Monday, April 27, 2009

Face Of The Day

James Blake, of the United States, reacts during his match against Romania's Victor Crivoi at the Italian Rome Masters tennis tournament in Rome, Monday, April 27, 2009. James Blake struggled with the windy conditions and lost to Romanian qualifier Victor Crivoi 7-5, 6-3 Monday in the first round of the Rome Masters.

James Blake reacts during his match against Romania qualifier Victor Crivoi at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia Masters in rainy Roma today. Blake struggled with the blustery conditions and lost 5-7, 3-6.

Though Roma is my favorite clay event (yes, I do have one) there was no tennis watching for me today.

Dirt darkens my nails. Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and peas are now in the ground, along with several varieties of onions and all sorts of spring greens and herbs that flourish in cool soil. Now, a break before preparing the summer fields for sowing and transplanting.


Singles - First Round
[10] S Wawrinka (SUI) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 63 64
[Q] V Crivoi (ROU) d [14] J Blake (USA) 75 63
[15] M Cilic (CRO) d [WC] F Cipolla (ITA) 62 62
C Rochus (BEL) d J Chela (ARG) 61 62
[Q] J Monaco (ARG) d N Kiefer (GER) 62 63
V Troicki (SRB) d V Hanescu (ROU) 63 63
I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] J Hernych (CZE) 46 64 62
A Montanes (ESP) d [WC] P Starace (ITA) 76(8) 64

Doubles - First Round
J Benneteau (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d R Hutchins (GBR) / A Murray (GBR) 64 64
J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 62 61


Porsch Tennis Grand Prix

Singles - First Round

(4) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 61 64

Doubles - First Round
Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) d. Hsieh/Scheepers (TPE/RSA) 36 63 105

Singles Qualifying - Final Round
(1) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Katalin Marosi (HUN) 63 36 62
(7) Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. (2) Vera Dushevina (RUS) 76(3) 63
(6) Karolina Sprem (CRO) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 63 64
(WC) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Julia Schruff (GER) 63 64


oddman said...

So nice you can plant, as I sit here watching the snow fall again. Growing season doesn't start for me for another month. I'm a flower person, love to have my flowers all over the yard.

Shame about James. I know he's not on his favorite surface by far, but he sure hasn't been having the results lately.

Graf_sampras said...

what a HANDSOME Face of the Day....

too bad his tennis isn't as handsome....hasn't been since the days of yore:

"the news balls kids please" days.......

Graf_sampras said...

and as I often have said for YEARS:

james blake would have been better off CAPITALISTizing on his handsomeness and "upper middle class" connecticutie-ness making loads of money in Wall Street even as I predicted for YEARS that Wall Street is one big PONZI scheme about to implode (although they're still tryin' ta save a walking Zombie to continue its rampage of impoverishing folks for the sake of the 'Masters of the universe' based on make-believe genius and wealth, across the world like it has for decades) ....

james woulda made loads of money anyway plying "beautiful".....

Graf_sampras said...

I Sincerely gotta give it to James though,

he TRIES ..and went to Roma despite the odds....

BIG RESPECT for him from me, for that.

Graf_sampras said...

i really , really think, what james needs is to GET ANGRY - and for goodness sake DOn"T be SUCh a gentleman!!

go out there and FIGHT like a LION james, if you're going to play anyway!

Marissa said...

James, what can we say? Crivoi did nothing special to win the match, except just hang in there and wait for Blake to make an error. Blake was his typical self on clay: impatient & making too many silly errors while trying to end the point too soon. After what he's been through, I try to give him a pass but it's just so irritating to see so much talent go to waste.