Picket Fence Newsreel: the Alchemist.


1. Fire! Water! Air! Earth!

No, it’s not some weird Captain Planet cult invented by Gen-Y Federer fans, just the new Wilson BLX racket.

You know you’re suffering from Federer withdrawal if you watched the entire thing despite the annoying voice and the background that looks like it was stolen from a TV promo for ‘Charmed‘.

Advertising fail, Wilson.

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2. More on the earthquake in Chile: Gonzo has told the Chilean press that he might pull out of Indian Wells to raise money for Chile’s earthquake victims.

“What I want is to help, and I’m looking at the possibility of not going to play at Indian Wells and to stay in Chile to help.

“I have several ideas and in a couple of weeks I’ll try to do something to generate resources. I want to send a message of hope to all of Chile. What does not kill strengthens. I have received many messages from my colleagues, including Roger Federer, who is very concerned about what happened in Chile. I hope that we pull through this.”

Gonzo also asked his countrymen to stop the looting. “There are more important things than to go looting, we should all be united,” said Gonzalez, adding that he will try to raise Chilean spirits by leading them to a Davis Cup victory. “I hope to win and so give a little joy to our country is suffering so much.” [Chile’s DC tie against Israel has be rescheduled to start on Saturday]


He might act like an asshole on court at times, but Fernando Gonzalez is a decent guy who’ll do anything for his country. If you didn’t know that already from his performances at the Olympics.

You know who else is a decent guy? The Swissy who messaged his colleague out of concern.

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3. Talk about earthquakes, the tectonic plates need to calm down.

After Haiti and Chile, Taiwan has also been hit by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in the South. There is widespread damage and disruptions to communications around the island. Local news reports said several people were injured.

The Chinese Taipei Davis Cup team is in Melbourne, preparing for their tie against Australia this weekend.

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4. Will he or won’t he?

First, Nalby tells the press that he’ll play Davis Cup on a wheelchair if he has to. Then he pulls out. Now, it seems that Bandy will be making an appearance after all in Argentina’s tie against Sweden. He’s down for doubles, but may play a singles rubber if things get close.

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5. Indian Wells wild cards have been issued to Henin, Moya, Nalbandian, Ginepri, McHale, Glatch, Mattek-Sands, Molik, Daniilidou, Paszek, Ryan Harrison and Alja Tomljanovic.

Perfect. All need we – apart from a picket fence – is for TMF to make an appearance too.

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6. Mentioning Indian Wells, casualties so far: Vesnina, Mirza and – I believe – the newly Americanised Tommy Haas. Haas recently underwent surgery on his right hip and is expected to be sidelined for up to 6 weeks, or – as retirement gossip has it -forever.

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7. More pictures from Ethiopia, courtesy of SI.

A little medicine for all your withdrawal symptoms. ‘Cause I’m thoughtful like that. 😉

xx doots

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18 responses to “Picket Fence Newsreel: the Alchemist.”

  1. LJ says :

    why is feddy attempting the locomotion in the first pic?

    and the 2nd pic is EPIC!!!!!!!

    i can’t believe it’s been a month since AO, so glad the winter olympics were there to distract me for 2 weeks, otherwise i would have done something bad, like attempt to smash a racquet or something

  2. jfK says :

    I can’t believe how many players are missing Indian Wells 😦

    Thanks for the medicine for the withdrawal. I like the photos of Roger clapping in Ethiopia. Especially the ones where he’s clapping.

  3. pban says :

    Love the one where he is sitting all by himself under a tree. Had cricket to distract me till now….even that is over as far as I am concerned. I am oficially tired of my frazzle free existence, one can only take so much of this calm non- sleep deprived lifestyle. So nice to see Feddy start his PR exercise for the next year’s sportsmanship awards so early…really warms an embittered soul like me 😉

  4. pban says :

    MIA you and I along with the usual rants from doots are the first to jump on the somebodies who love to chew and spew on goat fodder 😀

  5. Lovekosifed says :

    Dear Nike,

    I think that Roger has been dropping clues as to his preferred color for the next sets of kit, and I am not referring to his jeans.

    For your compliance.

    (Re: First pic. Roger, have you been naughty, that the teacher told you to stand in the corner and clap by yourself?)

  6. TennisAce says :

    Does Roger Federer have the telephone number of every player in the ATP? I swear that every time something happens someone mentions how he called or sent a text message. Bizarre. Is there any comparable person on the WTA? You know, someone who calls or texts their colleagues whenever something happens in their country? I just cannot understand why people deride this fellow and call him names etc. Maybe I am really a Fed KAD. LOL

    • dootsiez says :

      The last part goes without saying.

      It’s no secret that Roger gets along with his colleagues no? Cos he’s squishy like that. *FedKads R US*

  7. pban says :

    so are we all and thank god for that: 🙂

  8. Warwick360 says :

    Who is TMF…..o_0? And what a silly wilson advert. I was hoping an Allez from Henin…. 😛

    BTW, i hope/wish for hit for chile at Miami.

  9. Alex says :

    Wilson ad is the funniest thing ever. We all know Roger gets a custom racquet with paint job.

  10. Jack says :

    We must be suffering from Fed withdrawal if we watched a video about a racquet! 🙂

    But honestly, that video is wierd!! First, it starts with the strange movie-like intro and then it feels like one of those wierd commercials you see on shopping channels!

    5 minutes of my life I’m never getting back!! 😀

  11. Van says :

    I was thinking along the same lines of Tennis Ace up there: Federer sure is a reaching-out son of a gun, huh? But that’s what makes him the leader of the tour.

  12. Reaching out Sun of a Gun says :

    I have all the top player’s numbers. Plus I am a texting guy. No matter how big the message is, I can type in 3 lines or less.

  13. pban says :

    Well any top player can get the numbers and yet it is always that swiss guy whose name gets mentioned.Fedhaters and journos will somehow twist this into another evidence of his arrogant smugness or smug arrogance or whatever and yet players, officials, on court staff rave about his decency.I don’t care what the detractors say someone sure was brought up right.After 2008 and 2009 I think Feddy does not give a lot of credence to what that self righteous breed we call journalists say….and I say aye to that 😛

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