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Nadal’s Juicy Serve

I’ve been watching the US Open this week and I’ve been amazed by several things:

1. Rafa Nadal’s new and improved serve.  The guy never served in the 130 mph’s before, and now he does.

2. The explanation for Rafa’s new serve: grip change.  Not the gym, not practice.  Nope.  He changed his grip ‘a couple of days’ before the tournament.

3. The appearance of Rafa in the broadcasting booth at the beginning of the quarterfinal match between Djokovic and Monfils.  I watch a lot of tennis, and never ever does a top player appear in the broadcast booth at the beginning of a match.  Topic of discussion?  Rafa’s new grip.  He just happened to have a racket with him to demonstrate it.

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Posted in Let's Get Visual, Tennis

Carrizo Plain

But first, let me serve you a Pimm’s Cup because The Fortnight starts today. Yes, Wimbledon.  The Big W, as Bud Collins calls it.  The championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. This is the second year that the AELTC will award equal prize money to women players. Good on ’em.

Was I crazy to get up at 4 am this morning to see the very first moment of ESPN2’s promised 100 hours of coverage? Yes indeedy. But when you’ve got Cliff Drysdale, Mary Carrillo (link to bio courtesy of Tennis Served Fresh), and consummate Raider fan Brad Gilbert on tap—well, sleep can wait.

The better to see you with, my dear. The TV that The Scout bought way back in 1991 died recently. Over the weekend, we considered getting a plasma tv. We settled on an LCD TV and brought it home. Those suckers give off a lot of heat—a decidedly undesirable quality, especially during this past weekend. The LCD went back to the store. We’re sticking with good old-fashioned CRT for now—found a nice one on Craigslist. We saved money. We recycled. Nice.

The Carrizo Plain National Monument, courtesy of The Scout.