SW19 2018  Day One

SW19 2018 Day One

Let’s just get this out of the way:  BRAZIL!

What a gorgeous summer day at Wimbledon!  Yes, it was a little “blustery” (to quote one British commentator), but better than chilly rain.

When Bethanie Matek-Sands asked Jason Goodall if he bought his lovely tie in the gift shop, Jason went all Elitist on Bethanie and replied that it was the 150th year anniversary of the All England Club tie, only given to members.  ‘Scuse the rest of us commoners, Jase. It’s a boring tie anyway.

I love Caroline Wozniacki’s dress.  

I love the Nike women’s dresses and skirts.

I love the way Victoria Azarenka has come back after giving birth to her baby boy Leo.  She looks super fit and is moving beautifully.  

I hate Johnny McEnroe’s shirt.  It looks like a pajama top.

Venus is looking a little thick around the middle.  And what’s up with her eyebrows? 

Pam Shriver:  “Venus, you got to the finals here last year.  What do you have to do to repeat that this year?”

Venus:  “Well, I have to get to the finals.”

No duh, Pam.

How many times do we, the mere spectators of a sport watch the professionals lose a heartbreaking match, and instantly relate?  It happens all the time, but I doubt there are a lot of us who can say we held 6 match points and still lost the match…..poor Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse.  Watching her rack up one match point after the next at 5-4 in the third against Agnieszka Radwanska and then lose them all, had me thinking that she would in fact lose the next game in record time and then eventually the match.  And so it went down.  Credit to Radwanska, she fought off the young Romanian and held her composure.  Let’s not forget that she was once a Wimbledon finalist.  

“I never knew that I was tested so much more than everyone else,” the seven-time Wimbledon champion said. “Until I read that article I didn’t realize it was such a discrepancy with me as well as against the other players that they listed, at least the American players — both male and female.”  Serena Williams, Huffington Post (7/2/2018)

It seems that Serena is being tested at a a rate 5 times more than other players.  How come?  She’s never failed a test.  It makes you wonder.

Is Serena wearing compression tights as a result of her blood clot scares?  And is that why she wore a catsuit at the French?  

Katie Swan is a breath of fresh air from the ranks of English tennis players and she made her debut today. She is a tall, blonde, nineteen year old and she’s into the second round.  Well done Katie!

“With a world ranking of No.204, Katie Swan needed a wild card to get through the gates of the All England Club but once settled in, unpacked and established on Court 14, there was no stopping her. Certainly Irina-Camelia Begu, the vastly more experienced world No.36 from Romania, could not find a way to prevent her from getting to the next round.”  Wimbledon.com

Fourth seeded American Sloane Stephens fell to 55th ranked Donna Vekic, 6-1, 6-3.  It appears that it’s all or nothing with Sloane.

Donna’s boyfriend of three years, Stan Wawrinka pulled off an upset today as well, taking out 6th seed Grigor Dimitrov.  What did this tennis couple have for breakfast?

Katerina Siniakova is possibly a bigger crank than even Coco Vandeweghe.  She beat Coco today in three crabby sets.  Both players slumped around the court, staring menacingly at their boxes, yelling at their coaches, glaring at the umpires and in general, behaving like pills. In fairness to Coco, she did suffer an injury and was clearly favoring it all match.  I can’t help but think that if she managed to stay out there and play, she could have at least had a better attitude.   

How adorable is the Mercedes Benz commercial with the couple who adopts a dog from a  shelter and then drives the puppy home to this fabulous house  in the country?  The tag line is something like, “This summer, add a new member to your family, get a Mercedes.”  I love the fact that the commercial encourages shelter dog adoptions.  

I was able to catch a piece of the Roger Federer press conference when he talked about the RF logo that appears on his Nike clothing, or should I say “appeared.”  It seems that Fed and his corporations are just waiting for Nike to “do the right thing” and release the logo to his camp, so they can start using it for his new line Uniqlo.  Fed said, “After all, they are my initials….”  Make no mistake, both Roger Federer and Nike are corporations and it will be interesting to see where this goes.  

Yet another interesting question is , why did Federer leave Nike?  It can’t be for the money- a multi million dollar deal drawn out over 10 years, or can it be?  Fed strikes me as the kind of guy who would be loyal to his sponsors.  He’s still wearing Nike sneakers because his shoes are custom made.  Stay tuned….

Cheers!

 

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