Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Australian Open - What a Show!

Did you follow this year's Australian Open? If you missed it, you missed a great tournament. The story lines were everywhere. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Roger Federer wins his 7th grand slam tournament. He is now only the third man ever to win three grand slam tournaments in a row having won last years Wimbledon and the US Open and now the Australian Open. And, he is only 24 years old! He truly has an opportunity to become the best player ever.
  • Marcos Baghdatis - Who? If you missed the tournament, then you probably have no idea who he is. Well, if you missed it, you missed a spectacular showing from this young man from the island of Cyprus. He lost in the final to Federer, but along the way, he beat Andy Roddick, Ivan Ljubicic and David Nalbandian. He also won the hearts of fans all over the world because of his ever-present smile and positive attitude. By the way, he is only 20 years old. I don't think we've seen the last of him.
  • Martina Hingis - Remember her? The former #1 player in the world retired from the game over three years ago, but at 26 decided to try her luck in the game again. She came back with a carefree attitude and in the best shape I have ever seen her in. She played inspired tennis, and made it all the way to the women's quarterfinals before losing in three sets to Kim Clijsters. What a lot of fans probably don't even know is she won the Mixed Doubles title with her partner Mahesh Bhupathi. That is amazing!
  • Speaking of doubles, the Bryan Brothers, Bob and Mike, finally won the Australian Open men's doubles championship. The brothers were runners-up the last two years. As you may remember from one of my earlier posts, I am a big fan of doubles and am glad to see that the Bryan Brothers and Travis Parrott stood their ground and fought back against the ATP's proposed changes to the doubles game. It's a strong testimony to the power of a team. The doubles specialists stuck together and are helping Save the Doubles Game. Great work guys and congratulations to Bob and Mike on their 1st Australian Open Doubles title.
It was a great tournament with so many inspiring players. I can't wait for the French Open...

Make it a great day!

J. Anthony

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