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2008 Western & Southern Masters III

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Hey Tennis Friends!

Another great, but less humid, day here at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters. I have spotty internet access, so we will see how this goes. Here are some photos from this morning:

James Blake's Pick-Up

Here’s James Blake, looking awkward as he just did a little pick-up as the ball got behind him. Who does he think he is not moving his feet, . . . me?

In all fairness to James, here is a shot of him getting a good crack at the ball with his forehand.

James Blake Forehand

He took out Gilles Simon in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

Western & Southern Masters Draw Board

Here’s the giant draw board. Except for in this wide shot picture, the names are pretty large so that you can see it from a distance. Plus, since it is up high, no one can walk in front of you. Good idea!

Novak Djokovic's Serve

Number three in the world, Novak Djokovic, gets quite the arch in his back when he serves. His forehand follow through seems extreme as well. He had a close challenge today as he barely got his straight sets win through two tiebreak sets over Simone Bolleli 7-6, 7-6.

Arnaud Clement Return

Here’s one of my favorites, again, Arnaud Clement going for a two handed backhand return winner. He played a tough, and long match today. After saving one match point, he lost in a third set tie break to Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.

Rafael Nadal Serving

Just for good measure, here’s the lefty serve of Rafael Nadal, as he cruises into the next round by beating his opponent, Florent Serra 6-0, 6-1.

I’ll see you next time, with more tennis, . . . outside the lines!

- Marcus Tennis

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2008 Western & Southern Masters II

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Hey Tennis Friends!

I was able to get a wireless internet connection, and filed this this report:

I’ll see you next time, with more tennis, . . . outside the lines!

- Marcus Tennis

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2008 Western & Southern Masters I

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Hey Tennis Friends!

It was a great day of watching pro tennis in Ohio! You’ve really got to get out to these events. There is so much to see and do!

Lindner Family Tennis Center Parking

That’s the Lindner Family Tennis Center way in the background. That is where the event is held. The photo is from where I parked. Sure it’s a little bit of a walk, . .. but it’s FREE PARKING!

By the way, my rental car (from Ohio) has a Kentucky license plate. They wouldn’t let me drive it off the lot until I knocked out a few of my teeth, put on some overalls, and married my sister. :-)

Baseline seats on the outer courts get you so close to the action! And they’re all general admission seating! Even the Grandstand (Stadium 2) has open baseline seating on one end. You don’t have to pay big bucks to see some of your favorite players close-up!

Arnaud Clement Serving

Here’s one of my favorites, Arnaud Clement, on his exciting comeback against Thomas Johansson. As you can see he is serving, down 3-5. He came back to win the set in a tiebreak! The crowd and I could not believe some of Johansson’s apparent winners that Clement ran down and returned for his own winners! It was truly a feat of superb athletic ability!

The second set also went to a tiebreak, which Arnaud lost, but he came back to take the third set 6-3. Final score: 7-6, 6-7, 6-3. Truly inspiring!

Roger Federer Playing Robby Genepri

Alright, here’s the obligatory photo of Roger Federer (in the foreground). He had a little bit of a scare today against American Robby Ginepri, with split tiebreak sets, but came back to wipe up the court with him in the third set. Final score: 6-7, 7-6, 6-0.

This is Center Court, the main stadium, and look how nice and cozy it is. I have yet to find a bad seat in the house. The outer courts are even better!

James Blake & Sam Querrey Communicating

Here’s the American doubles team of James Blake and Sam Querrey. What James is actually doing here is . . . actually communicating with his partner! What a perfect illustration of what I am always telling League partners to do. This is one of the few things that the pros do that is easy for you to do, as well.

Word on the grounds is that I might be able to come to you “Almost LIVE” tomorrow, so, watch your email box!

I’ll see you next time, with more tennis, . . . outside the lines!

- Marcus Tennis

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