Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tennis News Unrelated to Rafa (Apparently Such A Thing Exists)

(A giant-sized trophy for a giant-sized player. Sam Querry wins the 2010 Queen's Club. The tournament now has another name, but for me it'll always be Queen's Club.)

I know this is a couple days old already, but there were a few interesting tidbits relating to Wimbledon warm-up events at Queen's Club and Halle. Firstly, American Sam Querrey from the good ol' Unites States won the Queen’s Club grass-court tournament on Sunday, getting the best of his good friend and fellow American Mardy Fish in a 7-6 (3), 7-5 decision. It's nice to see an All-American final. Rare these days! It's interesting to note that with Queen's Club, Querrey has won three titles this year, and each one was on a different surface. His previous win in Memphis was on hardcourts and his win in Belgrade was on clay. That shows he's got a strong game all around, and hopefully he can capitalize on that at Wimbledon this year. I want a strong showing by the US Men there this year!

Also of note was the final in Halle. I'm pleased to report that Lleyton Hewitt snapped a 15-match losing streak against Roger Federer to defeat the Swiss in a 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 battle. As you can probably guess, it was a huge relief for Hewitt to finally get a win over Federer after so many tries and undergoing multiple hip surgeries late in his career. The win also marked Hewitt's 98th career grass court victory and his first title this year, so if he can make it to the third round of Wimbledon this year, he can hit the 100 mark. Best of luck, Hewitt!

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