Hi everyone! I'm Johanneke and I’ve been reading some of the threads on the forum for a couple of weeks now so I thought it was time to introduce myself. I had planned to go to the Unicef Open today to see Sam play and take some pictures (since photography is one of my hobbies) but cancelled it after I saw her lose against Flipkens in the first round.. After reading some of the posts/threads here, now I know you can never really assume Sam will get through the first round (no matter who she plays) haha. So I'm pretty bummed right now I didn't go to the UO last monday. But well, better luck next time I guess..
ps. sorry if my english sucks, but I'm not used to speak english so I'm trying my best
Hi everyone! Another new member here. I've been a fan of Sam ever since I saw her play at Amelia Island (against Operandi, I think), when they used to have the Bausch and Lomb Tournament there. I was impressed with her quiet, classy tennis and her sportsmanship. Funny - I was a huge Mauresmo fan at the time, but I remember thinking 'here's a player that I will always cheer for' and 'why has she stopped playing doubles with Raymond...' After the match, standing near the entrance to the court, I thanked her for playing a great game. She looked at me as she walked past, smiled a little smirky, shy smile, and said "Thank you" in that adorable accent. Not at all snobby or pretentious, just super cool.
So after lurking on a off for a few years, I figured it was time to join. I am so totally impressed with how you guys maintain respect for one another here (the GM forum intimidates the hell out of me), and I hope I can occasionally add to the discussion.
Side note: Bertrand, your videos are gorgeous - I've been a subscriber on your YouTube channel for a while! Love them!
Welcome! It's always good to have more people here