I have to say I'm pretty happy with the way the spring hard-court season wrapped up!
But of course, if you've read TTA? in the past, that goes without saying!
I pull for Andy Roddick a lot around these parts, and I'm glad to see that he won such a big tournament. But more importantly than that, he took out one of the big four on his way to doing so. Sure, he's managed to get some wins against one of those guys in a draw, but it's been a while since he accomplished that with getting the big-boy trophy at the end.
And hats off to his opponent in the final, Tomas Berdych. It was good to see him get that far after such having good wins in the tournament. There's no reason talent-wise he shouldn't be up there in the top 10 on a consistent basis.
As for the women, all I can think of to say about Kim Clijsters is wow! In the past six or seven months, she's won two of the three biggest hard-court tournaments out there. Her game just really translates well to the tough stuff, and if I were to look back at my story on On the Baseline, I think I'd have to give her the nod.
Venus Williams had a great run to the finals, and if her body doesn't break down on her, she should really be making a run for the top spot. I hope so. It's looking like Clijsters is really making her charge!
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.