I’m Working for the U.S. Open! June 25, 2012Posted by johnthrasher in Personally John, tennis.
Tags: Arthur Ashe Kids Day, tennis
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It has been a long time in the making but I am excited to finally tell my friends that I will be the Social Media Consultant for Arthur Ashe Kids Day, a CBS televised event in conjunction with the U.S. Open tennis tournament!
From now through September I will be doing tons of behind-the-scenes work for Arthur Ashe Kids Day! We have some incredible announcements coming over the next couple of months so if you’re a tennis fan be sure to follow @AAKidsDay on Twitter and Facebook! It’s going to be so fun! #DreamJob
My Picks for the French Open 2012 May 26, 2012Posted by johnthrasher in tennis.
Tags: 2012, French Open2, predictions, Rafael Nadal, Roland Garros, Serena Williams, tennis
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I can’t believe it’s time for the second grand slam of the year! I feel like the Australian Open just ended! Nevertheless, the pros are in Paris about to start the grandest fight to the finish on terre battue.
So who do I think will win this year’s Roland Garros championships? I’m going with Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. Serena won 2 clay tournaments and was on her way to a third before she withdrew from Rome with a back injury. Sharapova has done the same this year, but I give the edge to Serena since she did beat her in Madrid.
Rafael Nadal is back to the same ol’ grind winning almost every match on clay leading up to the French. It will be a tough one between him and Djokovic, but Nadal is the King of Clay. Something will have to go haywire for him to not clench his 7th French Open title and 11th Grand Slam overall.
Based on the draws here is what I think the semifinals, finals, and championship matches will look like:
Semifinals: 1 Azarenka vs. 3 Radwanska & 14 Schiavone vs. 5 S. Williams
Finals: 3 Radwanska vs. 5 S. Williams
2012 French Open Women’s Singles Champion: 5 Serena Williams
Semifinals: 1 Djokovic vs. 3 Federer & 2 Nadal vs. 6 Ferrer
Finals: 3 Federer vs. 2 Nadal
2012 French Open Men’s Single Champion: 2 Rafael Nadal
What are your picks for this year’s French Open? Tweet me @jthrasher and let me know!
Also, for the latest scores and updates on Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova, follow the Twitter accounts below:
Wimbledon Finals To Broadcast in 3D!! March 7, 2011Posted by johnthrasher in tennis.
Tags: 3D, tennis, Wimbledon
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OH MY GOSH! This is so exciting!!!!!!
It has just been announced that the men’s semifinals, and men’s and women’s finals will be broadcasted in 3D at 3D capable movie theaters all over the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ARE YOU JOKING!?!?!?!?!
I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be sitting in a movie theatre with 3D glasses watching Wimbledon! It may even be better than
Yeah Right Roger Federer! August 18, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in tennis.
Tags: John Thrasher, Roger Federer, tennis
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Ummmm, does Gilette think we’re stupid?
Any tennis player (or human being) will know that this video that was spread all over the internet of Roger Federer serving a ball and knocking a cup of this guy’s head is completely fake!
Take a look and tell me what you think!
Tags: Rafael Nadal, Russia, Serena Williams, tennis, Wimbledon
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Another Wimbledon, and more correct champion predictions from yours truly! Though anyone betting against either Serena Williams or Rafael Nadal would be foolish, both men’s and women’s tennis is pretty much wide open at the moment. Both finalists that the champions beat were first-time Slam finalists.
On Saturday, Serena won her 13th grand slam title, and 4th Wimbledon title beating 21 seed Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2.
On Sunday Rafael Nadal won his 8th grand slam title, and 2nd Wimbledon beating 12th seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
As mentioned above, I correctly predicted both champions before the tournament even began. So, if you are a betting man and need any advice for future tournaments, let me know!
Speaking of future tournaments, the 2010 U.S. Open is just about a month and a half away, and now that I’ve had my taste of being a part of a grand slam myself (2009 U.S. Open) you can bet that I will DEFINITELY be there, reporting about everything I experienced, including last year when Serena Williams threw up in a bush 5 feet away from me after one of her doubles matches!
See you in Queens!
(click here for My 2009 U.S. Open Experience, detailing my entire day there!)
My 2010 Wimbledon Predictions! June 22, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Television, tennis.
Tags: Andy Roddick, ESPN, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Sports, tennis, Wimbledon
Hey y’all! I can NOT believe that Wimbledon has already started! I feel like I was just at the U.S. Open the other day!
This post is coming hot off the heels of Roger Federer’s near-death defeat today at the hands of Alejandro Falla. Not sure how Falla didn’t pull that one off. Either way, here are my predictions that I’ve made after looking at the draw (before Roger played today).
5 Roddick vs. 2 Nadal
Champion: 2 Nadal
1 S. Williams vs. 2 V. Williams
Champion: 1 S. Williams
I’m wondering when the door is going to start closing for the Williams sisters when it comes to Wimbledon, but frankly, they are still major threats, and with Serena winning in Australia already this year, it would be stupid to bet against her. The only other person I could see making a run is Justine Henin, since this tournament is the whole reason she came out of retirement anyway.
After watching Roger today, I dare say I don’t see him getting as far as I thought. I had Roddick beating him in the semis, but I guess that will remain to be seen. Both men are somewhat iffy right now, so let’s hope they get to that round and make it a repeat of last year’s final.
I’ll be back after this fortnight with the results!
Click here for last year’s predictions. (Which I got 75% right!)
(PS I totally called Serena vs. Maria Sharapova back in 2004 before Maria had ever won a major, or was THAT talked about. I had Serena beating her, but I called it nonetheless!)
I Still Believe In Summer Days February 27, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Music, Personally John, tennis.
Tags: Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, tennis, U.S. Open.
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I still believe in Summer days,
The seasons always change,
And life will find a way.
Quotes by Serena Williams: #1 January 13, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Serena Williams Quotes, Sports, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: athletes, Australian Open, quotes, Serena Williams, tennis
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I’m introducing a new segment on my website called Quotes by Serena Williams. She is always very dramatic and outlandish which is why I am her biggest fan. Here’s a great quote about holding on to her No.1 ranking.
“I don’t think about it a lot. I’ve got a lot on my plate. Everyone assumes that I’m No. 1 anyway.”
Justine Henin Coming Out of Retirement September 21, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Movies/Film, Personally John, Sports, technology, Television, tennis.
Tags: Belgium, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Sports, tennis, U.S. Open, Women's tennis, WTA
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Former world No.1 tennis player, and current world No. 1 most annoying person in the world, Justine Henin, will be announcing her return to professional tennis after dramatically, yet thankfully for everyone who watches tennis, announcing her abrupt retirement in May 2008.
Justine, who has been the center of many unsportsmanlike scenarios in her tennis career, and who has no personality to offer the game of tennis, will be boring us to death with her cranky, selfish, and what now seems like desperate attempts to win more majors.
We can only assume that Justine saw the success of fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters winning the U.S. Open, and used her win as a selfish means of motivation to get back in the game of tennis.
Frankly, Justine’s retirement was welcomed, not only by me, but most of the tennis world as well. As recently as May, Justine had said that a possible return to tennis in the future was “unthinkable.” We wish she would have stopped thinking and stayed retired!
We share Justine’s expression in the picture above, knowing that she’ll be in the draws of events in the future.
David Archuleta Sings At the U.S. Open! September 13, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Television, tennis.
Tags: Caroline Wozniacki, David Archuleta, Jive Records, Kim Clijsters, singing, Sports, tennis, U.S. Open
David Archuleta, the greatest singer in the history of music, sang “America the Beautiful” at the opening of the Women’s Final at the U.S. Open tonight.
Of course, it was the most beautiful rendition of the song that has ever been sung.