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The Deuce Club, 3.13 03/13/2009 - 5:00 PM

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By Jackie, TW Social Director

Greetings, TWibe! As you probably already know, I'm auto-posting this since I'm nowhere near a computer at the moment. Remember? I'm in Indian Wells!

If you're also in IW and reading this as I speak, please be reminded that we're having a TW gathering at The Beer Hunter TONIGHT (Friday) at 9:30 PM. We'll be there for a while, so come whenever you can!

Last weekend, our beloved Patrick (better known as Master Ace) attended the U.S.-Switzerland Davis Cup tie in Birmingham, AL, and I suggested that he use this week's Deuce Club to tell us about his experience. He even got to meet up with Pete and some of the folks at Talk About Tennis; that's Patrick and Aedra from TAT up above. (Great photo, guys!)

Without further ado, here's Patrick's weekend write-up:

Friday, 3/6

I decided to make my way to the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Arena despite not purchasing tickets. I arrived at the site at 11:40 AM local time. First thing I noticed that a portion of the steps were painted with the Davis Cup trophy, which was neat. Also, there was a banner saying "Welcome to Davis Cup" with the Davis Cup trophy. The UAB pep band was playing music outside and spectators were taking pictures.Then, about 1:00 PM local time, I went home to watch the matches.On the way home, I received some good news - someone who knew I wanted to see the Davis Cup gave me tickets for the weekend.

Saturday, 3/7

Now armed with tickets, I arrived at the site at 11:18 AM local time hoping to get in touch with Pete. Pete returned my call but he could not see me because his schedule was busy so we decided to make arrangements for Sunday. Then, I decided to go inside and get to my seat. The flag ceremony was neat as all the countries were lined up; the World Group flags were lined up separately from the other nations.Then, the teams were introduced and national anthems were sung. After that, I looked up in the rafters and saw the Davis Cup championship banners with 1900 to 1949 on one sideline, 1950 to 2006 on the other sideline, 2007 on one baseline, and the US flag, Switzerland flag, and a picture of the Davis Cup trophy on the other baseline.

The atmosphere for a Davis Cup tie is very different than a normal tennis tournament as the crowd made a lot of noise. After the match was over, I walked around the arena and made my way to where the teams were sitting and got autographs from Thomas Blake, Bob Bryan, and Wayne Bryan. As I made my way out of the arena, the US team was having a practice session as Andy Roddick, James Blake, and the team came on the court.

Sunday, 3/8

I arrived at the site at 10:30 AM hoping to see Pete before he got too busy. Within 30 minutes of my arrival, I finally met Pete and we had a nice discussion, covering a number of topics. When Pete resumed his busy schedule, I was very appreciative that I talked to him longer than I originally had anticipated. Then, I decided to walk around the arena before I went to my seat. While walking, I saw fans getting their faces painted, guy on stilts juggling 3 racquets, talked to Wayne Bryan for about 2 minutes before someone got his attention, and looked at pictures in the picture gallery. Finally, I made it to my seat.

About 15 minutes before 1 PM local time, the flag ceremony started with only the World Group countries. The crowd was already loud and the anthems hadn’t been sung yet. At this point, I was anticipating that Andy Roddick and Stanislas Wawrinka was going to play at least 4 sets but Roddick showed us why he is one of the best in clinching a tie. When the dead rubber was played, I moved to the other side of the area and sat in a section next to the Swiss fans. Their fans would chant "Hop Suisse," their player’s name, and a little song they know. Also, I saw the NetHeads in action, who would bow down to James Blake whenever he made a good shot. After the tie was over, I got autographs from Carlos Bernardes and Pascal Maria and a ball they used for the matches.

Wrap-up

For all the tennis matches that I have seen over the years, this was the first time I have seen live tennis action. It’s very true that live tennis is different from seeing it on television.

Thanks for sharing, Patrick - what an exciting weekend!

And for everyone - what are your predictions for the DC quarterfinals?

(Remember, this is your OT space for the evening and the early part of the weekend. I'll return next week with loads of IW stories and pics, so make sure to stop by then!)


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Posted by NP 03/13/2009 at 05:04 PM

Jackie writing about Federer-less DC? Oh, no!

Posted by CL 03/13/2009 at 05:09 PM

Hay Master Ace...what a GREAT report. So nice to finely 'see' you!

Everyone says that the tennis is both faster and more powerful 'live' than on tv. Do you agree?

Posted by NP 03/13/2009 at 05:12 PM

Just noticed that the dude above is our august Master Ace. Nice pic, MA.

Posted by Master Ace 03/13/2009 at 05:12 PM

Davis Cup QF winners:
Czech Republic over Argentina
United States over Croatia - competitive tie of the weekend
Russia over Israel
Spain over Germany

TWibe,
Have fun at Indian Wells:)

Posted by crazyone 03/13/2009 at 05:13 PM

Master Ace: I was thrilled on your behalf when Birmingham was selected for the DC, and I am glad a big tennis fan like you got to see such a big event in your own home town. Thanks for the write up!

Posted by crazyone 03/13/2009 at 05:14 PM

MA: don't you think Nalby/Delpo will be competitive against Berdych/Stepanek? I agree with your overall conclusion but I think that one might be as competitive as USA/Croatia.

Posted by Master Ace 03/13/2009 at 05:14 PM

CL,
Yes. If you thought Roddick can serve, watch Bob Bryan in doubles. His serves were over 130 mph consistently.

Posted by Master Ace 03/13/2009 at 05:16 PM

Crazyone,
All the ties that weekend will be very competitive. Just have a feeling the US/Croatia will come down to the 5th rubber. Thanks for reading the DC write up.

Posted by avid sports fan aka "Sigh-Rena" *ball-bashed my way to 10 grand slams ;-)* 03/13/2009 at 05:17 PM

Master Ace - Nice to "meet" you :) and thank you for the nice and succinct report. I have been told a lot of times that sports on tv is different from sports live and the same goes for tennis. It's good that you got the opportunity to see tennis live. I missed out on seeing hockey live this week but I hope I get another chance soon and a chance to see tennis live too. May be Montreal, we'll see.

Posted by Rachael 03/13/2009 at 05:20 PM

great report Master Ace. thankyou for sharing and I'm still all kinds of jealous, especially since learning your awesome autograph obtaining skills.

glad you actually got in to experience the monster of DC from inside the stadium, and got a Roddick-clinch in the flesh.
this girl can only dream of such pleasures for now.

nice photo too. cool to finally see the man behind the mystery :)

Posted by mina (Vamos España!!!) 03/13/2009 at 05:24 PM

wow proof that MA really does exist LOL

nice pic, thanks for the DC write up

Posted by parkp67 03/13/2009 at 05:29 PM

Thank you MA for this report....and as usual, Thank you so much for all your schedules and providing of scores!!!


My Davis Cup QF winners are nearly the same as yours with 2 exceptions:

Argentina over Czech Republic (David will be especially motivated I think...just because I want him to be :-)

Crotia over United States...honestly, I'll be rooting for both to win..and not sad when one bests the other

Russia over Israel--I want Russia to prevail--just because I love Marat, Dmitry, Mikhail, and Gabashvilli played well also

Spain over Germany--Spain is Spain :-) Vamos!


Posted by avid sports fan aka "Sigh-Rena" *ball-bashed my way to 10 grand slams ;-)* 03/13/2009 at 05:32 PM

Now as for the ties, I think US-Croatia and Argentina-Czechoslovakia will be the most intriguing and interesting. The first pair all have huge servers who can play on HC but I think Croatians may fare well if they choose clay. But then the US can have Sam Querry fill in for Blake so this may end up going to a fifth. As for the second pair, if the Czechs go for fast indoor and Nalby is on song and Delpo is playing that will make it interesting.

I give the edge to Russia in the Russia Israel tie and of course Spain since it's in Spain and on clay. However, these are the two ties that can spring surprises.

Posted by Pspace 03/13/2009 at 05:33 PM

MA, First time at live tennis? Even college tennis is worth watching live for a fan as interested as you. So, I'd recommend going to UAB games, if their team plays Division 1. Thanks for the report.

Posted by MrsSanta 03/13/2009 at 05:37 PM

Finally proof that MA is not Tom Wolfe. My world is a little shattered right now. I need a tequila IV. Lovely report even though I think DC is worse than beef jerky.

Aedra's fro is fantabulous. Not even the latest episode of As the Federer Turns can compete with it.

Posted by Tennis Fan 03/13/2009 at 05:38 PM

MA: I think you missed your calling, you should be in the tennis media. Glad you are getting your due interesting article and can you let out know the various topic you discussed with Pete? If tennis related that is.

Posted by CL 03/13/2009 at 05:39 PM

Master Ace - Really? Bob's serve seems faster than Randy's?

Posted by Sher 03/13/2009 at 05:43 PM

Thank you for the writeups, Jackie & Patrick!

Posted by Annie 03/13/2009 at 06:03 PM

MA: Love the pic, so glad to put a face to the name. So I thought you were an anglo/irishman, what a great surprise! Be back later to read and respond.

Posted by Annie 03/13/2009 at 06:11 PM

MA: you got pascal maria's autograph? that's very cool!

and thanks again for all your many writeups and for being the official TW record keeper. Any chance you could get to Cincy in aug. with jackie, rafadoc, me and i think a few others? how far would that be for you? (I'm pretty geographically challenged)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. Jelena J for Indian Wells 2009!!! 03/13/2009 at 06:17 PM

Master Ace is not a grasshopper!!!

Still god-like, though. ;)

Fantastic write-up. :) What was your very favouritest moment of all, Master Ace?

And, is local time, TW time?

oh - and thanks for the Bill Simmons answer on the other thread.

Posted by Denizen 03/13/2009 at 06:18 PM

Nice recap, Master Ace! Glad you had a great time. Yes, the atmosphere is unique - how often are you handed free air horns at a tennis match?!?

Yes, Bob's serve is unreal. No fluke, either - we saw him in Cincy last summer where he regularly served it 135mph+ as well.

One of Andy's serves was 142mph, with a fault showing up at 146mph.

Here is the juggler:

http://tinyurl.com/db99rd

Here is a group of Swiss fans congregating before Sunday's matches in the plaza in the middle of the Civic Center, which is surrounded by the arena, a theatre, concert hall, and exhibition hall.

http://tinyurl.com/cgcqwg

Oh, I'm jealous that you got Pascal Maria's autograph! :)

Posted by Pspace 03/13/2009 at 06:20 PM

"""
Finally proof that MA is not Tom Wolfe. My world is a little shattered right now.
"""

Is this an appropriate moment for this pic?

http://tinyurl.com/649ash

Posted by crazyone 03/13/2009 at 06:28 PM

*Aedra's fro is fantabulous. Not even the latest episode of As the Federer Turns can compete with it.*

Is her fro more fantabulous than "As the Worm Turns"?

Posted by Ruth 03/13/2009 at 06:30 PM

Master Ace: Thanks for the personal report. Glad you got a chance to have your first taste of live professional tennis. Here's to many more similar experiences.

I tend to agree with your predictions about the DC quarters, but I suppose that it all depends on who shows up. If, for example, Stepanek doesn't play, it'll be Argentina all the way, I think, especially if the reunited Nalbandian and JMDP play.

Although I've gone to 2 Fed Cup ties in Delray Beach since 2000, I haven't been to a DC tie since USA vs Aussies in 1990 in St. Petersburg, Florida. So, I think that it's time for me to catch another DC tie. I'll have to check to see whom and where the USA will play if theywin the quarters. With my luck, it'll be another away tie. :)

I've heard people say that Bob Bryan's serve is the best among doubles players (specialists) and a lot better than many good singles players. If the rest of his game were half (well, maybe more than half) as good as his serve, he would also be considered a good backup singles player for the USA to have on the squad. As it is now, the USA can just depend on him to help bring home that one doubles point, always knowing that, unlike some other countries' teams, the USA cannot count on his being a credible replacement for one of the singles players, should one of them not play up to expectations on Day 1 or get shaky after Day 1 or 2.

Posted by Samantha Elin 03/13/2009 at 06:30 PM

Great picture Patrick, it looks like you had a really great time. Ok, this is so funny, I was just over at the WTA world site and found this. Congrats to Richard Williams, he's getting married next week in Miami. He's 67 and she's is 3O, only two years younger than Venus. The reporter said to Richard. "Well, how do Venus and Serena feel about your up coming marriage?" Richard hung up on him. LOL! Somebody over at the site called the thread, "Still pimpin at 67". I can't stop laughing at this. He's quite a character, remember when he held up a sign saying it's Venus party and nobody esle is invited or when he danced on the roof at Wimbledon. He always make me laugh, so congrats to him. He has done a great job with his daughters. I have a feeling that Sharapova mightn't be playing in Miami, over at the WTA site, she said, she's not rushing things and isn't sure she will play there. Go Caro, Scandinavia's #1!

Posted by ptenisnet 03/13/2009 at 06:31 PM

Master Ace in da house!!!!!

Posted by Andrés 03/13/2009 at 06:34 PM

Samantha Elin:

What´s that "Go Caro, Scandinavia´s #1!"? Don´t you think it´s already a pain? Pffff...

Posted by Samantha Elin 03/13/2009 at 06:34 PM

Wow! just checked the score, Caro destroyed Timea. The Russians aren't the only ones with great players. Caro is almost a top 1O player and is proving just how great Scandinavians can play. She is going to be a slam winner, mark my word. Go Caro, Scandinavia's#1!

Posted by Samantha Elin 03/13/2009 at 06:40 PM

Andres, excuse me for bothering you, do you have a scroll button? I have every right to promote my favorite and country woman.

Posted by GVGirl 03/13/2009 at 06:42 PM

Thanks so much Patrick for your report and for filling in for me! :) Glad you had a great time. I'm a veteran of at least 20 DC ties so you know I LOVE Davis Cup!

Posted by Syd 03/13/2009 at 06:43 PM

Thanks Master Ace!

Great picture, and thanks for the report. You bring so much to this site, it would never be the same without you and your amazing match calling and schedule posting. You are the man!

Posted by MrsSanta 03/13/2009 at 06:45 PM

Pspace it is always an appropriate moment for that pic. However always use the definitive version below.

http://tinyurl.com/2qhe3t

Posted by Samantha Elin 03/13/2009 at 06:46 PM

I just got my copy of Tennis magaizine with a nice picture of JJ, and she's talking about going for the slams in 2OO9. I think that is why she developed so much muscle which has hurt her movement. She was a grinder and needs to go back to that. Go Caro, Scandinavia's#1!

Posted by rafadoc 03/13/2009 at 06:47 PM

Master Ace: So glad you got to go to DC! Love the picture...I am surprised there isn't a massive server (computer, not, say, Andy Roddick) strapped to you somewhere...and where are all the pens and pencils, notebooks, and spreadsheets? (thats just how I always picture you)....lol....truly appreciate all you do for TW. Thanks for the wonderful write-up. :)

Posted by marcela 03/13/2009 at 06:49 PM

thanks for the summary Master Ace, and it's nice to finally meet you.

Posted by Samantha Elin 03/13/2009 at 06:51 PM

And Patrick, like everyone said, thanks for all the great reports and match calls on those matches where we don't have tv coverage. Go Caro, Scandinavia's#1!

Posted by ptenisnet 03/13/2009 at 06:51 PM

hallelujah.

Posted by rafadoc 03/13/2009 at 06:52 PM

*gasp* I forgot to leave my predictions...you know I am really good at that....NOT.

Czech Republic over Argentina (kind of hard to say without knowing status of Nalby and Elf, but if birdworm are in form, hard to bet against them in a DC tie).

U.S. over Croatia ( I have "flip-flopped on this one several times-don't think Blake can get it done and think maybe they should go with California Querry)

Russia over Israel

Spain over Germany

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. Jelena J for Indian Wells 2009!!! 03/13/2009 at 07:01 PM

Britain to lose the relegation tie. :(

Oh...right...QFs. Spain, Russia, Croatia, Argentina.

Posted by Samantha Elin 03/13/2009 at 07:03 PM

I'm getting so excited about Miami when all the top female players will be there. Miami looks like a slam and should produce some great matches. It will show whether the Williamses can dominate or not. Go Caro, Scandinavia's#1!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. Jelena J for Indian Wells 2009!!! 03/13/2009 at 07:07 PM

Goodnight, everybody, and vamos, Rafa!

thanks again, Master Ace, for reports and match calls and everything already said above. :)

Posted by Madame 03/13/2009 at 07:14 PM

wow, Master Ace and Patrick are the same dude ! what do you know. Anyway, I think Croatia is going to beat the US.

(don't worry I'm still mad about french losing ...)

Posted by Samantha Elin 03/13/2009 at 07:17 PM

You know how some people say Jankovic has no weapon, one of her biggest was her movement. She was so fast and got back so many balls before she put on the excess weight and muscle, and I don't see how it has helped her game. She doesn't appear to have any more power to me.

Posted by Papo 03/13/2009 at 07:18 PM

Master Ace, nice picture. Great to finally see you. Thanks for the DC report. TW is a richer place because of your participation ; )

Posted by Vie 03/13/2009 at 07:28 PM

MrsSanta, have you seen a movie about the spy in the attic? He very much reminded me of Davyd.

Posted by Vie 03/13/2009 at 07:39 PM

MA, nice to see you in picture! Glad you went to your first DC live.

Posted by sblily (Gil Reyes KAD) 03/13/2009 at 07:40 PM

MA - Nice to put a face to the screen name. :) Thanks for the report. Love that you got autographs from Maria and Bernardes - that is true fandom!

Posted by Stella 03/13/2009 at 08:06 PM

Thanks for the report Patrick, really nice pic.

Hey everyone!

Posted by Stella 03/13/2009 at 08:07 PM

Awwww, just missed jewell.

Posted by Stella 03/13/2009 at 08:11 PM

My four winning teams for DC
Spain
Rusia
Argentina
Croatia, if they don't change Blake, I believe they would have a better change with either Sam or Mardy.

Posted by 03/13/2009 at 08:17 PM

I really was thinking that MA was a computer programme. Damn reality bites.

Posted by Marta 03/13/2009 at 08:27 PM

Hi friends of TW. Sorry the off-topic, but I need your help Master Ace (or everybody)! I´m argueing these days with my boyfriend about the "slow grass" point and I don´t find Roger´s words denying that... Please, HELP, I wanna shut his mouth up! LOL!
Hugs from Madrid!

Posted by Annie 03/13/2009 at 08:27 PM

Good news. Channelsurfing.net lists IW on their site. they're not covering it right now but i think maybe starting tomorrow. fingers crossed.

Posted by Joe 03/13/2009 at 08:33 PM

Does someone Know the link to watch the doubles??

Posted by Samantha Elin 03/13/2009 at 08:43 PM

Marta, I don't know if this helps any, but I remember last year Rafa saying that he felt the grass was slower than normal. Go Caro, Scandinavia's#1! Well, have to go out, so talk to everyone tomorrow. Enjoy the tennis. Ciao dudes!

Posted by Master Ace 03/13/2009 at 08:49 PM

Denizen,
Thanks for the picture shot for the guy on stilts. He dropped a racquet when I was passing him. 2 days attended, 2 air horns and Go USA signs.

Mrs. Santa,
Sorry to disappoint on Tom Wolfe.

Tennis Fan,
Most stuff I talked about with Pete was quick tennis topics on TWibe going to IW, few players, and etc....

Rachael,
Before the umpire say time during the changeover, Andy is already on the court ready to resume action.

Annie,
Yep, I got Pascal autograph after the dead rubber as he was finishing his duties on the court. Ushers were rushing everyone out of the arena. As far as Cincy, depend on economics but I think I can get there in 7-8 hours if I drove.

GVGirl,
Glad to fill in as DC atmosphere is unreal.

Jewell,
My favorite moment of many is meeting Pete on Sunday before the doors opened.

Rafadoc,
Had the notepad and pens with me but put them down for the picture.

Madame,
Yes, the one and only Patrick

To no name poster at 8:17 PM,
No computer programming for me anytime soon. But, if that field can put more cash in my pocket, lead me in that direction.

Sblily,
Yep, got the umpires to sign as we see their faces all the time watching matches around the world and I thought that getting their autographs were worth my time.

TWibe,
Thanks for the appreciation on the site but I could not do it without everyone especially early in the week where the livestreams are found so I can enjoy the tennis on the weekend:)

Posted by Master Ace 03/13/2009 at 08:52 PM

"Jewell,
My favorite moment of many is meeting Pete on Sunday before the doors opened."

Also, meeting people from Talk About Tennis as their members wore TAT Spring Fling shirts.

Posted by AmyLu 03/13/2009 at 09:15 PM

Master Ace, thanks so much for the report! So glad you were able to attend and had fun. :)

Posted by Master Ace 03/13/2009 at 09:36 PM

AmyLu,
Indeed, I did.

Posted by gauloises 03/13/2009 at 09:44 PM

MA, despite you having provided photographic evidence, I still don't believe you really exist. But if you do, and I ever get to meet you, I'm going to hug you. This is the only warning you will receive.

Thanks so much for the reports, I'm really glad you got to go and see the tennis and meet Pete :)

Posted by Master Ace 03/13/2009 at 10:16 PM

Gauloises,
Right, I do not exist as I just sent a picture in:)

Posted by Elena_YYZ 03/13/2009 at 11:20 PM

Master Ace: thank you very much for the write-up. It's so nice to finally see you, and also Aedra from TAT.
I read TennisWorld and TAT every day and it's nice to see how people who post regularly look like.

Happy for you that you got your first live tennis experience and hope you'll see more live tennis in the future!

Posted by dunlop maxply 03/13/2009 at 11:33 PM

courtside at craybas match. first post from my phone. see everyone at the beer hunter ina an hour or so!

Posted by gary 03/13/2009 at 11:35 PM

Great report, MA. I've been to eight DC ties over the past 20 years and I flove the pageantry and spirit of the fans. Everyone should go to one if at all possible.
The only bummer was losing to Italy in Milwaukee.
I also was at the US-Aussie final in St. Pete and still remember the controversial dead rubber b/w Agassi and Daren Cahill.

Posted by Master Ace 03/13/2009 at 11:51 PM

Gary,
Since I have been to a DC tie, I agree that fans should catch one if it is close by to your hometown.

Dunlop Maxply,
What happened in that first set b/w Jill and Anabel?

Posted by Master Ace 03/13/2009 at 11:56 PM

Elena_YYZ,
Thanks. Did not know you read TW and TAT every day. That can be very addictive?

Posted by dunlop maxply 03/14/2009 at 12:03 AM

not sure, but garrigues looks the stronger at the end of the second set. now watching roddick's dubs match at the stadium

Posted by Elena_YYZ 03/14/2009 at 12:17 AM

Master Ace: it's totally my addiction. I've been following TW for almost 5 years now and find it fascinating not only for tennis but even for the linguistic reasons. Most of the people here are very well educated and being a passionate lover of the English language (and not a native speaker), I enjoy reading most of the posts also from this standpoint. For example, I now know the word "imprimatur" courtesy of MrsSanta and even use it myself (had to look it up in the dictionary hehe).

I also enjoy the atmosphere on TAT although it's different, a lot more intimate and non-controversial.

I also find live tennis fascinating and always go to the Toronto Rogers Cup but unlike you I much prefer men's tennis and frankly it's a much better value for the money especially in early rounds. At the same time, I am proud of my compatriots' success, Dementieva being my most favourite of them.

Posted by dunlop maxply 03/14/2009 at 12:48 AM

its incredible. roddick has the most unnatural volleys of any great player I have ever seen. Truly a brickmeister. Note, thats "of any great player" thats what makes it so amazing

Posted by crazyone 03/14/2009 at 12:53 AM

dunlop, keep your commentary coming, I'm enjoying it.


Posted by greenhopper (IWheeeeeeee!) 03/14/2009 at 02:14 AM

MA, you're real!
also, nice report. glad you had fun.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. Jelena J for Indian Wells 2009!!! 03/14/2009 at 02:43 AM

thanks, Master Ace. :)

Posted by dunlop maxply 03/14/2009 at 03:15 AM

well, hope the beer hunter crew is having a good time, unfortunately. could not get in with maxply jr. see you tomorrow

Posted by naughty T, who's yer Daddy? 03/14/2009 at 08:29 AM

I am thinking the entire TW crew is suffering from hangovers this am.
I sure hope there are good stories to be told.

Posted by tony snedker 03/14/2009 at 08:56 AM

wonderful to see you master ace;

hope to see you again and again patrick

Posted by Master Ace 03/14/2009 at 09:32 AM

"I also enjoy the atmosphere on TAT although it's different, a lot more intimate and non-controversial."

Elena_YYZ,
That is the one thing I noticed on TAT. Only controversial items be in their non tennis news(ie - Presidential issues)

Naughty T,
TWibe is probably still sleep from the hangovers. Only approx 6:35 AM IW time.

Posted by Yummy Prince Fed - Still my heartbeat 03/14/2009 at 10:18 AM

Hi Patrick. Lovely write up. It is always a shock to see pictures of tribe members. You have one idea of what they look like and then you see a picture and you are like - dang - lovely picture of you and the lovely lady. Excellent write up as well. I intend to go to my very first ATP/WTA tour event this year up in Canada (please God let me have money in August) so hopefully I will get to see Roger play (even though from the sound of it he may have diaper duties) as Baby Fed may be around by that time.

Posted by Master Ace 03/14/2009 at 11:11 AM

Yummy Prince Fed,
Hope you will see tennis in Canada later this year. The lovely lady is a member of TAT as I saw 3 of their members at the tie last weekend.

Posted by Sam 03/14/2009 at 11:25 AM

Master Ace - Great report. Nice to finally see you!

Posted by Or 03/14/2009 at 02:14 PM

Ah, Mandy. Handsome lad, ugly outfit.

Posted by alex 03/14/2009 at 02:22 PM

or - at least it's not the usual grey :)

Yes, at 30-40 muzz gets his first serve in for the first time.

Posted by alex 03/14/2009 at 02:25 PM

and muzz broken. But no doubt he'll break back soon

Posted by Master Ace 03/14/2009 at 02:31 PM

Alex,
We are at IWCC Day 3 until Day 4 come up.

Posted by Master Ace 03/14/2009 at 02:31 PM

Alex,
We are at IWCC Day 3 until Day 4 come up.

Posted by Master Ace 03/14/2009 at 02:32 PM

Sorry about the double post

Posted by Honeychile 03/14/2009 at 02:35 PM

Hello, Where is everybody or is something wrong with typepad?

Posted by Honeychile 03/14/2009 at 02:41 PM

Master Ace, As a frequent lurker and occasionaly poster, I really enjoy reading your notes. Glad you enjoyed DC and keep the great posts coming. Tks

Posted by lira vega 03/14/2009 at 03:06 PM

Master Ace,
glad that you could finally see some live tennis and thanks for this report, as well as all the schedules, results, match calls and all sorts of info you're sharing with us every day. It's muchly appreciated!
Also lovely pic up top!

Posted by 03/15/2009 at 12:15 PM

Patrick!

I'm so happy you managed to score some last-minute tickets! Thanks for the report and especially the photo. Like gauloises, I, too, will hug you if I ever meet you. How tall are you, anyway? I'm thinking I might have to stand on something. :)

And it's great that you got to see a live rubber on Sunday. I attended DC once in Milwaukee. I only had tickets for Sunday ... two dead rubbers. Bummer. I'm glad you had a great time and got to experience the great "DC" atmosphere everyone talks about!

Keep up the great work on TW. We all appreciate it. :)

Posted by ms. tangerine popsicle (tangi) 03/15/2009 at 12:17 PM

I am the headless poster above.

Posted by Master Ace 03/15/2009 at 01:55 PM

Tangi,
Thanks and nice to "hear" from you. I am 5'11". Sorry that you had to see 2 best of 3 in Milwaukee. The atmosphere at a DC tie is unreal and I picked it as my first live tennis event.


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