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
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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
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
Perhaps there was a little bit of unintended foreshadowing in my interview a few months ago with Bob Kramer, tournament director of the Farmers Classic event in Los Angeles, when at the end of our conversation, I threw in the following question for him.
ATN: So if Andy Murray called you up and said he wanted a wildcard into the event, would that be a possibility?
KRAMER: We’d have to think long and hard about that and then say yes (laughs).
Well it looks like that decision became a reality for Kramer who had to deal with the last minute withdrawal of former top seed Novak Djokovic due to personal reasons. In Hollywood, having one big star take the place of another prior to the start of filming is nothing new. With Andy Murray stepping in to replace the charismatic Djokovic, it will definitely add a different flavor for the tourney that’s looking to rebound from the absence of another early commitment, Juan Martin Del Potro. But Murray’s name recognition, along with concerts featuring Keith Urban and Bret Michaels and an exhibition match featuring John McEnroe against Andre Agassi, should actually enhance the star power only appropriate for an event taking place in the world’s entertainment capital. Continue reading
Although Andy Roddick will probably be the first to admit he played too passively through most of his shocking five set loss to unheralded Yen-Hsun Lu in the Round of 16 of Wimbledon, more than anything it was Roddick’s inability to make inroads into Lu’s service games at key moments that will haunt the American for some time. Sure Roddick hit a backhand pass winner to break Lu in the first set, but why couldn’t Roddick string together a few more points like that especially when Lu seemed vulnerable in the final games of the fifth set when Lu kept missing first serves? Roddick’s tactics will be debated for some time but this loss, along with the epic win by John Isner last week, proves once again the return of serve is the Achilles heel of U.S. men’s tennis. Continue reading
In my former life working in marketing for a small documentary distribution company, I visited film festivals across the country now and then trying to find the next great doc. One film that I wanted to see at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival but didn’t get a chance to was “Unstrung” which looks at the world of junior tennis in America. After its release, I wanted to rent it on DVD but wasn’t able to find it for awhile but I’m happy to say its found a new life and distributor in FilmBuff that offers many films through video on demand. What makes taking a look at “Unstrung” today worthwhile is how it reveals the rise of both Donald Young, who at 15 was considered the next big thing in pro tennis, and Sam Querrey who appears late in the film almost as an afterthought. But the film’s structure and how it plays out is very much how both of Young and Querrey’s careers have done so far.
“Unstrung” follows several promising players as they wind their way through the grinding road of junior tennis. Although all hope for a shot at the pros, some are more concerned with immediate monetary gain that eager sponsors can provide while a few see tennis as a path to grow character and discipline before they head into college. Continue reading
The LA Tennis Open Presented by Farmers Insurance Group, is one of the longest running sporting events not just in Southern California but in the entire United States. To put it into context, the first year the Masters golf event was held in 1934 was the LA Tennis Open’s tenth year of operation. During the tournament’s history, many of the game’s greatest players including Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi have won the event.
This year current stars, including Juan Martin del Potro, are committed to playing. And with Del Potro’s recent wrist surgery and recovery, Los Angeles could be the first event back for the defending U.S. Open champion. Adjusting the Net recently spoke to the event’s tournament director, Bob Kramer, to find out what fans can expect. Continue reading