I'm probably way behind, but I just read Beth's USAToday blog from earlier this month. I'm dying
My offseason has been pretty hectic and is going by fast. We have been procrastinating on purchasing our flights to Australia, as I do pretty much every year. I think it's the idea that I have to solidify a 26-hour trip that makes me want to keep pushing it off.
Regardless, Australia is one of my favorite spots to go to, and this year I got selected to play in the Hopman Cup with fellow American John Isner. Hopman Cup doesn't count toward your ranking points or anything, but a lot of good players come and play. Plus it's one of the only events (besides the Slams) you get to play mixed doubles.
I'm liking my chances with John and good thing they play tiebreakers because I don't know if I could handle a 70-68 debacle of a match like he went through at Wimbledon. Standing nearly 7 feet and basically serving out of a tree, I'm just glad he's on my team!
Right now, (husband) Justin and I are roughing it at Atlantis in the Bahamas at Mark Knowles' 10th annual charity event, and I have to say, Mark really planned it right as none of the daily events were scheduled before 3 p.m. Justin and I flew in on Thursday night and went straight from the airport to the kickoff party where we met up with some of the other players in the event — Sabine Lisicki, Anna-Lena Groenfeld, Olga Savchuck were the other WTA players. And just to name a few of the boys — Xavior Malisse, Bobby Reynolds, Ryan Sweeting, Alex Kuznetsov, Jesse Levine, and a surprise appearance from Andy Murray.
After the Pro-Am on Friday it was party time. We had a little corner of the nightclub, Aura, all to ourselves so everybody let loose. Highlights of the night were Anna-Lena taking her heels off and dancing on the table, Ryan Sweeting taking a few shots of whiskey and turning green, and the "official" song of the night …Barbra Streisand (by Duck Sauce). Anna had told me about this 10-minute techno song where every minute or two a deep voice would say … Barbra Streisand, and that's it! I didn't even believe her until the song actually came on.
I should've never doubted her anyway; the Europeans really know their techno music. Anyway … Lowlights of the night included Justin losing big on the poker table, me staining my brand new white shirt with blackberries (I don't even know where the berries came from??) and finally, everybody taking that last vodka shot. You know which one I'm talking about! The one where you're trying to do the math in your head and figure out what number you're on while at the same time debating if you're really wanting to feel that terrible the next day. …
Speaking of the next day, I felt TERRIBLE. We didn't have Mike Tyson's tiger in our bathroom or a naked Chinese dude in the trunk of our car, but it wasn't going to be pretty. Saturday was the exhibition matchups, and I was just trying to get hydrated, but of course, I was running late and ended up missing the team bus. (In my defense I was only five minutes late! Come on guys, give me a break! I thought everybody was on Island time anyway.)
Regardless, I finally made it to the courts without getting too carsick in the back seat of the shuttle bus and once I made my fashionably late entrance and all the players had warmed up, we got escorted out to court by the Junkanoo band. Adorned with bright colorful costumes, feather headdresses and sequin shoes this local band consisted of a multitude of drums, whistles, sticks and cowbells. I was just impressed that they could make something you buy at Sports Authority (like a referee's whistle) actually sound musical! Plus I got some new ideas for my on court attire: Can anyone say feather headdress come Wimbledon?
Well, Sunday was our last day, and we wanted to make the most of it. We got up early (11 a.m.), put our swimsuits on, and went to check out Atlantis' water slides. Considering we had about an hour before we had to leave for our flight home we were pretty much running from slide to slide and pushing little kids out of the way. … Hey nobody likes a slow poke! The first one we went on was called Leap of Faith, and it was pretty much the steepest slide there. All I know is for the next ride I was tying my bathing suit on a little tighter.
We went on a couple tube rides as well, grabbing a double person tube out of the lazy river and running up the stairs. Bad thing about the doubles was Justin is a pretty big anchor in the back seat and it felt like we were doing a wheelie going down the slides! That is until we hit some shallow areas along the way where he really was an anchor and we got stuck. Awwww! Big kids need to have fun, too …
All in all I had a blast in the Bahamas with everybody and hope to go again next year, but for now it's back home to Phoenix and time to get some Christmas decorations out!
"After the Pro-Am on Friday it was party time. We had a little corner of the nightclub, Aura, all to ourselves so everybody let loose. Highlights of the night were Anna-Lena taking her heels off and dancing on the table, Ryan Sweeting taking a few shots of whiskey and turning green" <<