Wimbledon has been reasonably upset-free so far, (unlike last year), but I was hoping Aussie teen Nick Kyrgios would be able to pull off the upset over Richard Gasquet. Wimbledon is on pretty late in Australia so after Nick dropped the first two sets 3-6 6-7 I went to bed. Nick was playing Ok, his serve perhaps wasn't clicking as much as usual, but Gasquet just looked too solid. So imagine my surprise when I woke up, (at 2am, to watch soccer) and saw Nick pulled off the upset 10-8 in the fifth. It's a really exciting time for Aussie tennis fans who don't want to support Bernard Tomic. Nick is confident and has swagger, but he's humble and hard-working too. He takes on wildcard Jiri Vesely in the third round, who took out Gael Monfils in five sets.
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Maria Sharapova claimed her second Roland Garros title and Rafael Nadal his ninth (!) over the weekend. A big congrats to both champions from us at onthegotennis.
I'm a little late on this but that turned out to be not such a bad thing. Originally, I had big plans to sing praises about Venus Williams's dress while tearing into her sister Serena's choice, but that wasn't to be. I won't review anyone already out of the tournament and lo and behold, both of them along with Li Na and Stan Wawrinka will be spared my fashion critiques due to their early losses. I'm sure that's a real silver lining for them. It allows me to review some new people, although we will start with the men who are so far largely unscathed.
Novak Djokovic's clothing sponsor Uniqlo are known for their basics and so far they've really lived up to that reputation in the tennis world. Everything here is pretty, er, basic, but it's an improvement on the black/red/white look we have seen too much of. I like the baby blue on Djokovic and paired with the crisp white it contrasts nicely against the clay. Djokovic loses points for a lack of originality, but it's a nice outfit all the same.
It's always pretty chill here at the BNP Paribas Open, which is probably one of the most relaxed tournaments on the tour, however, that all changes the moment Rafael Nadal walks onto the practice courts. The trademark "Cali Cool" vibe of the tourney flips upside down and I swear you would think you were at a U2 concert as his die-hard fans scream his name and applaud every stroke of his racket, often punctuated with an, "I love you Rafa!!!" It's an awesome atmosphere and it never ceases to amaze me how fiercely his fans adore him. Here are some pictures from his practice today! Enjoy!
Wow somebody has been bottling up his true feelings for too long! Dmitry Tursunov received a warning for taking too much time between points against Grigor Dimitrov at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Tuesday, and he used the opportunity to get up on his soapbox.
“How much am I over?” Tursunov asked the umpire Cedric Mourier, “As much as Rafa or less?” The umpire informed Tursunov that he was a few seconds over the 25 second rule. “I think Rafa is eight seconds over and nobody ever gives him a warning... Rafa will pick his ass for 30 seconds and you guys will watch it. You’re not going to say a word.”
Ok, I see Tursunov's point. There is an inconsistency in when time violations are given and the top players do seem to get let off the hook a lot more. Rafael Nadal, of course, is famous for taking his sweet time between points. But the middle of the match is not really the time or place to bring up this issue!
The twerk was sooooo 2013, let me introduce you to the new dance craze, the HOP SQUAT! At least this is the only way I can describe Rafael Nadal's celebration after winning the 2nd set tie break against Grigor Dimitrov. He punctuated the win with a huge "VAMOS!!!!" that I could almost hear in the US. Rafa went on to win the match in 4 sets which sets up a clash with none other than Roger Federer! I honestly don't care that we are going to see another FEDAL, I just want to see Rafa do this again. Do you have a better description for Rafa's celebratory dance? If so, sound off in the comments below.