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Cover.HardcourtConfidential Today, Pat McEnroe, U.S. Davis Cup captain, ESPN color commentator, and author of Hardcourt Confidential (with an assist from yours truly) is going to share some of his thoughts and experiences in that Inner Sanctum, the ATP locker room. This passage is preceded by a lengthy one on Jimmy Connors (if you remember, Connors' storied run in 1991 began with a remarkable comeback win over Patrick), which is why the material below begins with him. 

-- Pete


Jimmy was adept at mind games. He was so keen to keep himself distant from the pack that he would often avoid the locker room altogether, changing and killing time conspicuously apart from his peers. Top players often have what you might call a “locker room strategy,” from aggressively dominating the inner sanctum of the athlete to avoiding it altogether. One of my brother John’s big beefs was that tennis is the only sport where you share the locker room with not just the guy you’re going to engage in intense, one- on- onecombat, but also with someone to whom you might have a deep,genuine aversion. I guess golf is the same way— but then it’s a stretch to call golf a sport.

John disliked Ivan Lendl, and you could feel the tension when they had to inhabit the same locker room. Granted, John liked to strut around, scowling, his body language demanding that you give him wide berth. That could be intimidating. But he didn’t engage guys in the same way as Lendl, who actually talked trash and needled people— sometimes mercilessly. When John Fitzgerald (who was actually a friend of Lendl’s) came into the Australian Open locker room shortly after having his first child, a daughter, Lendl said in his mechanical, clipped Eastern European accent: “Congratulations, John. Maybe next time you vill be man enough to make a son.”

In conclusive proof that there is a God, Lendl ended up having five children of his own— all lovely daughters.

I watched as Brad Gilbert and Ivan Lendl almost came to blows in the locker room in Tokyo one year. Now a lot of guys found Brad’s endless prattling (usually about sports) irritating. But even more glowered at the way Ivan Lendl was constantly razzing and putting others down.

Somehow, the two of them got started on a game of one- upmanship. Brad suggested that he would clean Ivan’s clock in a game of one-on-one basketball. Not to be outdone, Lendl said he could skate rings around Brad in a hockey rink.

“Oh, yeah,” Brad shot back, sticking out that Sgt. Rock jaw of his, “You want a piece of me in a batting cage?”

I could hardly believe my ears, these guys were taking it to another level, like a couple of kids in the schoolyard, until some other players intervened to talk both guys off the ledge before it came to fisticuffs. It was idiotic; clearly, it had nothing to do with either guys’s skill at bowling or beer pong. They just had their backs up and neither was going to back down.

102161069 Wimbledon has two locker rooms, a spacious, well- appointed one for seeded players, and a more bare bones one for everyone else.Yet, Andy Roddick, a three-time finalist at the event, insists on hanging out in the B locker room, so he can be with buddies like Sam Querrey, the Bryan Brothers, Mardy Fish, and James Blake. He just feels more comfortable in there.

Of course, you can’t have individual locker rooms for all 128 players at a major. But at those events, as well as smaller ones, the locker room during the early stages of an event is like a cross between a crowded train station at rush hour and a class reunion. The camaraderie level is high. When whoever won the last tournament walks in, almost everyone slaps him on the back or drops by in front of his locker to say “Well done.”

Friends who haven’t seen each other in weeks say hi and catch up when they meet. At the 2009 US Open, Roger Federer watched the scoreboard as Marsel Ilhan, the first Turkish player (although he’s originally from Uzbekistan) to compete at an Open-era major, won his first- round match. Later, Federer went up to Ilhan in the locker room to congratulate the young player and introduce himself. The journeyman couldn’t believe it.

Carl, the locker room attendant at the US Open, doles out the assignments at the start of the tournament. Over time, he knows which guys like to be near each other, and he generally groups them by nations. It works out well, although the tone in the temple of Ben- Gay changes dramatically later in the event. When it’s down to the finals, the atmosphere in the locker room is almost oppressive.

You’ve got one guy huddled with his team in one corner, his opponent and friends in the other. The tones are hushed. You can almost cut the tension with a knife. It wouldn’t be such a bad idea for tournaments to give the finalists different spaces on that last, critical day. Roger Federer is probably the most relaxed guy I’ve ever seen in the locker room; he’s nothing less than a prince— it’s like he owns the place, but in a good way, like the proud proprietor of a Swiss fondue restaurant.

Rafael Nadal, as nice a kid and good a sportsman as he is, gets into the mind games a bit, wittingly or not. He makes his opponents wait on him, not just between points (for which he gets criticized) but in the locker room and on the sidelines as well. When the tournament officials call Nadal’s match, he goes to take another piss, making his opponent stand there, waiting. When the umpire calls them out to the center of the court for the coin toss, Rafa will often stay in his chair, fiddling with towels or his bottles while the other guy walks right out— and has to wait.

I can understand how Toni Nadal, Rafa’s coach and uncle, tried to drill it into the young, impressionable eighteen- year old of a few years ago that it was important for him to take his time, not feel rushed or obligated to do anything until he was comfortable and well- organized. But you have to grow out of that.

Rafa’s foot- dragging was behind that bad- blood incident at Wimbledon between Rafa and the Swedish player Robin Soderling. Ticked off by the way Rafa had the habit of making an opponent wait, Soderling did some conspicuous stalling of his own, and he even mimicked Rafa’s compulsive habit of plucking at the back of his shorts. It wasn’t a smart thing for Soderling to do, and it didn’t make his life any easier— Rafa is genuinely liked and respected by everyone. Soderling ultimately was cast as a boorish gamesman, but many players felt that his was a point worth making, if not exactly in the way Robin chose.


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Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 03:39 AM

Imjimmy My thoughts exactly.Good night.

RG Sam is still to tentative with her shot selection on grass for me,even in this tournament she has been up and down.She "overthinks".If she can play freely she may have a good chance.Get the serve going then her ground shots will follow.

Posted by zenggi 06/18/2010 at 03:40 AM

AM,
That's what men think. We don't have to make a big thing of our achievements. We know!.

I'm going now to face the traffic jams. Talk to you tonight. Draw debate!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/18/2010 at 03:40 AM

What does she want, NP?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 03:41 AM

zengii High Fives Sister!!!!!

Bye for now


NP A friend in need is a friend indeed ok

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/18/2010 at 03:42 AM

Have fun, zenggi! and don't forget to report. :)

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 03:44 AM

Hmmmm My Tommy got out there.pfft.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/18/2010 at 03:47 AM

Got to go to work. Be nice to your friend, NP!

See you all later. :)

Posted by NP 06/18/2010 at 03:47 AM

j, she couldn't get her DVD converter to work. Apparently she wants to get a singing gig at an event.

AM, yah, but even I get ready for sleepy time by 2:30 AM.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 03:50 AM

Bye Jewell

NP Well it always nice to know she can count on you at any time

Esepcially with mechanical devices.Us woman arent all that savvy when it comes to those things remember.

Posted by NP 06/18/2010 at 03:52 AM

From AP, Kobe's owning up:

Bryant said he had to downplay the magnitude of the rivalry during the series, but he came clean on the podium with his daughters, Natalia and Gianna.

“I was just lying to you guys,” Bryant said. “When you’re in the moment, you have to suppress that … but you guys know what a student I am of the game. I know every series the Lakers have played in, and I know every Celtics series. I know every statistic. It meant the world to me, but I couldn’t focus on that. I had to focus on playing.”

More proof that Artest is a certifiable nut:

http://tinyurl.com/35t5jk3

And I'm outtie, 2. Later.

Posted by NP 06/18/2010 at 03:52 AM

AM, I know. That's why men >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> chicks.

Really off.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 03:55 AM

NP Good Night

I will not pretend I saw that last post of yours ok

I am still happy that The Lakers won.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 03:56 AM

oops should read I will pretend

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 04:02 AM

AM: oh. I just saw the highlights. Hope she does well at W.

Bye, jewell!
Good nite, NP.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 04:11 AM

RG Sam has never got past the 3rd rd at Wimby,though after her good results at RG this may well give her the confidence

Also she has made the q/finals at Eastbourne twice

After my disappointment at RG though Fran deserved her win

I will just wait and see.

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 04:25 AM

hi everyone!!!

congrats to lakers... and everyone else...

oh boston.. it was ahrd.. after leading in the first to the third... oh my!!!

wimby draw 45 minutes... woohoo!!!

onwards to wimbledon!!!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 04:27 AM

Pat Hi,yes it was a close one and Boston Celtics can hold their heads up high

Though in saying that Yay Lakers!

Well for me I would love to see Miss Vee reclaim her Wimby title at just 30 yrs young lol!

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 04:28 AM

thanks rg.nadal for the links...

loved fed's and rafa's shoes... must haves...

and rafa's outfit is surprisingly too simple for wimby... well thats wimby

love serena and maria's dresses... wonders how will it really fit at the course of the tournament...

im waiting for what vee would wear at the championships...

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 04:28 AM

AM: I think we might have a longer injured players list by Sunday.

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 04:32 AM

me too AM...

i slept through the finals... im just sensing that lakers are getting to bostons defenses... and boston cant be aggressive enough when the chance presents to them

@wimby...

AM, whod you think is more dangerous on grass given their recent forms??? kimmy or juju???... who would land in serena or vee's draw???... thinks it would be exciting if somehow these ladies play in any rounds, even in the finals...

:)

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 04:36 AM

C'mon, Hewitt, Murray, and Roddick (or Sod) in Fed's half! I am willing them into it. Who's with me? Time to end Fed's magnificent QF streak at majors! What better way to do it at a place where it all started?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 04:37 AM

RG What players do you think might withdraw

Pat Well Kimmy was playing well till she got compeition with Azarenka,last night she looked very vunerable

I havent see Justine on the grass,its soo hard to get a handle on form with such few lead up tournaments before Wimby

I will say at this stage Justine

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 04:39 AM

pat: Hi there! Welcome. Guess Vee shall unveil when she plays her R1 match. She would hate to spoil the surprise. Rog's tee was great! Shorts a tad too long me thinks. My fav was Serena's. Very elegant!

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 04:41 AM

Fed's dream draw re-post:

F- Rafa
SF- Murray
QF- Roddick
4th- Hewitt
3rd- Isner or out of mind F. Lopez
2rd- Xavier Malisse or Benjamin Becker
1st- doesn't matter.

Ha Ha Ha. Take that, Fed.

Posted by gliciouss 06/18/2010 at 04:43 AM

What better way to do it at a place where it all started?

*hops on bandwagon*

Posted by Durbull@hipcap.jaba.com 06/18/2010 at 04:44 AM

What time is the draw suppose to take place. Remember that it's 5-hrs between England and the US est.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 04:45 AM

Guys may I say something

Be Careful What You Wish For? lol!

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 04:45 AM

Ten best W moments:
http://tinyurl.com/39p7gg8

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 04:48 AM

@wimby10

im for someone new too at wimby... though i would never mind if its still fed/rafa tkaing the title.. but i love seeing new ones hoisting the title... love that RAndy would hoist the title somehow, a la, goran!!!... or nole taking it, proving to tennis world that he's not done and dusted... or for andy m, for just pure awesomeness with that head ad!!!....

also we have ernest, jo willy, or berdych, so i hope a good in will start here at wimby!!!.. and hopes they build on that...

@AM

saw that match too... seems like kimmy is not that comfortable moving in grass.. and has flubbed many returns from strong serves of vika...

but mind you AM, have some *conspiracy theory* regarding that loss... maybe kimmy purposely lose that round to vika so that she can acclimatize better to wimby grounds, feel the bounce and the atmosphere of the courts, so that she can better prepare for a fortnight at wimby... or, she just wants to be out, so can never be late at wta party, though she didnt show up.... ehheehhehe

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 04:51 AM

AM: I cannot think who might. Think it would be some of the guys. Think even Gonzalez is not playing...

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 04:53 AM

8 minutes to the draw!!! hopes we could see quite good graphics like what RG did to its draw ceremony!!!

Posted by Kwaku 06/18/2010 at 04:55 AM

Is there a link to the draw as it is being made? Either video streaming, or at least a progressing draw page...

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 04:55 AM

What's with all these quitting before major trends? First with French open and now this? In case you didn't keep on tracking the quitters: Ancic, Gonzo, Karlovic, Gasquet, Nalbandian, and Stepanek. Not to mention Delpo, Tommy Hsss (SF last year).

Are they literally protesting to shorten the season? Nice try, but won't work.

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 04:56 AM

Radio Wimbledon is going to broadcast the draw live, if any of you are interested. http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/blogs/2010-06-17/201006171276817543646.html

Posted by Kwaku 06/18/2010 at 04:57 AM

And they say Rafa has too many injuries... the anomaly is Federer, not Rafa!

Posted by Kwaku 06/18/2010 at 04:58 AM

Thanks, karin!
And thanks Pete for a nice excerpt, BTW.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 04:59 AM

Karin Thanks

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:00 AM

First thing, First: C'mon, Murray in Fed's half! C'mon, C'mon. I know Murray is not playing well, but neither is Djoker. Between the two, I don't trust Djoker's health, so he'll probably lose before SF and give free pass to someone like Melzer or Hass last year.

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 05:05 AM

@wimby 2010

well.. nole can surprise.. as much as he surpriced me with his official FB page... ehhehe

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:05 AM

Hm, surprised that not many people are around here while the draw is being announced.

Also is it me or did Radio wimbledon go silent all of sudden?

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:05 AM

I assume they're going to broadcast it. You never know with trying to make the draws live. They never seem to work out quite right.

Posted by gliciouss 06/18/2010 at 05:07 AM

it is silent for me...too

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 05:08 AM

Henman on Murray at W:
http://tinyurl.com/2af8bw6

Posted by GB 06/18/2010 at 05:08 AM

Is Radio Wimby not working for anyone else?

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:09 AM

C'mon, man we all know that Djoker and Murray can't beat Fed in a major, especially on "grass". So the question becomes who would Rafa rather face. The answer is neither, so that leaves which one would likely lose before SF. And my answer is Djoker!! Maybe he'll outdo himself and retire in 2nd round! He hasn't done that yet. Also he only needs to retire at US open to complete his grand slam retirement!! Now that's a achievement at such young age!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 05:09 AM

Karin This happened at RG draw too

GB Calm ok

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:11 AM

Fed-Falla first round winner plays winner of Massu match

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 05:11 AM

its working now!!!

robredo against luczak...

i still love how RG draw is made!!!

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:11 AM

this radio thing is confusing. I can't keep on track who's on which side of the draw. Why not put a streaming draw like FO, so we can follow more easily?

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:12 AM

C'mon Fed-murray and Rafa-Djoker!! Anybody know which side goes which yet?

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 05:14 AM

interactive live draw is so much desirable wimby!!!

nole will play rochus...

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:14 AM

They're going straight down the line. Fed-Davydenko quarter with Djokovic on his side.

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:14 AM

Also C'mon Roddick and hewitt in Fed's QT!! Am I being too greedy?

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:14 AM

karin1492, are you sure? NO----------!!!

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:15 AM

Say Roddick, say it! Say it now!! Put him in Djoker's QT at least!

Posted by gliciouss 06/18/2010 at 05:15 AM

fish vs tomic???

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:16 AM

Yeah, Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that doesn't have computerized randomization of non-seeded players. Usually only seeded players are drawn.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 05:17 AM

Hell was a first for Tomic lol!

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:17 AM

Fed-Davydenko and Djokovic-Roddick are the quarters for the top half.

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:18 AM

phew, at least Roddick and hewitt are both in Fed's half. But why do they have to be in Djoker's QT! This mean Fed will only have to face one of the three.. This sucks. My dream Fed's draw crumbled. Crumbled, I tell ya!

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:18 AM

looks like F Lopez, Tsonga, and Ferrero in Murray's QT.

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:18 AM

Verdasco-Murray and Soderling-Nadal are the bottom quarters.

Posted by GB 06/18/2010 at 05:19 AM

Is that right - Rafa -Sod?

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:20 AM

Soderling-Ginepri first round

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:21 AM

So it's Fed-Davy, Djoker-Roddick, Tsonga-Murray, and Sod-Rafa. Fed got lucky again! Getting surely will lose in 2nd round davy. So is Murray, getting Tsonga. Djoker and rafa not so lucky.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 05:22 AM

GB yes thats right Calm down pls

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:22 AM

Youhzny is Nadal's fourth round opponent and Isner is Nadal's third round opponent. Ouch!

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 05:22 AM

Murray vs Hajek!
Sod vd Ginepri
F Gil vs Granolles
R Melo vs Belucci
Bagh Vs Lacko
Chardy vs Travers
S Greul vs Serra
Kiefer vs Ferrer
Youzhny vs Sela
M Giquel Vs Mathieu

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:23 AM

any menacing name in Rafa's QT, other than Youzny and Sod? NO! No! Isner and Gulbis, too? You dead Rafa.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 05:23 AM

Isner is the one that I was a bit concerned with

Yay for Rafa lol!

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:24 AM

Nadal has an incrediblely difficult draw. Nishikori/Blake/Isner or Gulbis/Youhnzy/Soderling/Murray/Fed

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:24 AM

Who did Rafa get? Sounded like Sam Querrey, but can't be since he's seeded. Must be a similar name guy.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 05:24 AM

Rafa better practice his ROS ASAP lol!

Posted by GB 06/18/2010 at 05:25 AM

Rafa:((((

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 05:26 AM

Rafa has a toughie in R1 too..Nishikori!

Isner is the toughest in the early rounds.

Posted by Caroline 06/18/2010 at 05:26 AM

Rafa is playing Kei Nishikori in the first round. They had a wonderful match at Queens in 2007 or 08. Nishikori has had a lot of injuries since.

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:26 AM

Oh, okay, it was Nishikori. Heard it as Q-man for some reason. Nishikori will be tough, but he's not playing well since he came back and he kept retiring last few tourneys.

Blake also is tough, but he also just came back and last in his 1st match. So that's okay, too. But Isner is a trouble. And Gulbis, Youz, Sod, Murray, and Fed. Geez, Rafa you dead.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 05:27 AM

GB You never know what is going to happen ok

Lets just take one game at a time

Really at the moment noone has really stood up before Wimby

OK Sam won Queens and Fsh was runner up

The grass at Wimby is different to Queens anway

LLeyton won Halle and Roger runner up

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 05:29 AM

Caroline Special K as I called him as you say he is not the same player in 08 with all his injuries and is just coming back

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 05:30 AM

Okay lets just right Rafa off now and hand the trophy to someone else

Honestly Rafa fans lol!

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:32 AM

Serena- Michelke Larcher De Brito first round

Posted by Caroline 06/18/2010 at 05:33 AM

AM, yes I know how hard it's been for him. I was very disappointed because I enjoyed watching him so much.

The player I feel sorry for is Falla - imagine drawing Roger three times in a row. Roger may get his wish and be through the match and press by 3 o'clock in time to watch Switzerland kick off!!! I secretly hope it won't be so quick as I shall be there to see it.

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:33 AM

This blows, my dream Fed draw totally sank. Not one round draw happened. On the other hand, if you want Rafa to go through hell, you've got it.

Isner (hopefully low bounce will bother him, a lot)
Sod (hopefully a let down?)
Gublis (still injured?)
Nishikori and Blake (still rusty from recent comebacks)
Murray (maybe he chokes again)

Rafa should handle Youz on grass.

Where did Q=man landed, by the way?

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:34 AM

Sharapova-Serena fourth round possible!

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 05:34 AM

wow.. the womens draw is good

serena v. de brito
chakky v. petkovic
hantuchova v. king

wow.. i say serena's quarter is tough... had women who defeated her before... chakky, daniela and barbara zahlova...

bondarenko v. sharapova...
wow.. is li na in maria's quarters??? that early...

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 05:34 AM

Caroline lol!

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:35 AM

serena-radwanska quarter wozniacki on same side

Posted by brewer 06/18/2010 at 05:36 AM

Isner has a first round with Mahut, so it very well can be that Rafa won't have to worry about Big John...

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 05:37 AM

Lucic - Azarenka

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:38 AM

What a blockbuster 4th round match! Serena-Sharapova

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 05:38 AM

hahaha...

i see rere's the finalist this year.. proof... she plays radwanska in the quarters... radwanska always is at the losing end of the eventual losing finalist

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:39 AM

Stosur-Wozniacki 2nd quarter in top half

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:39 AM

I dunno, man. Mahut is not 2007 Mahut who reach Queens final, beating Rafa. This Mahut is a qualifier who just won 24-22 or something in 3rd set at 2nd Rd quali and then won 5 set final quali match. he's spent.

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 05:39 AM

kanepi v. stosur...

oh my...

tough 1st round.. kanepi hits flat balls... oh my!!!

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:40 AM

just heard Henin. she sounded pretty close to Clijsters.

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:40 AM

Henin-Clijsters fourth round matchup (I think)!

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 05:41 AM

Clijsters-Jankovic and Schiavone-Venus are bottom quarter matchups

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 05:42 AM

thinks venus had all the serbians....

jj v. laura robson.... wowwow match!!! - attitude!!!

Posted by Wimby 2010 06/18/2010 at 05:43 AM

so Henin is in Clijster's QT. Henin probably needs to beat both Petrova and Clijsters to get out of the QT. Also potentially Venus williams in SF and Serena in Final. phew. Sorry Henin, you probably won't do it this year.

That announcer just sighed a bit after drawing Robson vs JJ. Ah, the draw for British players...

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 05:44 AM

Laura Robson vs JJ! Poor Laura!

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