Cheryl Murray

  • Tennistalk is in Cincinnati again

    2012-08-13 23:05:47

    Every once in a very great while, two Tennistalk writers attend the same tournament. As it happens, both Ricky Dimon and I find ourselves at the Cincinnati Masters. This is due, in part, to my foresight in recognizing that the Toronto Masters would be victimized by the Olympics, thus making the attendance choice between the two tournaments an easy one. Also, because this is the only tournament that is within driving distance for both of us. I would like to report that we’ve put aside our competitive nature concerning who will make the most right predictions, but that would be a lie. I’m certain we’re both keeping track.

    Today (Monday) is my first day at the tournament. I rode the elevator to the pressroom with Marin Cilic and a small group of fans who were clearly amazed at their luck of having chosen an elevator containing an actual tennis player.

    I also attended the Donald Young and Jesse Levine match, during which, I sat in a group of seats ominously marked “PLAYERS”. I was given permission to do so, but wished I hadn’t after a few minutes when a trio of very excited 13 year-old boys spied Ryan Harrison sitting near me, which caused them to turn around and stare. A LOT. In fact, they seemed to be more interested in Ryan than in the actual match they were attending. I think it’s safe to say that I would not enjoy fame. Or, as it turns out, even being near the (marginally) famous.

    For the Rafael Nadal fans out there, you will be pleased to know that his presence is sorely missed by the fans. I heard on at least a half a dozen occasions how disappointed people are that he is not in attendance. Several fans donned their handmade Vamos Rafa gear anyway, as a show of moral support.

    Stay tuned for updates as the tournament gets started in earnest.

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Put a drop of blood in the shark tank...

ts38 , 8/14/12 4:48 AM

Do you have any 'insider' news on the likelihood of Rafa playing the USO? So far all his comments have been very cagey on the subject.

ed251137 , 8/14/12 5:14 AM

It's great to know that Ricky and Cheryl will be at Cincy together. This way we will have their up close and personal reports on the matches.

It's gratifying and not surprising to hear that the fans miss Rafa. I can't even get anything from vb. They don't seem to be talking.

Nativenewyorker , 8/14/12 9:53 AM

I just checked again on vb and there have some tweets and Rafa has also said something. Now there is talk from Rafa and his camp that this is a different kind of injury. Here's what was posted and translated into english by forum member nou.amic -

"Rafa stressed that the injury to his knee was different from previous ones and had
taken longer than expected to heal and that he would only return when he was fit."

"It's not the same as other years, that I have already located, and I have found it is a tad different,"
There was this additional info from David J. Nadal -

^ David tweeted that he still can't do full 100% practice because of medication.

Don't ask me to explain it because there is no additional information at this time. If something else is posted, then I will update everyone.

Nativenewyorker , 8/14/12 10:03 AM

It's looking more and more unlikely Rafa will be at the USO

ed251137 , 8/14/12 1:35 PM

good thing you added "again" to the title, Cheryl!!!

RickyDimon , 8/14/12 2:14 PM

apparently the players miss him too, cause Hewitt was vamosing all over the place last night. And last I checked he is not spanish-speaking.

RickyDimon , 8/14/12 2:29 PM

Without any lead-up matches and him not sure that he is healed, it is best he skip USOpen. Not the best scenario from a fan and tennis perspective but long term, it is the best.

Get well soon, Rafa, VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rafaisthebest , 8/14/12 2:44 PM pen-cinncinati

Choice quote:
"France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has injured his leg by walking into a fire hydrant in Toronto. The Frenchman was forced to withdraw from next week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati"

Cor blimey, isn't Cincy the place Rafa burnt his fingers in a Japanese restaurant? Place is cursed!

rafaisthebest , 8/14/12 3:00 PM

@RickyDimon , 8/14/12 2:29 PM

Who wouldn't miss Rafa? Apart from Fedfans who are scared of him playing Roger.

nadline , 8/14/12 4:46 PM

Both Roddick/Chardy and Nalbandian/Haas are playing to half-filled stands.

ed251137 , 8/14/12 7:50 PM

Ed - It's mostly still first round. Emptier stands isn't uncommon. The night matches will fill up more.

cherylmurray , 8/14/12 10:13 PM

Cheryl, did I have my comment deleted? :0

DanyalRasool , 8/14/12 10:19 PM

Silly Cheryl! Didn't you know that only Nadal's matches fill stands?

chr18 , 8/14/12 10:49 PM

DanyalRasool - both you and Nadline had your comments deleted. No personal offense, but those sorts of comments lead to Federer-Nadal fan holy wars. I'm trying to head them off before they start. Sorry.

cherylmurray , 8/14/12 11:23 PM

" Several fans donned their handmade Vamos Rafa gear anyway, as a show of moral support.

As one does. Even if it is not homemade.

I will be wearing my shirt in his 2010 colors at the USO this year.

mara002 , 8/15/12 12:29 AM

cheryl@11.23. Thanx, enough already.

deuce , 8/15/12 7:17 AM

Ricky @2.29pm on 14/08. Nice to know that some of the players are missing Rafa. I do think that Hewitt and Rafa are actually friends. Hewitt shouting Vamos made me smile - nice that he is showing his support for Rafa. He had a good win against Youzney.

Vamos our Rafa and get well soon - we all miss you.

schatz , 8/15/12 2:42 PM

pictures and report from first-round action -

RickyDimon , 8/16/12 7:10 AM

Now cheryl, no excuse not to have lovely up to date pics of Andy. I myself think he looked especially fetching in that mid-blue T-shirt and matching cap...;)

deuce , 8/16/12 9:26 AM

I already got a couple and I'm here waiting for his match against chardy to start. I'm sure I'll get loads more photos. :)

cherylmurray , 8/16/12 7:22 PM

cheryl, after that awful match against Chardy, please don't bother :(

deuce , 8/16/12 9:39 PM

deuce, no offense, but that was shockingly bad. Chardy didn't even play that well.

cherylmurray , 8/16/12 9:56 PM

I know cheryl, I'm just hoping it wasn't anything more than a bad day at the office but it was clear Andy was very lethargic and not pushing down on his serve. :(
Am hoping it's only that he wasn't acclimatised to the heat/hard courts etc. Who knows?
Still looks extremely nice in the outfit though... even if his neck was bright red ;)

deuce , 8/16/12 10:22 PM

Tuesday and Wednesday pictures and report -

RickyDimon , 8/17/12 3:29 PM

it was not really tennis only in the serve.

Cincinnati is not really tennis..


tennisnba , 12/11/12 6:36 PM

^^^ Looks like you passed out in the middle of that last post tennisnobrainactivity, you ok?

Either the RF tinfoil cap is too tight or you need to check your meds again.


Conspirator , 12/11/12 7:16 PM

tennisnba = RogerLoverF on

What does the 'F' stand for, RogerLoverNBA


Conspirator , 12/11/12 7:26 PM

Please Conspirator - dont encourage her to use the F-word on TT.

ed251137 , 12/12/12 12:49 AM

Such quick surface should increase.

Fish makes this tournament elated clearly. Although he is already old

Last year

Fish is straight to Nadal and he is a victory.
This year

He played a game with Roger Federer at the play of the high level.

But, is sick as for the present fish and is likely to retire...?

sorry for him.

tennisnba , 12/17/12 11:54 AM

^^My my Tennisba aren't you the consumate `spelling bee champion`


Merrrrrrryyyyyy CCCHHHHrrrrisssttmmmmmaassss!!!!!!

Twinge , 12/21/12 12:01 PM

merry X'mas

tennisnba , 12/21/12 8:18 PM

Oh, Fish does not retire yet. He makes a comeback.

It is good...

tennisnba , 3/5/13 9:10 AM


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