Every year, the top 8 men in tennis play a round-robin tournament. It’s a relatively unknown event as far as my circle of knowledge is aware, but I’m sure it’s a huge deal in Europe and for true tennis fans like myself.
The best of the best square off against each other in a battle royale, which frequently sets the stage for the upcoming year and the Australian Open (commencing in January 2012).
This year, I am particularly pleased to see Mardy Fish making his debut as a member of the elite 8. It keeps America’s streak of having at least one man in this tournament at 25 years. After years of his own personal ups and, more often than not, downs, Fish has put his game together at the age of 30. When you consider the other names in the field, Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, Ferrer, Berdych and Tsonga, Mardy looks like a small “Fish” in a big pond. BOOYAH! That was an unplanned joke attack. Pretty much, Mardy is not as good as the rest and is rightfully taking a “just glad to be here” attitude.
As for Mr. Roger, I am delighted in his performances of the past two weeks. He has just won back to back tournaments in Basel, Switzerland and Paris. He looked remarkably poised and precise in both tournaments and came up with big wins against top players such as Roddick, Berdych, Wawrinka and Tsonga. GO FED GO!
I believe the London tournament starts this Sunday. If you’re interested, there’s some good TV coverage at least nearing the end of the tournament.