We've been watching the US Open on and off all week, and I've really been into it. I'm really starting to get into the sport, and if I were working I'd probably start taking lessons.
The fun thing about this tournament has been that even in the early rounds, there have been no automatic wins by anyone. The men have played out according to seed for the most part, but most of them had to fight like crazy to get there. And then there's the women, where the giants keep falling to kids or barely hang in to win.
We watched a match between Djokavic (the Joker, Choke-avic), who is the biggest crybaby bitch in professional tennis and some chubby unknown guy ranked #276 named Witten, and Witten almost stole it from him. It was awesome.
And then there's the Cinderella story that you watch sports for unfolding with the women. 17-year-old Melanie Oudin, only 5-6 and ranked #296, beat Dementieva in the second round, and today beat Sharapova. Here she is now in the sweet 16. She couldn't help but cry at the end of the match. A lot of these pros just don't react when they win, and it's refreshing to see someone be so genuine and grateful. Those are the kinds of moments you love to be a part of as a player and a coach.
Tennis is generally a lot like volleyball, in that the men's game is a lot more serve focused, so I generally prefer watching the women. But the men have been so inconsistent in this tournament that they're every bit as fun to watch.
And I'm not ashamed to say that I think Mary Joe Fernandez is kinda hot. I'm just sayin'.