I'm so glad my cats get hungry at 5:00 AM, because I got to witness the exciting, dramatic match between defending champ Novak Djokovic and on-fire 15th seed Stan Wawrinka. All 5:02 of it.
Up 9-8 in a tense first-set tiebreak against Somdev Devvarman in their second round match at the Australian Open, number 24 seed Jerzy Janowicz explodes when the chair umpire does not call Devvarman's deep baseline ball out.
They were playing on Court 8, an outer court without Shot Spot or Hawk-Eye or Mac Cam or whatever you call it. Janowicz does his best impression of a zoom lens, putting his face thisclose to the white line and the place he thought the ball landed. He also gets philosophical, asking the chair how many times she was going to make bad calls.
The Pole asks her this seven times. He also tells her it's "not fun" playing like this, when calls go against him. You don't say.
Janowicz was derided for his behavior by Tennis Channel commentator Justin Gimelstob, who said that if Jerzy wants to become a top player, he has to quit behaving so badly. I say he gets himself a banya hat, to keep the Tennis Hate at bay.
Devvarman goes on to win the tiebreak, 12-10. He takes his momentum into the second set, winning it easily. Then Devvarman goes on walkabout, winning just one game out of the next 13.
Janowicz gets to bellow again, this time, in triumph, when he wins the final set and the match, 7-5. He was ousted in straight sets in the next round by Number 10 seed Nicholas Almagro, but took the Spaniard to tiebreaks in the first two sets before lying down, 1-6, in the third.
Serena Williams launched her campaign for a 16th Grand Slam title by buttering a double bagel with Romanian Edina Gallivits-Hall, 6-0, 6-0, in her opening round. But her once-certain march to the finals may be slowed by an injury to her right ankle
New Year's resolutions are made to be broken, and it took Andy Murray less than a week into 2013 to break his resolve to not swear so much on the court.
Murray, as Reuters reports, said last month that he wanted to clean up his dirty mouth. "Obviously, me saying 'shit' or whatever is bad and wrong, and it's something I want to try to stop doing," said Murray.
Bad and wrong? When it comes to tennis, Haters, I think swearing is right and just, and necessary. There are no better words in the English language to describe volleying a floater into the net than "fucking piece of shit."
But the doom-and-gloom Scot was just as potty-mouthed as ever during an Australian Open tune-up. Audible obscenities were heard from his end of the court during his early round matches at the Brisbane International.
He later claimed he never made any vow to stop swearing.
"I was doing an interview over the phone. I got asked about swearing on the court. I said 'obviously I don't mean to do it. I don't want to do it. Sometimes you get frustrated and you do and obviously I will try to stop.'
"I didn't make any promises or guarantees that I was going to."
He said other players swear just as much, and say far worse things about their opponents' mothers and such, but people -- and, presumably, chair umpires -- don't notice because they're using non-English cuss words.
"So where I would obviously love to stop doing it, I try not to. But I can't guarantee it."
Andy, I totally get it. I, too, want to stop swearing on court, but dammit, I just can't!
While his non-swearing resolution is already down the toilet, any resolution the world number three made to become number one this year got a strong start Down Under. He defeated defeated Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6(0), 6-4, to take his second-straight Brisbane International title, his first title for the new year and his 25th overall.