It's 1 a.m. Eastern time and I've been watching this great match between James Blake and Nicolas Kiefer at that team event of team events, the Hopman Cup, one of the staples of the Australian summer season. They've just split two tie-break sets, and it's kind of hard to tell who's gonna pull it out. I guess I'll find out in the morning!
I think this has been one of the most unpredictable Hopman Cups in years: Lleyton Hewitt, reppin' the home continent, has looked good out there, which is kind of surprising considering the surgery he just had; Gilles Simon, a lot of people's "maybe-it" boy, fell in his match against Italy; the U.S., the top seeds, more than likely will go 0-3 because of the lack of match play by my girl Meghann Shaughnessy; and Marat Safin showed up for the event looking like he had gotten his butt whupped by Ivan Drago.
However, the biggest shock has to be Slovakia going 2-0 so far. Dominik Hrbaty (pictured) is playing like it's at least 2004 again, which is good to see because when he's healthy, the dude can ball. Match him up with this year's future top-fiver Dominika Cibulkova, and you have a pretty tough match-up for any of the other teams.
Well, that's it for me; I'm exhausted. I want to give a shout-out to my U.S. crew and hope they defy the odds stacked against them tonight and at least pull off one win!
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.