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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Thu 06/06 04:05
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Tue 21/05 15:52
Another Federer and Nadal match disappoints
Fri 17/05 18:03
Bill Tilden and the effects of moral bankruptcy on a legacy
Tue 19/03 21:01
Professor Federer teaches us a thing or two
Mon 18/03 15:43
Nadal makes the cleverest comeback in tennis history
Fri 01/02 22:00
Nadal's return at Vina del Mar
Thu 15/11 16:54
Federer and company make no room at the top for youth
Tue 11/09 20:24
Murray joins the ranks of Grand Slam elite
Fri 17/08 19:45
There is something about Roger Federer
Mon 13/08 23:05
Tennistalk is in Cincinnati again
Tue 12/06 16:21
The French Open, Nadal's personal playground
Wed 09/05 14:58
Novak Djokovic takes up skating at the Madrid ice rink
Thu 29/03 14:30
Nadal and Spain give French TV a punch in the mouth
|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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