Monday, July 07, 2008

A boy and his racket

Wow, for those few of us who still love tennis, what a great weekend! Venus and Serena finally played a good match against each other and Rafa and Roger's showdown fully deserves the overused adjective "epic".

Still, for me, the highlight of Wimbledon was the return of Marat Safin, both for beating that punk Djokovic and for his entertaining press conferences. Here is Safin on racket abuse:

"You can destroy one racket. You can destroy a chair. But you can't destroy a racket and a chair in the same match. There has to be a limit. Otherwise this is the tennis of a sick person."

This is apparently kind of a special Russian thing. Here's another interesting quote:

"You know, some rackets just like it rough," said Dmitry Tursunov, a Californian-based Russian. "Afterwards, you feel a bit sorry that you've done it, and you're like, 'Yeah, I'll make it up to you darling, my little racket'. But the racket is broken and you know that it's never going to be the same again."

(Here is the article where I found these quotes)

Of course, sometimes the racket wins (and look, it's another Russian in the tussle!)


Anonymous said...

It was the greatest tennis match ever and I was watching it at a friend's house, because I don't own a TV. (Grad student, ya know?)

I didn't mind because that made it feel like the Super Bowl. But when the 5th set rain delay kicked in, I went home since I had already been there for, like, 7 hours and I was starting to feel like a nuisance.

After I came home, I checked the Wimby website and found out the match was still on! I listened to the end of it...on radio.

Perhaps it's projection--I couldn't see the outcome after all--but I feel like Roger would've won if HE could see, ya know?

Classy, classy R-Fed refuses to blame the refs for screwing him out of six-in-a-row history books.

He's The Greatest!

viagra online said...

I broke a chair and a racket at the same time ? what do you think about that? It's not impossible after all.