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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 thebigapple 06/17/2010 at 07:45 AM

Cotton Jack, Lol!

Posted by Samantha Elin(Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hot like me) 06/17/2010 at 07:47 AM

Just read Carlos, Justine's coach dismal forcast on Justine's chances at Wimby. I'm not as pessimistic as he's, but no, I don't think she will win. Justine needs more time, but I have no doubt the queen will return to her former glory. Go Justine!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:48 AM

Stosur f/hand wide again

Bally 5-3

Stosur with 1 more serve

Stosur good serve

Stosur 5-4

Bally to serve

2nd serve now for Bally

good o/head smash by Sam

5 all

Bally one more serve

Sam shots find the net

Bally with set point

Sam to serve

ball good return and win the t/break 7-6


Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:49 AM

Bally 7-6 (7-5) 1st set

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:50 AM

Bally will serve 1st in the 2nd set

Posted by Master Ace 06/17/2010 at 07:51 AM

What is in the water this week as Elena B and James have done well at Eastbourne? Jewell has to be pleased so far. Now, if Maria Jose wins, I may have to revise my contenders and floaters list.

Posted by Samantha Elin(Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hot like me) 06/17/2010 at 07:51 AM

I've never heard of Bally. Sam needs to step it up.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 07:52 AM

So the list of pull outs just keep growing. Karlovic and Nalbandian out on the men's side.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:53 AM

Sam breaks straight away

Stosur 1-0 2nd set

Posted by rg.nadal 06/17/2010 at 07:54 AM

Baltacha takes the first set. Been a while since she did well.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 07:54 AM

SamE, what kind of fan of women's tennis are you? Never heard of the great British hope, Elena Baltacha? LOL

Posted by Master Ace 06/17/2010 at 07:55 AM

Jamaica Karen,
Not surprised that either gentlemen pulled out as I was surprised that David was trying to make an effort to play.

Aussiemarg,
How do you think Thomas Muster will fare in his comeback?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:55 AM

Master Ace Time and luck is on your side today before your final selections


Karen What seems to be the problem with David again? he has had no luck with injuries at all this year after coming back from the hip surgery

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 07:57 AM

Master Ace is that a trick question? lol!

42 yesrs young and he will need all the luck he can muster? sorry about the pun I could not help myself lol!

Posted by Master Ace 06/17/2010 at 07:57 AM

Jamaica Karen,
Thought the greatest British hope was Anne until she got injured last year at Stanford. Overall, the British players on the WTA have had greater success than their ATP counterparts led by Elena and Anne. Heather Watson and Laura Robson are supposed to lead them in the future.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 07:58 AM

There is a player that I have been watching since last year, Dulgheru. I am currently watching her match taking place in The Netherlands. I have to say that I am very impressed with her. I am not really sure how she wins so many matches because her game seems to be focused on her legs, but it looks like she hits the ball with lots of pace. If anyone else here has ever watched her matches, can you give an idea as to how she has managed to do so well.

In addition, I have never seen her play a top player, but she is beating those she should beat and she does not fold easily.

Posted by Simoneta 06/17/2010 at 07:58 AM

Roger- "Starting with Spain is maybe a tough thing, but it could be a good thing because they might have to be a little bit careful in how they play." lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q9OIRyI3AQ

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 07:59 AM

MA, from what I understand Nalbandian wants to get fit for get this ... Davis Cup :) - anyone else think he really wants to win Davis Cup for Argentina, and then perhaps retire afterwards?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:00 AM

Well this match in the 2nd set has changed in momentum to Sam

Which may I say is about time.She had soo many b/points in the 1st set and credit to Bally,Sam could not convert and her f/hand was off in the t/breaker

Sam gets a double break in the 2nd set

Stosur 3-0,2nd set

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 08:02 AM

MA, I think Heather Watson has a better chance than Robson. Heather seems to be more grounded and for me she has had better success than Robson. I am a bit off Robson these days as what used to appeal to me about her, poise and composure on court as well as having a really nice game, went out the window recently, especially after seeing her reaction to her bad calls and how she treated her opponent at the net with a perfunctory handshake. Not your opponent's fault that the lines people are blind.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:03 AM

Karen David has always been soo passionate about playing DC for his country and has always been a top priority for him.These injuires he keeps picking up might just force his hand into retirement if Argentina can win DC

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:04 AM

Karen Add some umpires to your list of being blind here at Eastbourne as well lol!

Sam 4-0 2nd set

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 08:05 AM

AM :)

If anyone here is following Wimbledon on twitter, practice pictures are now coming out. Will see if I can post them here

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 08:07 AM

Sharapova
http://twitpic.com/1xio2k

Rafa
http://twitpic.com/1xinm7

Roger
http://twitpic.com/1ximoh

And just because I did all the hard work LOL, another Roger
http://twitpic.com/1ximin

Posted by Kenneth (marry me Susan?) 06/17/2010 at 08:07 AM

Master Ace, surely you jest. Muster on a comeback? Talk about self-serving, what does he think he can accomplish @ 40??

Pspace, you must make it a priority to see Federer live at least once before the master retires. You won't be disappointed.

Posted by Master Ace 06/17/2010 at 08:09 AM

Venus Ebony Starr Williams turns 30 years old today...

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 08:10 AM

OMG the commentator in The Netherlands just referred to Justine as Justine Henin-Hardenne. OMG, where has he been?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:10 AM

Kenneth I agree,Pspace could go to the USO this year.Gee he only lives in Philly

I travelled all the way to Paris from Australia to watch Rafa play on clay lol!

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 08:11 AM

AM, Looking at JK's practice pics from W, you're right about the hair!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:12 AM

Happy Birthday Vee!!

Another wonderful Gemini as well


By the way this is the longest game soo far

Yahoo Bally holds

Stosur 4-1 2nd set

Posted by thebigapple 06/17/2010 at 08:12 AM

Kenneth..master if right.

Seeing Fed play is a revelation if you love this tennis thing.

Rafa not so much...Even if Rafa wins 2000 majors, it is still not a comparable experience, just from a shotmaking brio angle.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Flavia and Gisela Miami, Stuttgart and Rome Doubles Champion) 06/17/2010 at 08:12 AM

Maybe Nalbandian wanted to go to South Africa instead considering most of the Argie tennis players are there enjoying the soccer. Speaking of which I am watching the Argie match now.

Was surprised that Spain went down to Switzerland last night.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 08:12 AM

You know in the first set of this match with Bally and Stosur, I do not recall seeing Bally call her coach down. She figured it out and won the first set. Immediately after that she calls her coach down and he tells her that Stosur is going to step it up so she should take some chances. Since then the poor woman has yet to win a game. Talk about putting ideas into someone's head.

On another note, why am I still on deuce when scoreboard has it that Bally has finally won a game.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:13 AM

Colette lol! thank goodness Vetmama isnt around.

Posted by Kenneth (marry me Susan?) 06/17/2010 at 08:14 AM

Yes Aussiemarg, I hope to make the RG trip next year to see Nadal on his 'home' turf, but I will have a choice between RG and Wimbledon. Talk about frazzling...

Posted by thebigapple 06/17/2010 at 08:15 AM

The finishing in the World Cup is less than one would desire. Anyway, lost of game left until July 12th.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 08:15 AM

Kenneth, we have never spoken to each other before and so good morning. Has Susan agreed to marry you yet?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:15 AM

Sam holds her serve to love

Stosur 5-1 2nd set

I think Sams Evil Twin was on court in the 1st set.

Posted by thebigapple 06/17/2010 at 08:17 AM

Warms the heart to see Maradona...greatest in da house.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:18 AM

Kenneth I have been fortunate to see Roger play live a few times.The most recent at the AO this year.Where he just played wonderfully in the final

I am thinking of going back to RG next year with another poster here a Roger fan she has never been to RG.Also they have till February 2011 to make up their minds about moving the venue or putting a roof over Chartier.I hope they stay where they are.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:19 AM

Sam breaks again and takes the 2nd set 6-1

Third set will determine the winner

Posted by Kenneth (marry me Susan?) 06/17/2010 at 08:20 AM

Hi JK. No she has not agreed, but I have not exhausted my ammo just yet.

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 08:21 AM

"Venus Ebony Starr Williams"

Bud Collins in da house.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:21 AM

Bummer the Tour Du France starts July 3rd I wont get any sleep at all.Oh Wimby will be just finished I think.Phew!!!!

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 08:22 AM

Kenneth, LOL. Well, if she does not realise what a great guy you are, just so you know I am still single and one of my favourite things to do is watch tennis LOL

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:22 AM

Has Guru Bud Collins made his "death selection" for his mens and womens to take out Wimby yet?

Posted by Simoneta 06/17/2010 at 08:23 AM

Kenneth, are you Kenneth Loch? The enlightened genius?

Posted by Master Ace 06/17/2010 at 08:23 AM

Marion forces a decider with Maria Jose. So far in that match, only 2 breaks of serve and both of them were at the business end of the set.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:24 AM

Karen Slow down Please?

I feel a proposal coming on??????

Posted by Master Ace 06/17/2010 at 08:24 AM

Aussiemarg,
Good question about Bud. Bud had to be correct with the winner of the Rafael Nadal Invitational. By the way, I have a name for Wimbledon to be revealed with my predictions tomorrow.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:25 AM

Sam to serve first in the 3rd set

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:26 AM

Master Ace Not the Roger Federer Wimbledon Invitional?

Posted by Kenneth (marry me Susan?) 06/17/2010 at 08:26 AM

Well then, we'll have a full on TW RG ho'down AM! I caught both guys at last year's USO, and Federer was brilliant as expected. I want to see an in-form, major winning Nadal though, not the semi-finalist one spent after too much playing and/or bad knees/torn glute/broken abs etc.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 08:26 AM

AM, I am a confirmed bachelorette. I realised at age 30 that I do not wish to share the remote :)

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:28 AM

Sam holds on serve though was taking to deuce

Stosur 1-0,3rd set

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:29 AM

Kenneth lol!

Karen Well you can also get 2 remotes?

His and Hers!

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 08:31 AM

JK, "share"? You mean concede!

Posted by Kenneth (marry me Susan?) 06/17/2010 at 08:32 AM

Lol JK, you're kind. We would never leave the house during slam season, at least now I have a reason to go out and accomplish things. I already watch tooooo much tennis as it is, but if I get a formal rejection (and that's what it will have to be for me to give up), I will get your address and phone number.

Simonetta, I am not the Loch, but I share your enthusiasm about Simon. Maybe that's why she hasn't said yes...

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Flavia and Gisela Miami, Stuttgart and Rome Doubles Champion) 06/17/2010 at 08:33 AM

I have just read that Nico suffered a fairly nasty injury and had to be stretchered off. I hope it is not too serious and he is fit to play Wimbledon.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:34 AM

Sam gets a early break in the 3rd set

Stosur 2-0,3rd set

Posted by Master Ace 06/17/2010 at 08:35 AM

"Not the Roger Federer Wimbledon Invitional?"

Aussiemarg,
Nope.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:36 AM

AA After hearing that news for Nico I am very doubtful.It was his hip as well.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:37 AM

Master Ace I will have to put my thinking cap on then

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 08:37 AM

@Colette, LOL. No, never, I will never give up the remote :)

@AM, or rather go to unnecessary expense, just do not get anyone in your living space who wants to take control of the remote :), plus I have already raised children and yelled at my son all my life to put down the toilet seat cover and do not put the toilet roll face down so I just know that a man in my space will do just that

@Kenneth, when has not leaving the house during Grand Slam season ever been a bad thing? LOL. I hope for your sake she says yes. I always like love stories, especially those in real life.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Flavia and Gisela Miami, Stuttgart and Rome Doubles Champion) 06/17/2010 at 08:37 AM

Ok I have switched back to Sammy's match and Bally up is playing pretty well.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:39 AM

Sam holds after been taking to deuce on her serve

Stosur 3-0,3rd set

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 08:40 AM

Ken and Karen sittin' in a tree...

... watchin' tennis on TV!

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Flavia and Gisela Miami, Stuttgart and Rome Doubles Champion) 06/17/2010 at 08:40 AM

Can't believe Nico's luck. Just when he starts to play some serious tennis this happens. He hurt his wrist in Oz and now he has another injury.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:40 AM

Karen I hear you? especially with the toilet situation.Thats why I have 3 toilets at my place lol!

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 08:41 AM

@Colette, LOL - that is so wrong:)

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:41 AM

Colette LOL!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:42 AM

Sam has 3 b/points

The wind again is playing havoc with the serve and shots

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:43 AM

Sam gets another break

Stosur 4-0 3rd set

Posted by Ruth 06/17/2010 at 08:44 AM

Happy 30th Birthday Venus Ebone Starr Williams!!!!!!!

That's all I have time for today -- but I had to do that even if I'm repeating those greetings!

Over and out! :)

Posted by Master Ace 06/17/2010 at 08:45 AM

Look like Elena has ran out of steam for the week as Samantha has pulled the tennis horn.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Flavia and Gisela Miami, Stuttgart and Rome Doubles Champion) 06/17/2010 at 08:45 AM

Korea just wasted a golden opportunity to draw level with Argentina. Great strike but it just went off to the side of the net. 2-1 Argentina. 2nd half has just started.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:46 AM

Sam holds

Stosur 5-0 3rd set

Posted by Master Ace 06/17/2010 at 08:46 AM

Colette, LOL.

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 08:47 AM

JK, I actually had an over-under TP roll argument with hubby, who claimed it didn't make a difference ... until I showed him!

Posted by Kenneth (marry me Susan?) 06/17/2010 at 08:48 AM

Colette, that's fun. Good times.

So what's the furthest Clijsters has been @ Wimbledon? She hasn't finaled there yet IIRC?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:50 AM

Stosur d Baltacha 67 (7-5),61,60

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:52 AM

Azarenka v Kim up next

Time for remote control

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 08:53 AM

Colette, I do not think a lot of people realise that it does make a difference how you place the toilet roll. It is so bad that if I go anywhere and I see it, I am tempted to make the adjustment (which I usually do) :) I am a really bad house guest that way. I also like to have the pots and pans in my kitchen organised in terms of size and I like that the covers are in a separate area. Same way with my plates, stem ware, flatware. As you can all tell I am a bit OCD and I realised this all at age 30. The good thing is that both of my children are like that so it helps, but for anyone else it is a total nightmare :)

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:53 AM

Time for remote control to be put on Mute

I meant to say

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 08:55 AM

Poor Bally, she should perhaps not have her coach come down on court next time she wins the first set and she perhaps needs to stop with the whole come ons and stuff. Nice win by Stosur.

@AM, maybe I will change the channel for Clijsters, but I like Vika, so I may stick around.

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 08:56 AM

Nothing wrong with a bit OCD, says this Rafa fan

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:57 AM

Karen I dont mind Azarenka,its the shriek I cant stand.The mute button will be coming on ASAP

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 08:57 AM

Time for Vuvurenka

Posted by Master Ace 06/17/2010 at 08:58 AM

"Time for Vuvurenka"

Colette,
Read like World Cup Action is next. LOL.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 08:58 AM

If the commies mentioned that Kim is a mother Again I will hurl

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 09:01 AM

Was thinking AM could mute the Vika-shrieka and put WC match on in the background

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 09:03 AM

LOL, you guys are hilarious

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 09:04 AM

Yep right on cue

Thanks Commies

I know she is a mother ok

Davenport also a mother

Margaret Court also a mother

The Gong also a mother

All of the above were on the tour and let just like Kimmy and can back

2 of them being Court and The Gong won GS titles as well.

Fancy that!!!!!!!!!!!! running off to the bathroom.

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 09:04 AM

Looks like Marion & drop-shot queen could go the distance. Dang, I so wanted to see that match with contrasting styles.

Posted by Colette 06/17/2010 at 09:05 AM

ma'AM, you forgot Sybille Bammer. Pre-K-return (w/out LD), how many times did I hear "the only mother on the tour.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 09:08 AM

Wow when did Katrina get so skinny? Did she ever get married to that Jensen brother to whom she was engaged? Do not see a ring on her finger. She probably woke up and called it off :)

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 09:10 AM

I am still listening to Katrina and Corina recapping everything that has happened in the season rather than showing the match. Why am I not surprised?

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/17/2010 at 09:12 AM

Oh no, both of Victoria's knees are taped. Not good at all.

Posted by Master Ace 06/17/2010 at 09:15 AM

Colette,
Also, Rosanna De Los Rios is a mother playing on tour.

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

Phew back sipping black tea

Thanks guys about the other players

Though the commies are in awe of Kim cause she won a GS title and was a mother as well

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