The week is almost over and there's not a hard court in sight for the pros on both tours. Yes, the clay season is well under way with the men playing in Casablanca and Houston, while the women are in Spain and Florida.
Some interesting things have transpired so far:
• Houston's really been a trip so far: You have HGH-smuggling Wayne Odesnik out there playing—which is insane that's he even able to play; Eduardo Schwank getting fined for "tanking"; players galore retiring—just craziness! Tell you what I'm gonna do, though: For more details, I'm going to tell you to go to GoToTennis, one of my favorite blogs out there. Freakyfrites has the scoop!
• At the Andalucia Open—that's the Spain tournament I was talking about—Kim Clijsters, fresh off her Miami win, lost to a qualifier in the second round. Funny thing about this tiny tournament: It sure does get some big names to play. Last year, Serena Williams was there and fell early. I guess it's a pretty nice venue to fulfill tiny-tournament-playing obligations!
• Casablanca has Stanislas Wawrinka as the top seed and he's advanced to the quarters. Here's something that always strikes me as odd when it comes to him, something you might not have thought about: He only has one career tournament title! Who is he, Van Sias or somebody?
• In Florida, Caroline Wozniacki could pick up her first title of the year as she's near light years ahead as far as ranking goes compared to the other players in the field. But you never know. What if a youngster like Melanie Oudin was to win? Wait, Wozniacki is a youngster! Never mind that question!
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.