Roger Federer Makes Tennis History Twice June 7, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Sports, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Fred Perry, French Open, Rafael Nadal, Robin Soderling, Rod Laver, Roger Federer, Roland Garros, Roy Emerson, Sports, tennis
The picture should pretty much say it all. Today Roger Federer became only the 6th person in history to win all four Grand Slam major tennis tournaments, by beating Swede Robin Soderling 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4 to win the 2009 French Open. The other 5 being Fred Perry, Roy Emerson, Don Budge, Rod Laver, and Andre Agassi. Not only did he make history in that category, but Federer also tied Pete Sampras’ record for winning the most Grand Slam major titles – at 14. One more for Federer and he will be the winningest Grand Slam champion in history.
For those that don’t follow, Federer has made the French Open final the last 3 years, losing to Rafael Nadal each time. A lot of people wondered if he could ever win this tournament, and when Nadal was beaten by Soderling early in the tournament, a lot of people thought this would be Federer’s year.
I woke up in time to watch most of the last set, and I am so excited and honored to be watching tennis history like this go down. After winning this tournament, it’s fair to say that Roger Federer will go down in history as the best tennis player that ever lived.
Here is a list of the majors that Roger Federer has won, which I pride myself in knowing without looking up!
2004 Australian Open
2004 U.S. Open
2005 U.S. Open
2006 Australian Open
2006 U.S. Open
2007 Australian Open
2007 U.S. Open
2008 U.S. Open
2009 French Open
I Facebook Chatted With a Pro Tennis Player! May 25, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Personally John, technology, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Amelie Mauresmo, Anna-Lena Gronefeld, French Open, Germany, Roland Garros, tennis, WTA Tennis
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I hate being one of those people who acts like they are connected to famous people because of things like this, but I have to say that this was one of those times I basked in the glory of social networking.
One of my favorite tennis players, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, was on Facebook earlier and I sent her a little good luck boost! I had to! The convo went a little longer than that, but it wasn’t anything particularly exciting, so I didn’t screen capture.
Anna-Lena is currently ranked No. 51, and has made it to the quarterfinals at the French Open in 2006 where she lost to Justine Henin 7-5, 6-2.
Her next foe is Gisela Dulko, who Anna-Lena beat to make it to the quarterfinals in 2006.
She is in the same quarter of the draw as Venus Williams. That would be a hard match for me to watch since I love both players equally.
Are you watching the French Open this year?
Serena Williams Hit Me Up On Twitter!! April 24, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, Sports, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Australian Open, French Open, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, tennis, Twitter, Venus Williams, Wimbledon
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I woke up this morning to see Serena Williams Twittering the heck out of pretty much anyone who wrote to her. Being mildly obsessed with this woman for the last 8 years I immediately jumped on the opportunity. She quickly wrote back with:
“Hey @jthrasher!!! Thank you for following along with me & showing support..”
If there were one person on this entire planet that I would want to @ reply me, it would be Serena Williams. No joke. She’s been my inspiration to play since I first picked up a racquet.
Roger Federer To Retire From Tennis This Summer!? March 17, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Sports, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Australian Open, French Open, Rafael Nadal, retirement, Roger Federer, U.S. Open., Wimbledon
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That’s all well and good, but during a press conference today in Indian Wells, California, Federer said some interesting things.
After defending the fact that his tennis will not falter when the child is born, Federer had this to say about the summer:
“It’s a nice time. And yeah, the baby is due in summer. Summer is a big word, yeah. I’m not going to say anymore.”
Does it sound like he has some sort of big announcement pending? Maybe it’s me reading too deep, but with his recent changing of the guard to Rafael Nadal, you have to wonder what he’s thinking regarding his career. Will he pull an Henin and retire without notice!?