Overheard on the grounds (father to young boy before John Isner faced Ryan Harrison in a Semifinal): "We are going to see a reee-ally tall man."
Weekend "Never Ever Gonna Quit"
While some parallels can be drawn, Kuerten's Hall of Fame Induction did not remind Hewitt of his age. He hopes "it's a few more years" before he has to take stock of his own career. Hewitt is concentrating on his latest comeback, from foot surgery, and wants to make sure he has "done absolutely everything [he] can."
Weekend No Place Like Home
Isner says he feels most comfortable playing in the United States (where he can catch Sportscenter on TV at night) and said, "This is something I need to work on."
Last year, Isner broke Newport's infamous "Casino curse," becoming the first top-seeded player to win the tournament since Vijay Armitraj had in its inaugural year. This year, Isner solidified his magic abilities by winning again. After the 2011 win helped the American fight his way out of a slump, Isner hopes this year will be more of the same.
Weekend Circle of (Tennis) Life
Stan Smith, member of the Hall of Fame Class of 1987, reflected on the universal nature of professional tennis, making the Class of 2012 accomplishments seem even more significant: "As kids start their career, they play in the 10-and-under division, then the older divisions, then they hope to play in futures events. This is all over the world... Then they hope to get into some professional tournaments, futures and challengers, then bigger tournaments, qualifying, then eventually get into a Grand Slam, eventually win a Grand Slam. The ultimate really is being selected to the Hall of Fame; it's the final step."
One of the Class of 2012 Hall of Fame inductees, Welshman Mike Davies, was until 2012, along with doubles partner Bobby Wilson, the last British man to have made a men's Wimbledon final (they lost the title in 1960). So, following Andy Murray's final appearance and Jonathan Marray's win, it is apt that two Brits, Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins contested the 2012 Newport doubles title against Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky. Perhaps it's also apt that they lost.
Weekend I-on the Ball
"As soon as I saw it, I knew Tiriac's behind it," said tennis pioneer Davies when asked to reflect on blue clay. Davies added that it was unfortunate that the color question was mixed into the issue of the unsuccessful process of creating the surface, which proved dangerous for players, and he urged the process to be perfected so that we see the return of blue clay, which made the ball so much more visible. He said he learned early on that blue courts were the best for television.
The man who was responsible for the commercialization (and, thus, the global spread) of tennis suggested the simple rule, "Better for television – better for tennis."
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