The Davis Cup final this weekend just didn't do it for me.
I imagine that must be pretty shocking for the people who've read TTA? over the past couple of years because I usually say it loud and proud how much of a Davis Cup fan I am. We're talking about setting alarm clocks early to catch rubber matches in far-off lands, calling out players who don't commit to playing for their team, the whole nine.
But for some reason, this finals weekend didn't hold as great appeal. Was it the fact that Spain was such an overwhelming favorite, despite its singles players being beat up? Was it the fact that the Czech team had a couple of flakes on it and watching them not step up wasn't going to make for must-see TV? I don't know. I have to acknowledge the David Ferrer-Radek Stepanek match was impressive, but should Ferrer have even been in that position where he had to rally? He's definitely the stronger clay-courter.
And I know Lukas Dlouhy had never played Davis Cup, but why do you hold a French Open doubles champ out of a tie when you have nothing to lose playing on clay?
I'm not going to be one calling for change to the format like everyone else does because it still is my favorite sporting event, and congrats to the Spanish team for going back-to-back with titles. It just wasn't a Davis Cup fave for me this weekend — and I really hope that's just an aberration.
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.