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8:03PM

Q and A With John Isner

Yesterday when I was on twitter, I came across this tweet:

Hey guys. On here for the next 45 minutes. Fire away your q's

 

And most of his 36, 660 fans did.  This is what I learned:

He is a Republican

He watches what he eats very closely

He misses the camaraderie of college tennis

If he changed his name, he'd change it to "Ace"

He's rooting for the Green Bay Packers in the Superbowl

He's tall because he ate his vegetables and he enjoys being tall

He stinks at dancing but....he wants to learn the Petko Dance

He doesn't think he is a sex symbol and says he's not a ladies man

He agrees that Serena Williams is probably the real #1 in the world

He didn't have an idol growing up

He basically thinks most of the women of the WTA are hot, especially Ana Ivanovic and Andrea Petkovic

His favorite thing to do in his time off is fish

He is tired of being asked questions about his marathon match with Nicolas Mahut and it took him a week to recover

His favorite surface is hard and his favorite tournament is the US Open

His favorite tennis moment was beating Andy Roddick at the US Open

His college major was Communications

He ended up in tennis by following his brother and started playing at age 10

The last song he downloaded was After Midnight by Travie McCoy

He wears a size 15 shoe 

and

He is a boxers kinda guy

The dude is officially awesome.  I wish the rest of the players would do that occasionally for their fans.  Click here to follow him on twitter.

9:03AM

Australia vs. Italy Who's Outfit Would You Rather?

It's Fed Cup time people!

Team Australia and Team Italy both got game, but which team is more fashionable? Click the picture to enlarge, and if you didn't know, Team Australia is on the right, and Team Italy is on the left.  I think they all look pretty hot.

Photo from Tennis Australia's facebook page.

6:01PM

Video: Juan Martin del Potro Uncovered

A great piece from ATP World Tour Uncovered about Juan Martin del Potro's journey from number 4 in the world to 485 and his difficult road back to the top.

12:25PM

Injury Update and Anatomy Lesson Featuring Rafael Nadal

During his quarter-final match with David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal suffered an apparent injury and then took a private medical time out, so it was a bit unclear what had happened.  Today on his website the injury was explained:

The medical report confirmed today that Rafa Nadal suffers "adductor longus rupture of the right leg" as it appears in the report prepared by Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro. These is the diagnosis revealed by the magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound.

Nadal is being treated with NSAIDs, physiotherapy anti-inflammatory, Tecar and specific stretches. Doctors estimate a recovery period of about ten days from today, 1 February.

(For the record, I think it was his left leg)

So the next question you are probably asking is, "What the heck is an adductor longus? Let me break out a little of my medical knowledge to help you.

First the word adduction means to bring back to midline.  When you spread your legs apart it is aBduction, and then when you bring them back together it is ADduction.  

You have several muscles in your inner thigh that help your leg adduct, one of course is the adductor longus which Rafa tore:

So there you go.  You've have been up close and personal with Rafa's leg and got a little lesson to boot!  I hope he is back to 100% soon. 

5:17PM

Video: Novak Djokovic Photo Shoot With Australian Open Trophy

In this video, Novak Djokovic strikes a pose with his Australian Open Trophy.  He also talks about his celebration after winning the AO, and his hopes for the year.  Enjoy!

9:30PM

Video: Kim Clijsters Photo Shoot With Australian Open Trophy

Kim Clijsters looks beautiful posing with her Australian Open trophy.   Above is the video of her photo shoot.  Enjoy!

6:35PM

The Metamorphosis of Novak Djokovic

I was so stoked for this final.  Everyone had been hyping it up as a potential 5 set blood bath, a collision between the two players that had been consistently knocking on Rafa and Roger's door for several years, and therefore a preview of the future.  So I strapped on my seatbelt at 3:30 am, turned on the TV, and waited to be blown away by Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic.  And I waited, and I waited, and I waited (you get the picture.)

Novak definitely lived up to the hype and came out of the gates with his foot on the accelerator and never took it off, (as PMac would put it) but Murray just never seemed to find his game.  He looked tense, tired, and uncomfortable, and he never varied his tactics even when they weren't working.  Not to say that he played terribly, but he just seemed like he didn't want it, he couldn't find another gear.

In saying that, I don't want to take anything away from Nole.  I think he would have beaten anyone yesterday.  His court coverage and defense to immediate offense was perfection.  He was simply brilliant, and I'm so excited to see what the rest of the year holds for him because if he continues to play at this level, I don't think he will be number 3 in the world for long.  I just wish that they both would have brought their A-game so that it would have been a more interesting match to watch.  But the hug at then end, and then Nole's strip-tease ALMOST made up for it:

The metamorphosis of Novak Djokovic from the kid you'd roll your eyes at when he retired from matches due to mysterious injuries to the confident man who dominated the AO, and then gave a very eloquent speech at the trophy presentation, makes me feel like a proud parent.  (See video below.)

Congrats Nole!!