Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS
Rem is a huge tennis fan, I know.
'Tis true. Lucky for me my job involves working some tournaments. Just worked the Men's tourney at UCLA and the Women's tourney at Stanford last month. Then went (for my own enjoyment) to the Women's tourney at La Costa. I've also worked the Men's tourney in San Jose and Phoenix and the Women's in Phoenix as well as the year end Women's tourney when it was in LA.
Cincinnati is very lucky to have such a prestigious event as the W & S. I'm looking forward to the day when they run both the Men's tourney and Women's tourney at the same time. It will be one of the few tourneys like that outside of the Grand Slams. Quite a coup.
When I lived in Cincinnati I worked on the old Western Tournament (forerunner of the current event). It was played on har-true out by Coney Island and you had guys like Harold Solomon and Eddie Dibbs (the bagle twins) that hit big, looping balls in rallies of 30-50 shots in 90 degree temps with 90% humidity. Yikes. It was a very different game.
Bjorn Borg was always my favorite player but I think Federer might be the best I've ever seen. I expect him to pass Pete's Slam mark by the time he's done. Classy guy too.
Pete Samparas played World Team Tennis this summer for Newport Beach and, sad to say, the match I saw him play, guys that wouldn't have even been hitting partners with him in the old days were beating him and fairly easily. Every once in awhile you would see a flash of what was but not too often.