That was a horribly painful match to watch. Agassi had it - he shoulda won it - but he was so cocky he ‘forgot’ that champions play one-point-at-a-time, and he blew it. He was not a champion at the time, though, but later went on to become one of the greatest champions in history. He learned crushing, valuable lessons from this match.
(At least I’m pretty sure this is the match where he did that…in another French Open match he was terrified his hair weave/wig would blow off, so he wouldn’t move around the court like he should have. But I don’t think that one went 5 sets.) ~whyinthehell
It was a pretty exciting final - two sets, both tiebreaks - great play from all four players. But more interesting than the outcome was the team the Bryan’s played against for the Championship. Their opponents were Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Huq Qureshi. Bopanna is from India and Qureshi is from Pakistan.
The UN ambassadors from both countries sat together in the stands, watching the match.
" “Is world peace going to prevail?” wondered one fan at the 2010 U.S. Open doubles final Friday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I think the bet from the last 3,000 years of history is going against it,” his friend answered.
[After the match]…in a moving address from center court, Mr. Qureshi pleaded for acceptance of his countrymen to loud applause. “Every time I come here I feel there’s a very wrong perception of Pakistan as a terrorist country,” he spoke into the microphone. “We want peace in this world as much as you guys want.”
Later the ambassadors of the two countries surprised the Bryan brothers in their press conference by presenting each with a beautifully patterned cloth, in thanks for their efforts to raise funds for flood relief in Pakistan.”
Bob Bryan also won the Mixed Doubles Championship with Leizel Huber - beating Qureshi and his partner in the finals. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from Qureshi and Bopanna - they’re both great doubles players and both speak out for peace, though Qureshi seems more comfortable speaking emotionally and eloquently to stadiums of thousands of people. According to the UN ambassadors yesterday, the two players will be playing on the India/Pakistan border - with Qureshi playing on the India side and Bopanna playing on the Pakistan side.
When they first teamed up together they wore shirts which read, “End War, Start Tennis”. Tennis is probably the most “international” of all sports, so their message can, does, and will reach far and wide.
Rafael Nadal, the modern Adonis (and oh yeah, remarkable tennis player), will play the Scotsman Andy Murray in the Semifinals of Wimbledon tomorrow. This is pretty cool for several reasons…tennis fans don’t need me to tell them anything and non-tennis fans won’t care, so I won’t go into them now.
I’m mostly excited because I was a rabid men’s tennis fan for a very long time, but once Pete Sampras retired my interest in the game diminished considerably. Nadal is one of the few players I care much about watching these days. And it’ll be extra exciting since all of the UK will be pounding for Murray to win…and Nadal never, ever gives up.