Hey, guess what?! This is the offical 700th post on Tennis From The Backseat. Yes, I have dribbled on and on and on about tennis and I still have more to say. I don't know how informative or insightful that might stuff might be, but I'm going to keep saying it nonetheless.
Onto the real business of the day - I've been so wrapped up in the phantasmagorical victory of Ernests Gulbis over the weekend (hurrah!) that I forgot about all those other tournaments. And there are some interesting things there, so let's get started.
Factoid #1: Venus Williams has won more clay court tournaments than any other active player except Justine Henin.
I don't have too much to say about that except whoda thunk? V's never made a huge impact at RG (except that year she went to the final) - with those kind of numbers, I find that surprising. V ain't just no grasscourt gal.
Factoid #2: Elena Dementieva plays too much tennis. She should not be losing to Kleybanova.
This is not news. No wonder she has never won a Slam.
Factoid #3: This is the first time ever Novak Djokovic has defended a title.
I don't know whether to class this under 'fluke', 'maturing player' or 'deeply troubling'.
Factoid #4: Juan Carlos Ferrero has still got it.
He may have lost in the final, but JCF has still got serious game. He's now ranked #14 in the world. What is this, 2004?
Roger: older and not quite out
6 months ago