Picket Fence Newsreel: Action Man.
1. In life, you can be a man of words, or a man of action. You can call for change, or you can – in the too-often quoted words of Gandhi – be the change you want to see in the world. By the same token, you can be a “World No 1”, or you can be a true leader.
Leading that charmed life of his, Roger Federer can be both.
With other players are busy nursing injuries or playing Mickey Mouse tournaments in 3 different continents, le Fed announced that he is embarking on a short trip to Ethiopia to visit one of his charitable projects.
I am on my way to visit one of the projects that I support in Ethiopia. But before I left home yesterday, the Austrian Postal Service presented me with a stamp. It was a nice honor.
It’s been said so often that we don’t think it’s necessary to say it anymore, and coming from me of all people, it probably doesn’t mean much, but: this man is good for the sport. When was the last time an ATP player initiated a visit to Africa in the middle of a tennis season?
2. He’s bbbbaaack? Not quite. Marat Safin will play the Champions Series event in Rio next month (March 12-14). In his own words, “it will be an interesting change to be one of the young guys on the tour again.“
He’s doing a great job at convincing us that he’s sick of tennis, isn’t he? Sheesh dude, at least gimme some time to actually start missing you.
3. Mentioning retiree exhos, this has somehow escaped my attention: Ivan Lendl is due to play his first exho against Mats Willy in Atlantic City on April 10. They’ll be joined by Venus (host), Andy Roddick and – yes it’s him again – Marat Safin. (Clickey)
I know I’m way too young to like him, but I totally have a thing for the sexy-fugness of Ivan Lendl. I don’t like to talk about it.
4. Del Potro is due to miss Dubai and the Davis Cup tie between Argentina and Sweden because of a wrist injury.
He sustained it on Thursday during a practice session, and has been bothered by tendinitis in that wrist since the start of the year.
Boo. No Soddercakes v del Poop.
Only one of those two articles shed new light. I’ll leave it at that.
6. If you were Jelena Jankovic: you just lost in the third round of a slam. Again.
You haven’t made it into Week 2 of single slam since the US Open 2008. You’re on the verge of falling out of the top 10, and you spend half the time being overpowered and outhit by your fellow players.
Do you really think it’s a good idea to sack your coach right now and go solo?
7.It might be unexciting now to watch the top seeds crush their way through Mickey Mouse draws, but hopefully, we’ll catch some a semi-decent finals over the weekend.
In Pattaya, Vera Zvonareva advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Alberta Brianti of Italy. Since I can’t even pronounce half the names left in the draw, I’ll be mightily peeved if Vera doesn’t win this.
Melanie Oudin is having a good week after her Fed Cup run, defeating Nutty Patty in straight sets for a place in the quarterfinals. Life is also smooth sailing for Shahar Peer, who has become the Queen of WTA Tier II since late last year.
Verdasco and Roddick stay on course for a dream final in San Jose. Novak Djokovic claimed some Swiss scalp in his first tournament as the World No 2, beating Marco Chiudinelli 64 62, while Monfils, Misha and Kolya all progressed in straight sets. *Yawn*
We better get Djokovic v Davydenko and Verdasco v Roddick this weekend. I need my tennis high.