Friday, January 23, 2009

Random Aussie Ramblings, Vol. III: What is this now, soccer?

... I've never been able to understand why people choose sporting events to make political statements. And why they'd think that throwing chairs and injuring innocent people proves you're right. Ethnic tensions between Bosnians and Serbians came to a boil on Day 5, with morons -- er, spectators -- throwing chairs at each other and knocking some woman unconscious. There's not a lot more to say about this, except that the days of the streaker are sorely missed ...

... except on the doubles court, where a guy showed up on court half-naked during the Williams sisters match. Considering the alternative, bring it on, I guess ...

Ana Ivanovic bowed out to Alisa Kleybanova in the third round. Kleybanova's a nice player and played a great match, but it's hard to win a match when you give up 50 unforced errors. And can anyone name one man in the top 100 who is so obviously not fit, because I can name about 10 women, and that ain't right.

Marat Safin indicated that this will be his last year on tour in his post-match conference. For those of us who could just break a tooth over that eye candy that is Safin, it's a sad day. As a tennis fan, though, it's about time, methinks. It's really sad to watch someone so naturally gifted lose matches for no really good reason and manage to lower his level to that of journeyman. If, as he says, he's no longer happy playing tennis, then that's that. At the conference, though, he was asked if he knows what he'll do next. His answer: "Yeah, but I'll keep it to myself for the moment. I would love to do that. I'm ready."
So, inquiring minds want to know: What's Safin's next move? Actor? Model? Wrestler? (Heaven forbid.)

4 comments:

TopSpin said...

Not fit? Ummmm, David Nalbandian?

Not surprised at Ivanovic going out early, she's looked less than convincing all week...

It's probably best Safins retiring, he's more relaxed, like a burden has been lifted and it seems to have improved his game...

Jodi said...

I have a theory about Marat Safin's post-tennis career... purely based on speculation and the way he turned up to and what he said during the Hopman Cup. He looked like he'd been in a bar brawl, and he made numerous references to his new 'bosses' knowing what his plans were for next year... which led me to conclude that he's pursuing a fulfilling career in the Russian mafia.

Pure speculation, of course.

Naf said...

Hey, TopSpin, Nalbandian looks pretty fit now. I know he's had his issues, but he's never looked like, say, Kleybanova.
LOL, Jodi. But I could actually see that. If anything happens to that face, though ...

Jodi said...

God, I would be DESTROYED if anything happened to that beautiful face. Or that beautiful body. Or any thing Marat-related, really.

Come back to tennis, Marat! COME BACK!