Friday, June 27, 2008

What's Up At Wimbledon?

This year’s Wimbledon is a very interesting mix of tennis and side stories. As I mentioned before, I can’t believe there was such a huge focus on the fashion of the players. Yahoo! and ESPN had features about what the players were wearing on their front pages. I guess the style thing is contagious through the world of sports lately. Heck, I’ve written about fashion twice recently myself. Something must be in the air. At any rate, Roger Federer looked very sharp in his cardigan. Apparently, this was a special edition that Nike made only 230 of. The 230 is symbolic of the number of weeks he's been at the top according to ESPN.

The matches have been quite exciting as there has already been more than one upset. The ever-popular Maria Sharapova, ranked #3 in the world, was knocked out by Alla Kudryavtseva, ranked 154th. Sharapova had a multitude of unforced errors but was “upbeat” after the loss in an interview.

Lindsay Davenport also left competition, but not because of a loss. An old knee injury is apparently inhibiting her play.

Speaking of leaving, Andy Roddick and James Blake are also gone from the tournament. Venus Williams was able to advance even though she committed 26 unforced errors.

In other tennis news, the Williams sisters and Lindsay Davenport have been chosen to represent the U.S. at the Summer Olympics. No word yet on whether Davenport’s knee will be a factor here.


Monica 08 said...

On the ESPN comments they don't speak about fashion or what they're wearing yet. If I do hear them, I'll forward it.

What do you think of Ivanovic's shock exit? 1-6 first set! I was a fan of Justine Henin. I haven't really warmed up to Ivanovic since she won the French Open. If she was so good she needed to beat #1 Justine Henin when she had the chance.

I can't wait for Federer-Hewitt again! And hear the Come on!

Apryl DeLancey said...

Yeah Monica - I was shocked when I heard the news! This Wimbledon has been full of upsets. I'm not sure the last time so many highly-ranked players were knocked out like this! We definitely have some good tennis in front of us for the rest of the tournament!

Monica 08 said...

I'm sure no one would have thought Safin would still be in Wimbledon. I'm watching ESPN right now for the live coverage of Andy Murray. His ex-coach Brad Gilbert is commenting on the game!

Apryl DeLancey said...

No doubt! I've been flipping back to that here and there.

There's so much sports to watch this weekend, I'm not sure where to land! I've got to fit in some golf and beach too...ah, summer!

Lindsay said...

No wonder companies like Nike pay athletes to wear their gear!

Apryl DeLancey said...

Yeah, right?