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Olympic Tennis is Golden~ 
2nd-Aug-2012 11:19 pm
I'm not even going to let myself contemplate Murray winning the gold medal there in England during the London Olympics. This year's Wimbledon final was painful enough. I can't take the disappointment. Maybe he'll medal.

Still, I loved watching him play the first round of mixed doubles with the Brit chick, Robson. She was starting to melt at the end, but they pulled through. Fun!

And I won't wish for Maria to win gold either, because after she pulled out the French, I told myself I'd never care again if she won or lost. She has all four Grand Slams, and that's good enough. Still, I'll find it hard to believe if she doesn't medal, as she's all but guaranteed at this point.

Serena should win, if all goes according to form. But you never know with Serena. Sometimes she inexplicably crumbles. I believe the Williams sisters already have two golds in women's doubles, and they'll probably get another there.

I guess Rog has earned an individual gold. Rafa is resting his knees, and he already won gold four years ago. And Djokovic can win in Rio.

The best thing about Olympic tennis is that it's all been LIVE on Bravo. I just hope the coverage of the finals--which is on NBC--will also be live. I wonder if McEnroe or some other first string commentator will do the broadcast. Nothing against Justin Gimelstob and Renane Stubbs, but yeesh.

For the first time this year I got to see the men's semifinals from Wimbledon as it was happening, because the All England Club ousted NBC in favor of ESPN. It was so sweet. You wouldn't think it would be that big a deal in this day and age, but I actually never thought it would happen in my lifetime.

(Have I mentioned lately that I HATE NBC?)

Anyway, it's been far more enjoyable than I anticipated. And isn't it perfect that it coincided with my vacation week, so I could happily watch (or even snooze through) the 4:00am to noon coverage every day? Bonus!

3rd-Aug-2012 08:02 am (UTC)
I'd love to see Murray get a medal, but I'm totally NOT going to count for more. It's too depressing when he fails. Poor Murray. Poor US!

That was fun watching him play the mixed -- a real treat. I doubt they'll go very far, but it was still fun...

Serena SHOULD win -- I wonder if she WILL win?
3rd-Aug-2012 06:23 pm (UTC)

I was so disappointed Rafa decided to pass on the Olympics this time around but I understand why. I know he was even more disappointed than I am, and can't imagine having to pass up an opportunity to be the country's flag bearer as well! =/

I haven't watched Olympic tennis yet for many reasons but I hope I get to watch at least some of it because I'd like to be able to at least root for Serena. On the subject of the Williams sisters, do you think Venus is on her way to retirement, or do you think she still has some gas? Seems lately she's lost more than she's won (and in disappointingly early rounds too) but then again I am not as dedicated a fan as both you and Charlie are so you probably have a better perspective than I do. ;)

NBC's coverage has been disappointing, but that is a whole other story... *sigh*

3rd-Aug-2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
I was disappointed about Rafa, too (not as much as Sister Sue), but I knew he already had the gold, so there wasn't as much incentive for him. I can't remember which Spaniard ended up carrying the flag . . . Federer passed on the Opening Ceremonies because he was playing on Saturday, and Wawrinka got to carry the Swiss flag.

Serena kicked butt today, knocking off the world #1 Azarenka in nothing flat. Roger had to survive a marathon, though. He barely made it. And Andy beat Djokovic in straight sets, so we'll have a replay of the Wimbledon final for the men, while Serena will play Maria. GREAT MATCHUPS!

Yeah, Venus is pretty much at the end of her tennis career. What with that disease or condition she has and her lack of match play, she hasn't been competitive for a while. I was surprised she actually qualified for the Olympics in singles, to tell the truth. But she and Serena are still the dominant women's doubles team, so that's something to be proud of. As critical as people are about the Williams sisters, they've added so much to tennis over the years.

I'm really nervous that we won't see much of the finals. I guess we'll have to see. I'm sure I'll be ranting about this later, at Facebook and here, hehe!

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