Sunday, June 29, 2008

First Week Wimbledon Wrap-Up

A Few Notable Highlights and Lowlights:
-Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer playing really high-level tennis
-no American men in the second week for the first time since 1926
-upsets all over the women's draw
-Israeli woman Shahar Pe'er advancing to the 4th round with a win over Dinara Safina
-Rafa's blog
-the Wimbledon wind
-The Jess' alter ego Janko Tipsarevic advancing to the 4th round
-Bethanie Mattek emerging as a player with some skill as opposed to just goofy outfits

A Few Things To Look Out For In The Second Week
-two of the most hated personalities in the men's game squaring off in round 4: Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet
-Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer's march towards the final
-another Grand Slam for a Williams sister
-a treasure trove of sporstcaster gaffes trying to pronounce the names of the women left in the draw
-the resurgent Marat Safin finally melting down in epic fashion

A Few Words About Justin Gimelstob (because that's all he deserves)
Former ATP player and current Tennis Channel commentator Justin Gimelstob (who also went to UCLA) spewed out one of the most repellent and disgraceful interviews I've ever heard on June 18th on the radio in Washington D.C. I'm not comfortable transcribing what he said here, but I will provide a link.
I knew Justin at UCLA and, though I'm shocked by his comments, I'm not at all surprised. In response, I called Tennis Channel and spoke to the director of programming, who forwarded the link to her CEO. There has been some fallout, which you can read about here and here.

On a lighter note, play resumes tomorrow morning, with Federer facing former champ Lleyton Hewitt and Nadal facing Mikhael Youzhney, who beat Rafa at the US Open and beat his own head in a few months ago. Also look for Mattek and Serena Williams squaring off later in the day.

Lastly, some words from Tom Friedman of the NY Times.

1 comment:

Jenny Weddel said...

Apparently the whole Gobstopper family is a delight: