It's been a bit strange for me over the last two weeks. After getting up each morning at 5am to watch I started to feel a bit sick towards the end of the first week. Then, during the middle weekend, I played 27 holes of golf on Saturday morning, went and checked out the talent at the inaugural Nick Bollettieri Discovery Open at IMG Academy and then went body surfing for five hours at the beach later that day! On Sunday, I wasn't feeling great and then on Monday my coaches got me to go to the hospital where I was diagnosed with pneumonia. No need to worry though as the staff at Manatee Hospital took great care of me and I am back out on the courts today! I did give me plenty of time to watch more tennis though!
Maria Sharapova: Once the ball is in play, Sharapova is all business. She plays every opponent with basically the same strategy which is to stand right on the baseline, get her serves in, go for winners on defensive balls, attack weak serves and hit the swinging volley when she can. What a great two weeks it was for her and I couldn't be happier for her. A few years ago, the thought of her winning the French Open seemed out of the question, but she is clearly the top player in the women's game right now.
Men's Final: Mother Nature had a major factor on the men's final, especially on Nadal. During the first two sets, he looked comfy and even in the first two games of the second set, he appeared to be okay, but then something happened. He started talking to himself and went on to lose the set 6-2 and was down 2-0 in the fourth set, but he came back. The wet courts took away his biggest weapon which is the high bouncing ball that penetrates through the court.
I could write volumes and volumes about both Djokovic and Nadal, but not matter how I look at it, Nadal is definitely the best clay-courter in the history of the game and if he wins a few more Grand Slams he will certainly be talked about as the best player to ever play. I'm not overlooking Djokovic and his accomplishments over the last 18 months because he is definitely in the discussion too!
Looking forward to Wimbledon: Djokovic will not forget about this loss quickly and I look for him to rebound big time in London. Also, don't forget about Roger! Federer will not win Wimbledon standing on the baseline and trying to hit through these guys. He needs to come forward and be more aggressive. On the ladies' side, Sharapova has to be the favorite but if Serena is healthy, she's always a threat.
Many thanks to the tennis world for all their support and love when I was sick! I was overwhelmed by the messages I received and I cannot thank you enough for the support!!