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Testing the Bounce 06/15/2010 - 5:04 PM

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by Pete Bodo

This afternoon, I attended a luncheon given by at the New York headquarters of the international Paul/Weiss law firm, where John P. McEnroe was a partner for over 25 years and today is "of counsel" (I think that means he's retired). The firm hosted a reading and book signing session by Patrick McEnroe, from his newly published book, Hardcourt Confidential: Tales from Twenty Years in the Pro Tennis Trenches. As many of you know, I was Patrick's co-author.

Over the coming days, I'll be cherry-picking portions of the book because of their relevance to Wimbledon - about which Pat has quite a bit to say. Yesterday, Pat taped a segment for the Charlie Rose show, and next Tuesday he's going to be on the Imus show; they're just part of his extensive promotional tour. Many people don't know it, but Patrick worked as a sportscaster for Imus years ago, when he was fresh off the tour. He ended up quitting - on air. He just took off the headphones and up and walked out. I understand Imus, who's not exactly known for his sensitivity, is miffed that in his book, Pat called Imus's wife a "pain in the *ss." So we could have some fireworks in store. Pat will be doing that show from Wimbledon, as he leaves for London on Friday.

Here's a snippet from Pat's chapter on Wimbledon:

Cover.HardcourtConfidential On the first day of Wimbledon, I always make it a point to get out hours ahead of our broadcast time, just to stroll around, breathe in the atmosphere, and check the lay of the land. 

I get there before the nets are up. The lime-green courts look pristine, especially against those green-black backstops and dark, empty seats. No matter how often I’ve done it, I always feel a little bit like I did on my first trip to Yankee stadium – and never moreso than when I walk through that dark little tunnel leading out to Centre Court, toward that gorgeous turf, tennis’s most significant quarter-acre, bathed in the growing sunlight.

Those first mornings I go up to the roof of the broadcast center where I do a lot of my work. The BC is a huge brick building on the perimeter of the club, overlooking Court 18 and other field courts stretching away toward the No. 1 Court stadium. I watch the grounds crew as they fiddle with the  various courtside fixtures, the netposts, umpire's chair, and fences and chalk lines.

But mainly, I’m waiting for the guys with the big stick. The one I call the Wimbledon pole.

When they arrive, the men set up the eight or ten foot-tall pole with a tennis ball balanced on top. One of them operates a little triggering mechanism, and the ball drops to the turf. Then they measure the height of the bounce. It’s pretty comical – just another Rube Goldberg feature of Wimbledon. Before the main scoreboard went electronic (and that wasn’t so long ago), they actually had a person running around like a mouse on a narrow passageway inside the scoreboard itself, manually (and frantically, over the first few days) flipping wooden numbers to update the scores for the spectators looking up from the walkway below. 

During my playing career, I had a little ritual; I liked to bounce the ball three times before my first serve, and two times before my second. At Wimbledon, I wouldn’t bounce it as much as have to throw it at the ground, just to make it rebound high enough off the spongy surface to reach my hand. In fact, on at least one occasion I decided not to bounce the ball anymore at all. It was a frustrating waste of energy.

These days, though, when the bounce-testers drop the ball off the big stick, it bounces about waist high, even with no force behind it. This change may have saved Wimbledon, which just about fifteen years ago stood in danger of becoming an anachronism – an arcane tennis ritual having no real relation to the contemporary game. Advances in racket technology and a generation of gifted, hard-serving attacking players led by Pete Sampras threatened to turn grass-court tennis into something like farce – a serving contest, with rallies as rare as bluebird skies over chronically drizzly London. 

Who can forget matches like the Wimbledon semifinal Stefan Edberg lost to Michael Stich in 1991? There was only one break of serve in the entire match, and it was Stich who was broken; yet he went on to win the match, 4-6,7-6,7-6,7-6. . . 

Some thought that the game on grass was passé, but apparently all those guys in the green-and-purple AEC ties never got the memo. Two of the other four majors (the Australian and US Opens) had moved to new venues in response to the increased demand for relevance (as well as seats) in the Open era. Significantly, both had abandoned the private club, and turned away from grass in favor of slower, more common and versatile hard courts. The British wouldn’t dream of leaving Wimbledon, the AEC wouldn’t think of abandoning grass, and on top of all that the players still were obliged to wear predominantly. Serves them right.

But time and again, the AEC has shown an amazing ability to respond to the challenges of the rapidly moving Open era without throwing out the baby of tradition with the bathwater. And what steps the AEC took to tweak their tournament were always examined from all points-of-view, mulled over, analyzed, and thought-out with patience that could easily be mistaken for reluctance. Decision making at Wimbledon, whether it concerned the composition of the courts, the new Millenium building, or the retractable roof, breathed new meaning into the words, due diligence. The one word you’d never, ever associate with the Lords of Wimbledon is “panic.” 

So, just as the “grass is dead” movement reached a fevered pitch, the tournament was already considering - and making - the changes that would radically transform Wimbledon’s lawns, and the way tennis is played on them. The club is pretty coy about this, having admitted publicly only to ripping out the mixed strains of grass in favor of 100 per cent perennial rye grass (a hardier, more durable grass) starting in 2001. But Wimbledon veterans, including most players, think the balls are slower as well. And many say that the courts are firmer and harder than ever before. 

Hence, the waist-high bounce off the Wimbledon pole.  

Over the coming days, we'll be looking ahead to Wimbledon. On Friday, I'll have some thoughts on the men's draw, and Bobby Chintapalli will be picking highlight WTA matches on the women's side.

I see that Kim Clijsters laid a one-and-one pasting on her talented countrywoman, Yanina Wickmayer, today at Eastbourne. I'd say that Justine Henin's oft-affirmed ambition to add at least one Wimbledon title to her collection is a pretty daunting task when you consider that in the past 9 years, one or the other of the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, has taken the title a whopping seven times. Henin has her work cut out for her. And so does Clijsters.


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Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/16/2010 at 11:11 PM

vetmama I am loading some new ones

Next time your on I will post ok

They are the love of my life.So comical both of them.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/16/2010 at 11:20 PM

Well I am off to lunch

later everyone

Posted by Andrew 06/16/2010 at 11:50 PM

Evening, all.

Just rewatching Spain-Switzerland from this morning. Two observations: one, if the Spanish team has a player with lots of pace, I haven't spotted him. The Spanish are playing very pretty passes, but rarely playing men into space the way the Germans did against Australia. Speed kills.

Two, this match is a great illustration of the way that one team (or player) can dominate a match, but if you can't create and take opportunities, and your opponent does, even once, goodnight nurse.

Posted by jerkstore 06/17/2010 at 12:50 AM

Oy! Not another bloody book plug...

Posted by Simoneta 06/17/2010 at 01:40 AM

aussiemarg- "I cant see Spain having any problem with Switzerland."

LOL!! In your face marg, in your face!!! hahahahaha

Rafael Nadal- "Switzerland has no chance against us."

In your face too Nadal, In your punk face!!! hahahahahahaha

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/17/2010 at 01:45 AM

Giggling over Rafa and Roger having a dust-up on Centre Court. :)

Morning, everyone. :)

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 06/17/2010 at 01:49 AM

Well I must say that people roll their eyes whenever rafa says "You never know what might happen" about his own matches and today just that scenario occurred on the pitch in S.A.

Posted by rg.nadal 06/17/2010 at 01:58 AM

Hello all!

Shocking win by the Swiss. Kudos to them.

jewell: something to brighten your day
http://tinyurl.com/2fh3cel

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/17/2010 at 02:03 AM

I think Spain missed Torres early on, plus he was a bit rusty after an injury lay-off - they did look more dangerous when he was on the pitch. And maybe Fabregas? But the Swiss did well in closing down attacks and making it difficult for the Spanish to set up in front of goal, too.

Hey Annie and rg, how are you?

Posted by rg.nadal 06/17/2010 at 02:07 AM

I am good here. Going through the list of W quallies. Pity than Ward did not get a wild-card!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/17/2010 at 02:08 AM

Cheers rg, nice story, and hopefully it won't end the usual way, with a heartbreaking loss in the third set...LOL.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 06/17/2010 at 02:12 AM

hey jewell and rg! gotta say hi and bye though. time for bed.

Posted by rg.nadal 06/17/2010 at 02:21 AM

Annie: Ciao for now. Good nite.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/17/2010 at 02:30 AM

'Night Annie. :)

Reading that Wimbledon has banned vuvuzelas, anyway - well actually it seems to have banned the entire World Cup, no matches will be played on the big screens, no large flags allowed, etc.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/17/2010 at 03:20 AM

Thinking of football - Forlan was lovely to watch last night for Uruguay; he just absolutely ran that game.

Posted by rg.nadal 06/17/2010 at 03:36 AM

Me saw the first goal that Uruguay scored. Fine goal that was.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 03:37 AM

Well just back in from a long lunch

Gee I love the message that was left for me

I think most people thought Spain would win not just me

I glad that poster found Joy lol!

Hi who is around

Posted by rg.nadal 06/17/2010 at 03:42 AM

AM: I am. Would be going for lunch soon and be back in a jiffy.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 03:46 AM

RG Nadal Have a nice lunch

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/17/2010 at 03:47 AM

He made the third goal too, with that lovely ball to Suarez.

Going to work, see you all later. :)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/17/2010 at 03:48 AM

Although I think SA didn't much pressure on him.

*waves to AM*

*really goes*

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 03:54 AM

Bye Jewell!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 03:59 AM

Rafa news,website,17th June,2010,

Rafa has been named the 2nd seed for Wimbledon behind Roger Federer

Rafa was quick to tell the media before leaving for London that he is very excited to be playing "at one of the most important tournaments of the year" and that the only thing that worried him was "to play well and win more points" that can help him "cushion" his lead for the end of the year.

He insisted that he will try to play at Wimbledon at his highest level,like he always does.

"I will do everything possible to train these next few days and get the best preparation possible" Rafa said at the airport in Mallorca.

Posted by rg.nadal 06/17/2010 at 04:31 AM

AM: Thank you. Just back. Nice comment and attitude from Rafa. I just wish they would have pushed up Maria and Henin up the seedings a bit.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 04:59 AM

RG Nadal Well I suppose they can only go on results and rankings.Justine has just come back to the tour.Maria has been out with injury and really now has just found some form

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 05:12 AM

RG Have you any news on the injury to Rezai? she had to retire in her match

Posted by roGER 06/17/2010 at 05:19 AM

Far more significant than changing the grass is depressurising the balls!

They take the beautiful (but so short lived) Slazenger balls out of the cans two or three days before use. Of course that means the pressure drops and so produces a heavier, slower ball.

Tim Henman was horrified to discover this fact accidently one day in the early years of the decade. It says a lot for Wimbledon's self defeating fairness that they supplied the 'depressurised' balls for all matches.

I'd have supplied serve and volleyer Tim with fresh balls out of the can to give his serves and volleys a bit more zip! :-)

Posted by rg.nadal 06/17/2010 at 05:39 AM

AM: Apart from the news that it was a right wrist injury, I do not know much.
Poor Almagro. Might miss W.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 05:48 AM

RG Nadal Thanks I hope she will be ok,soo close to Wimby

Whats up with Almagro?

Posted by Simoneta 06/17/2010 at 05:49 AM

roGER, John Mcenroe says that last year's French open used small fast balls. heh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USQ6ADo3C6E

Posted by Cotton Jack 06/17/2010 at 06:00 AM

Just found this desciption of how Spain's match with Switzerland unfolded, from a Spanish perspective, in the comments section under a newspaper report on the match:

pass, pass, pass, shoot, wide
pass, pass, pass, shoot, over,
pass, pass, pass, triangle, out of play
pass, pass, pass, corner, overhit
pass, pass, pass, shoot, straight at keeper
pass, pass, pass, corner, underhit
pass, pass, pass, pretty pattern, tackled
pass, pass, pass, goal kick
pass, pass, pass, clearance
pass, pass, pass, geometric precision, blocked
defence, smoke cigar
keeper, lounge chair
long ball, defence, panic, scramble, goal
&$£K!
pass pass pass, nada
pass, pass, Torres, pass,
pass, pass, corner, shoot, crossbar!
Durdiyok, run, run, run, box
defence, panic -
Durdiyok: Hi Pique, bye Pique!
Durdiyok: Hi Puyol, bye Puyol!
shoot, off post, OMG!
pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, added time,
cinco minutos, por favor, Señor Webb,
Gracias!
pass, pass, pass, fail
peep, peep, peep
Oh no.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 06/17/2010 at 06:00 AM

'morning folks!

Well I have a surprise. I found this great article about Rafa on another site and it's by our very own poster, Jai. I didn't know he was a writer, and a very good one (and apparently too modest to tell us about it) :))

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/hell-always-have-paris/397983/

His description of the difference between the casual tennis fan and the hardcore folks like us is spot on.

Jai, don't know where you are right now, but thanks for a great read!


Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:02 AM

Cotton Jack LOL!

Posted by rg.nadal 06/17/2010 at 06:03 AM

Almagro slipped and hurt himself. Had to be carried off in a stretcher.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:05 AM

RG Gosh when did this happen?

Posted by Kwaku 06/17/2010 at 06:10 AM

AM, do you have any news re. Rafa's physical condition? Stuff like: Was it the glute, or back knee elongation? How serious was it, is he ok now? Has he already had time for just a little training after recovery? Thanks!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:16 AM

Kawaku It wasnt that serious from what I gather from the Spainish site,cause its in Spainish thank goodness my Spainish was good enough to translate.I think it was wise for him to withdraw from the doubles as well.He had a video on his website his training in Mallorca.He has arrived in London and was scheduled for his first practice session on Wednesday.

He also said if he felt with the practice he has now before Wimbledon he can always play that expo to get more match practice.He said he needs to adjust his serve a bit,his b/hand and his movment more on the grass.Remember too he hasnt played on grass for 2 years.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:26 AM

Kwaku I forgot to say it was a Glute problem,though the grass was wet and slippery any player in those conditions can easily pick that up.Also in his match against Feli he was going forward to get a ball at the net and had a tumble and roll at the net? lol! I think that was a combination of movement more than anything though I had to chuckle

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 06/17/2010 at 06:31 AM

Kwaku: maymo was interviewed right before they left majorca and he said rafa was fine. that it was a common strain players get when adjusting to grass where you have to bend down more to reach the ball. nothing serious. In one of his pressers he said it was lower glute/hamstring area. someone here said there's a name for the condition: grass ass. lol.

So I just found another great article on rafa from the timesonline. I found it at VB. They have an extensive articles thread and catch lots of good pieces we don't seem to find. I hope there isn't a problem with me passing on the link. It's rafa talking very personally about his training/work life and philosophy on life basically.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article7133233.ece

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:34 AM

I have Eastbourne live now on my tv

First match

E.Baltacha Grb v Sam Stosur in the first of the q/finals

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:36 AM

I think I just posted that about Rafa?

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 06/17/2010 at 06:41 AM

Mornin' all. Something about that quirky tennis from Marion---that serve motion, in particular---always has me rooting for her. Not sure how she wins so many matches....when it comes to quickness, looks can be deceiving, I suppose. Two hands off both sides too.....I don't like any of it, yet she has me hooked!:) Anyone else?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:42 AM

Stosur to serve first in the 1st set

Posted by rg.nadal 06/17/2010 at 06:44 AM

AM: "Nicolas Almagro of Spain was carried off court on a stretcher after he slipped while trying to turn on the baseline and suffered a right hip injury."

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:44 AM

Mr and Mrs D I have always called the Sugar Queen a wannabe Monica Seles without the serve which is the most "weirdest" service action I have ever seen.Enough said for me.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:46 AM

RG Gee.That sounds serious.Dont know if he will have time to recover

Rotton slippery grass.Pfft.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:46 AM

Alison Lang is the umpire for this match

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:48 AM

Sam holds serve

Stosur 1-0

Posted by rg.nadal 06/17/2010 at 06:49 AM

AM: yeah. Terrible for him.

Annie: thank you for the link. Good read.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:51 AM

I will call the GBR girl Bally

1 game all,1st set

Posted by Kwaku 06/17/2010 at 06:53 AM

Thank you AM and Annie! Nice to know it's not serious and he will be fine for Wimby.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:53 AM

Sam with a easy service hold

Stosur 2-1,1st set

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 06:54 AM

I've always had a bit of soft spot for Marion - in a sort of the-one-left-out, kid-every-picks-on way. I think it's pretty remarkable that she has come so far considering that she's definite not a "natural athlete" and her game is somewhat of a "science experiment" by the good Dr. Walter. Apparently her service motion mimics casting a fishing pole.

Will be interesting to see how she MJMS - moving for her drop shot. About to go see.

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 06/17/2010 at 06:55 AM

Poor Almagro....was always my least favorite of the Armada, but after the crowd jeering he suffered two winters ago in Mexico (or was it in SA?), I've softened up a bit.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:55 AM

Kawaku No I didnt think it was all that bad.Though watching him I thought his movement wasnt there on the grass

Of course thats just my opinion.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 06:58 AM

Mr and Mrs D I am glad you have finally found a soft spot? lol!

He also is the least of my favs in the Armada? great minds

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 06:58 AM

Should have said definiteLY not a ... and ... how she HANDLES MJMS ...
And guess not (going to see) since there's no stream

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 06/17/2010 at 06:59 AM

Colette...that's exactly how I feel about her (shamefully admitting I would have picked her last in gym class):(

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:00 AM

Bally holds though was taken to deuce

Sam had b/points but could not convert

2 games all

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 07:02 AM

Yes, ladies, and are we also shameful about Almagro being our least favorite Armadian (ditto here) because (deep down) he's lowest on the hunk-o-meter?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:03 AM

Easy service game by Sam she holds,though she did have a d/f toward the end of that game

Stosur 3-2.1st set

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 06/17/2010 at 07:03 AM

AM: don't expect anything remotely 'soft' from me tomorrow if things don't go my way!!!! (Kobe doll taking on the appearance of a porcupine!)

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 06/17/2010 at 07:04 AM

cough, cough, sorry Colette, I didn't catch that!?

Posted by Jai 06/17/2010 at 07:04 AM

Annie: just saw your 6 AM (glad I happened to log on, wasn't really planning to today) and thanks for the kind words. Incidentally a slightly extended version of that piece is on my blog: http://jaiarjun.blogspot.com/2010/06/from-rafa-fanboy.html. (Hope it isn't against the site rules to link to one's own site!) I was SO relieved after the RG win, I just dashed the thing off immediately.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:04 AM

Mr and Mrs D Revenge and being totally Bitter is a very unattractive quality may I say?

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 06/17/2010 at 07:06 AM

Revenge and Bitterness when cloaked in Chanel will always be in vogue.

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 07:07 AM

Ms. D,
Soul searching time.
(P.S. I'm pulling for the Celtics. Not a real bball fan at all, but have a soft spot [topic of the day?] from the Larry Byrd/Kevin McHale days)

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:07 AM

Jai You never told me you had your own site? I did a some pieces for Rafa on another site.

How long have you been doing this for?

By the way I wasnt at all nervous for Rafa at RG.I cant understand why people started frazzling lol!

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 06/17/2010 at 07:09 AM

Jai, glad you saw my post and kudos on the piece!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:09 AM

Mr and Mrs D I have also found with Bitter people than can become very Sarcastic as well

Funny that?

I hope you will be at the match though

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 06/17/2010 at 07:09 AM

Colette.....good ole days! Son dressed as Larry Byrd for school project a while back....wouldn't go near the shorty shorts of the time--not the same effect!!:)

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:10 AM

Bally held serve but again was taking to deuce on serve

3 games all now

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:12 AM

Bad call for Sam that ball was clearly in great lob by the way

We had bad calls yesterday in these matches

I usually like Alison Lang as a umpire,she needs glasses

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:13 AM

Both girls have had 3 d/faults soo far in the match

Wind playing havoc again

Sams holds

Stosur 4-3,1st set

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 07:14 AM

Ah, shorty-shorts. Can you imagine what some (like Rafa) would look like in the shorts of JMac's day?

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 06/17/2010 at 07:15 AM

Gotta run.....why do these schools insist the kids arrive on time!!:(

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:15 AM

They really have to get Hawk Eye here at Eastbourne

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 07:15 AM

"I usually like Alison Lang as a umpire,she needs glasses"

Btw, who was that battleax in yesterday's match?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:16 AM

Colette I will pass on that thanks.Have you seen Rafa's legs? lol!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:17 AM

Colette She was a Amercian on Sams match who made bad calls for both girls forgot her name

Lyn Welch was the umpire on Kims game,she is good.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:19 AM

I wonder if Kim will set a new game record today

She did 2 sets in 38 mins yesterday

Posted by Jai 06/17/2010 at 07:20 AM

Aussiemarg: well, the blog isn't really about tennis, it's mostly film and book reviews (those are the beats I work on as a journalist), so didn't really think it was appropriate to mention it here. What's the URl for the site with your Rafa pieces?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:20 AM

Nice dropper by Bally she again holds serve after having b/points against her

4 games all,1st set

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:22 AM

Jai I didnt know that was your work

Those pieces are gone now they were a one off thing

If I get ask to do again I will let you know

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 07:25 AM

Morning All.

@tba: in relation to your post about Tennis Channel, we have about 100 (exaggeration) cable providers in Jamaica. Unfortunately for me the one I have did not carry Tennis Channel. One of the arguments that I used to make to my cable provider was that there were other cable companies that do provide TC and so it was not true of them to say that they could not legally carry the channel. Another argument I used was that the World Cup would be broadcast at the same time as Wimbledon and because one of the local tv stations has rights to carry World Cup matches, all cable providers who give us ESPN and ABC will have to block those channels.

Just because of irony, how about TC does not carry Wimbledon during the days but a review of the day's matches. Ugh. Happily for me I have TSN so I will be able to see round the clock play and when all else fails, I have live stream, though not the Wimby live stream.

Watching Eastbourne I can see why TC is behind. They keep cutting out, not at the change of ends, which would be the ideal thing to do, but during play, i.e when the match is still in play. How idiotic can you get.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:26 AM

Jai Then again I might not lol!

Aussie newspaper editor has picked up my reports I do here and has got in touch with me

He likes what I do,he has gone to the World Cup to do the coverage.So when he gets back he will contact me.Though he did pass my stuff onto the tennis peole there.So you never know.I would love to travel to tournaments and cover and get paid for it lol! my dream job.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 07:28 AM

When did Bally start whooing when she plays? I have seen about 3 matches of hers at Wimbledon, including an epic 3 setter that continued late into the evening and cannot recall hearing her making any sounds. She is sounding like Azarenka. She actually makes the sound after hitting the ball.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:28 AM

Bally serving to stay in the 1st set 4-5

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:30 AM

Karen This is the 1st time I have seen her play? also I have noticed she does a Maria Sharapova thing when about to serve she turns her back and then comes back to the service line?

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 07:32 AM

Watching these ladies play you realise just how effective some players are on grass and how others are not effective. There were so many times when Bally could have come in and taken a ball out of the air, instead she waits until it drops before hitting it, either out or restarting the point. Neither one of them knows how to attack a short ball to end a point. Really hard to watch.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:32 AM

Good serving by Bally she holds

5 games all 1st set

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 07:34 AM

AM, all these things that she is doing is new to me. Like I said I have seen her play at Wimbledon about 3 years running and all of this that I am seeing I have never seen before. I think the year that I recall seeing her play a really late night match was against Alona Bondarenko. She really had the small crowd on hand really pumped up.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:36 AM

Bally will serve to force her way into a t/break for the 1st set

Posted by Samantha Elin(Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hot like me) 06/17/2010 at 07:36 AM

The Kim, Vika match will be the one I'm most interested in because I think Kim is playing at a very high level no matter what opponent she faces. And I wouldn't say this because Kim is probably one of my least favorite players. I remember all to well the thing she did against Justine while pretending to be so sweet. Can't wait for the draw, one more day. Go Caro, Scandinavia's#1, World's#3, winner of 7 WTA titles, reigning USO finalist, ONLY teen in the top 25.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:39 AM

Karen Thanks.Maybe she has had a new coach or something? Sam has had many chances to break her in this match soo far? unable to convert.Sam seems tenetative to me in her shot selection at times.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:40 AM

T/break will decide the 1st set

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:41 AM

Stosur to serve first

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:41 AM

Stosur 2-0 great anticipation at the net paid off

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:43 AM

Stosur f/hand wide

Stosur 2-1

Good return by Bally

2 all

Good serve Stosur

Stosur 3-2

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:45 AM

Bally good serve

3 all

Bally with 1 srve left

luck net cord by Bally

Bally 4-3

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