Well, she's used Stanford as a jumping-pad before, and it was a pleasure to see her fight in the quallies, in person, but I hope she doesn't come to Stanford.
As much as I'd love to see her.
The primary courts at Taube Stadium are awful --claustrophobic courts! If anyone knows or perceives what I'm saying. Cramped and crowded.
Even as a USTA league-player, I felt that court was BAD ENERGY.
Plus, Mirjana's two worst career matches happened there: McHale (1-6, 0-6) and Kops-Jonessss(?)
I want her to avoid Stanford, like she did last year.
As it turns out, my treat this year is going to be the French Open. It'll be the first time attending since 1993 ... after the horrid Monica-stabbing, and Mary Joe Fernandez blew-it, big time, against Steffi in the 3rd set.
I was living in Paris at that time ... just a young thing ... and loved the weird atmosphere of Roland Garros.
(all the courts smell like pigeon-shit, it's a somewhat depressing site and stadium, but somehow GLORIOUS because the Bois de Boulogne is there, and players are all in full-swing at that time of the year ... really getting their games going, and understated French drama.)
But this year's trip will be full of mixed feelings. My grandparents were "French American" (born in France but raised in the US) and I was raised mostly by my Grandparents, so had the benefit of that second language, which most Americans don't have, even nowadays.
But Paris has become an absolute shithole. Disgusting. Heartbreaking.
I have gone back ... 15 times ... since living there for two years in 1993-94.
In 1993 it was becoming grubby, but my friends and I could walk the streets at 2am, in Le Marais and other hot-spots, and be totally safe.
Two years ago in Paris I got mugged and slapped on my head by a "precious refugee" while walking down one of my favorite streets. Broad dayliight. Just before lunch. (Quelle dommage, sans aucun doute ... �� ... )
It was scary and awful. Believe me; after this piece of shit attacked (and I realized what was happening) I fought back and landed a punch right in his nose. It happened on rue de Sebastopol.
He took off, but the gendarmes had to be called. We all got over it, fairly quickly, but it exemplified how Paris has become a cesspit so fast.
All due to the "Assorted Cremes" philosophy of Leftist politics.
"Wee hee! Look at us! We've got one of every fruit! Because the most important thing is to have MANY things! Right?"
Yeah. Take it from a person who has lived it. Suck my ---grrffff.
Parisiens have always been annoying as it is, but even they have become destroyed.
I am not exactly in a position to attend matches in limos. I am lookjng forward to the Open tennis and RG, but I am disgusted about the stay in Paris.
It used to be my city. My favorite city, my heart, my inspiration.
I've kept giving it tons of chances, annually. It's a total slum.
I loathe the Left.
Yeah. I said it. And it feels gooooodddddddddd.
I saw her play in Stanford in '15.
I actually thought the facilities were nice.
The stadium is outdated and they have wood bleachers but the campus of Stanford U is very nice. And it's summer so it's quiet and not many people driving and walking around the campus. They even have free parking, if you look for it.
I would say the facilities at the Washington DC tournament are a little better, but it's much more crowded.
Paolo Alto looked very upscale and nice.
A funny aside: I arrive too early in Paolo Alto - about 530 am. I was used to EST time (3 hrs ahead) and I left Sacramento at like 3 AM because I thought I might get lost and/or traffic would be bad. I was surprised how heavy traffic was on the interstate in the middle of the night. Apparently, some people commute from the Sacramento area all the way to Silicon Valley. Anyway, when I got to Palo Alto, nothing was open. So, I found a strip mall parking lot and um, watered the bushes. LOLLL. Finally, I found a Starbucks that was open and contacted you all in the sub forum.
I really enjoyed my experience in Northern CA.
I was able to drive up by Truckee, in the Sierra Nevadas, down to Lake Tahoe.
Being on the east coast, I think Miki probably will play in Washington, DC rather than Stanford this year.
That's awesome that you will be attending the French Open
I have never been.
I did visit Paris with my (now deceased) wife in summer 2008. She was of Nigerian (Igbo) descent. She was raised in the Cameroons so was fluent in English and French. She had lived in Paris in the late '80s-mid '90s.
We walked all the way from our Hotel (near the Eiffel Tower) to Rolland Garros. It was about a 3 mile walk but was worth it. Most people were on vacation so we could walk right down the middle of some residential streets. When we found Roland Garros (it is not easy to see, even when you're right there) we asked the Security Guard at the entrance if we could walk inside the Gate and take a photo. Unfortunately, he wouldn't let us. LOL. We were probably the only people he saw there all day. We walked across the bridge that goes over the tunnell where Lady Di got killed. My wife was a good tour guide and spoke French. She was very helpful.
Sad to hear of the deterioration of that city. It was still pretty nice in '08.
And, I agree with you about "the Left."
I school some of the SJW's on here on the political sub-forum quiet often.