Sunday, January 16, 2011
Finding Rafa- The eye at the Aussie Open
Touch down! Checked in at a wonderful venue Ormond College which will be our home for the week. No sooner had we dropped our bags in our room it was off catching a Melbourne tram to Garden Square( Melbourne Park) where we enjoyed entertainment by one of Australia's best Anthony Callea ...what a voice then watched the big screen of inside Rod Laver where the world's best entertained 15,000 people!!!All for the Queensland flood disaster .Dam I missed booking the tickets and thats why we were in garden square , still the atmosphere was awesome. I have to say Djokovic and Roddick are very funny guys whilst the top women embarrassed themselves trying trick shots through their legs....they where terrible especially Anna and Caroline.A huge roar went up when Rafa and Fed came onto center court as well as Sam Stosur and Aussie Kim ....well she would off been if Hewitt did not fall for a Soapy Star!My quest this week is to get some good pics and footage of Nadal on his way to History.....well Rafa History because a true Grand Slam can only be won in a calender year! Isn't that right Rod.In my quest today I did run into two blow hards Pat Cash and Brad Gilbert!My collage today is Me with the Great one.....Laver that is , Top left is New Coach for us in South Canterbury Bernard Matze from Argentina and Geraldine Prisk , Rhidian Scott and Melbourne Landmarks!We start early in the morning giving our young juniors travelling with us a tennis session and hopefully the backdrop of the Australian Open will aspire them to work that extra bit harder for improvement. Tomorrow we have Rod Laver seats and the line up is fantastic , Maria Sharapova ,Caroline Wozniacki and the great one himself Fed!.I will also be dropping in on the Fognini vs Nishikori ....this should be good ...will be interesting to see how Super Coach Gilbert's influence as been on the young Japanese player.Also on my diary list is to check the form of Thomas Berdych,Sam Queerey, Fernando Verdasco and a young player who I have mentioned on my Blog before Grigor Dimitrov...who won through qualifying if he can keep it together mentally he could cause some upsets!Of course I will be searching for Rafa also so a busy day planned....check back with lots of action from Melbourne...Its time for bed!