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epa04008747 Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a ball to Australian Lleyton Hewitt during their Men's final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane, Australia, 05 January 2014. EPA/DAVE HUNT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY |
The 2014 world of tennis started off with a Big Bang. Yes ,the marriage of Ryan Sweeting and Kaley Cuoco on New Year’s Eve. We are thrilled for them. Lovebirds for sure. We got a Postcard from Sven and he was photo bombed and did a photobomb. Classic Groeneveld. Maria Sharapova got him on his credential photo. And somehow Sven got in the Serena prematch shot. It actually was a tv shot and it looked like he kept trying to get out of the frame.
Tennis Family Royalty Brett Connors spent New Year’s Eve at the Playboy Mansion in Bel Air, California or maybe that south side of Sunset is called Holmby Hills. The tennis court up there is in a beautiful setting. Brett is family to Hugh Hefner. BCP (Brett Connors photography) He is the most talented young tennis photographer. He also loves to shoot everything and anything around us in nature. We really love his sunsets. His go pro oven shot is right up there. He has a real eye for beauty. We hear there’s a new beauty or two chasing him. Good thing he is working 20 hour days.. Yes, he is off to Melbourne to cover his 7th. Auzzie Open with ESPN.
Re: Roger Federer and this stage of his career. He needs to win matches in straight sets. That extra set he played against Chardy wore him out, and he maybe jammed a toe maybe? He still had to play a doubles after that match against Jeremy. I think by the time the finals Roger had a not so full tank. I’m not saying that Hewitt isn’t a bulldog but we sure wanted to see the trophy go the other way around. But it’s great for Auzzie tennis that Hewitt won Brisbane.
It’s very uncommon for the first tournament of the season to feature four women who has claimed the No.1 ranking to reach the semifinals, but that what occurred in Brisbane when current No. 1 Serena Williams and three other players who have reigned as queens of the sport made it to the final four.
John Isner may be starting to repeat his nightmare scenario of a year ago when an injury at the Hopman Cup forced him from the Australian Open. And surprise Melbourne semi-finalist Sloane Stephens, his Hopman teammate, is also suffering with injury...
Word is that Prince is going back in the ball business. Yikes, their balls were only so so. They should stick to what they do well. Rackets! Since we are on our favorite subjects "Balls". The men's pro tour changes balls at events way too often. There is no consistency.