Soccer? What soccer?
Who cares about soccer when WIMBLEDON is starting!? The four tennis Grand Slams of the year are each like mini Christmases for me.
US Open: My favorite of the Grand Slams and the most fun to watch. Hard hitting tennis, awesome fans, and colorful outfits. I WILL go to this ASAP. I always started my fall semesters off behind because I spent the first two weeks of them watching tennis 24/7. My freshman year, my roommate pretty much thought I was insance because I would sit there for hours on end watching the US Open matches. The following years, she had gotten a little more used to it but I think she was still a little freaked out by my obsession.
Wimbledon: As a former Pete Sampras mega-fan, how could I not love this tournament? It's proper with an all-white (clothing!) rule, yet fast tennis and the trademark grass that gets so worn by the end of the two weeks. And I love the traditions of bowing to the royalty in their box and of course, strawberries and cream which is made into a story every year for someone like Bud Collins to cover. One year, when I was younger, I convinced my mom to get HBO for the month so I could watch every match.
Australian Open: I like this one bc it's another hard-hitting tournament and of course, the accents are fun. It's always so bright though and their constant reminders of the heat make it a little less fun to watch than the US Open which is it's closest counterpart. This one always has a lot of upsets because it's the first Slam of the year and of course it's where Monica Seles (another favorite) won after coming back from being stabbed.
French Open: My least favorite open but that's like picking a least favorite type of pizza-they're all good. I love to watch the players slide on the clay but the rallies can get way too long. Plus, Pete Sampras always made me nervous when he played there.
My obsession for tennis weakened a little bit once I started working a lot and didn't have the time to watch all of the matches and keep up with Tennis Magazine and online. I can no longer name every player in the Top 10 along with their sponsors and coaches names, but my freakish love for the game never died.
I'm sad to hear that Andre Agassi is retiring and I can only hope he makes an awesome run all the way to winning the US Open! Other male players I like are Roger Federer (he's too good though!), Marat Safin, Mark Philippoussis (serious crush on him at one point), Andy Roddick (needs to get his game back, though), James Blake (he can make me nervous when he plays, too), and David Nalbandian. Previous players I was all about were Pete Sampras (of course!), Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Goran Ivanisovic (mmmmhmmmm!).
On the womens side I like Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva (stupid serve), Martina Hingis (I hated her when she dominated though), Nicole Vaidosova, and usually anyone ekse from Russia. I can't stand Serena Williams or Justin Henin-Hardenne. Previous players I loved include Monica Seles (I MET HER!!!!!), Steffi Graf, Sylvia Talala (sp?), Mary Pierce and Lindsay Davenport (not playing Wimbeldon, I met her, too!).
I'm not making any predictions for the tourney just yet. I need to get a day or so of watching in first.