It was a pretty good weekend of Davis Cup action. The Davis Cup is getting pretty good again, as people are starting to enjoy playing for their countries again. In the 70’s and 80’s most of the guys like Connors and such never had the time, but Mac changed all that and although some players may take a Tie off for the most part they show up.
The Brits beat the Japs 3-1 behind Andy Murray, but Nishikori didn’t go down easily vs. Murray, as Kei after losing the first 2 sets fought back but fell in the 5th. The defending Champs move forward. The Americans beat the Aussies behind Isner and the doubles team of the Bryans, and even got to play against the opposing coach as Hewitt tried to play dubs to help the Australian cause but also lost in 5 sets.
When Kyrgios fell ill, the Aussies realized that they picked the wrong surface for the Tie as grass is Issie’s best surface. The Croates and last year’s finalist the Belgians played to 3-2 victory for the Croatians when although Goffin won his 2 singles, Coric closed it out in the fifth rubber for Croatia. The Serbia – Kazakhstan match was surprising close as Troicki needed to win in the 5th rubber, after Djokovic almost blew it being down 2 sets to one to Kukushkin.
The Argentines beat the Poles 3-2 but played a dead rubber at the end. The Czechs had their hands full with the Germans as Kohlschreiber won his 2 singes but still lost 3-2. The French and the Italians swept the Canadians and the Swiss respectively as Switzerland didn’t have Federer and Wawrinka and Canada was Raonicless. Hey I just made up a new word.
Now we move over to the USA for two American hard-court Master’s events this month. The first is this week in Indian Wells and the second is in Miami. We will begin play on Thursday and take our time as the tournament will take 11 days. We don’t have any good Indian Wells stories but maybe we have one for Miami.
In the old days the event was known as the Lipton and although I never played in it, my best friend did play in the qualifying, and I remember him telling me a story. After getting his ass kicked, he was talking to a very nice elderly couple who had watched the match. He didn’t want to talk to anyone after an embarrassing performance, but you have to please the fans right? They said so tell us little about yourself. He said “Well I’m taking year off from college to see if I can make it on the tour”, and their response was “If I was you I’d go back to college”. OUCH!!!!! Talk about kicking a man when he’s down.
Anyway enough of memory lane, it’s tough out there. Maybe that’s why I went back to college as well and am spending my time writing for you guys at askthebookie.com and making bets at America’s Bookie cuz it’s a lot easier doing this, then when I was doing that. Enjoy the tennis this week guys.