Weekly links — Got labeled “our resident tennis expert” and this stellar U.S. Open preview won’t help me shake that label

Posted: 08/28/2017 in tennis
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A co-worker labeled me as “our resident tennis expert” and I am still deciphering those words.

Guess I won’t be able to shed that label after pounding out a U.S. Open preview in 40 minutes.

The stellar tennis preview marks the return of Weekly Links — just one in this case: https://www.upi.com/Sports_News/Tennis/2017/08/27/2017-US-Open-preview-seedings-Rafael-Nadal-Roger-Federer-the-main-attractions/4621503877092/

Still trying to digest this “tennis expert” tag and whether I should view it as a compliment.

I mean, I didn’t even know what Stan Wawrinka looked like until a few weeks before he won the 2016 U.S. Open. And Agnieszka Radwanska was the No. 1 seed at a women’s tournament last week and I wouldn’t know who she was if she knocked on my door.

Oh yeah, I have never written the name of Novak Djokovic on this website. Well, until now.

I did attend the women’s tennis tournament at La Costa a few times before that event disappeared from the San Diego sports scene. But I wasn’t there covering people serving aces and delivering pinpoint backhands.

Oh yeah, I never paid admission either.

But click on the link and you will find the enticing angle of legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer possibly meeting for the first time at the U.S. Open should both reach the semifinals.

Let that sink in, those two guys have played 37 times and none of those meetings occurred at Arthur Ashe Stadium. And they have combined to win seven U.S. Open titles – five by Federer.

The women’s draw is far less compelling with Serena Williams away due to pregnancy. Neither of the top two seeds – No. 1 Karolina Pliskova and No. 2 Simona Halep – have won a Grand Slam event and both have developed a reputation for wilting under the pressure of the big-time events.

Oh wait, that bordered on something a tennis aficionado would know.

Hmmm, going to be hard to shake this label.

It makes me think about covering the Crew Classic rowing regatta in San Diego five or six times. Heck, spending a Sunday on Crown Shores Point wasn’t the worst spring-time gig but now I wonder if the former co-workers were calling me “our resident rowing expert” behind my back.

Yeah, certainly, the saying things behind my back part probably rings true. But please leave rowing expert out of the sentence.

Back to tennis — did you know if you Google Caroline Wozniacki, you find about 40 pictures of her in a bikini for each one in a tennis outfit?

She happens to be the No. 5 seed at the U.S. Open. And she’s 0-6 in finals this season.

There you go, the top-flight info that only a tennis expert can provide.

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