Archive for July, 2018

Mike Bryan Shines with Jack Sock – Looking Forward To Lunch With the Champ!!!

Mike Bryan couldn’t play at Wimbledon with his brother Bob.  Bob injured his hip on the hard clay in Rome and has been out of commission since.

Mike paired up with Jack Sock.  In 2014, Jack and partner Vasek Pospisil had beaten Bob and Mike in the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles final.  This time they were on the same side of the net instead of on opposite sides.

They won the first set 6-3.  In a tightly contested second set, Mike and Jack lost a close tiebreaker (9-7) to Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus.  Mike and Jack took the third set 6-3 and then their serve was broken (the only time) when they were serving at 5-6.  That took it to a fifth and deciding set.  It was so late that they had to close the roof to play the fifth set.  With their opponents serving at 5-6, Jack and Mike broke serve to win the fifth set 7-5 and the Championship.

So cool – on my birthday I will be having attending a Washington Kastles VIP Luncheon and Bob and Mike Bryan and Frances Tiafoe.  Not a bad birthday present – having lunch with the reining Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles Champion.

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It Was Not To Be Today for the G.O.A.T

It was not to be today for the G.O.A.T, my dear Serena Williams.  She was defeated in the Wimbledon final by Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3.

Number 24 will have to wait.  I honestly believe that it will come – it’s just a matter of time.

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Serena Still Amazes Me

Serena Williams is absolutely spectacular.  Nothing can denigrate her greatness, she is just amazing and a complete inspiration.

Nancy Armour wrote the following about Serena in USA Today:

Of all Serena’s triumphs, this Wimbledon run is the most impressive

Of all the triumphs in her glorious career, nothing compares to what Serena Williams is doing at Wimbledon.

Ten months ago, she was fighting for her life, her lungs filling with clots following the birth of her first child, daughter Olympia. She endured four surgeries, and the recovery was so grueling that just walking to the mailbox was a struggle. The timeline she’d imagined for her return to the court had to be thrown out the window, two months’ worth of tournaments pared to just two before the French Open.

And yet, here she is, into Saturday’s Wimbledon final. A victory against Angelique Kerber would give Williams her 24th Grand Slam title, matching Margaret Court for the all-time record.

In Williams, we are witnessing the greatest athlete of all time. Not greatest tennis player, not greatest female athlete. Greatest athlete, period. She played all of three matches in the previous 16 months, yet has dropped just one set here. After pulling out of last month’s French Open with a pectoral injury, she barely served until she got to Wimbledon.

When she was serving for the match only to be broken by Goerges, Williams responded with ferocity and fury. You could practically see her crank an internal dial up a notch as she won four straight points to break Goerges at love and win the match.

I know what I will be doing Saturday morning – glued to the television hopefully watching Serena make it “24” and counting.

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Serena At Wimbledon

I must say I am pleased that Serena is doing so well at Wimbledon and I truly hope that she makes it all the way to the end and makes it 24 Grand Slam titles.

But I must truly say that I have a crush on Serena’s daugther.  This kid is beyond cute.

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It’s A Mere Seven Days Away… Kastles Time!!!

I received an e-mail from the Kastles today informing me that my season tickets have been packaged and shipped to me.

This has been an eleven month wait since the end of the 2017 season and I’m stoked and ready to be at the Kastles matches this season.

Monday, 7/16 starts out at home with the New York Empire and features our home town man, Frances Tiafoe. 

Frances will be there on Wednesday, 7/18 when the Orange County Breakers visit. 

On Thursday, 7/19 (my birthday) the Bryan Brothers and Frances will be “representing” when the San Diego Aviators visit.

On Saturday, 7/21 the New York Empire return featuring Frances Tiafoe.

On Wednesday, 7/25 the San Diego Aviators visit with Venus Williams “in the house”.

Venus will also be at the Smith Center on Thursday, 7/26 when the Springfield Lasers visit.

The Kastles last home match of the regular season will be on Saturday, 7/28 against the Philadelphia Freedoms with new Kastle Naomi Osaka playing for the Kastles.

Also on the roster is returning Kastles Madison Brengle and new Kastles Robert Lindstedt, Nicole Melichar and Tennys Sandgren.

We need to go for WTT title #7.  Go Kastles!!!

 

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