Lindsay is an author, a filmmaker, a long-winded blogger, and a huge tennis fan.
Last week Amy shared her five wishes for the 2013 tennis season. I mostly agreed with hers, but I have a few wishes of my own:
So, how are you enjoying that offseason?
It’s a trick question of course, because the tennis season is FAR from over. This week in Sao Paolo, Brazil eight of the finest tennis players in the world are battling it out on fast hard-courts to see who will be crowned the Champion of tennis.
That’s it folks. No more ATP tennis for 2012. Challengers and exhibitions only. Having withdrawal symptoms already? Well, I’m here to help. I had fun looking back at the under-the-radar moments from the WTA season a couple of weeks ago, and so now I want to bring you 10 things about the ATP season that might have already slipped your mind.
“It’s the ultimate team sport … there’s a guaranteed level of entertainment night after night after night that transcends star power…. It’s a blue-collar game that happens to be tailor-made for the ADD generation.”
Sports are my safe place. They’re where I go when the rest of the world is just too big, too scary too complicated. Tennis is my favorite sport. There are rules. There are consequences for breaking the rules. There’s a beginning and an end. There’s a winner and a loser. There’s hope, there’s heartache, there’s anxiety, there’s ecstasy, and there’s always another day.
In the realm of my real life, I’m a cynic. A realist. I don’t often get the feeling of butterflies and fireworks and floating on clouds. There’s always a pit in my stomach. I’m always waiting for the other shoe to drop. But sports are a space where I still can believe in magic. Where miracles still occur.
Tennis is my escape. Or at least it used to be.
I was first “introduced” to Katrina Williams when the New York Times did a profile on her at the US Open. An avid tennis fan, Katrina (@ReturnWinner) has spent the last year traveling the globe watching tennis. This month her travels took her to the World Tour Finals, where she met up with fellow long-time Novak Djokovic fans Kate Langley (@NoleDjokerFan) and Nussaibah Raja (@sun4ra). The three friends gathered at the pier by the O2 arena every day to wait for Djokovic to arrive for practice or for a match, and since they were surrounded by a sea of Murray and Federer fans, they stuck out. After a few days they began to develop a rapport with Team Djokovic. I’ll let Katrina take it from here:
This is the second installment of the “Social Media Studies” series, where we look at how the ATP and WTA players are doing on twitter and facebook. Check out the first installment, “10 Favorite Stanislas Wawrinka RTs.”
The ATP is just not the same without Rafael Nadal. Whether you’re a member of the Vamos Brigade or not, at this point I think it’s safe to say that we all miss him. Luckily, Rafa (or, if you’re a cynic, Benito) is an avid user of Social Media. He chronicles fishing escapades, workouts, and lots of time with his cousin. He also inadvertently chronicles his personal battles with his hair.
Oh happy days! The sun is shining brightly here in America. Okay, actually it’s not. We’re preparing for a Nor’easter. But metaphorically there is a lot of sun.
I hope to bring some of that happiness here to the Liveblog, if I can figure out how to work this thing.
As you know, it’s election day in the United States, which can be very nerve-wracking and stressful. So, to cheer you up, here are 9 gifs of the Czech Fed Cup Team Celebrating their win over Serbia in the Fed Cup Final last weekend. I dare you not to smile.
Last Saturday I went to bed late into the night in my apartment in Queens, New York with a knot in my stomach. Sure, there was a much-hyped hurricane heading towards the city and the winds were picking up rapidly, but primarily I was nervous about the launch of The Changeover that was supposed to take place the next morning. Amy, Juan José, and I had been working non-stop the past couple of weeks to get the site ready, and I was extremely anxious to finally share our project with others.