Monday, May 26, 2008

And ... they're off!


The French Open has more than officially gotten in swing, and what a day it was! To recap (kind of briefly, because I'm supposed to be up in a matter of mere hours to play tennis myself!):

• So long, Guga: Everyone's favorite mop-top, Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten (above), played the final match of his career, falling to Paul-Henri Mathieu in straights. Has there been a player that everyone could just see the joie de vivre in every time he stepped on the court? I don't think so. So long! We'll all miss you! Glad to see you break out the 1997 gear, too, in a nod to the past!

• "Schwank's" a lot: For coming through in my upset prediction, Eddie! (I know the Schwank's kinda corny, but what do you want? It's 1:15 in the morning! : ) If he holds his nerve, he should be able to give Novak Djokovic a run for his money.

• A Star-Spangled Banner Day: How about that? An American male won a match at the French Open? Hats off to James Blake, who could win a couple of rounds in that quarter of the draw, particularly since I got ...

• Stiffed on "Tip": I lost a quarterfinalist pick as Janko Tipsarevic fell to Nic Lapentti. I thought it could go either way looking at the draw, and it went the other way from how I called it!

• Serena and the Playboy bunny: Serena Williams routed Ashley Harkleroad in the first round, then revealed she's going to be in Playboy magazine. Great way to ease into the tournament Williams. As for Harkleroad, at least she'll get some press. Here's a tip: Work on your game so you can at least make a showing against a top player!

• Nothing really to write home about: There weren't any epic upsets today, pretty much a mellow kind of opening day for the major.

Here's my pick for the must-watch matches of the day tomorrow:

• Roger Federer vs. Sam Querrey: Sammy had a good run in Monte Carlo earlier this year and is capable of serving bombs. This should be a nice little test for R-Fed to get in a groove at the tournament.

• Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber: Stan the Man falls to the often-Tennis Talk, Anyone?-picked Kohlschreiber, the first top-10 player to bow out.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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