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More from Mac 06/17/2010 - 6:00 PM

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 Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 05:45 AM

oh my...

groenefeld v. safina...

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 05:45 AM

Safina vs groenfeld! toughie there!

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 05:46 AM

rossana de los rios v. vee... mom v. veteran!!!

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 05:47 AM

hahaha.. brito v. serena...

they had to put it into center court!!!

hahahaha.... exposure!!!

Posted by brewer 06/18/2010 at 05:50 AM

I am not to pleased with a potential Fed-Berdych QF...

Posted by Samantha Elin(Caro to the haters, Don't you wish your pusher was hott like me) 06/18/2010 at 05:58 AM

Ok, has a chance to see the draw. Wow, Serena Sharapova 4th round and Juju and Kim fourth round. I think overall Vee got a nice draw. I think Bonaranko has a fair chance at the upset against Sharapova if she plays well which she's capable of. I think Juju can take Kim. Caro's draw, a lot of danger in there, but I believe in this girl. Can anyone tell me where JJ landed. Vee or Ree?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 06:00 AM

Why do people ring me in the middle of the womans draw? lol!

Gee I think Vee has a good managable draw

Serena? Hmmm

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 06:00 AM

Samantha Elin: Jankovic the other top seed in the Clijsters quarter. Theoretically, she would face the winner of the Henin/Clijsters match.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 06:02 AM

By the way how many times has Lleyton now landed in Rogers side at Wimby

Is this a record of some kind lol!

Posted by karin1492 06/18/2010 at 06:03 AM

I think Serena has a tough draw, but she definitely should make the fourth round where I think the winner of that match will be in the finals.

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

Nadal easily has the toughest draw of the men. I liked his chances to win the tournament before the draw came out, but now I think he'll be lucky to make the second week.

Posted by Samantha Elin(Caro to the haters, Don't you wish your pusher was hott like me) 06/18/2010 at 06:05 AM

Agree about Vee, her toughest opponent will come in the semi, Sharapova got a really tough draw. Serena in the 4th and Li who just beat her easily in the quarters. Sharapova looks good as long as she's not playing a top ten player, I think Serena can take her. Kim and Juju, who does everyone think will take it? I'm so nervous about this match up.

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 06:10 AM

if serena wins her 4th round match against maria, she will lose in the finals... she'll meet radwanska who always losses to the eventual finalist in the last 2 years...

but i guess maria's pumped after Lakers BF just won the champs.... show off maria!!!

regarding vee's draw... sure she had an easy draw.. but it doesnt motivate her... she really does push herself when she face tough draws, i.e., 2000 wimby, 2005 wimby and 2008 wimby...

hhehehehe...

@SAm...

thinks juju will take it... but kim can surprise... kimmy has some issues with grass yesterday... juju is playing well in unicef open...

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 06:14 AM

Henin will triumph over Kim in 3 tough sets!

Posted by Samantha Elin(Caro to the haters, Don't you wish your pusher was hott like me) 06/18/2010 at 06:17 AM

Thanks guys, I was a little upset when I saw that matchup, now I'm starting to believe again. Go Justine.

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 06:19 AM

Lindsay's take on W:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/8745096.stm

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 06:19 AM

exciting third round possible matches on the womens side...

Serena - Safarova,
Hantuchova - Sharapova,
Li - Kuznetsova,
Errani - Radwanska,
Wozniacki - Pavlyuchenkova,
Zheng - Azarenka,
Pennetta - Rezai,
Dulgheru - Stosur,
Clijsters - Kirilenko,
Henin - Petrova,
Wickmayer - Zvonareva,
Bondarenko - Jankovic,
Schiavone - Shvedova,
Martinez Sanchez - Bartoli,
Peer - Safina and
Kleybanova - Venus.

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/18/2010 at 06:27 AM

thanks for the link rg!!

i love lindsay...

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

RG thanks for the link

Well Azarenka and her knees are still a question mark for me?

Kim? also a question mark she plays good and then seems to look vunerable

I am out on Justine her serve isnt good enough and she seemed to play soo different at RG this year not her usual clay game was she thinking of Wimby there?

Still Serena and Vee are the players to beat

I am going with Vee she has a good draw.

Posted by Link 06/18/2010 at 06:32 AM

Non-Fedal potential paths to Wimbledon title:

Murray - Simon -> Querrey -> Tsonga/Verdasco -> Nadal -> Federer
Djokovic - Montanes -> Hewitt -> Cilic/Roddick -> Federer -> Nadal/Murray
Roddick - Kohlschreiber -> Cilic -> Hewitt/Djokovic -> Federer -> Nadal/Murray
Hewitt - Monfils -> Djokovic -> Cilic/Roddick -> Federer -> Nadal/Murray

Murray has it easiest until the SF. Djokovic has the quarter of death, considering that his potential opponents from the QF onwards are better on grass than he is. Roddick and Hewitt will have plenty of tough scraps to get through, but they'd probably prefer a pre-SF match with Djokovic as opposed to Fedal or Murray.

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

I have Stosur and Makarova live from Eastbourne on my tv now

Sunny today though dosent seem soo windy

By the way Sam will be no 6 next Monday

Congrats Sammy!!!!!!!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 06:36 AM

Alison Lang is the umpire for this match

Listening to Sam yesterday she said she has been working more on her serve for the grass and has been getting buckets of balls and practicing.

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

Pat: Welcome! She was a great player. Super consistent!

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

Stosur will serve first

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

Good solid service game for Sam

Stosur 1-0

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 06:43 AM

AM: Welcome!!!

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

Makarova very nervous on court,just missed a easy smash she netted it

Sam with a b/point

Sams breaks

Stosur 2-0

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 06:47 AM

The windy conditions of yesterday really played havoc with the players serves,shots

Today a differnt story

Sam with a easy service game

Stosur 3-0

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 06:48 AM

Makarova's coach has already been on court? gee that was quick lol!

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 06/18/2010 at 06:48 AM

Mornin' all. Congrats to you AM, great comeback the last six minutes.....but seriously, basketball is soooo yesterday.....off to check the draw.:)

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 06:49 AM

Mr and Mrs D Hang on I promised myself I would be kind and gentle towards you?

Ok that was enough Kind

Yay Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Sam with 2 b/points

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 06/18/2010 at 06:50 AM

AM: I am expecting a crate of that chocolate you're always shipping off to posters!!:)

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 06:52 AM

Well sam with a few miss hits

deuce

B/hand winner for Sam

B.point no 4

nice angle volley form Makarova

decue

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 06:54 AM

Good wide left serve

Add to makarova she holds from being down love 40 on her serve

Stosur 3-1 1st set

Ok Mr and Mrs D I will air freight you 2 cartons ok

Though dont push it

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

Sam with open court and shot goes wide??

Sam just settle,15-30

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

good slice Sam

Makarova netts shot

30 all


Posted by Jai 06/18/2010 at 06:58 AM

Hello everyone,
so Rafa's potential path to the final is: Nishikori -> Blake -> Gulbis -> Isner/Youzhny -> Soderling -> Murray?

Can't wait to see if anyone will show up and interpret THIS as a cupcake draw!

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

Nice construction of point there Sam

40-30

Shank and mishit by Sam,good return by Makarova though had Sam off balanced

deuce

add to Makarove Sams shot wide

Poor service game Sam,good 1st serve and your over played your f/.hand

Makarova breaks

Stosur 3-2

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:02 AM

Well Makarova seems to have settled and had a love service game with a ace on her 2nd serve

3 games all

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:04 AM

Sam better service game

Stosur 4-3

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

Go Lakers!

Congrats NP. Thanks to you I am a winner again. (Take that Fed!)

(Err, fell asleep during the big match!)

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:08 AM

Sam with b.point

Makarova seems to be rushing her shots and making u/errors

Good low slice Sam

Sams breaks

Sam will serve for the 1st set 5-3

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:11 AM

Pfft Sam mishit and bad bounce and you shanked

Love 30 now

Love 40 this is disgraceful Sam

What about using s/volley gosh you are a doubles GS champion

Makarova breaks to love

Stosur 5-4

That was disgraceful Sam and you need a new brain.

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 07:11 AM

Jai: Hi. My friend (not on this forum) already did it. Called it a "good draw". When I asked her how a draw with Isner and Gulbis can be good she said "hahaha cmon considering the amount of form the second rung players possess roger and rafa shd kick themselves if they dont make the final"

Posted by Cotton Jack 06/18/2010 at 07:14 AM

Isner is toast

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:15 AM

Sam Wake Up you have gone walk about big time

You have been talking to your self on court and yelling something I have never seen you doing.Calm down and get focused ASAP

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 06/18/2010 at 07:16 AM

SamE: looks like the early round match-ups you were dreading came to fuition!:(

Last year with this draw I would've been convinced Dinara would be around for the QF's. Today, well let's just say Groenefeld will devour Dinara like a warm berry scone slathered with clotted cream!:(

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/18/2010 at 07:17 AM

Morning All. Posting has been so light from me these last few days. Work sucks big time, but the good thing is that I have TC so it makes it all better.

Congrats to Lakers fans (NP and AM you guys hung in there for better or worse). Commies to Celtics fans, your guys did good. Just got beat going down the stretch.

Just glanced through overnight posts and early morning ones on the draw. Looks pretty fair and balanced from where I sit. Some really nice early round matches that could prove to be either competitive or downright head shaking moments. Serena will have to be on from the get go. No faffing about. DeBrito will be looking to make a statement with her fist pumps and shrieks and you know that Serena will not be having it.

Makarova's nips are so visible. Woman, get a bra!!!!

I do not particularly like these days when Roger gets someone that he has beaten a number of times. The potential for the upset becomes so much easier. Hopefully, he comes ready to play Falla.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:17 AM

deuce now on Makarova's serve

great ace by Makarova,her add

Well done Makarova she holds

5 games all

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 06/18/2010 at 07:20 AM

"and you know that Serena will not be having it."

Well put Karen.....looking forward to the 'Serena stare' right from the get go!!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:20 AM

Sam please dont go to the f/hand of a lefty

Brain Snap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:22 AM

Sam holds from being down 15-40 who knew?

Stosur 6-5

Posted by Jai 06/18/2010 at 07:23 AM

rg.nadal: ha! That is some bizarre reasoning. By that logic it would be impossible for Roger or Rafa to ever have a tough draw!

Blake has famously been a nemesis for Rafa on fast courts in the past, and Nishikori played him very close at Queens 08, but the early-round opponent who really concerns me is Gulbis. He was the only one to take a set off Rafa in Wimby 08 (before the final, that is) and I got the impression at Rome this year that he's hungry to get that first win over Rafa.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:25 AM

Jai Special K is not the player of 08 and is just coming back from injury

Blake got out in the 1st rd??

Makarova held service to love

T/break now

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/18/2010 at 07:26 AM

@Mrs. D - so true. She will be looking at her like, are you serious, do you know who I am? etc.

@SamE, pretty tough draw for your ladies, especially Caro. With this draw she will either have to tough it out or fall by the way side. The women's tour is getting tougher and tougher each season. A lot of top players or former top players are not having good form right now but drawing them in the early rounds is not good for top players these days. Everyone will have to be their game from the first bell.

Man, Clijsters must be asking herself, what do I have to do to get away from this Justine and Nadia persons. Poor ARad always getting stuck with a Williams Sister. She should really befriend one or other of them.

Posted by Jai 06/18/2010 at 07:27 AM

AM: I know, that's why I said I was more concerned about Gulbis than about those two.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:28 AM

Makarova 2-0

Sams shot wide,she is brain dead I cant believe this,she should have won this set

Makarova 3-0

Sam 1st ace

Makarova 3-1

Makarova 3-2 and to serve

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 07:29 AM

Jai: haha. forgot to add that she is a Roger Kad!..lol I want Isner, Sod and Gulbis out of Rafa's way. Not too concerned about Blake, He will self-destruct himself during the middle of the second set.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:30 AM

Makarova good wide serve

Makarova 4-2 with another serve

Great cross court ankle

Makarova 5-2

Sam has gone blind and is not watching the play

Sam with kicker serve

Makarova 5-3

Sam with 1 more serve

Sam good f/hand

Makarova 5-4

Posted by adicecream 06/18/2010 at 07:30 AM

Good morning all, Watching Sam Stosur try to self implode. She should have won this set 15 minutes ago.

And my former favorite, James Blake gets Rafa in the second round. No justice here!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:33 AM

Sam good approach shot though mishit by sam

5 all now

Makarova 1 more serve

2nd serve now

Sam shot long

Set point Makarova

2nd serve now for Makarova

great f/hand

Makarova 7-6 (7-5) 1st set well played

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:34 AM

Jai I will be interested to see how Gulbis goes he has had that injury and not match play on grass

Posted by adicecream 06/18/2010 at 07:35 AM

Way to lose the set, Samantha Stosur!! Makarova hung in there -- good for her.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:36 AM

Sam getting a warning for ball abuse? okay cut this Crap out Sam and focus.

Makarova to serve 1st in the 2nd set

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/18/2010 at 07:36 AM

Watching this match it just solidified something in my head, Stosur is really cr*p at playing tie breaks. Almost every match of hers that I have watched in recent times she has lost the tie break. Fortunately for her she has been winning most of those matches, but for me she would make her life a lot easier if she was able to stay in the moment during tie breaks. Another thing that I have noticed is that she seems to be showing her frustrations these days. No longer are we seeing Stoic Stosur, now we are seeing Slamming Stosur and not in a good way as she has been slamming the balls when she loses sets or indeed loses serve.

Posted by adicecream 06/18/2010 at 07:38 AM

Unfortunately I agree, Karen. I wonder if the pressure of expectations is getting to Stosur.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:39 AM

Makarova good service game,and ace again on 2nd serve

Makarova 1-0,2nd set

Sam you are all over the place like yesterday in patches in your game.

Think!! the brain remember that??

Love 30 now?

Posted by kj 06/18/2010 at 07:40 AM

I think that Steve Tignor is really underestimating the proffesionalism of the players when he says that nadal is control of the match from the start because he partakes in time wasting activities. Also food for thought rafa fans, before the start of 08( when fed developed mono and has since never been the same player again) the head to head stood at 9-6 and keep in mind that federer held match points in a certain 5 setter on clay. So its really not as a lopsided rivalry as the Rafa fans would like to have us fed fans think.

Posted by Jai 06/18/2010 at 07:41 AM

"Not too concerned about Blake, He will self-destruct himself during the middle of the second set."

rg.nadal: I don't think Blake will be a serious threat in terms of pulling off an upset, but he has the potential to be a nuisance given that his game is a tough match-up for Rafa. Rafa won the last 4 times they played, but it was never in straight sets. And what he needs in this tournament are some quick, uncomplicated wins in the early rounds. Unfortunately that doesn't seem very likely now.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/18/2010 at 07:41 AM

@adice, I believe so. I think that the pressure of expectations also got to her at the French Open as well. It is all well and good to beat the big guys and to bring your best game but she just never brought that same attitude to the final. She is really playing poorly in this match.

When you write attitude and composure on your arm to remind you that you need to have those 2 things working then you know you are in big trouble mentally as a professional athlete. She needs to have that built into her before she can succeed.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:42 AM

Goodness me Sam with a d/t/line shot

Add to Stosur

Sam holds and did she need that

1 game all

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:46 AM

Gee that was a bit of grass court tennis Sam?

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 07:46 AM

Jai: That is there. Each of those first four matches have "at least 4 sets" written all over them!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:47 AM

Sam cant find you f.hand though stop going for the bloody lines all the time there isnt the need ok

Makarova 2-1,2nd set

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:51 AM

Stosur holds

2 games all

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:54 AM

Again Sam you had plenty of time for shot selection and you had a massive Brain Snap

Would someone please give Sam Their Brain Please Now

Before I go on court and Shake Her

Makarova 3-2

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:55 AM

Sam s/volley? hell dont say you woke up?

Posted by Colette 06/18/2010 at 07:56 AM

AM, Just catching up quickly from last nite & this am. Not sure if you saw this, but there's no need to get out your vuvu doll. According to an article here, they have banned them at Wimby - and anything "distracting to players" .... hmmmmmmm

off to check out the draw

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:57 AM

Stosur holds

3 games all,2nd set

Posted by Connected Guy 06/18/2010 at 07:57 AM

Good Morning

Anyone talking about the Wimbledon draws?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 07:59 AM

Colette Thanks for that.The news I got was people are selling those Horns at a cheap prive for Wimby even though they are banned

I will die if that happens and some people sneak them in

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 08:02 AM

Sam had a b/point lets see what she can do?

Good wide lefty low serve from Makarova good work

deuce

Add to Makarova

2nd serve for Makarova now

Great gound shot she holds serve

Makarova 4-3,2nd set

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

Makarova shot was on the line,even Stosur thought it was,another bad call here Again

Stosur holds

4 games all,2nd set

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 08:11 AM

Good service game by Makarova

Makarova 5-4,2nd set


Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 08:15 AM

Sam better service game

5 games all,2nd set

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 08:19 AM

Makarova holds serve 6-5

Sam will serve to stay in the match and force a t/breaker

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 08:21 AM

Makarova with 2 b.points

Sams f/hand has gone Awol

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 08:22 AM

Makarova has 2 match points

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 08:24 AM

Sam with good 1st serve

Makarova shot mishit and goes wide

deuce

Sam with luck she needs it

add to Stosur

Brain snap Sam,that f/hand you over played AGAIN

deuce

Another bad miss on f.hand Sam this is Crap

Match point for Makarova

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 08:26 AM

Makarova d Stosur 7-6 (7-5),7-5

Well done after a very shaky start you can back and played well

Good luck in the final

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/18/2010 at 08:28 AM

How embarrassing. The match is over and the announcer comes on to do the on court interview and TC is still a game behind, so much so that they had to cut out and go to commercial. That is really sad. As if we who are watching dont already know who won. LOL

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/18/2010 at 08:28 AM

Sam with 33 u/errors in 2 sets of tennis???

You need some serious thinking.

Posted by rg.nadal 06/18/2010 at 08:33 AM

Sorry for Sam and her fans. Congrats to Makarova!

Posted by Colette 06/18/2010 at 08:47 AM

Robbyfan, if/when you check in ... oh, no, did I see right? Sod in the first round! I know I'll be pulling extra hard for some peachy play by your guy.

Posted by JohnC 06/18/2010 at 09:00 AM

I see young Bernie Tomic has Mardy Fish in the first round ...

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Flavia and Gisela Miami, Stuttgart and Rome Doubles Champion) 06/18/2010 at 09:29 AM

Hidey Ho one and all

Nice article Pete and count me in as another one who likes to hear gossip about what goes on in the locker room.

I don't have the energy to read all of the posts. Sam's match today was interesting shame she lost. For some reason i can't get into Vuvu's and Bartoli's match.

Posted by robbyfan 06/18/2010 at 09:29 AM

Colette-Good morning! I can't believe 2 of my favorites are playing in the first round. What are the odds!!

Posted by CPM 06/18/2010 at 09:35 AM

Jai @ 7:41 -- IIRC, Schuettler took a set off Rafa in the semis at W'08. But yeah, a 3rd rnd match-up vs Gulbis -- assuming Gulbis is healthy & fit, which I thought was kind of questionable -- will be a pretty immediate test of form.

Overall, I think the men's draw looks pretty evenly distributed -- maybe Muzzah's got it a little easier than the other top seeds, but any draw can be a killer when you don't have the colm and the positive attitude ... so we gonna see.

I see Hewitt landed in the same quarter as Roddick, which is unfortunate, since I was hoping both would get a chance to take on the Fed. But my overall, uninspired rankings pretty much stays the same: Roger then Rafa then Roddick. RAndy ending up in Fed's half increases the distance between him & Rafa some, but otherwise ... yeah.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Flavia and Gisela Miami, Stuttgart and Rome Doubles Champion) 06/18/2010 at 09:36 AM

I have to remember to do the challenge bracket and SP.

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