I'm speaking those words on my behalf, even though I'm sure Roger Federer feels the same after that epic match against Juan Martin del Potro. And I'm not referring to the readers of TTA?, at least not this time. (But don't think I'm not grateful to you: I am, each and every day!)
No, who I'm referring to now are the fans of the sport, particularly my fellow tennis bloggers and Twitterers out there, and especially Freakyfrite's GoToTennis blog after yesterday's events.
If you didn't stop by there, FF was hosting a live chat on her blog and embedded a stream of the Fed-JMDP match, which basically saved the day for me because of the broadcasting fiasco between everybody that's been providing coverage of the sport in the U.S. the past two weeks. Here's what I was thinking was going to happen yesterday when I saw that NBC had first broadcast rights of the day:
They would cut in on the Robin Soderling-Fernando Gonzalez match, then when that was over, go to the beginning of the second semi. Then, ESPN2 or The Tennis Channel would've picked up the conclusion of it. Would that really have been so hard to do. Instead we got a condensed Soderling-Gonzo match and had to wait for Fed-JMDP on tape delay! Ridiculous and horrible all around.
Luckily, I thought if anyone was going to make sure others are watching her guy, it's Freakyfrites! I went there and was able to catch the match. I know it was streaming elsewhere, but here's the thing, too: I was so discouraged, I didn't feel up to going through the trouble of searching for it. I'm glad I didn't have to!
But it's efforts from fans like FF that keep the game going. I've given shout-outs to my fellow bloggers before and if you come by here, check out the ones on the links on the left as they're all doing great work. And not just those as there are tons more out there.
I hope I don't sound too cornball, but I'm glad to be in their company!
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.