#Wimbleweird, #Wimblepun, #Wimbledumb, #Wimbledone. These were just a few of the creative Twitter hashtags used by many to describe this past fortnight that proved once again that every 20 years or so usually everything that you never expected would happen on the biggest stage of tennis, actually will. Continue reading
For an event that prides itself on order, tradition and decorum, so far this year’s Wimbledon exhibited none of those noble features after one of the most turbulent weeks in recent memory. With seeded players falling from the draw sheet and literally falling on court, organizers will be forgiven if they decide to have an extra shot of brandy as they take a respite on this middle Sunday.
Here’s a look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of a very memorable first week. Continue reading
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Querrey Celebrates Winning Farmers Classic (Gudris)
Sam Querrey, who described himself earlier in the week as “Debbie Downer” for getting too negative in tight matches, might want to start calling himself “the cat” if for nothing else because Querrey used up all of his “nine lives” and then some in getting out of four back to back three set matches at this week’s Farmers Classic in Los Angeles on his way to repeating as champion with a 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3 win over top seed Andy Murray. Aside from making his hometown crowd happy, Querrey earned his first ever victory over Murray and against a top five player in his career. Meanwhile for Murray, despite a nice run to the finals, it’s another disappointing loss for the Scot who started out strong but ended up being beaten by his own “cat and mouse” game. And prior to that, doubles specialists the Bryan Brothers, to the delight of many local fans who turned out to watch the native Southern California boys, made good on history. Continue reading
Those who came out to watch the semifinals of the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles certainly got their monies worth as both matches went the distance. But in the end, the expected final meeting between top seeds Andy Murray and Sam Querrey was booked for Sunday despite both players not showing their best form all week. Meanwhile, during tonight’s Andy Murray/Feliciano Lopez semifinal, ESPN analyst Darren Cahill addressed the circulating rumors that he might become Murray’s full-time coach. Cahill simply said, “That can’t be me.” Continue reading
Murray's New Look in Los Angeles.
There’s not a whole to say about Andy Murray’s quarterfinal match against Alejandro Falla tonight at the Farmers Classic. The most intriguing things, at least to me, was seeing Murray serve and volley more than usual and just how fast he really is in getting balls back that should be winners against anyone else. But aside from that it was just an ok match for another chilly Friday night in L.A.
And yes, there was the hat.
Now I myself was shocked to see Murray in the backwards baseball cap ala John Isner. Maybe he just needed the hat to keep his head warm from the cool air. Or maybe L.A. is inspiring Murray to try some new fashion choices. No matter. Instead Murray put in another somewhat subpar performance against Falla who was content to rally with Murray for most of the match. In fact, it felt more like a clay court grind than a contest on a speedy hard court. Continue reading
Everyone thinks of Los Angeles as having 80 degree weather and blue skies every day, and while for the most part that’s true, sometimes it can get down right frosty in these parts. For the night matches taking part at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, cool nights have become part of the norm including tonight as top seed Andy Murray made his L.A. debut taking on American Tim Smyczek. And while at first it looked like Murray would have a quick workout tonight, the match turned into quite the battle for the Scot who not only struggled with Smyczek’s depth of shot but also his movement as well. Continue reading
Defending Champion Sam Querrey Tries a New Look at Farmers Classic.
So this is now day five of my coverage at the Farmers Classic and today was more about getting one’s bearings and settling in for the meat of the event. Not just for me as a reporter but also for the players some of which haven’t played a match since Wimbledon. That was very much the case today for Marcos Baghdatis and local favorite Sam Querrey who both needed three sets to get through their opening rounds. But the buzz of Andy Murray’s arrival is still the main focus of attention and even though all the current World No. 4 did today was practice twice on a court in easy view of the dining area and visitors walkway, he felt like the main attraction. And yes, that is Sam Querrey wearing a headband. Even the Cali boy has gone, well, Cali. Continue reading