June 30, 2003

Andy Roddick has made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, the only American in the lot. I think he can win this thing. So does John McEnroe. Roddick’s next opponent is Sweden’s Jonas Borkman.

You know what’s odd, though, is looking at the schedule of play and seeing the names of so many players I remember watching as a teenager. Except now they’re playing in the 35- and 45-and-over tournaments, many of them with the same doubles partners as in the prime of their careers: Anand Amritraj and Vijay Amritraj, Owen Davidson and John Newcombe, John Feaver and John Lloyd, Colin Dowdeswell and Buster Mottram, Bob Lutz and Stan Smith, Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee, Ross Case and Geoff Masters, Brian Gottfried and Raoul Ramirez, John Alexander and Phil Dent.

It’s like some bizarre time warp. Like I woke up 20 years later and nothing’s changed, though of course it has -- the game is quite different now. I didn’t see Ken Rosewall’s name. It would be cool if he were still playing. Fine old chap, he was.


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