What did we learn from the US Open this year? Mostly things we already knew. Things such as Novak Djokovic being invincible. Roger Federer is beginning to show the wear and tear of competing at a high level and on the decline as a player. Rafael Nadal still has no clue on how to beat Djokovic and that not all things Serena touches turn into gold. Not umpires and no US Open cups either.
Serena Williams fined $2000. She probably won’t even feel that!
Can you believe that Serena Williams only got a $2000 fine? That is just ridiculous. That is like fining me a nice $0,25 cents. The official statement of the USTA is as follows:
Statement Regarding Serena Williams’ Code Violation Fine
US Open Tournament Referee Brian Earley has fined Serena Williams $2,000 following the code violation issued for verbal abuse during the women’s singles final. This fine is consistent with similar offenses at Grand Slam events. As with all fines at the US Open, the monies levied are provided to the Grand Slam Development Fund which develops tennis programs around the world.
After independently reviewing the incident which served as the basis for the code violation, and taking into account the level of fine imposed by the US Open referee, the Grand Slam Committee Director has determined that Ms. Williams’ conduct, while verbally abusive, does not rise to the level of a major offense under the Grand Slam Code of Conduct.
I seriously do think that the US Open has to make a more progressive system where players who have earned more money pay a bigger fine and vice versa for those who don’t. Because this $2000 fine is not going to make someone of Ms Williams stature feel like they did anything wrong. And to be honest , Serena’s action only reminded me of the days where big angry girls tell you to wait after school. So I guess the real question is: Will Serena await the referee with her bicycle too after hours or can he just drive home safely?
Sam Stosur finally!
After many many years of cheering for Sam Stosur and being heavily disappointed with her loss in the Roland Garros final of 2009, she has finally done it!! And she deserves it after many years of hard work. What else is there to say about this marvelous win? Nothing, but “I hope there will be a few more”.
Caroline Wozniacki still slamless
I was talking to a friend of mine and we are both convinced that Caro will win at some point but ouch! What a display of power by Serena who just blew Caro off the court. I think Caro will win a slam once the Williams sisters retire. I am not being harsh but at this point, I don’t see many of the top 10 players beat Serena.
Ana Ivanovic impresses me and hopefully you too!
And another victim of the hurricane that is Serena but boyohboy did she impress me with her run into the second week. I saw glances of an Ana that soon will reign the WTA Tour again. One can only hope but this one has been hoping for quite a long time and this great run at the US Open is more than a flicker. Trust me!! She is going to come back!
The winners of the Rafael Nadal book “Rafa”
We had a little contest where you can win the Rafael Nadal biography “Rafa” if you joined our Facebook page and told us why we should send you a free copy of the marvelous book. There were quite a few contestants but I can only pick three winners. So after talking to my editor I have decided on the following three people who’s contributions on our Facebook page I really loved. To the winners: Manfred Wenas will contact you soon about the contest. To those who didn’t win: Thanks for participating. We really appreciate it.
And here are the winners of the Rafa biography:
I love Rafa because he inspires me to be better — a better tennis player, a better student, a better daughter, a better sister, a better employee, a better citizen, a better person. Because of him, I have learned that I may not be perfect but I’ll sure as heck try to be.
I love Rafa because he is a charismatic person. He is not afraid to show the world the different sides that make him a special person. He is loyal, a fierce competitor, truthful, hard working, gentle, and respectful. It is hard to take your eyes off of him when he is playing tennis- he is so focused on the job. But, he can also go into a grocery store as the most unassuming everyday person. He is special!!
I love Rafa for his contrasts and seeming contradictions. He hates losing yet can wax philosophical about defeat. He’s one of the greatest tennis players ever yet is exceedingly humble. He radiates intensity on court, yet is boyish and self-effacing off court. He’s a multi-millionaire who often flies coach. But mostly, I love him because it thrills me to watch his physical style of tennis, his athleticism and determination. To see him live (even in practice) is to watch a rock star, a man with incredible charisma. The guy has that ineffable je ne sais pas. Love, love, love him.
Virtua Tennis 4 goodie bag winner
We had more than one contest running, which really is quite unique for TennisGrandstand. The winner of the Virtua Tennis goodie bag winner is: Chance Taylor. Manfred Wenas will soon contact you, Chance.
Chance Taylor is the goodie bag winner.
I should win the Virtua Tennis 4 goodie bag because tennis is my #1 favorite sport. Everyone I know are like, “GO FOOTBALL!”, and I’m like, “GO TENNIS!” and they all look at me like I’m stupid. They think tennis is stupid. I want to show them how AWESOME it really is. I still want this even though I don’t have a PS3. I want the awesome extras. XD I’m trying out for Lincoln High School’s tennis team this year ’cause I’m finally old enough. I’ll leave you with this to ponder: PLEASE LET ME WIN!!!
And now for even more fun. Photos of a celebrating Sam Stosur. Enjoy the photos provided to us by Oakley ARC.