Today’s charity match Hit for Haiti was INCREDIBLE.
Your new favourite bloggers queued up at Fed Square at the ungodly hour of 9am on a Sunday, raced to RLA where the queues were supposedly shorter, headed home and then back for another hour in queues, only to catch the best seats in the house for what was undoubtedly the best start to a slam in history. In fact, probably the best match of a slam ever… not sure if any of this week’s activities can top this!
Let’s start with the fact that all our faves were present. No one hadn’t been catered for, the lineup was massive. Andy, Rafa, Roger and Lleyton. Kimmy, Serena, and Sammy. Even Bernard hopped in for a serve or three. Next, the amazing camaraderie between the players. The hilarious banter. The snippets of gorgeous tennis they showed us to preview what we have coming up over the next two weeks. It made me wish players would be miked up more often… some golden highlights included:
Andy and Rafa debating over who should serve, who could do it better.
Kim to Novak, re. Serena’s serve: “now you know what we girls have to put up with!”
Roger to everyone, re. Rafa “He’s going to go the backhand then the forehand, then he’ll take it cross court then….” Telling everyone Rafa’s strategies.
Roger to everyone, “He usually plays that one as a half volley…” clearly he knows his opponent all too well!
Rafa, “I can’t serve this one, I don’t have the confidence.”
Rafa re. Tomic, “Let him serve, he just won the US Open, I haven’t won a tournament for….” Starts counting months.
Novak “Yeah I don’t know if I can make it through I might have to retire…”
Kim to Novak, “Ladies first… in that case Novak can serve.”
Rafa “Novak? Should I challenge?”
Roger, “I guess we can use hawkeye… we know that machine doesn’t work anyway. Sorry, I had to get it out!”
Kim to Serena, “Only 121? Come on!”
Andy to Roger: “how you feeling roger? Nervous?” as he prepares to serve. Roger: “The usual”.
More to come…