Rally for Relief was basically a portrayal of all that is awesome in our sport.
It started with Johanna Griggs, who waited patiently for all the kids to be quiet. The announcement for each tennis player came with plenty of cheers, but we were sad to see the Rafa and Roger announcement in one breath. Did that mean that the cheers for Rafa really went to Roger? A conundrum.
The kids made their entrances, and we kept our eyes peeled for awkward exchanges. None of the same standard as Lleyton/Kim last year, sadly.
Ana strolled on in her purple ensemble, complete with sexy capelet.
“You! What are you doing here?”
To be joined by Nole, who clearly had sympathy of those of us who missed Hopman and treated us to a peek of the mixed doubles awesomeness.
A man among boys… ahem… girls. Watch me strut.
Then a mini Justin Bieber that none of us had heard of sang the Aussie anthem, we blinked back tears, and Ms JG gave us a speech. Anna Bligh probably had the biggest cheer out of everyone to be announced – Rafa and Roger included.
Spotted: The Andys having chats. Vika and Vera pretending to be very engrossed in Julia Gillard’s speech.
The camera followed Nole around, who as per last year, was dumped with the ladies. Jim Courier, attempting to explain the scoring system, had everyone stumped. “Okay, you call the score,” was Novak’s compromise.
Classic moment of the day. Nole playing drink in hand, lying on the floor.
Wardrobe malfunction, Ana Ivanovic.
Get girlie with Caro, then.
Andy Roddick. Serving. Because that’s what he does.
And the classic line of the day: “Novak, get behind me.”
Part 2 to come.
Photos: @rishegee. Please don’t reproduce without asking/linking me like nice people that you are. 🙂