Interesting start to the day, a Youzhny racquet smash. You really can’t beat watching a player lose it on court. As you will see from the photos a lucky man in the crowd got an unusual souvenir today. A late breakfast bagel was served from Ferrer and it did not get much better after that for Mikhail.
I left at 4-1 to Ferrer in the 2nd set to go to Chatrier. For today I had both Chatrier and Lenglen tickets, as I will explain later. I joined the Bratchikova v Kvitova match with Petra 1-4 down in the 2nd set. Nina made to the finish line in the 2nd set to take it 6-4 but she only managed one more game.
Tipsarevic v Benneteau was next and thank God Janko was not wearing the same hideous shirt as the other day. Can’t say Julien’s washed out light blue did anything for me. In only stayed for the 1st set as my friend is a big Julien fan so I let her use my seat for the rest of the match, I am nice like that !
In the meantime I went back to Lenglen and watched defending Woman’s champion Na Li. I am not sure if I actually watched any of her matches on her way to the title last year, nothing sprang to mind. It was certainly my first time watching McHale and to be fair it was rather an enjoyable match.
It was then time for some Tommy. So glad I have been able to watch a few of his matches whilst here. Like I have said before, may not get the chance again. The first set went to the tiebreak after a swap of breaks in games 3 and 4. Haas played the better breaker and took the first of his set points to wrap it up in exactly one hour.
I met up with my friend again and had a chat about various things, Wimbledon, the Olympics. She also mentioned that she had managed to watch the British Junior Boys having a training session this morning, which was good to see. The Junior tournament starts tomorrow.
I wandered off again towards Chatrier but once again I found myself at the ice cream stand. Please, can someone take me away from here; the ice cream is just too nice. Today I had strawberry & vanilla mix. I also filled up my water bottle then went to my seat.
Then it was Rafa time. I was able to move a few seats along and have a clear view of the court. I took a video of Rafa warming up so be sure to check out the website for that. During a change of ends the scoreboard shows other courts so people can keep an eye on other matches. A double bagel from Gasquet against Tommy. Has Richard ever served up that before?
Unfortunately another couple arrived into the vacated seats so I had to move back. The view was not that bad it was just so annoying to have a big sheet of Perspex. This is one thing I have noticed both this and last year. If you buy your tickets early, and by that I mean literally as soon as they have gone on sale you end up with the end seats and half the time they are above the stairwell so you have an obstructed view. Anyway, nothing I can do about it now.
From my stand I could overlook Court 2 so during the 2nd set I went to watch some Raonic v Monaco. I joined at the start of the 4th set and watched for around 20 minutes. Shame Milos lost in the end but he was up against a decent claycourter in Juan. Back to Rafa for another few more games of the 3rd set but with Rafa looking in complete control and me mindful that a bus was due (only every 30 minutes) I left.
All during the Rafa match we could hear the crowd from Court 1 were Paul-Henri Mathieu was playing. They were certainly playing their part. I was reading elsewhere that the level of “grunting” from Granollers was very high. It is a shame when someone resorts to that level and there should be a rule in place so that if they go too loud they can be told to quieten down or be issued with a warning.
So that was my day, not too bad. I got to see some nice tennis, had a nice ice cream (again) and saw my friend. Only downside was that I got sunburnt on my arms, doh!