Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Open Thread


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Christine Taylor is seen in attendance during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 19, 2009 in Indian Wells, California.


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Camilla Belle is seen in attendance during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 19, 2009 in Indian Wells, California.

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We've got the women's semifinals and the final two men's quarterfinals in Indian Wells today.

Have at it.

6 comments:

b said...

Craig
did you see about Mashona Washington being arrested at Indian Wells - supposedly vandalism? One of the last players I would ever imagine could get into this kind of trouble. Wonder if it's something exaggerated?

http://www.mydesert.com/article/20090318/SPORTS/90318035/1006/news01

Christopher Crocker said...

What about the apparent hawk-eye mistake during the Lubajic/Murray match yesterday afternoon? I have never been a fan of hawk-eye, I've always felt that it takes the game off of the court, not to mention ruining the rythm of the game. Some people are saying that the mark used it the review was on the second bounce of the ball, but I have not read anything official on it, and it seems like the announcers, at the time, avoided any criticism of what everyone involved, including Murray, percieved as a missed call by the machine.

Craig Hickman said...

Damn, Andy the Elder just kicked Djoke's ass.

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Christopher, on the network I watched, shot spot did use the second bounce. Murray was the beneficiary of the mistake. The chair ump saw the ball clearly out. Ljubicic wanted them to review the replay, but only after he lost the point did the producer notice what happened and they aired it on TV. All of it took no more than a minute to unfold. Ljubicic should have called for the tournament director. He eventually lost that game and the match.

I'm a fan of shot spot. But when there's an blatant error, the chair ump should be able to overrule it or at least allow for a brief investigation.

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b, I saw nothing about the Washington situation. I'll look into it.

Karen said...

damn, talk about a beatdown by Andy. Good on you. You certainly took it to Novak today. I wonder if they will fine him for lack of effort or was it that Andy played so damn good that poor Novak never knew what hit him

Craig Hickman said...

Karen, it was the latter.

Karen said...

LOL I agree with you - the commentators seemed to think that Novak would wake up at any moment but it was not to be just an awesome performance all around not just serve - return game was so on