CHICAGO • LAVER CUP TENNIS • GOSSIP • PARTIES • GREAT CROWDS • WHERE’S MO?

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CHICAGO • LAVER CUP TENNIS • GOSSIP • PARTIES • GREAT CROWDS • WHERE'S MO?

epa07042532 Team Europe poses with Laver Cup after defeating Team World at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 23 September 2018. EPA-EFE/KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI  |
Team Europe poses with Laver Cup after defeating Team World at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 23 September 2018.  EPA-EFE/KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI

 

 

Lovey JERGEN’S Journal

SEPT 2018

 

Here we are in Chicago. What a great event. We’ve been to the WILSON factory daily. Love to see some of the great old frames we played with. Yes. A Jack Kramer pro staff, there’s Jimmy Connors frame he made famous the T- 2000. I still have the shin scars to prove I played with it. Fast follow thru in serve.

 

I saw the “STINGS” in red trim and blue trim. A great $100 graphite racket. I saw the Pro Staffs that were used by Sampras • Courier and Chang and Edberg all at the same time. Must have been a good racket… A 90 inch frame that Roger Federer’s moved into. I saw the great “GALAXY”. Too bad the throat vibrated after second string job. We saw the wide beam ridiculous PROFILES. Ugh, did that big sweet spot cause big tennis elbow – if you didn’t find it. Ok. Boring. But interesting to tennis historians.

 

The parties. Oh my gosh. Everything is a blur of blue and red. We saw Ana, Basti, Mirka and the Boys, Chris Evert, and the list doesn’t stop… Andrew Krasney did his usual outstanding job. The media were well treated. Yay. Well fed, appreciated, and gifted. Thank you.

 

We find the format similar to the men’s year end championships in LONDON. It works. The schedule is pretty good for all. Players as well as attendees.

 

The way the sessions are scheduled you can really not be bored or worn out by too much tennis • This has tons of energy and tons of emotions this is great fun tennis!

 

What an interesting concept. Full stadiums with spectators enjoying how they spend their discretionary money. Tennis is in the hospitality industry. [It doesn't know that.] So this is probably the future of tennis? The Slams and these team matches.

 

We really missed someone who wasn’t at the LAVER CUP…. That’s MO!

 

Who? Mohamed Lahyani, the chair ump turned coach at the U.S. Open. ️Maybe he was suffering from the heat • who knows…. But his banishment is terrible!

 

He was relegated to back courts the rest of the Open. If you didn’t know. He has been suspended without pay till rest of the month.

 

Every generation has a great chair UMP that stands out. Examples • Frank Hammond • Gerry Armstrong • But nobody ever was in MO’s league.

 

Yes, he has a big smile and personality.

 

Mohamed Lahyani is the best Chair Umpire EVER! And • We Love You Mo!

 

Editors Note • Rod Laver belongs on the court with the players. Sitting on the couches. Hanging with the tennis guys. But instead he is sitting in a nice stadium seat. Is it too obvious? Maybe a gold emperors chair. But knowing ROD the idea of drifting among the two teams would be more fun that anything on earth. Think about it Roger. Tony. Or Rod speak up. It’s Your CUP!

 

Team Europe waits for the Laver Cup Trophy presentation after defeating Team World at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 23 September 2018. EPA-EFE/KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI

 

 

Team Europe’s Alexander Zverev (C-L) celebrates with teammates after winning the Laver Cup against Team World at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 23 September 2018.  EPA-EFE/KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI

 

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