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US Open Preview 2012

Photo courtesy of halestormsports.com. Roger Federer (pictured left) and Serena Williams (picutred right) came out victorious at Wimbledon back in July. Expect the same result in New York.

By Josh Kramer

Starting on Monday, all eyes in the tennis world will be focused on the Big Apple for two whole weeks.  The year’s final Grand Slam is just around the corner, and as is typically the case, there are plenty of questions to be answered in Flushing.

-Will Andy Murray finally capture the elusive first Grand Slam?

-How will New York respond to a Nadal-less field?

-Will Roger Federer leave with #18?

-Will Kim Clijsters’ farewell party be one to remember?

-Does Venus have a Jimmy Connors 1991-esque run in her?

-Will Serena leave with #15? Continue reading

2012 BNP Paribas Open – Indian Wells, California

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Our very own Toni Headley is picking the current number one ranked player in the world Victoria Azarenka (pictured above) to stay hot and take home the title at Indian Wells.

By Toni Headley

Toni Headley is a tennis expert who worked at ESPN for 10 years and has been a freelance writer there for the past 2 years.  She also previously worked at CBS Sports and has covered every major tennis tournament in the world multiple times.

Tournament Preview:

As the biggest and brightest stars descend on the picturesque town of Indian Wells, California for the BNP Paribas Open, I am excited to see how newly minted #1 Victoria Azarenka will fare in her first big test since winning her maiden Grand Slam title in Australia.  Also, can Novak Djokovic maintain his dominant form that carried him to his fifth Grand Slam title in Australia and defend his title here in the desert?

Will the weight of being the #1 player in the world finally get to Azarenka? It certainly has not so far. After winning the Australian Open and becoming the #1 ranked player, Azarenka continued her dominance by winning her next tournament in Doha. She is currently riding a 17 match winning streak. Azarenka has had a sizzling start to the year winning three titles which includes her first Grand Slam. Let’s see if Azarenka can win here for the first time, and continue her dominance on the women’s tour. Continue reading

Tennis is turning upside down

Photo courtesy of tennisserver.com.

By Josh Kramer

First Rafa.  Then Roger.  And finally Clijsters.  Today was a very unique day in the tennis world.  In the afternoon, America’s biggest fish, Mardy Fish, nabbed a big one, knocking off former world number one Rafael Nadal with relative ease.  Then another guy who has never really broken through, Tomas Berdych, took down Federer in straight sets.  Go figure, the two best players of our generation, go down in the same day.  And neither even win a set? Continue reading

Sports would be like watching a DVD

Photo courtesy of topnews.in. Andy Roddick (pictured above) was not a happy camper following his surprising 3rd round exit from Wimbledon yesterday.

By Josh Kramer

Yesterday was not a great day for American tennis by any means.  First Ryan Harrison, the “Great American Hope,” was dismantled by 7th seeded David Ferrer, in a second round match that was resumed on Friday.  Then Alex Bogomolov Jr. was wiped off the court by the very talented Tomas Berdych.  Berdych could easily shock one of the “Fantastic Four,” and find his way into the semi-finals, though he would most likely have to defeat Rafa to do this.  And to cap off an All American day at the All England Club, Andy Roddick, who typically thrives on the grass courts of Wimbledon, was dismantled by Feliciano Lopez, a guy he had previously never lost to.

At least Mardy Fish saved face and now is the lone American left in the Men’s draw.  But it was not a good day for American tennis.  Things have gone from good, to bad, to ugly.  We are at the fourth round at Wimbledon, and there is one American left in the draw.  Where is Pete Sampras when you need him (Sampras won 7 Wimbledon titles)? Continue reading

“French Open: The Tennis Version of March Madness?”

The 39th ranked player in the world John Isner (pictured above) pushed Clay Court King Rafael Nadal to the brink of elimination today. It would have been an upset for the ages.

Earlier today, Rafael Nadal, the uncrowned King of Roland Garros, was pushed to 5 sets in his first round match by American, John Isner.  Nadal has won the French in five of his six appearances at the Grand Slam Event.  He has turned Roland Garros into his 2nd home.   Court Philippe Chatrier has become his playground of sorts.  They may as well give Nadal a throne to sit on during changeovers.

In his quest toward tying Bjorn Borg for the most French Open titles ever at six, he was pushed to the brink in his first round match.  Surprising yes.  Shocking?  No.  The French Open, year in and year out, is the most unpredictable of the year’s 4 Grand Slam Tournaments for a reason.  Clay court tennis is grueling.  It is highly unpredictable.  And it is highly entertaining. Continue reading

“Karma Hurts”

The last two days of Wimbledon at least brought back a semblance of familiarity to this tradition filled event.  Serena Williams overpowered a much overmatched opponent to capture her 4th Wimbledon Championship.  And earlier this morning, Rafael Nadal wiped a newcomer Tomas Berdych off the court to capture his 2nd Wimbledon title.

So all is right at Wimbledon. Well not exactly.

The men’s final was missing a man who had been there 7 straight times in Roger Federer.  And the women’s final was missing the other William’s sister, who had been in 8 of the last 10 finals on the grass court haven.  But I will state this, I am not a Nadal fanatic by any means, but I was happy to see him take down Tomas Berdych.

This is not due to me despising the 12th ranked Berdych.  I will admit he is fun to watch.  He is extremely talented and rising.  His game finally seems to be clicking on all cylinders.  The reason I was happy to see him lose is simply because he has a big mouth.  This man couldn’t just enjoy beating the greatest Grand Slam Champion of all time (he beat Federer in the quarterfinals).  No, he had to make sure he stated his superiority.

So Federer had a bit of a weak cop-out saying that he had some nagging back and leg injuries that may have affected his play this year at the Championships.  And you know what, Federer has earned the right to say whatever he wants.  He has won more Grand Slams than any other player in history and also had the longest reign ever as the number 1 ranked player in the world.  So his career may be beginning to wane.  But give the guy some respect. 

Berdych just sees Federer has a bad loser.  In response to Federer’s nagging injury remarks Tomas said, “I don’t know if he is just looking for excuses, I think every time when he played he was 100% ready.”  Give me a break man.  There is no need to respond to this whether you think it is a BS statement or not.  Just let it go.  You just secured the biggest win of your career.  Take it with class.  Later, Federer said that he felt he had opportunities in the match and just didn’t convert.  He felt that he gave away the match.  Federer probably should not have said this, but Berdych made sure to state that maybe the opponent (himself, Berdych) was better than him (Federer).

Give me a break.  This isn’t gossip girl.  Federer definitely should have held in some of his remarks.  But he has earned the right to say whatever he wants whenever he wants.  Talk to me and the rest of the media world when you have won a few Grand Slam titles Mr. Berdych.  Then I will listen to your post match statements.

Karma does hurt though.  Keep talking Tomas, because all the talking would not help in your match today against Nadal.  He wiped you off the court in front of millions of people on the biggest stage tennis has to offer. 

Tomas Berdych, was handily defeated this morning in the Wimbledon Final by Rafael Nadal.

Next time let your racquet do the talking.

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.

-Kraze

“American Pride”

The biggest names in competitive food eating, Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi battle it out in last year's "Nathan's International July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest."

So today there have been many grand scale events.  Serena Williams captured her 4th Wimbledon Championship in a dominating fashion.  Germany absolutely massacred the “it” team of this year’s World Cup, Argentina, 4 to 0.  Which is the equivalent of losing an MLB baseball game by 10 runs.  It just doesn’t happen, especially this far into the tournament.  The other soccer game today was also very exciting.  In the end, Spain scored a late goal to advance for a semifinal date with Germany.  So the Final Four of the World Cup features Uruguay, the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain.  Even if the Euro is struggling, the level of soccer sure isn’t.  Lastly, Wimbledon holds their final dual tomorrow between Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych (a very surprising finalist).

But let’s get real.  There is one big time sporting event going on this weekend that trumps them all.  An event that you have to love if you are an American.  An event that represents patriotism to the highest degree.  An event that may make you want to throw up after.  Yes I am talking about the “Nathan’s International July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest.”  One of the greatest events that we have to offer in the States on our country’s most special day.  A tradition that is entering it’s 95th year.  The fattest country in the world has a gluttonous display in the form of a food eating contest on the anniversary of our founding.  Who would want it any other way?

But this event has developed into so much more than just a simple food eating contest.  It has developed into a “us” vs “them” type of event.  One where we put all of our faith into the Michael Jordan of competitive food eating, Joey Chestnut.  The 26 year old  Chestnut holds the hope of a country in his mouth and his stomach every year on July 4th.  Chestnut over the past few years has developed a big time rivalry with a 6 time champion of this contest, Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi (a 32 year old who may be over the hill).  This is the food industry’s form of a Kobe vs Lebron rivalry.  Who is better?

Well Chestnut has developed into the greater champion over the past few years winning the crown three consecutive times.  But previously, Kobayashi had dominated the game winning 6 titles.  This year is up for grabs again though.  America needs a hero to stand behind in these tough economic times.  We need a Joey Chestnut to keep the belt in America on this most grand of occasions.  Screw the fireworks. 

America needs to win the “Nathan’s International July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest” first.  Without a victory in this event, most Americans will have a depressing holiday and not enjoy the day to the fullest.  Times are tough.  Therefore, a higher stress has been put in sport.  Joey Chestnut and his mouth/stomach combo hold the key to providing people all over the United States a happy 4th of July.

Talk about pressure..

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.

-Kraze