Julie (djul) sent in this TennisWeek interview with Jennifer Capriati:
Tennis Week:No, I don’t want to put you on the spot, I’m just wondering if anyone you see reminds you of your style or has that Capriati intensity?
Jennifer Capriati: I love watching Nadal and Federer of course too. Nadal, I just love his tenacity and his work ethic and the way he just goes all out for every ball and the way he goes out there and treats every single match like this is the final. In a way, I kind of see myself in that way because I used to train just as hard as that and always tried to play with the intensity so you know I really respect Nadal for all of that.
Tennis Week: What are your thoughts about Nadal trying to comeback from the knee tendonitis? You had to deal with some injuries with your wrist and your shoulder — how difficult is it to comeback?
Jennifer Capriati: I think he hasn’t had any surgeries yet so I think when you have surgery that’s a really difficult thing to come back from. You just have to have the right people around him to advise him, the right doctors, the right medical staff and you must listen to your body and just don’t over do it. It’s easier said than done, but you’ve got to say it’s OK to step back and shut it down a little bit at times too, which can be tough. I hope he can do that because I love watching him and he’s great.
Given her career trajectory, I’m not sure I’m comfortable with this. ;)
RC sent in Cheryl Murray’s column about missing Rafa:
And yet despite overwhelming evidence and a statement from Nadal himself that he has been playing with ever-increasing pain over the past NINE months, there are still some esteemed colleagues of mine that are intent on questioning the validity of his withdrawal. In one particular publication, which I will not do the honor of naming, a writer suggested that the reason for the Spaniard’s decision not to play was simply that he didn’t feel he could win.
I have no words for how disgusted that makes me. Actually, I DO have a word for it – it’s just complete rubbish. Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have proven over the past 4 years that they are as tough as athletes come, that they are supremely dedicated to the sport – that they are willing to take their lumps like men. Yet the thinly veiled accusation is that the loss at the French Open has left Nadal so mentally unstable and unsure of himself that he would rather pull out of Wimbledon than risk losing. Nice, huh?
Myself? I’m saddened that there will be no Nadal-Federer final this year. There is nothing in the world of sports that quite captures the magic and atmosphere as those two men stepping on court against each other. It feels like the end of an era – a glorious, golden era. And I’m nostalgic enough to shed a few proverbial tears over the loss.
You tell ’em, sister.
RC also sends in an article filled with reminiscences of last year’s Wimbly.
Tim Henman: “Without a doubt, that was the greatest match in history. That’s the best match I ever saw. I was in the BBC commentary box the whole time. I did it with Andrew Castle, and on several occasions I pressed the button to turn my microphone off, and said to him: ‘This is a joke. This is the best match I’ve ever seen, and I really don’t want to screw this up with some stupid comment.’ ”
Bjorn Borg: “I think that was definitely the greatest match of all time at Wimbledon. I’m not sure about elsewhere. I was there on the court, and I was happy to be there, to see such a great match. It was an unbelievable match. The match had everything. It’s going to take so many more years to see a final like that again.”
I just have one question – why did they bother to include Marat’s “I didn’t watch it” statement?