My 34th b-day is right around the corner, but only until I looked at the pictures from Arthur Ashe Kids Day, did I start to feel my age. (Ok maybe that is a stretch, but I started to feel my age MORE.)
Justine Henin, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Ana Ivanovic, and Andy Murray were all on hand in NYC yesterday to celebrate the Adidas Baricade 10 year Anniversary.
Back in 2008, Lil Wayne expressed his love for tennis in a blog that he did for ESPN. In it he stated,
Besides the Packers, my favorite teams are the Red Sox, the Lakers and the Boston Bruins. I also love tennis. I had a lot of people over to my place to watch the Wimbledon final this year, and we went crazy. I love Federer but Nadal is my favorite. He's the man. I love his motivation and his heart is big. He leaves it on the court. And when I found out he still lives with his family despite his success, that was it for me. That's unbelievable right there. That just goes to show you where his heart is at, how much love he has. So we were watching that match, and nobody thought he was gonna win. Everybody was telling me how he hadn't beat Federer on the hard court and he could only do it on clay but I never had any doubts. I knew his heart was gonna do it for him, and it did.
This year, he expresses his love again for tennis, (and Nadal) in a hand-written letter written to Sports Illustrated.
Serena Williams needs to watch her back this summer because Caroline Wozniacki is kicking ass and taking names. Today she defended her title in New Haven as she defeated Nadia Petrova 6-3, 3-6. 6-3 in the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament. This is her 2nd win in a week, winning the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Monday. In addition, she won the Olympus US Open Series, and will not only pocket an additional 1 million dollars if she wins the US Open, but the number 1 ranking as well. Gotta love the drama.
BNP Paribas NYC Taste of Tennis was last night. The event pairs up top NYC Chefs with tennis players and together they "showcase their culinary skills."
Last night, Nike had it's Primetime Knockout Event in NYC featuring, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. I envy you if you were able to attend, because the livestream was horrendous. Everyone sounded like they were underwater and the audio was way ahead of the video. I watched most of the event, but after the stream went down for, oh about the 4th time, I called it quits. But, before that, I did get to see some funny highlights of the event:
When Rafael Nadal was playing in Cincy, I distinctly remember Brad Gilbert say that he wished Rafa would wear all black, but, he said it was unlikely due to his superstitions. Well BG, you got your wish, because Rafa is blacked-out for this US Open. (At least his night session gear is.)