Saturday, June 5, 2010

Roland Garros Day 14: Nothing Is Impossible!

Curtain Call

Player: Facundo Arguello
Nation: Argentina
Age: 17
Current Doubles Ranking: 744
Current Doubles Partner: Agustin Velotti (Argentina)
Notable Conquests: Damir Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina)/Mate Zsiga (Hungary) (1st seed), Victor Baluda/Mikhail Biryukov (3rd, Russia) and Guilherme Clezar/Tiago Fernandes (5th, Brazil)
Tour Page
Today's Result: loss to Duilio Beretta (Peru)/Roberto Quiroz (Ecuador) (7th seed) in straight sets

Arguello and Velotti lost today in the finals of the Boys' Doubles tournament but the unseeded team had a very good run. Velotti's Roland Garros isn't over yet. He plays in the Boys' Singles final tomorrow against American Andrea Collarini.

Catching Up with Old Friends

Francesca Schiavone (Curtain Call, US Open Day 7) - What a story! You're just a few weeks short of 30. You've never made it past the quarterfinals of a Slam. You didn't even win your first singles title at any tournament until three years ago, experiencing more success as a doubles player. You catch fire for two weeks. Now suddenly, your name is forever engraved in a list with tennis royalty. I can't imagine anyone beyond blood relations picked her to win this thing and here she is, Roland Garros champion. This is already up there with Butler basketball as the sports story of the year. Unlike Butler, Schiavone clinched the deal. I love those T-shirts her camp was wearing. "SCHIAVO Nothing is Impossible!" Huzzah!

Since I started following her at the US Open, Schiavone had already become one of my favorites. She plays with such passion! I teared up a little during her acceptance speech - how could one not? Can she win one again someday? At this moment, who cares?

All Part of My Fantasy

My women's bracket is an absolute disaster: top 94%, a nice way of saying bottom 6%. Better luck at Wimbledon.

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