Time for the OPEN
- August 30, 2009
T minus a day, and its that nervous anticipation for the 256 players to make a statement in the last slam of the year. Got to hit on the grandstand late this afternoon, and they are playing pretty quick. There is less grit on the surface of the court then I remember in years past, and the lively Wilson balls don’t fluff up, to add to the court speed.
It should be ideal serving conditions, which could definitely benefit Americans like Roddick, Querrey, Isner and the Williams’ sister. I don’t think that Roddick could have asked for a better court, his serve will be really tough to break. And I saw Fed practicing today and he is looking extremely sharp, and he is hitting the ball incredibly crisp.
Looking forward to the USTA honoring Andre tomorrow night, should be a great show with Venus and Roddick on the ticket after. Definitely after watching Fed practice totally reconfirms that he is the man to beat, and remember no man has ever won a tournament 6 times in a row in the Open Era, and that is something Rog very realistically could accomplish by the end of the fortnight. With two tournaments under her belt I think that Kim Clijsters is poised to have a deep run, so keep a close eye on her. The 3 ladies that are under the most pressure have to be Safina, Dementieva and Double J, with all 3 having the luxury of being on the other side of the draw as the Williams’ sisters. I also think that Querrey is a dark horse to go far after 4 finals this summer and he has a favorable draw.