I think Elena Dementieva will win a Slam and her results suggest she's coming closer and closer. And there are worse head cases in the game than her now -- she seems to have gotten over her nerves and her serve is good now for the most part. I honestly think she will win one. I think you're being too pessimistic about her.
I came away impressed with her performance in the Wimbledon semis (while wondering where the heck that reserve of poise was hidden in, say, the 2004 French Open final). But the, well, pessimist might point out that even when Dementieva plays the match of her life and comes within match point, she STILL can't close the door! Long as we're sipping truth serum here, Dementieva is one of those players who's very easy to like personally and tougher to warm to professionally.
Are your articles like rankings points? They are archived for a year or so and then ... do they just disappear? I'd like to maybe read some from, say, the LAST battle for No. 1.
Notice I'm defending a lot of points in Cincy next week. A mailed-in Mailbag and I'll fall in the rankings. Seriously, they're archived for about a year but with some creative research -- thanks, Old Man Google -- you can retrieve from much further back.
Tennis has a "tiebreak." There is no "tiebreaker." Enjoyed Strokes of Genius minus this error that you share with John McEnroe. Are you two trying to add this new term to the tennis lexicon?
Like calling a major a "Grand Slam," I think it's one of those technical errors that's hardened into acceptable parlance.
During the European swing, much was made about Melanie Oudin and Alexa Glatch, yet neither has received a single main-draw wild card from a U.S. tourney this summer. What gives?
True that. Oudin used up her wild cards earlier in the season and will be a qualifier the rest of the way. She's already in the U.S. Open field, though.
Are there any plans to have a long-awaited celebratory night for Andre Agassi at the opening-night ceremonies of the U.S. Open this year?
As a matter of fact, yes.
Here's what you can call your Australian Open Mailbag updates -- a "vegebite." So, you've got your vegebites, baguettes, crumpets and slices. What do you think?
Top that and a prize is yours.
First, thanks to Querrey for filling in last week. (And he won the Los Angeles Open to boot.)
Check out Ben Rotherberg's new tennis site.
Another reminder: The exceptional tennis documentary Unstrung is out on DVD. Particularly fun to look back and assess the various divergent paths of the protagonists.
Jim of New York City: "As a reminder for Montreal/New York, this clip's first point showcases Nadal's movement when he is 100 percent healthy. If Nadal doesn't move this well, he has little chance of winning, and none if he ever plays Federer."
Thanks to Shawn Frost: "Here's a quick blurb on players training at the University of Miami (I went to grad school at UM and never realized so many of the tour players worked out there). It was sent to me by a friend who approached Andy Murray this week for an autograph during one of his practice sessions. Apparently, he was accommodating and friendly ... cheers!"
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the lovely, the talented Vania King.
Robert B. Melbourne, Fla: "Despite his talent in tennis, Roy Emerson apparently lacks the gift of foresight."
Corey Huber of Regina, Saskatchewan: "Remember back in January when a lot of talk was about Nadal's new outfits? A certain sports journalist predicted that if there was ever a shakeup in Nadal's confidence, he wouldn't be surprised to see the sleeveless shirts reappear and thus, allow the 'guns' to be back on full display. Guess what has shown up in Montreal?"
The Bryan Brothers Band featuring David Baron will perform three songs on Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at the U.S. Open. The songs are from their debut album, Let It Rip, which will be released Sept. 1.
Terry House of West Hollywood: "Now see what you've started."
Omess Guichard of London, Canada, submits a Federer fan song.
Have a great week, everyone!