04:11 PM

"not bad for Clijsters"

not bad at all

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:11 PM

Black Matt,
I think Fed fans live in their own world (maybe it's the Land of Oz) of happiness, with 15s all over the place. It's the Rafa fans who should be cheering hard for Fed in this tournament, specially tomorrow, in my opinion.

Tsonga holds at 30. He didnt miss all that much in that game. A DF, but also some good serves. Fed to serve, 3-1 up.

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:11 PM

what a return by Tsonga...15-30...mmhmmm

Posted by yello fuzzy 08/14/2009 at 04:11 PM

that Federer FH is so sweet, but Zonger returns the favor

Posted by lionheart 08/14/2009 at 04:11 PM

good hold for jo o hope his elbow its ok honestly if he beat fed it i will be ok
the men deserve a good win altough will riun my braket sigh

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:11 PM

ran around the BH left the whole court open and Tsonga missed it...

Posted by mina hearts Rafa 08/14/2009 at 04:12 PM

AM: +1 on your no to manscapes board.

Go Flavia!

Posted by rafadoc 08/14/2009 at 04:12 PM

Yikes I cant stand men with hairy chests,dont start me on back hair"

+2

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 04:12 PM

"kind of the same for Ukranian players :-))"

and for Kazakhstan players as well, especially since some Russians are playing under Kazakhstan flag, like Shvedova, for example...

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 04:12 PM

That's ok Rafadoc is not so much his voice is what he says :)

Ok it didn't seen as if Fed was too concerned about his opponent on that smash ;-)

Posted by greenhopper 08/14/2009 at 04:13 PM

hey, rafadoc.
nice work so far.

Posted by rafadoc 08/14/2009 at 04:14 PM

*winks* No prob Greenhopper.

Posted by Or 08/14/2009 at 04:14 PM

Yeah, I thought that BH at SP was definitly one Roger should have made, I think Tsonga's fall distracted him - not for the first time have I seen him lose a point when the guy across the net is down.

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:14 PM

VC,
I also missed the Hott Woz. Pity i couldnt be around:)
Fed holds at 30, saving a situation that looked potentially dangerous, after a missed FH and a great return by Jo. He won the last point of that game with another one of those cute DSs, followed with an OH that almost beheaded Tsonga (Fed wasnt aiming for him) Fed up 4-1, Tsonga to serve.

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 04:15 PM

*seem* not seen

Allez Tsonga, keep it close

Flavia 3-1

Posted by mina hearts Rafa 08/14/2009 at 04:15 PM

Rafadoc: i'm beginning to see the tie that binds u me and AM. and i'm not taking abt Rafa. well, i am, sort of. LOL

mmm sizzling return by Dani. but Flavia still held. she is so boss.

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 04:16 PM

how does Tsonga look? any indications that the wrist (arm) bothers him?

Posted by ladyjulia 08/14/2009 at 04:16 PM

Dang...i get away and see that Fed loses a TB...Fed..remember you are Roger Federer...you win the TBs, unless its Rafa.

Tsonga is not Rafa....exorcise Fred and don't make life hard for yourself.

Gotta go won't be able to follow the score...can see score only at 9 pm, so in teh meantime this is my wishlist:

Federer wins
Roddick wins
Rafa wins

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 04:16 PM

A little flair is gone out of Tsonga it seems like.

Posted by sblily (Meh > Wheeeee!!!/Vamos Maymo!) 08/14/2009 at 04:16 PM

Yikes I cant stand men with hairy chests,dont start me on back hair
~~~~~

+3

(Though I would make an exception for Gonzo and a handful of others)

Posted by roadrunnerz 08/14/2009 at 04:16 PM

I'm totally okay with a double break...

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 04:16 PM

Nice CC FH from Federer. 2 BPs.

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:17 PM

2nd serve into the bottom of the net...

Posted by vetmama - RF FTW!!! (please?) 08/14/2009 at 04:17 PM

"I don't think I've ever actually seen the Fed dive, he may lunge for balls but he will never actually hit the deck trying to get a ball...dude is just lazy like that...lolz"

Beckham,
I think it goes back to his dislike of physical danger.
The dude doesn't even like rollercoasters.

It doesn't surprise me that he didn't pursue soccer/football, because I can't imagine him getting kicked in the shins or bodyslamming someone.

I believe the dear boy is slightly prissy.:)

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 04:17 PM

Yep. Jo's hurt. Wouldn't be surprised to see a retirement shortly.

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 04:18 PM

To keep the record straight, that should be +4, Mina repeated my +1 ;)

Hold here J-W and keep it close please

Posted by lionheart 08/14/2009 at 04:18 PM

flavs is already 3-1 goood this gal is definitely one of the dark horses for the uso
forza flavia

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 04:19 PM

Yeah. Ok! We get it. Many ppl don't like chest hair :-P. Waxing is painful, yo! Have some sympathy.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:19 PM

Glad to see the Hairy Chest Poll is getting ss much attention lol!

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 04:20 PM

Double break for 5-1.

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:20 PM

vetmama: but but but he likes fast cars, and of course in his mind he's 007, that's manly, no?! lol Seriously, though his biggest fear is getting injured and not being able to play tennis so according to him, "he conserves his energy"..

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:20 PM

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh Joe and his game has goneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 04:20 PM

Oh no. Can't we have a few injury free matches.. is that too much to ask?. It makes me even more worried about tonight with the shoulder/knee issues

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:21 PM

Pspace Chicken!!!

Posted by greenhopper 08/14/2009 at 04:21 PM

Stupid fatty is always thinking about food.

Posted by mina hearts Rafa 08/14/2009 at 04:21 PM

Dear Pspace
just a reminder: preaching to the choir re waxing :)

Regards,
TWLadies

Posted by rafadoc 08/14/2009 at 04:21 PM

Awwww. GH- I may have went from good luck charm to jinx. Will walk away for a while and see if that helps. :(

Posted by roadrunnerz 08/14/2009 at 04:21 PM

Nice comeback, Fed. Now take the third!!

Posted by lionheart 08/14/2009 at 04:22 PM

and fed breaks but ..ummmm but i not happy with this poor jo seeems that the dive hurt him and his serve

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 04:22 PM

And, Fed breadsticks Jo :-((. Life. is. unfair.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 04:22 PM

Hardly a vintage set of tennis by Federer, but he takes it 6-1, aided no doubt by Tsonga's injury. Hard to tell if he's still feeling it, but we'll find out in the third set.

Posted by rafadoc 08/14/2009 at 04:22 PM

Mina: Hee. I get you. ;-)

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:22 PM

flavia has been playing the best tenis of her life this year. at least i think so. but i need master ace or jacko to confirm that or let me know I'm off base.

jowilli definately looking discombobulated. and fed, like the shark he is takes the second.

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:22 PM

Difficult to say how much of it is due to the arm problem, but Tsonga's level has clearly dropped. Even though Fed gave him life in that last game, missing 2 returns in his first 2 BPs, he broke afte the UFEs kept coming.
And now he serves out the set, with one of those vintage super-fast serve games. Fed takes the 2nd set, 6-1. Not much of a story in this set. Tsonga's level dropped abismally, and Fed was steady, focused, and took advantage of it. Shame about Jo's problems, as the 1st set was very entertaining.

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 04:23 PM

So tired of this buy.com commercial and Howie Mandel's huge earrings.

Posted by Andrew 08/14/2009 at 04:23 PM

Oh dear. Tsonga gives up on set 2. May have attempted to conserve energy for set 3, but not locked in by any means. That arm may be quite sore.

Posted by Or 08/14/2009 at 04:24 PM

Vetmama -

LOL, but true. He is a bit prissy. I think he said in an early interview, that he doesn't really like the bodily contact of other sports :)

He never lungs. Rafa doesn't neither, - although lunging would usually characterize a S&V player, and Rafa doesn't spend enough time there.

Posted by tina 08/14/2009 at 04:24 PM

I've been watching and reading along on here (Montreal) but now the TV goes off until the evening showdown. Andy and Novak have such a strange - and strained - history.

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:24 PM

Waxing is painful, yo!
+1. And i know it from experience. When i was forced to do it with my legs, it was a hellish experience, i'm telling ya:)

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:24 PM

MrX: if the opponent level drops, the Fed's level drops along, notice that almost all vintage TMF performances come against opponent who are playing just as well or out of their minds, as he says, the opponent has to cooperate for great tennis...

The 3rd set is going to be tight...at least he didn't go down in straights...

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 04:25 PM

There is always electrolysis :)

Gosh that was a quick second set. I don't expect much from him in the third. Too bad.

Posted by roadrunnerz 08/14/2009 at 04:25 PM

Another early break would be FABULOUS.

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 04:25 PM

Jo's changed his shirt! Does that mean he feels he can fight. UFEs still coming....0-30.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:25 PM

andrew - i was wondering if jowilli was giving up the second to conserve for the third. not a good tactic if he was. dunno, he looks mad at himself, and the serve is definately off.

he's playing much more self-consciously, not the freeflowing zone he was in the first set. :(

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 04:26 PM

Cahill favoring Rod for tonight's matches - citing Andy's run at D.C. as helpful since he has matches under his belt.

Three breaks points for Fed already.

Posted by roadrunnerz 08/14/2009 at 04:26 PM

Wow...what's happened to Tsonga's serve?

Posted by vetmama 08/14/2009 at 04:26 PM

Samantha, I agree about finding (some) chest hair hot.
I like my men to look like men, not boys.:)

Posted by .com 08/14/2009 at 04:26 PM

Tsonga is clearly injured, I think he must retire, maybe he will able to play next week or at least at USO.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 04:27 PM

Tsonga's game doesn't seem to have returned, three BPs straightaway for Federer. Error to get broken.

Posted by Disgruntled Cincinnatian 08/14/2009 at 04:27 PM

You're entirely entitled to your opinions, but this attack that you have waged against Kim Clijsters amounts to little more than yellow journalism, completely negating any credibility or respect I could have had for you. This is not a "guilty pleasure" its a wholly antagonizing criticism of one of the most popular players this sport has seen. Readers of this comment, (if there are any who care; I fully acknowledge that this is meant to be a cathartic, personal statement.) you are free to criticize me, after all that is the same right that I am utilizing, as is Mr. Bodo. The only distinction is that Bodo has some level of esteem in the world of the press, and should therefore use a little more discretion when attempting to berate a welcomed return by a favored player. Frankly with the dramatic overtures that the tennis world has endured with excessive confrontations between players, abuse of medical timeouts and a disregard of sportsmanship, I turn to Kim Clijsters as an example of - yes - kindness. I admit, I am a wholehearted Kim fan but even if she isn't the epitome of niceness that the press can paint her to be, the commitment that she has shown to the fans and players is unprecedented. Frankly, the only forum where Clijsters has not been overly kind in is with members of the press. And after a piece like this, I can hardly blame her.

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