Tennis: US Open

The Us Open is already in the third round right now but most of the big names are still in.  I want to put in a quick point about the game of tennis, those guys are some of the most fit athletes in the world.  I consider myself a relatively fit guy (at least I was a couple of years ago).  I don’t run or anything but I stay active.  I casually play tennis and it is usually a 2 set match.  A couple of times I have played 3 sets and I can usually barely move right after because of fatigue and I feel the soreness all over then next day or two.  And we aren’t exactly hitting 20 shot rallies every time either.  I don’t know how these guys play 5 sets that last around 3 or 4 hours in the Slam events.  There are not subs and you really can’t take a point off.

Is the end of the road coming?

There is a reason why most of them grunt after every shot; they are swinging really hard and have to run all over the court.  No subs or halftimes in tennis.  I have a lot of respect for them

Back to the Open.  Andy Roddick (ranked #9) lost in the second round to a guy (Janko Tipsarevic) who lost 13 of his first 19 matches this year.  The #7 seed Thomas Berdych also lost in the second round, he made it to the Wimbledon finals a couple of months ago.  That goes to show how difficult and unpredictable tennis can be.  It also goes to show how incredible Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been.  At least one of those two has won 20 of the last 22 Grand Slams, and 22 of the last 25.  The US Open is actually the one Grand Slam that Nadal has not won.  He has been ridiculous this year and really looks unbeatable so I’m going to say he finally gets it.  I think he’ll beat Novak Djokovic and Federer will get upset in the next couple of rounds.   John Isner is the American with the best chance to make some noise.  He could easily make the quarterfinals with his favorable draw.

Tennis is the only women’s sport that I follow.  Speaking of which, if Serena Williams were a man, how big/muscular would she be?  6’4, 280? I bet she could play middle linebacker for a college football team right now.   Anyway, she actually withdrew from the tournament due to injury but Venus is still in it, although she hasn’t won a US open since 2001.  The field is wide open now with Serena gone.  I think Kim Clijsters has a really good shot to repeat, although Caroline Wozniacki has an easy draw as the #1.  Now don’t expect any WNBA previews after this…

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