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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 May 1, 2012 - May 31, 2012


Worthy Opponent: Richard Codor

Amazing, how he can still play with a poison arrow in his back.

Richard Codor knows what he wants when it comes to tennis.  He wants to play early, at 7:00AM, before the heat of the day.  He wants to play on Court 6B, the tree-shaded clay court farthest away from the Prospect Park Tennis Center's clubhouse, to minimize the glaring early morning sun.  And he wants me to stop catching my toss over and over again before my serve.

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Iron Man Isner Loses Latest Marathon Match With a Frenchman

What is it with American John Isner and the French?  He just doesn't want to get off the court when he sees a Frenchman across the net.

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French Open Shocker: Serena Williams Out in First Round

Courtesy of Associated Press, WTAtennis.comWell, I'm not going to be baking myself a cake in the "I Hate Tennis" French Open bracket contest.

My chosen women's champion, Serena Williams, number 5 in the world, was knocked out in the first round by a French player who's not even in the top 100, Virginie Razzano, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3.

Serena Williams has never lost a first round match in a Slam. NEVER.

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Proof that Tennis Hate is Universal #1

A disrespected wrist band, spotted on Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.



French Open: Win the Brackets, I'll Bake You a Cake

You read that right.  CAKE. Not croissant.

Haters, the draw is out for Roland Garros, which begins this Sunday in Paris. Join me in a special "I Hate Tennis" Racquet Bracket for the men's and women's draws. The person with the most points at the end of the tournament gets a cake, baked by me, with love. Mixed with hate, of course. That's the whole point of this blog.

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