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Kim Time? 01/05/2010 - 1:54 PM

95583687 by Pete Bodo

I've been thinking about Kim Clijsters a fair amount these past few days; I think she's going to have a big -- a very big -- 2010. So she's my choice as the most likely player of the year on the women's side; later this week, I'll also choose a potential male PoY for 2010.

My feelings about Clijsters didn't really crystallize until I read and thought about the return of Justine Henin. Yes, these two Belgians are joined at the metaphorical hip, and have been for a long time. And one reason I think Clijsters will do well is because 2010 represents a great opportunity for her finally to escape from Henin's shadow. I'm sure she wouldn't mind at all if she also puts Henin into her own. Payback. It's an itch.

The Clijsters saga, despite all those elements that could be stitched onto a sampler pillow, seems so artfully constructed that Kim or her advisers couldn't possibly have dreamed it up. In 2007, when she "retired" (it's a prettier word than "quit"), she had one Grand Slam title to her credit, and a long history as a talented but woefully choke-prone competitor. She was 1-5 in major finals, and 12-10 against her nemesis, the dynamo Henin. But keep in mind that from 2001 to 2003, Clijsters dominated Henin, including in some major events; from 2003 on, the tables were dramatically turned. The turning point came in Berlin, in 2003, where Henin squeaked out a win, 7-5 in the third. A few weeks later, the Sister of No Mercy surrendered just four games to Clijsters in a brutal Roland Garros final, winning 6-0, 6-4. That opened the floodgates: from that point on, Henin was 8-3 (4-0 in major finals) against Clijsters.

Clijsters also suffered at the hands of Venus Williams, although a few wins late in their rivalry helped Clijsters build the H2H to a respectable 5-6. Champagne Kimmy was less successful against Venus's sister, Serena, who was 7-1 (and 2-0 in majors) against Clijsters at the time the latter took her break from tennis. Clijsters did manage to wave good-bye with a positive H2H against Maria Sharapova, 4-3, although she was 1-1 against Maria in Grand Slam semis. Clijsters was a narrow 8-7 with Amelie Mauresmo, but hey - she owned that other Grand Slam champ, Svetlana Kuznetsova (7-1)! Didn't everyone?

Given all this, you might be inclined to think that Clijsters was totally bummed out when she heard that Justine Henin was following her out of seclusion, but the operative word there is "following." Henin is the one doing the following now, which is a 180-degree shift, and symbolic in a larger sense of where the two women stand in relation to each other. Given the way Clijsters stole the summer headlines in '09, the message seems clear: Clijsters has re-invented herself (that cute little kid of Clijsters is, among other things, a convenient distraction, although Clijsters certainly doesn't see it that way). The problem for Henin is that there was nothing to re-invent; she just faces the challenge of getting back to what she once was. She's burning a different form of emotional fuel.

The other day, in my post at ESPN, I went into the reasons that Henin might have a tougher row to hoe in her comeback than did Clijsters. I wrote that because her game is rooted in finesse and versatility, it may take her a long time to find her timing and turn her on-court decision-making into an instinctive reaction. But there's a little more to it than that. When I compared Clijsters to a four-wheel drive pick-up truck and Henin to a Ferrari, I was also thinking about where the game is, in general, and what it takes to win - on both tours.

Men's tennis has become, over recent years, a much more physical game. Pure power no longer reaps enormous benefits in the form of aces or winners the way it once did; it now pays off in long-haul stamina. Not just the ability to run for a long time, but the ability to maintain racket-head speed, quick-start muscle reactions, consistency of stroke. The relatively new polyester strings have played a part in this evolution; the harder you swing now, the more confident you can feel that the shot will go in. This has had a huge impact on the game (although we've seen that mostly in the men's game - so far).

A racket isn't a very heavy object, but when you have to swing it accurately, with something like full force, for two-and-a-half hours or longer, it can feel like an anvil. This will be an increasingly big factor in the women's game, too - just as serving power and efficiency is a new frontier that the women are finally beginning to explore.

Clijsters is well-positioned to take advantage of these developments, because she's an exceptionally physical athlete. A few weeks ago, Caroline Wozniacki told me (she was talking about her U.S. Open final against Clijsters): "That was the first time I’ve played her. She’s hitting a heavy ball. Every time you play short, she takes another step forward and wants to be the first to attack. She’s a good runner, too, and a fighter. I wouldn’t call it a different level from the other girls, but she was fresh and relaxed. She’s accomplished all she wanted already, so she’s just playing for herself and her family. I could feel she was relaxed and enjoying the game."

With all due respect to Caroline, I'm thinking it might be a different level.

We all love to watch tennis matches, and sometimes we get in too wrapped up in the details of the game - how someone hit the ball on a certain day against a certain opponent. We can learn a lot from that, but there's a forest-and-trees element at play, because so much of what happens in any specific match is determined by form of the day. We get a better understanding of the game if we look at how a player's fundamental profile fits into the gestalt. To me, the game is becoming more and more physical, and Wozniacki's experience puts into perspective the threat Clijsters represents to her peers and rivals.

If you want to read a counter-point, check out the piece Tom Tebbutt wrote for ESPN on this subject. Tom is a tennis aesthete who worships at the altar of Federer, irretrievably in love with "beautiful" tennis. And with Henin back and Roger Federer in command of the men's game until someone says otherwise, fans of pretty tennis are experiencing glory days. I'm not sure how much longer that will be sustainable, though. Last year's men's U.S. Open final was telling to me, in that it represented the first time that someone other than Rafael Nadal was able to play the game on his own terms on a big stage and get the best of Federer. Against Juan Martin del Potro in that final, Federer took his familiar position: Play any way you want; I'll still find a way to beat you. Del Potro responded with: Okay, its power tennis, with the emphasis on physicality.

In that match, Federer was banking on his formidable abilities to transition from defense to offense - to absorb del Potro's most punishing blows and use them roughly the way wise Yoda used The Force in Star Wars. Yoda, of course, was much older than Federer (Yoda was 900-plus years when he died; that's older than Jonas Bjorkman!) and his complexion was considerably greener than that of the olive-skinned Swiss. But in the end, Federer was unable to turn del Potro's power against him, and he spent most of the match futilely chasing rockets. Even when he did catch up with them, they were too hot to handle and fire back.

For different reasons, Clijsters took a similar, Federer-esque attitude into her U.S. Open semifinal with Serena Williams, but she came away with a different result (the match was close enough before the bizarre ending to draw that conclusion, no matter what might have happened at the end in a more conventional scenario). And she was one of the very few women who managed to resist Serena's shoving and pressing and athletic bullying.

95509212 The first time around, Clijsters suffered some injuries that hampered her effectiveness and probably contributed to her disappointing results in the late stages at some big events. But her game, specifically her physical attributes and abilities, were never in question. Like the lion in the Wizard of Oz, the thing she most needed was a heart. Other players, including Pete Sampras and Martina Navratilova, have faced and conquered a similar shortcoming. There's no reason Clijsters can't do it as well. If she's managed to banish her demons and her smoldering resentment of the way Henin once stole her thunder, she's positioned to flourish.

Now that the Williams sisters are nearing the finish line of their careers and appear to be in some stage of physical decline, Clijsters moves up is an ideal specimen for an increasingly physical game.


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Posted by Cosi 01/06/2010 at 12:01 AM

Kim is bigger, no doubt about it, but physically superior to Justine? I don't think so,there is a reason Justine has seven slams and Kim only has two.. if Kim was so physically superior to Justine, there might be more parity in their slam records. Justine is incredibly agile and has great touch on the ball, and can stop and change directions on a dime, more so than Kim. Kim is bigger, that doesn't always translate to "better"....I see Justine continuing to be the better of the two players, as she was before. Kim is also only really agressive on one shot, the forehand, whereas Justine is aggressive from all areas of the court and from both wings, another thing that makes Justine a "superior" player..

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:01 AM

vetmama LOL!! Fred says Rafa knees are his concern,he should do well on clay and grass though when it comes to the US he is always injured

Posted by GB 01/06/2010 at 12:02 AM

Vetmama: he was only picking to 3. He does mistakenly think Rafa's 25 :), but has basically written him off because of the knees :((((( Said he only thinks he'll do well on the clay.

Posted by Arun 01/06/2010 at 12:02 AM

Yeah. Interesting choice that, GB. Curiously, he also thinks Rafa is 25 or 26; so he has no chance to win the slams. :D

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:03 AM

Andy getting a little of his own serving medicine

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:03 AM

Fred is a Dork sometimes,he said last year Rafa could win a Calender Slam??

Gee how he forgets

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:05 AM

Remember Fred is old and had it lol!

He thinks Murray needs more concentration to win a GS,should not have got blown off the court by Verdasco and also Cilic at the US OPEN.He thinks he can win a GS

Posted by Cosi 01/06/2010 at 12:06 AM

As for Henin targetting Wimby, isn't grass supposed to be the most athleticism-demanding surface? Difficult goal for Justine, if that is the case.
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Clay is supposedly the most physically demanding , grass rewards the players with power and big serves as a rule.Justine is incredibly athletic, one of the MOST athletic of all the female players, that's why she's a clay court queen and has slam wins and alot of titles on multiple surfaces. Maria Sharapova won her first slam on grass, and I'm sure you don't think Maria is one of the most "athletic" players on the women's tour, but she has a big serve and huge groundstrokes which serve her well on a fast court with a skiddy bounce to the ball that is struck.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:07 AM

I must say for a two hander Murray has a good b/slice

Do you agree Arun,I know you are a lover of the b/hand slice

Phil has a good b/hand slice too.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:09 AM

Cross court shot passer Carsten well done

Posted by Arun 01/06/2010 at 12:09 AM

Yes, AM. :D

Posted by Pspace (Lookin' for Court No. 3) 01/06/2010 at 12:09 AM

Man...finally got veetle working. Nice stream. Unfortunately the match is almost done :-(

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:10 AM

Carsten would be 6ft 5in good mover for a tall guy.

4 games all

Carsten to serve

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:11 AM

Murray d Phil K 6-4,6-1

Hopman Cup

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:12 AM

Where is Phil K playing after Hopman Cup?

Is he going to Sydney

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:14 AM

Brsibane

Holy hell Carsten

You have been eating your weetbix

Roddick love 30

Posted by Angel of the Surf (A Complete Bobblehead) 01/06/2010 at 12:15 AM

Well I am going for Germany in the dubs, Luara annoys me but I do think she is going to do big things when she gets older. She is so poised and confident for one so young.

Posted by GB 01/06/2010 at 12:17 AM

Poor MAndy's burnt his back.

Posted by karin1492 01/06/2010 at 12:17 AM

Kimiko Date Krumm served out the upset over Razzano. She won 3/6 6/3 6/2. It's amazing that a player of that age can beat some players in the top 50.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:17 AM

Roddick got it back

His ad now

Andy holds

5 games all

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:18 AM

GB Should have used sun screen

Slip,Slop,Slap Andy

Posted by Arun 01/06/2010 at 12:19 AM

Gasquet is on the Brisbane SB. 3-2 on serve.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:19 AM

Ahhhhh Carsten I think you have had a big let down after that last match

15-40

Andy with 2 b/points

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:20 AM

2 bombs serve by Carsten

another one

Brought it back to deuce

Way to go carsten

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:20 AM

Will Carsten get out of another dangerous serving game?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:22 AM

Carstens ad

Yay he holds his serve coming back from 15-40

Way to go Carsten

Ball 6-5

Roddick to serve

I think we are headed for a t/break,Yuck.

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:22 AM

Wow, I like Andy but I really want Ball to take at least one set off of him.

Would be a great confidence boost to the kid.
He's really playing great effective tennis right now.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:23 AM

Andys wife looking rather Glum

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:24 AM

If this goes to a TB, Roddick will be win the set.

Posted by Pspace (Lookin' for Court No. 3) 01/06/2010 at 12:24 AM

Haha...these on court interviews are good. Lestat with a bad sunburn...hmmm.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:24 AM

great play Carsten,you took that ball so early,good deep volley

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:25 AM

Pspace Please buy your charge some Suncscreen ok

I know Scots can be stingy

Gee he just brought a Ferrai

Posted by linz 01/06/2010 at 12:26 AM

Hey guys- geez, doesn't "look" like Andy is playing well right now- or is Ball just playing lights out? Wish I had a stream so I could see! Or maybe I don't LOL. It's too early in the season for frazzle, I should probably just say a prayer and go to bed haha!!

Posted by Pspace (Lookin' for Court No. 3) 01/06/2010 at 12:27 AM

I saw only the highlights of Rafa-Bolelli, but he looked pretty impressive to me. I'd have to watch a full match...but the serve seems much better. I've already put $20 on him to defend.

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:27 AM

look above linz...there's a stream on atdhe, if you want one.:)

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:27 AM

T/breaker in forcce

Roddick with a mini break

Wonderful volley Andy,thank goodness for Larry cause you would not have done that shot a few years ago

Roddick 3-0

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:28 AM

Carsten is losing his buzz...

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:28 AM

Roddick 4-0

Roddick 5-0

carsten it is soo important in a t/break to win the first point

Roddick 6-0

Posted by Angel of the Surf (A Complete Bobblehead) 01/06/2010 at 12:28 AM

I can't believe Lestat would go out with sunscreen and wear no shirt, the guy is like a ghost. The weather is really hot but it is getting cooler by the weekend.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:30 AM


Roddick 7-6 (7-0) wins the 1st set

Carsten you came unstuck big time in that t/breaker.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:31 AM

Pspace $20 to defend

You have been hanging around Andy too long.

Posted by linz 01/06/2010 at 12:32 AM

Thanks vetmama, not sure how I missed that one! I'm quite out of the practice of looking for streams =)

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:33 AM

Now this is the Carsten I've seen before.
Damn.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:33 AM

Hi Linz

Andy is serving 1st game,2nd set

Andy holds with ease

1-0

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:35 AM

Vetmama I think Carsten is down on himself,he played great right up to that t/breaker and fell flat.He has to forget that and keep going

Posted by Tee-Times 01/06/2010 at 12:35 AM

Do you think we might see a Blake/Roddick match in a few days. They are also playing doubles together.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:36 AM

Carsten service game to love

1 game all

Andy to serve

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:36 AM

Lovely retun, that.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:37 AM

Yes,Yay for James to games in a row

Good to see

Posted by GB 01/06/2010 at 12:37 AM

MAndy saying he's looking to practice being more aggressive from the back of the court and coming forward at HC so it comes more naturally in the AO.

Plus playing with some juniors and laughing about the outfit coordination. v cute!

And it ends with his tragic rap:)

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 01/06/2010 at 12:38 AM

TC is showing the murray/robson kohl./lisicki match right now.

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:39 AM

Mandy Rap?
Somehow I'm glad I'm missing that!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:41 AM

Is Andy wearing his Kilt? I would love to see that

Posted by Angel of the Surf (A Complete Bobblehead) 01/06/2010 at 12:42 AM

Annie I thought the dubs would start in another 15 minutes. I hate being at work during January.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:42 AM

carsten forget about the over rule

By the way moving your feet would have helped you with that shot

Come on Focus

Posted by crazyone 01/06/2010 at 12:42 AM

Poor PEHK is the shortest player on court...

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:43 AM

I love a man who Hustles at the net

Smart thinking carsten

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:44 AM

Ahhhhhhh stuffed up f.hand carsten

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:44 AM

Doh!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:45 AM

Wow scary serve carsten

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:45 AM

Awesome body serve!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:46 AM

Holy hell carsten what was that??

you had control,you over played that shot

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 01/06/2010 at 12:46 AM

hi angel, the actual match won't start for a few more minutes.

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:46 AM

Andy just opened the door for Ball to hold.
Dumb error.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:47 AM

Phew he holds

2 games all

Roddick to serve

Posted by crazyone 01/06/2010 at 12:47 AM

vetmama, how are you doing? it's been a while!

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:47 AM

Better break him now, Carsten...he's pissed he missed breaking in the last game.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:48 AM

Smart play Andy

I love Larry he just sits there with a cool look on his face

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:49 AM

Hey, c1.:)
Work's been a bear, I can only duck in rarely these days.

Posted by Arun 01/06/2010 at 12:49 AM

According to the SB, Gasquet serving at 6-3,1-0 and 15-40. Then he fires 2 Aces to save those BPs. followed by 2 DFs to surrender the break back. 1-all. duh.

Posted by GB 01/06/2010 at 12:49 AM

Crap Muzz and Laura are a cute combo! Andy has to get the fan working for her

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:50 AM

I think Larry's seen it all many, many times.
How many years did he coach Gonzo? :)

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:51 AM

Arun Who is Richard playing?


Yuck Pat Cash is commentating I will put on mute, at the Hopman Cup

Come On Phil K

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:52 AM

vetmama Forever lol! dont know

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 12:52 AM

A little bit of commie cheerleading going on for Ball.
Ok guys, can you tone it down just a touch?

Posted by manuelsantanafan 01/06/2010 at 12:53 AM

Stolle may be wrong on Rafa's age but Stolle knows reduced movement when he sees it.

I wouldn't be surprised if Stolle is correct about Rafa being out of the top three by the end of 2010.

I suspect that Date Krumm will give her next opponent some trouble also, even if that opp is Vickmayer.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:53 AM

Carsten holds

3 games all

Roddick to serve

Posted by Arun 01/06/2010 at 12:54 AM

AM: Matthew Ebden of Australia; he upset Melzer in the 1st round.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:55 AM

Manuel Fred Stolle was saying last year Rafa can win a calender slam? ok Fred is a past RG winner etc.Its only this year with Rafa and his knees he has changed his mind

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 01/06/2010 at 12:56 AM

excellent rally in the second game. all four players taking part. really fun.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:56 AM

Arun I havent seen him play,though when I saw the result,I thought gee that was a good win

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 01/06/2010 at 12:56 AM

Mandy's addidas kit looks good. i like it!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 12:57 AM

Roddick 4-3

Carsten to serve

Posted by Ade 01/06/2010 at 12:59 AM

I used to really, really like Henin. But she stated Roger Federer inspired her to come back. Come on, like as if Kim didn't? She knows it, why can't she give Kim the huge credit she deserved of coming back and winning the whole US OPEN?

Anyway, I am worried about Henin's size. She is going to be majorly crushed by Sharapova, the Williams, and anybody who is more powerful than her. That's what happened the last year she played. She was crushed like a little bug.

She may be savvy but they will be in waiting for her, especially since she is not liked too well. It will be interesting.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 01/06/2010 at 12:59 AM

GB up 3-0. kohl's not playing very well. more errors from him than anyone else.

angel, is this a repeat? did the match already take place?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 01:00 AM

Ahhh u/error cost you the break

Andy 5-3

Sering to win the match

Posted by linz 01/06/2010 at 01:01 AM

Phew, I was thinking he was NEVER going to get that break! Serve it out Andy...

Posted by Ade 01/06/2010 at 01:02 AM

Oh UWYSH, you are so right! Justine is dreaming if she thinks she can disrupt the Williams sister's at Wimbledon! Sweet dreams little one. She must accept her size in a world of giants and power. Will she have the nerve to do it?

I like her and hoping I will be eating my words!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 01:04 AM

Roddick d Carsten,7-6,(7-0),6-3

Good game Andy,too good for Carsten today

Bad luck Carsten.You have improved sinnce I last saw you play.This has been a good learning curve for you.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (A Complete Bobblehead) 01/06/2010 at 01:04 AM

Crap GB has taken a 4-0 lead over Germany c'mon on Triple P and Licky.

Posted by greenhopper 01/06/2010 at 01:05 AM

Anyone have a decent stream for hopcup doubles? all the usual sorces are conking out on me. :/

Posted by vetmama 01/06/2010 at 01:05 AM

Well, that ended how it should, but I still wish Carsten could have taken one set.
Andy looks good, his movement is still much better than Before-Larry.

Posted by Arun 01/06/2010 at 01:06 AM

wow, GBR leads 5-0. Well done, Murrob.
Now I hope Robson doesn't remind his about the moisturizer and make him lose the focus and such. ;)

Posted by crazyone 01/06/2010 at 01:06 AM

greenie, http://www.veetle.com/viewChannel.php?cid=4b1c080ee2173

you may have to install something, but it's a great stream.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 01:07 AM

Nice interview on court by Andy with Todd Woodbridge

Andy said he has a doubles match later and asked Todd for some pointers

Todd said serve and volley lol!

Posted by Charles 01/06/2010 at 01:07 AM

so far we've been treated to only one Belgian vs Williams GS final. Hopefully we get a few in oh-ten!

Posted by Arun 01/06/2010 at 01:07 AM

*him.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer in Oz Tennis 01/06/2010 at 01:08 AM

Arun how is Richard doing please

Posted by Arun 01/06/2010 at 01:09 AM

on serve 3-4 in the second set, AM.

Posted by greenhopper 01/06/2010 at 01:09 AM

Thanks, c1.

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