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Wednesday, January 24, 2007Australian Open Update
I love tennis, and since there is a Grand Slam event going on I am watching as much as I can. Sadly the event does not take place in the Eastern Time zone so I miss a lot of matches. Like the good ones...which happen to be when the men are playing.
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Tennis is a great sport: a combination of power, speed, agility & endurance. It is exciting to watch. That said, when I watch the girls' matches I feel like everything is in slow motion. They move around the court slowly, they hit their ground strokes softly (except for that behemoth Serena), they hit their serves slowly and worst of all they all scream every single time they hit the ball.
Maybe it's just the screaming that gets to me. Every one of them does it. Yes, there are a few guys on the tour who "grunt" when they hit the ball every time. But I don't like them either. An occasional grunt is OK of course, just not every time. Actually its probably not the screaming that makes it less enjoyable. It's screaming while at the same time playing boring tennis. That's what it is. I probably wouldn't like to watch it on mute either. Well...maybe Sharapova.
Yes, every single one of them could beat me 6-0, 6-0. That's not the point. The point is that the tennis is less entertaining because it seems to require less skill than men's tennis. It's a lot like the WNBA. Yes, they are good athletes and they could all beat me in basketball. But that doesn't mean it is as skilled or entertaining of a game than the NBA. It's not intended as an insult. Girls do stuff that guys can't do all the time. Like....ummm...umm...like having babies. Guys can't have babies.
Anyway...Rafael Nadal lost last night. I'm not sure about him. I think maybe the other players caught up to his pounding style and have figured him out. I'm sure he will still compete, but I'm not sure he will be the clear cut #2 after this year. Plus he wears girl pants. Freak.
Also...in the spirit of all the instant history that happens in sports these days...tonight's match is probably Andy Roddick's biggest of his career. He is playing great, so if he can't beat The Fed now, I doubt he ever will. I imagine it will be a fun match. It looks like I won't see it because the Australian Open, in its infinite wisdom, would rather have the Mixed Doubles Finals on tonight. Awesome. I hope that schedule is wrong.