So how is the Australian shaping up so far for you?
It's going pretty good for me; I'm managing to squeeze some tennis-watching in in between new-dad duties, inauguration watching and the like. Most of my picks are still alive (Dagnabit, Radwanska! We're done, you and me!)
But what I'm really digging are the round of 32 matchups on the horizon. I remember way back when, when the ITF decided to seed 32 players instead of the traditional 16 at the Majors and I was like, "What the … ? They can't do that! It's always great to see a top guy or gal have the possibility of playing the 17th-ranked player in the first round! An upset waiting to happen!"
Now, I've completely gotten over that because you know when it gets to the third round, you're really going to see some good stuff. Take some of these matches, for instance:
• Roger Federer vs. Marat Safin: The most-anticipated match of the first week.
• Richard Gasquet vs. Fernando Gonzalez: Big forehand vs. big backhand: What more could you ask for?
• Marin Cilic vs. David Ferrer: Young gun going up against Mr. Steady: Who wins that one?
• Dinara Safina vs. Kaia Kanepi: Tell you what: Dinara really better be on her toes for this one.
These are just a few of the good ones on tap. So if you don't get to watch a Slam right from the get-go, just know that the 32s is where it really gets going!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.