Tuesday Tithbits: 28th January

Getting corked by a 35 kilo kid

I would’ve found it hilarious if that ballkid was the same one who got falconed by Rafa.

Ash Barty’s Run in Historical Terms

After today’s resounding win against Petra Kvitova, Ash is the first Australian woman to reach the Semi Finals in the Melbourne Park era (1988-), and the first since Wendy Turnbull in 1984, who defeated a very young Steffi Graf along the way, before she lost to Chris Evert in the last 4 at Kooyong.

Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t Hana Mandlikova, who won the title as a Czech in 1987, then ‘defected’ to Australia in 1988 and made the Quarters.

So this means since the move to Melbourne Park, 5 Aussies have reached the Semi Finals in the singles.

Ash joins the list, alongside Pat Cash, who lost the epic 1988 Final to Mats Wilander, Mark Woodforde made a great run in 1996 before he was whipped by Boris Becker, Pat Rafter lost a 5 set Semi Final to Andre Agassi in 2001, and Little Lleyton had that memorable run to the Final in 2005, where he ran into Marat Safin.

The same Marat Safin that played the 2002 Australian Open Final after a solid night on the sauce, and once celebrated a point at the French Open by dropping his dacks – For which he was immediately docked a point.

All I can say is, come on Barty, let’s go party, ah ah ah yeah.

Nick Kyrgios’ Grand Total Ace Count

What an effort – He was the first player to crack 100 aces for the tournament, although I’d say with certainty that Milos Raonic will be knocking him off top spot after tonight… Probably after the 1st Set.

I think last night’s match showed us one particular thing that still rings true about playing the Big 3 at the Majors.

You have to be absolutely perfect to win.

And of course, as I wrote this, a Seppo with a funny name provided further validation to that statement, against a half-crippled Swiss geriatric.

Why Tennys Sandgren has one of the more appropriate names in the Western World

He has a South African mother (Lia) and an American father (David), who eventually moved to Tennessee, and named him after David’s grandfather, who was a Swede from Sweden.

Ironically, his parents met at a tennis club in Johannesburg, which would’ve made a more fitting inspiration.

Anyway, you could really see his South African heritage come out during that 4th set, when he choked away 7 match points.

That, and he was apparently corked by a ball kid, who was most likely paid by Federer’s camp.

Here’s a weird fact – You know the last time Roger Federer lost to an American at a major?

The 2001 US Open, when he lost to Andre Agassi in the 4th Round.

Another Funny Moment From Today

Federer swearing in anger in what was apparently Swiss German, and then getting snitched on by the line judge to Marijana Veljovic in the chair, who gave him an obscenity warning.

I find that quite funny – Either Federer actually swore in English, or that line judge understands Swiss German, or she was just pining for some new cement shoes.

“What did I say?”

“I can’t repeat that.”

I saw 3 consecutive ads using Bad Guy during the AO coverage on Sunday

Quite fittingly, the day after it cracked No.1 on the Hottest 100.

I don’t think we’ve hated a hat-trick like that since Harbhajan tore the Aussies a new one at Eden Gardens in 2001.

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