OK, i guess chronological order works best. Be warned, this is gonna by a LONG, LONG report
So, me and my friend got there at 12. Parking sucks, it was $10 today (it was 5 for qualies) and it was so far away from cranden park that we had to take a shuttle over there. Oh well, never gonna have to deal with that again cause I have VIP access now (I'm probably going to repeat that like 20 times
Martin vs. Calleri: really great match, lots of winners from both and long points. Calleri got hooked on some calls late in the third, but he really should have closed it out after he got up a break. Martin played some great defense. Calleri's downfall was the fact that he wasn't getting enough first serves in (he was in control of every point when he got it in). A double fault in the tiebreak ended up costing him the match.
Took a quick peek at the second set of Chladkova vs. Benesova. The match looked pretty sloppy so we moved on to the practice courts.
Saw Dally Randrianteffy first with a hitting partner and then with Asagoe. Also saw Gilles Muller.
Schuettler vs. Starace: An OK match. I felt like too many of the amazing points ended up being lost on unforced errors. Schuettler made some great gets though and hit some amazing passing shots. Lots of nice points with Starace attacking and Rainer getting everything back. Left half-way through the second.
Saw the last 5 minutes of Kim vs. Horna. Terrible, terrible play from Luis. He hit two double faults and missed three easy forehands that should have been winners in the tiebreak. He broke his racquet as well and i got a picture of it right on impact (really cool picture, i'll post it when i get it developed).
Stayed on the Grandstand to see Stosur vs. Spears. Really just wanted to see Stosur's amazing serve...didn't happen. Only saw the first game and a half. Sam missed most of her first serves and Abigail was really solid off the ground, really surprised me. Wasn't surprised to find out that Abigail won the match later. Rain started pouring at 1-0 and duece, signifying the start of OPERATION PLAYERS' LOUNGE.
Me and my friend both had tennis outfits on and we saw all of the players and coaches just running into the players' lounge. The guards seriously weren't even checking credentials...so we just ran in behind Peer and her coach
So we get in and it's packed. The lounge itself is pretty nice. They have an airconditioned cafeteria-type area and an outdoor patio. Saw Amelie Mauresmo, looks like she had just come back from practice. She was really, really nice
. I wished her a lot of luck in the tournament. Also saw Schiavone, Garbin, and the Serra Zannetti sisters (?). My friend knew Cyril Saulnier and introduced me to him when we saw him. Ended up sitting outside on the patio with him and his coach and family. Really cool guy, laid-back. I was really sad when he lost later that day on stadium court. Ended up getting to talk to Bjorkman. He was really nice too. Wished him a happy birthday (cause I heard someone else say that to him). Got a picture with him and wished him luck (although I was gonna have to cheer for Max). He said that he really hates having to play him doubles parnter in the first round. Also got a picture with Montfils. Was about to leave when a guy from UM's tennis team who I know came up to me and my friend. Turns out, he can get us VIP access!! Which means we get in free, get free food, and get to park for free right across the street from the stadium
. I can't wait for Friday!!
Went to see the last few games of Peer vs. Domachowska. Peer's serve was off, but the rest of her game was on fire. Some close rallies, but Peer always seemed to be in control.
Rest to follow after my English class (the main reason I'm not watching tennis right now)