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Congratulations to New Kastle Nicole Melichar!!!

Congratulations to new Washington Kastles Nicole Melichar.  Nicole won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title at the All England Club on Sunday, July 15 along with Alexander Peya of Austria.  Nicole and Alexander defeated Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka in straight sets

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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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Serena vs Maria Did Not Happen

I was truly hoping that Serena would beat Maria yet again but it was not to be.  She did not lose to Maria – they didn’t play because Serena had to withdraw with a pectoral muscle pull.

Hopefully Serena will be healthy for Wimbledon.

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Serena and Maria — Part 22

Serena Williams has faced Maria Sharapova 21 times.  Serena has won all but two of those head to head encounters including the 2012 Olympics Gold Medal match.

The only times Maria has beaten Serena was 2004 in the Wimbledon final and the year end championships the same year.

I will be rooting for Serena to make it 20 – 2 instead of 19 – 3 on Monday.

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The HBO Documentary: Being Serena

I must honestly say that this documentary “mini series” really impressed me.  After seeing Part 2 titled “Strength” I had a new appreciation and admiration for Serena.  She obviously did not want to have a C-section due to her history of blood clots and the impact on her comeback to tennis.

Of course, the most important thing was the health of the mother and the baby, the absolutely precious Alexis Olympia.  But the C-section added risk to Serena’s health due to her blood clot history.  Thank goodness she knows her body better than anyone else and she insisted on a scan when she knew there was something wrong.

Seeing her struggle during her first match back (an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion) was painful but I knew it was just the start of the journey.  If anyone could make it back it was Serena.  Seeing her struggle playing doubles with Venus during the Fed Cup was painful as well.  Seeing her playing the quarter finals against Venus in Indian Wells and losing was painful.  Seeing her lose in the first round of the Miami Open was painful too.  But thank goodness she knows her body better than anyone and insisted on a cat-scan with dye when she “knew” she had blood clots – and she did.

I am very glad that this documentary was done and I was very glad I watched it.  Even to the point that they completed the documentary only the day before the final episode aired.

Watch it – it’s worth it.

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Indian Wells & The Miami Open Are Over

Indian Wells marked the return of Serena and a third round match between Venus and Serena.  Something needs to be done about protected rankings for women out for maternity leave so this kind of crazy seeding and crazy draws don’t happen like this.

Which brings us to Miami – Serena meets the winner from Indian Wells in the first round at Miami?  Absurd.  It was disappointing that Venus only made it to the Quarterfinals but she did beat some big names getting there.

But let’s talk about the winners.  John Isner (New York Empire, WTT) finally got his first Masters 1000 title and Sloane Stephens (former Washington Kastle, WTT now with the Philadelphia Freedom, WTT)  took the Women’s Singles title.  Throw in the Washington Kastles’ own Bob and Mike Bryan taking their 115th career title in Miami and another WTT former player, Coco Vandeweghe paired with Australian Ashleigh Barty to win the Women’s Doubles title.

It was nice to see the USA represented as the winners in every event in Miami this year.  It was the first time in eight years that an American man had won the Men’s Singles title.

Now waiting for WTT to start…

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It’s Getting Closer…!!!

The World Team Tennis season is on it’s way and along with that are the new look Washington Kastles.  The WTT draft was held on March 13, 2018 and the 2018 Washington Kastle’s roster is:

  • Murphy Jensen, Coach
  • Madison Brengle (protected)
  • Bob and Mike Bryan (protected)
  • Robert Lindstedt
  • Nicole Melichar
  • Tennys Sandgren
  • Venus Williams (protected)
  • Frances Tiafoe

The 2018 season kicks off with Kastles visiting the New York Empire on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM at Court 17 of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and runs through August 2, 2018 with an away match in Orange County, CA.

NOTE: The Kastles added Naomi Osaka to the roster.

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