Year before last, I wrote a post lamenting the lack of luster around the Stockholm Open. This is one of the oldest tournaments on the calendar and it lost its elite status more than a decade ago. Sad, but things change: I mean, you have an outdoor tournament (Shanghai) as one of your premier fall events now. Why, back in my day, you never would've seen such a thing.
Anyway, let me get away from my old fogeyness and back to what I was saying: The Stockholm Open isn't what it used to be, but this year, things seem to be picking up as far as status goes.
It's amazing what a Roger Federer appearance in the draw can do for an event!
But it's been more than that: You have two-time champ James Blake showing some fight; Jarkko Nieminen continuing his run of good form, knocking off one of three top-10 players in the draw; and a quarterfinal between that Federer guy (who just played and won his 900th career match) and tough countryman Stanislas Wawrinka. All in all, not a bad week.
And while Stockholm's "Super 9" days may be behind it, here's hoping more good weeks are in store for the future.
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.