You’re Welcome, Sam!

September 20, 2011

I will most definitely come out and support you then.

Still proud of you. *tear*

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Roland Garros 2011: Best. Clips. Ever.

June 6, 2011

I know I neglected to keep you lovelies up to date with the goings-on down in that dirty cesspot of evil and dancing ladies and red clay that I call La Vie A Paree but don’t you worry there are stories to come and stories to tell. But before I blog out my Novak woes and give you the Aussie lowdown and dance with joy there is one thing you need to see what will sum up the week, the year, and the entire soap operatic universe that is tennis that we know and love:

To quote an evil Swede with large teeth and a penchant for beating favourites on red clay…. ENYOY.

 

*Special thanks to @sianDavies09 who located the Yootch clip. She was the only person along with me absolutely agog in the Twitterverse as awesome after awesomer clip rolled by. If Ana’s “That’s Not My Name” doesn’t do it for you, or Muzza’s I’m a creep, or Pico’s you tAlking to me, or… okay there’s no point in even attempting to pick out the best as they are all just fabulous.

And I know none of you ever write in my comments box, but please feel free to discuss below any others you’d add, and which were your faves, and what you had for breakfast, and other exciting things.


Fair Point, Dave.

April 14, 2011

It’s Media Day for Fed Cup! Yay!

Aside from providing lots of photos of my favorite non-Eastern-European-tennis-playing-ladies in adorably unflattering gold tracksuits (why can’t we take the green side of green-and-gold more seriously, for reals), Tennis Australia works really hard to put together videos for us of press conferences and whatnot. You’ll also have a chance to play “pick-the-accent” of our players and coach to determine international influences. Hint: There are many.

According to Dave Taylor, Australian Team Fed Cup Coach (and coach of another lady you might know, Ms Samantha Stosur), we’re not to worry about Sam skipping out on a return to Oz to play for her country, opting to strap on a helmet for the barrage of ranking points that are about to fly on her head if she doesn’t gear up pretty quick (I’m viewing it as when you’re trying to pull out one board game from underneath a stack on the shelf at the top of the cupboard, and they’re all about to come flying over your head… anyone? OK…) by staying in Europe to get ready for clay season.

And rightfully so. We must chillax. Stubbsy has retired, Jelena Dokic is just plain tired, and Sammy is doing what any top-10 player would do in her position: Avoiding an extremely exhausting and difficult ordeal that tends to take more than a day or two to recover from, in order to maintain her level – in fact, at this stage, it’s just about living up to it. No blameskies here. To quote DT, Sam’s played ties for the last nine years, except for when she had Lyme Disease. That’s a helluvalotta patriotism all stacked up nicely for London 2012.

(Read more about it at The Age)

Though this brings in a question which the good journalistic folks at The Australian have dared to breach: Who decided to have the tie this week, anyway, and what’s up with that whole home-and-away thing?

Who woulda thunk you’d ever hear me complain that there is world-class tennis being played in a small local court not far from my home (okay, measure in kms and Kooyong and Melbourne Park are probably closer, but Glen Iris just feels all homey and local neighbourhoodish), which is why I’m not bashing Home and Away, at least not right now. But the timing is difficult, and as someone who’s braved the Australia-to-Europe-via-Asia flight once or seven times, I can whinge gracefully and tell you that it bloody sucks. I know tennis players travel all the time and are expected to be superhuman wonderpeople with tiger blood that’s immune to any type of.. oh wait, what was that, Serena? Anyway. Heading over to the other side of the world at the start of clay season is tough on anyone, and for Sam, it’s a completely respectable decision to opt out.

Much appreciation to Jarka and Rodi for making the trek over, despite both having bits of serious defense to do on clay next month. And we know Sophie Ferguson’s a gun on clay, so it’s great to have her on board the team.

And isn’t it lovely having Sally Peers join us! This girl is adorable. I can’t wait for you to get to know her. Girly group hug, everyone!

Photo: Tennis Australia


Goin’ Country

April 12, 2011

In case my Twitter feed hasn’t given it away, I’m happy to inform you all that over the last several weeks – since I discovered Netflix on demand, to be particular – I have been lapping up every tasty morsel of a serious 30 Rock Marathon. This means I finally had a chance to see a clip that I’m assuming most of you noticed a year ago that promptly skimmed right over my radar – which is a downright shame, because if there’s a few things I love in the world, I think combining tennis, country music, and the awesomeness that is Jenna Maroney would have been the perfect concoction.

I dunno about you, but I was at Tennis Night in America the last two years – and they totally could’ve used this as a promo.

How much do you love the “upcoming match” with two hard-to-pronounce Eastern European names? Reminds me of the story of my life, most evenings of the week.


You’re Funny.

April 7, 2011

His award-winning blogs might no longer be featured on the ATP site, and his tweets may have begun resembling “One Man’s War Against the Establishment”, but Dmitry Tursunov can still look lovely and be funny when rifling through a tennis bag on some lush-looking green grass.

The folks from Wilson have posted a Bag Check which frankly I’m beyond curious when it was filmed. Doesn’t seem to be all that recent to me. It’s supposed to be uncut. If I was a journalist, I’d find out when the original was posted. But as a blogger, I’m happy to just sit back and watch. *lalala*. Oh look, isn’t he pretty?

“That’s all my prizemoney for the year.” Actually, I take that back. How well do challengers pay these days?

See you soon, Dima. I’m still watching you sweat it out in first-round five setters on the back courts, so, you know, it’d be nice doing the same in a third-rounder.

As for the pacifiers? Whatever works, baby.


“Positive Thinking”

April 5, 2011

The lovely people at Tennis Australia decided to provide us with footage of our latest leading lady, my girl Jelena. (Not Novak’s girl Jelena, and not Petko’s bestie JJ. My girl Jelena. You know who I’m talking about).

Keep reading about positive thinking there, Jelena love. We’re already so proud. *tear*. Like a mama, I am.


“They’re my favorite band.”

April 1, 2011

Lucky I’m a geek, because geeks read tech media, and find out technogeeky bits and pieces, such as this little gem that was released in honour of the fifth birthday of our tennis Godmother and Queen of the Net, Twitter.

Any tennis fan worth 140 characters or more knows of the benefits of using Twitter to keep up with scores, get links to the latest news and blogs, find out what our players are up to, and commentweet alongside our grainy streams during tennis matches. Most importantly? They give us grab a front-row seat to any soap operatic shenanigans between players, coaches and media.

Except for the lady at 0:43. She likes to keep up with some punks called Greenday between spruiking accessories on television.

They’re her favourite band, you know.


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