Fun times yesterday (Day 4) at the Countrywide Classic. I sat in on pressers for Carlos Moya and Amer Delic after their tough second round match, which Delic won 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5). 1) Delic had surgery in April to fix a chronic sweating problem. 2) Even John McEnroe and Jim Courier were talking […]
I won’t turn down a facial from james blake!
First, some bits: Saw Juan Martin del Potro up close and personal playing doubles with munchkin partner Fabio Fognini. James Blake, who along with Frank Dancevic is a spokesguy for Evian, designed a facial spray bottle (“Brumisateur”) that’ll be sold throughout the U.S. Open Series. Pick it up at evian.com for $5.50. Maria Sharapova is […]
americans in l.a. + coaching updates…
(Kendrick — left, middle; Fleishman — right) An All-American match-up: Z. Fleishman d. R. Kendrick 7-6 (4), 6-3 at the Countrywide Classic. Zack is cleaning up on his home court, and will face Radek Stepanek in the quarters. Shamil drops a bomb: Russian Fed Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev didn’t invite Maria Sharapova to play in […]
tuesday night treats at the countrywide classic
From the frontlines: Well, far behind the baselines, really. I was at UCLA tonight watching James Blake brush off his rusty game to beat Alexander Peya in two sets. Turns out that was just a warm-up for the upset of top seed Fernando Gonzalez by hometown fave Zack Fleishman. This is the former Bruin’s best […]
marat’s so close yet so far away, aka "i drown myself in fila"
Marat Safin is as close to me as he’ll ever be. He’s playing at the Countrywide Classic at UCLA — a mere fifteen minutes from my office. I can almost hear him break his racquets from where I’m sitting. Alas, I can’t afford tickets right now. Le sigh. (Hopefully Kat will send me updates from […]