Round 1 French Open

Very exciting that the U.S. has such a dominant presence in Round 1 of the French Open.  So far Isner, Querrey, D. Young, S. Williams, V. Williams have made it through.  Tomorrow Sock, Johnson and Klahn will play for a spot in Round 2.

I caught the Djokovic and Sousa match today and I must say aqua is a great color for Novak.  It coordinates well with the red clay and goes well with his coloring.

Tomorrow my eyes will be on Haas and hopefully his shoulder will hold up.

 

Haas Takes Wawrinka in Rome

Tommy Haas defeated Stan Wawrinka to make it into the quarterfinals where he will compete with Dimitrov for a spot in the semifinals of the Italian Open.  In the first set Haas had to adjust to the pace and seemed to be struggling to keep up, but his strength and agility were enough to perservere. Here are some observartions:

1. I was expecting him to use his down the line backhand more.  Not sure if it is due to an injury or too much pace on Stan’s balls.

2. Haas made fewer errors than Wawrinka and had great focus.  I can tell when Haas is focused because he swishes his tongue around in his mouth when he serves.

3. Drop shots were amazing

4.  Ace down the T to win the match was sublime.

 

A few years back Tommy attributed his poor choice of tennis clothing due to the lack of a clothing contract.  Since then he has picked up Ellesse as a sponsor.  I just hope that they give him a tennis wardrobe that takes advantage of his flawless, timeless coloring.  Against Wawrinka he wore white and navy.  The white looked much better on him than the navy.  Good colors for Tommy are lavender, red, turquoise and even lighter shades in the blue palette.

Tommy Haas in Roma

Two of my favorite things- Tommy Haas and Rome.  It’s probably no secret that the Tennis Bitch utterly adores Tommy Haas and has fully endorsed him for the 2014 season.  It’s admirable how he is still going strong and chasing his dream, being the oldest player on the ATP.  Not to mention the finest looking.  He is moving well and making great shots and serves during the first set of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome against Seppi, leading 6-1.

 

Tommy Haas Defeats Djokovic

If you caught the match between Haas and Djokovic, then you saw the oldest player on tour take out the number one player.  Wow!  Haas was spot on for this match and Djokovic could not seem to gain an edge.  In an interview Haas blamed his lack of having a clothing contract on his poor fashion sense on the courts.  We here at the TennisBitch have a solution for Haas. Just leave your shirt off then you only need to coordinate your shoes and shorts, thus making it much easier.  Judging from this photo below, I’m sure others would agree.

Tommy Haas at 2013 Sony Open Tennis.
Tommy Haas at 2013 Sony Open Tennis.

Tommy Haas Can Dance

And if a man can dance good….

Seriously, that should be your takeaway from yesterday’s match between Tommy Haas and Roger Federer in the Gillette Federer Tour in Brazil.  Despite losing the match 6-4/6-4, Tommy was the star of the show with his slick dance moves during the changeover.  It left this blogger wanting to see more.  As far as fashion goes, Roger won that superlative.  What I love about Roger’s clothes is that his shorts always looked tailored to fit him.  They are not big and baggy.  They give him enough wiggle room, yet fit snug enough so that we can admire his…..form.  I thought the blue shorts with the white stripes were perfection. At least from behind anyway.

The Match

1.  Tommy held up pretty good against Federer’s serve.

2.  Roger had excellent placement on nearly all of his shots.

3.  It seemed at times that Roger was just messing around and could have ended the match a lot sooner had he wanted to.

4.  Tommy’s serve was a mild discomfort for Roger.

5.  Tommy had a harder time directing the ball away from Roger.

What I love about the Gillette Tour in Brazil is that players are having a lot of fun.  The between set shirt-changes, dancing and playful banter are what draw me in to watch.  Go to Roger’s YouTube channel to watch more of the tour in Brazil.