Australian Open begins tennis year in good form
The first grand slam of the year has come and gone after two weeks filled with spectacular tennis, stunning upsets and silly commentators.
For those who didn’t make the adventurous trek overseas to Melbourne for the Australian Open, this also means a return to normal sleeping habits. Because of the difference in time zones, matches played in the afternoon in Melbourne are televised well into the wee hours of the morning here in the U.S.
This year’s champion for the Men’s single was Novak Djokovic of Serbia. He won the Australian before in 2008, making this his second grand slam title. Djokovic has long been a player whose hype never caught up to his results – until now. He finally performed under pressure, beating Roger Federer in the semifinals.
Though both tennis giants, Federer and Nadal lost, Federer made the semifinals, and Nadal made the quarters. No easy task, especially considering the quality of the players they defeated in their matches.
Anyone who’s watched tennis before knows that match commentators have the propensity to say some funny stuff – this year was no different. Veterans like Cliff Drysdale, Dick Enberg and Brad Gilbert were joined by long-time college football commentator Chris Fowler from ESPN, who earned the award for funniest line of the whole tournament.
In the match between Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, who has the nickname Stan the Man, when Wawrinka began to crumble under the force of Federer’s game, Fowler said, “Stan the Man? More like Stan the Tomato Can.” Classic.