Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Does Anyone Watch Tennis?

I used to like tennis, back in the Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl days. I'd even watch Martina and Chris Evert Lloyd sometimes when they would inevitably meet in the women's finals of every event (to be won by Navratilova 9 times out of 10).

Somewhere along the way tennis got boring, but I'm not sure why. Andre Agassi looked like he might bring it back, but that got sidetracked when boring Pete Sampras and his bushy eyebrows proved to be better than Andre and his bushy hair (soon to be replaced with no hair). Agassi's still out there, but now he's playing some guy named James Blake at the U.S. Open and I guess we're supposed to be unsure of who to root for.

The Williams sisters are sort of interesting. And that Maria Sharapova is easy on the eyes (plus, check out her bizarre Web site where she shills for something called Speedminton, badminton on speed).

But I can't get into it. I'm not sure why. Maybe if I ever actually watched it I'd get interested, but nothing has whipped up enough of a frenzy in me to make watching tennis more interesting than watching a bodybuilding competition or other random competition. How 'bout you?

@ Write Again Soon, madchen says: "I'm completely and unashamedly addicted to the U.S. Open. In fact, right at this very minute I am tempted to run upstairs (the TV in the basement having been given unceremoniously to Jess last weekend) to check on the status of the Mary Pierce/Amelie Mauresmo quarterfinal."

@ Bodog Beat, Maria Starr says: "For her performance last night at the US Open in which Maria Sharapova finally found her "mojo" late in the third set to win her quarterfinal match against Nadia Petrova, the No. 1 seed easily wins today's Bodog Babe of the Day award. Not so easy is what awaits this Russian hottie in the semifinal round. No. 4 seed Kim Clijsters, who treated us all to at least a half dozen leg splits, beat the crap out of an exhausted Venus Williams in her quarterfinal meeting (4-6, 7-5, 6-1) with the No. 10 seed late last night."

@ The Zombie Chronicles, Steve offers: "a nice, sweet, innocent picture of Sharapova eating a banana."

@ Overread offers non-sequiturs such as: "Agassi's 35 and still in the singles run, too. And his middle name is apparently 'Kirk.'" and "Also, I may have mentioned this before, but healthy athletic tennis women are gorgeous." while also mentioning that Martina is still out there at age 48.

@ Rahul Prabakhar, brushes with greatness, in the form of a speedy John McEnroe and Al Gore recount lawyer David Boies, who Rahul nerdishly recognized by sight.