What is almost as cool as live hockey?!

LIVE TENNIS!

Yup. So for anyone who cares, the Rogers Cup is in town for the week. This means BIG tennis names come to my hockey city at a time when us hockey fans are ready to check ourselves into the insane asylum because there is no hockey. Because all the big names are so cool, they got a bye into the second round which meant us people watching the first round didn’t get to see them on Monday. HOWEVER! All was not lost! Nope. Mr. Marat “I have Anger Management Issues” Safin saved the night by blowing up when he lost to the Monfils dude. Not the highest quality match ever but totally fun just the same. I loved it when Safin blew up and tried to homer one of the balls. He should’ve takened up baseball instead *g*

Monfils vs Safin
My session was supposed to include Gilles “EP still hates you for knocking out Roger last year” Simon and Frank “Umm I’m the top ranked Canadian guy at 105th in the world. Yay?” Dancevic but the weather didn’t cooperate so we left after the match being delayed TWICE.

I’m was a little mopey because STAN was playing in the earlier part of the day on Monday while ROGER was going to be playing on Tueday NIGHT when I had tix for the afternoon…. but as it happened, I was supposed to end up with Muz and Nole instead. Of course I was really worried about the weather and how that would screw up my plans to see these guys but I worried pretty much for naught.
Today started off with Hewitt and Ferrero. I was hoping for a bit more from Hewitt but it was not to be and he lost to Ferrero. No worries! Muz was next! Oh wait, I don’t like Muz… But Muz is a talented player and now I can say I’ve seen (and quietly) booed Muz. It’s nothing personal Muz. It’s just you know…. you’re not nice to Roger. ANYWAY. Muzzy smushed Chardy and the hot weather smushed me… And I wanted to smush those annoying group of kids across the court who kept screaming “ANDY MURRAY”. Poop. At there were long rallies! And no more fail dropshots of last night. And no more failsmashes from earlier.

Chardy and Muz at the coin toss

Because the weather stopped working after Muz won, we had to wait an HOUR before Nole could come back onto the court and win.

I am the weather. I suck.

So after wondering if the weather would clear up… It did! So they dried the court up…

They dry the courts with a billion of these things!

And play got underway!

I am Super Novak! POW!

Umm excuse me? Umm over here! Yeah. I exist you know *pouts*

Anyway… despite actually liking Nole, I had a problem. Because Nole was playing a canuck. Never heard of poor Peter Polansky before today (and apparently neither had the umpire as he kept on forgetting his name *G*). I didn’t really know who to cheer for. It wasn’t easy. Mind you…we Canadians are NOT patriotic about our tennis. Mainly because we suck at tennis. But we tried to back our guys a bit. Even if they were getting beat up. Simon ended up decimating Dancevic after I left yesterday, Polansky put up a good fight – probably the best out of the three Canucks even if I missed most of Roger/Niemeyer match – but lost in straight sets… and Niemeyer? Well, he was killed tonight by the Fed. Speaking of which….

While I was trying to cheer for Polansky while hoping that Nole would win so I could go home and eat dinner (it was 6:00 by this time), guess who showed up in the box seats not that far from me? ROGER! HE WAS THERE. Probably like… 50 feet from me. I was going to be content with being in the same city as him but NO. He just had to SHOW UP! I guess he was wondering how long Nole was going to take… While the stupid rules said I wasn’t allowed to use my awesome camera during the match, I just ignored it and took a pic of Roger anyway. It’s Roger. I may not get a chance to take a pic of the TMF (the Mighty Fed) this close again. Behold:

I am Roger. I am reading something. You can see my perfect hair through the glass even
So really, spent a good part of Nole’s match looking at Roger. Didn’t want to get into any trouble (the dudes are seriously strict at this stupid event) so I didn’t take any more pics of the TMF. So sorry to my Canuck and to Nole. You’re just not in the same level of awesomness as the TMF.

CONLUSION: I LOVE LIVE TENNIS! Even if it follow no time frame whatsoever. And even though the weather can screw you over. And even if they hire dumbos. I will be back Friday with a final assement =)
Two random things:
  • There were WAAAAAAAAY too many people in Yankees stuff. There was a kid in a Crysob shirt. And there was a guy in a Leafs hat. I went insane.
  • However, I did see this among the items that they were randomly auctioning off:

OVIE!!!! There was some Crysob failthing too but Ovie was cooler. Obviously.
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