What Can I Say?

Written By: achangeofends - Mar• 15•11

I’m pretty much at a loss for words, which isn’t what you want to happen when you’re supposed to be producing great pieces of journalism each day. Anyway, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells is both crazy and amazing. I know I’ve been promising you guys all kinds of coverage, but I hit a wall yesterday when I found out my website design had gone wonky. So, until I can figure out my layout issues, I’m just looking to make the site usable.

I arrived in Indian Wells already awake for about 24 hours, so I knew day 1 was off to a good start. Luckily, the hotel was very nice and had a room for me to check into even though it was only 10am. I basically dropped my stuff and found my way to the tournament to pick up my credentials. First stop, the media room. Normally, I make it a habit to check out the grounds so I get an idea of where everything is (i.e. the practice courts.) But, the lure of the media room superseded my desire to watch actual tennis yet.

I watched Roddick/Blake from the media box, which is on the same level at the upper luxury suites. It’s actually pretty high up,  but the view is pretty good in person. Plus, the box is shaded and you have no idea how much that means unless you’re actually here. It is HOT! Also, there’s windows with bar stools, so I can actually sit inside and watch the match, which is useful for someone as ghostly pale as myself. In terms of the actual match, what did you expect? James Blake is past his prime. That may even be understating it. The guy occasionally shows glimmers of the Top 5 player he once was, but physically, he just can’t play the way he used to. I think he’ll probably retire in the next year. Roddick is looking pretty good. He has a lot of points to defend this week and next week, considering he finished second in Indian Wells last year and won in Miami. Andy’s still got a long way to go though to get to the final. We’ll see what happens tomorrow when he plays Isner.

Next up was Kim Clijsters/Sara Errani. Kim needed 3 sets to close out Sara, which was odd. Kim’s serve was way off in the second set and as she gets deeper in the tournament, she’ll have to fix that or someone will probably take advantage. Although, Kim’s half of the draw is WIDE open after Vera lost to Dominika Cibulkova. Bartoli, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Schiavone, Peer, and Wickmayer still lurk in that half of the draw, but honestly I can’t imagine Kim losing before the final unless she really falls to pieces.

I also got to see Roger Federer play live for the first time yesterday. Somehow, I’ve managed to go to a slew of tennis tournaments and never seen him. It is honestly a sight to behold. He did a great job against Andreev, considering he’s never won one of their matches without dropping a set. He seemed pleased in the press conference. He plays Chela next, which really shouldn’t be a problem.

If you want to see photos from my first day on the grounds, you can find them here. I invested in a new camera, so their actually ok this time.

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