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Finding Roger Federer Meltdown footage on YouTube is like finding a seat on the Number 4 Lexington Avenue subway at 9:30 in the morning. [Non-New Yorkers, take note: it's rare.] The Greatest of All Time usually deals with blown shots by dragging his middle finger across his forehead and tucking his hair behind his ear. Not this time. This was a semi-final match with Novak Djokovic at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida. Djokovic just broke Fed in the third and deciding set and was up 15-0 when the Greatest of All Time took his eyes off a routine approach shot that could have evened the score. Federer went through lots of racquets when he was playing the junior circuit; wonder if he felt a little wave of nostalgia upon banging this one hard into the court.

On the Sideline

Entries from April 1, 2012 - April 30, 2012


Worthy Opponent: Henry Strozier


Henry Strozier is an actor. You know him from those cranberry commercials, where he and his buddy are wearing overalls and standing in a bog. On the tennis court, he's an actor, too.  He acts like he doesn't know what he's doing. But that would be wrong.

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Curl Up and Die

What a rare pleasure it was to be up, 5-0, against my husband at the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club. 

It was my monthly doubles clinic with Anne Hobbs, a former tour player who reached #6 in the world in doubles in 1984.  Yeah, she's good.  I was playing with Volley Girl.  Mark was filling in for a no-show and playing with Crosscourt Forehand.

He had struggled through massive traffic to get to the club, and so he was unfocused and stressed out. He joined us more than an hour into our clinc, so Lefty was also confused.  We were about to close it out.

And now, Anne was going all coach-y and ruining it.

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Hope Strings Eternal

I picked up my newly-strung racquet today, popping the stringbed against the heel of my left hand, the way I see the pros do when they're pulling a new racquet out of their bags during a changeover.

Yup, I thought, there are strings in this racquet!

That's about all I'm sensing when I do this.  What are the pros doing, then?

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