Vow of Eternal Fanship
I hereby induct Lucie Šafářová into my Eternal Fanship.
From now on, and until the end of her career (or my life), I will follow her with the same level of dedication as the ten players of whom I'm already an Eternal Fan, to the maximum extent that my personal circumstances and available resources will allow.
This vow is permanent and irrevocable, and I seal it with my Word of Honour.
[Word of Honour
: a promise that cannot be broken without disgrace]
My Eternal Fanship
1. Monica Seles
2. Maria Sharapova
3. Daniela Hantuchová
4. Jelena Dokić
5. Iva Majoli (retired)
6. Karina Habšudová (retired)
7. Vera Zvonarëva
8. Nicole Vaidišová
9. Anna Chakvetadze
10. Iroda Tulyaganova
11. Lucie Šafářová
I have just opened the Lucie Šafářová section of my personal website:
Still under construction, it features:
* My Lucie Šafářová Biography
: This already consists of a detailed appreciation of Lucie's tennis-qualities (and other attributes), and will be followed by a tournament-by-tournament review of each year. I will add reviews of previous years later in 2008, the review of 2008 at the end of 2008, and thereafter update it only at the end of each subsequent calendar-year.
* My Match-Reports
: a point-by-point description of Lucie-matches that I've seen on TV. The only match there so far is her fourth round of the Australian Open 2007, in which she upset defending champion Amélie Mauresmo. Soon I will add her quarter-final against Nicole Vaidišová, and in February, I'll go back and add the French Open and Wimbledon 2007.
* External links
: every Lucie-related web-page I know (and that I think is appropriate to include in a PG-rated website such as mine).
: the result of every match Lucie has played that counts towards the WTA Singles Rankings. I'll try to update it within 24 hours of each such match, although matches prior to 2008 will be added later in the year, when I'm not so busy.
During the Australian Open, French Open, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, and the Olympics, I will follow these tournaments with full-time dedication, posting round-by-round reports to this forum whether I've seen the matches or merely followed them on the Internet.
Since I'm working full time now, I will follow other tournaments privately, without posting reports. This even includes the US Open, which is not televised on any channels to which I have access, and is therefore not worth demanding two weeks' extra leave for - especially since the USTA have forbidden the distribution of videos from the US Open since 2007.
I wish Lucie and all her fans a happy new year.
Dr. Andrew Broad