Man it is HOT here in Los Angeles. Thankfully I had lots of tennis to keep me indoors…
Ball bounce: Here are some CBS Sports stats from today’s Venus/Ivanovic match: average number of times Venus bounces the ball before a serve = a little over three times. Ivanovic = a little over nine. (And of course, Bartoli doesn’t bounce the ball at all, and Isner bounces the ball between his legs).
Beyond the Baseline: A “Beyond the Baseline” segment from CBS had Federer commenting on his GOAT status. He said we’d be better off if no one person was given this distinction. He’d be happy enough just to have his name among the greats. Good answer.
From the New York Times: The chair ump told Serena she couldn’t read notes during changeovers (even though rules allow it). And this quip from Novak Djokovic after his marathon five-setter against Radek Stepanek: “‘I am totally exhausted; no energy… I smell my shoes — they are so stinky.”
(OT) Fanning the flames: I caught a glimpse of the new Chanel boutique on Rodeo earlier today (I went suit shopping with my friend Alexis).
The store recently opened after a ten-month redesign by architect Peter Marino. Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, has travelled to L.A. for the store’s grand re-opening, and Genlux magazine got a chance to ask Karl his thoughts about the City of Angels. He is amazing.
On swimming pools: “I don’t think L.A. people realize how deprived people in other cities are of pools.”
On hiking: He doesn’t. “I like to walk city streets. Hiking trails are not good with Dior Homme jackets, yes? I wouldn’t know what to wear on a hike.”
On his travel wardrobe: “My look does not change. I don’t have ‘casual’ and ‘evening’. I don’t believe in that.”
On what New York has that L.A. lacks: “Theater, delis that are walkable, and the occasional rainy day — it’s good for the soul.”
In Praise of Athletic Beauty says
number of average times Djokovic bounces the ball before an important point: 1 billion