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Seeing Serena, 2021

Seeing Serena by Gerald Marzorati, published on June 15, 2021.

He begins with, that this book is not an authorized biography and that his access to her, merely as a journalist who writes for New Yorker. All the info is from his own cumulation and from that of his peers.

In the book, the author discussed the Thiem – bad personality episode.

He also wrote about the Belgium player Justine Henin’s hand job at 2003 French Open. (reporting on the case, from Tennis and Greg Couch @ 4:25 mark.) Henin did put her hand up and caused Serena to miss her first serve but the chair umpire didn’t see the hand job, denied Serena’s first serve. At that point, Serena was leading … but ended up losing the match. (Head to head, Williams leads 8-6.) Very, very unsportsmanship.

Seeing Serena (2021) 📖 看到小威

作者Gerald Marzorati 为纽约客写网球. 上个月出版的这本书没有特别通行道 都是积累. 他自己所见所闻+其他同行的报道. 写的挺中正.

Margaret Court 玛格丽特阔特 的24 单打 满贯 一直是小威追赶的目标. 但阔只赢了11个公开赛的满贯.在很多人心里 威的23 就是才是公开赛的记录.
不知道她锲而不舍的在追啥. 同感.
完美主义? 同感.
就是喜欢打. 同感.

2⃣️ 是她老爸 … [捂脸] 很难忍受的一个人. 总是希望他闭口 走开… 但每每想起他调教了二个开心阳光又成功的娃 (姐妹俩赢了一大堆双打大满贯和奥运金牌🏅️)
算了(俺收声走开) 让他享受一下他二秒钟的风光吧 [偷笑] (还记得他在温网💃吗 [捂脸][捂脸][捂脸])

3⃣️ 她2021温网 夸张吗?

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The little ones

The summer is here and the day campers for swimming and tennis are coming to Whitney Pond Park.

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Coco Gauff, Degas’ dancer

Coco Gauff (2004) advanced to Wimbledon 2021’s third round.

She always reminds me of Degas’ Little Dancer. This ballerina 3⃣️ is the one at The National Gallery of Art in DC.

Last time to Museum d’Orsay, saw a short stage play of the teenager 2⃣️ – it was a treat. [愉快]

Currently Federer is playing Gasquet – this is a treat. Wish the French could win once.

小豆豆 晋升第三圈🎾. 她像不像 Degas 德加的小舞娘? 3⃣️是在华府国家美术馆里的小舞娘. 上次在巴黎的多赛博物馆里看到一个别出心裁的创意表演 2⃣️ – 扮演小舞娘 [强]

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Where is the pressure?

“You’re 23, you’re healthy, wealthy, your family is good. Where is the pressure?” Boris Becker hits out at Naomi Osaka over media stance.

In a statement announcing her withdrawal, Osaka made it clear that media interactions had taken a toll on her mental health. The 23-year-old revealed she had been suffering from depression since 2018 and claimed she would get bouts of social anxiety when interacting with the media as she is not a natural English speaker.

She has been living and training in U.S. since age three, “not a natural English speaker” is an outright lie.

“Is that really pressure? Isn’t it pressure when you don’t have food on the table? When you’ve got to feed your family and you don’t have a job? When you have a life-changing injury? Isn’t that more pressure?” Boris Becker said. “You’re 23, you’re healthy, you’re wealthy, your family is good. Where is the f****** pressure?”

Good question. Isn’t mental toughness a part of everyone’s life, if you want to be on top? Her quitting the French Open and Wimbledon, two tournaments that she never advanced beyond 3rd round, perhaps didn’t make as a big news as she and her endorsors had hoped for? Lukewarm to say the best. Another controversy is the hammer thrower Gwen Berry who turned her back to the flag at Olympics trail where she earned a third place, which meant she made the team to Tokyo. But the overwhelming comments on Facebook is, to bar her from representing the country.

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Fire him!

Gosh, an idiot chair empire called the winning match point IN when it was two inches OUT, robbing Czech player Barbora Krejčíková her win!!! Thanks lord she held her cool and won eventually. I can’t image if the out come was different. Her opponent the Greek player Maria Sakkari was annoying toward end of the match, challenging every line call when it was clearly  three inches OUT.

What’s wrong with the French when Hawkeye is available?  This French Open is ladened with bad line calls, one after another. In this semi-final match, the idol made at least two wrong calls!!!

Fire him!!!

想象: 你第一次赢大满贯的半决赛 满心欢喜 … 但是你的对手不甘心 说 “俺的🎾没有出界.” 裁判从高脚椅爬下来 左👀右👀 然后曰 “没有出界.” 简直是放p: Hawkeye 重放 🎾落在线外足足有两寸. 有现成精准的方法为什么不用?! 这个混账裁判不应该再用 炒他鱿鱼🦑.

进半决赛 的四个娃都没有赢过大满贯 说她们名不经传 一点都不过分: 平均年龄25.5; 赛场上收入29岁的俄国娃最多$10m 最年轻23岁只有$1m. (39岁的小威$94m – 不要忘记她开始时的奖金没有现在多: 1999年她18岁赢第一个大满贯美国公开赛冠军奖金$750,000 而2020年美网是$3m.)

四娃三个非常安静 第二对打的挺紧张 需要第三局一决胜负. 土耳其娃长的像关公 行动像男人 哇啦哇啦叫的像男人. 她的品行差. 第三局最后不停挑战球线 明明出去一球之多她也敢挑. 讨厌鬼 好开心她输了. [鼓掌]

斯洛文尼亚🇸🇮 妞沉得住气. 赢回本来已经赢的赛事. 新鲜事 日日有 [晕]

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Dad, look, I won!

Look dad I just won! -:)

Björn Borg’s 18 years older son Leo won a junior match on he day exactly 40 years ago his father won his last French Open title. Sweet.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, advanced to semi. Tsitsipas said in the past that Medvedev’s game is boring -:). He has won Monte Carlo, Monaco this April, interestingly, the same tourney his mother had won in 1981, exactly three decades ago, pretty cool. Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou has been busy. For the past few years, he has taking on more players as her career winding down. Tsitsipas is one of them.

🎾腰酸背痛🎾 5am-5pm 朝五晚五
不知道一老太婆怎么会老觉得时间不够用

今天12 小时连轴转 结果挺满意
Stefanos Tsitsipas beat the craps out of that gangster looking Russian
西西帕斯 (?) 击败了那个看起来像黑帮的俄罗斯人

西西的妈妈也是打网球 1981年赢了蒙特卡洛赛 (法网热身赛) 今年西西布老妈后尘也赢了 好巧合 恭喜喔 [Party]
最近最忙的就是小威的教练 小威来日方短 所以他几年前就开始收其他学生 西西是其一. 双方都挺合适 祝合作愉快有成果 [Party] 🏆

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Patrick Mouratoglou on change

In the video, Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou says, “Champions are never scared to make changes and bring evolutions to their game. They know that it is the only way to keep being competitive and stay at the top. Tennis should have the same attitude and accept to move its format.”

He’s so right. 10 years ago the average fans’ age was 51 years old. Today is 61 … so it’s like the classical music – no new blood. IF you still think to hang on to your so called tradition, you’ll be dying very soon. Champions reinvent themselves all the time.

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Venus Williams’ 1999 Interview

Recently, Naomi Osaka decided to forgo the press conference and was fined $15,000. She then quitted French Open altogether, citing her mental health. I remembered that she describes herself as an introvert. 

Funny, in one of New Yorker’s recycles, I saw this one, “Now when people tell me, ‘Hey, you’re kind of an asshole,’ I can just smile and respond, ‘No, I’m an introvert, and that means I can do whatever I want.'”

Perfectly fitting.

Venus Williams responded to the topic by saying, “For me personally how I deal with it was that I know every single person asking me a question can’t play as well as I can and never will. So no matter what you say or what you write, you’ll never light a candle to me. That’s how I deal with it.”

Well said, with one correction: it should be hold the candle to me, which means you’re not as good. 

Below was a 1995 or 1999 interview of Venue (1980-) who was only 14 at the time. There are video clips on the Blavity, text are repost below:

Venus Williams’ 1999 Interview Is A Reminder She’s Always Been The S**t And She Always Knew It

The game may have changed, but not Venus’ confidence.

by DeMario P. Smith
June 02, 2021

Tennis star Venus Williams entered the limelight of the athletic world as a young girl, breaking barriers as she and her sister Serena dominated the sport. Venus, however, is no stranger to the demands and rigors of being a young athletic star, consistently expressing her confidence in her winning ability.

In a resurfaced clip from a 1995 ABC News interview, an adolescent Venus is drilled with questions about her views on her competition by a reporter. After Venus shares that she feels “very confident” going up against a competitor, the white reporter asks her where her confidence might come from.

“You say it so confidently, why?” He asked.

“Cause I believe it,” Venus responded flatly.

Her father Richard ultimately stepped in and checked the reporter about trying to jeopardize the image of a 14-year-old girl.

“What she said, she said it with so much confidence the first time,” he began. “This child is going to be out there playing when your old ass and me are gonna be in the grave.”

“You’re dealing with a little Black kid and let her be a kid, leave her alone! She done answered it with a lot of confidence. Leave that alone!” Richard added.

With her father handling the ABC reporter, one Twitter user said Venus is shown on the video diverting her attention away from the conversation as if to express “daddy’s got this.”

Another user wrote that situations like the one shown in the clip happen far too often for Black youth, many of whom do not have the constant protection of their parents.

“The subtle pathological questioning, undermining, and demeaning of black children goes unchecked far too often. Too many parents can’t be there to do just this. How fortunate they were to have such a fierce and competent protector.” they wrote.

Venus echoed her confidence yet again during an interview after a first-round loss at Roland Garros.

The 40-year-old former No. 1 WTA player was asked by reporters how she copes with the media, to which she emphasized her greatness and purpose. She said that the people who critique her will never be as good as her on the court.

“For me personally, how I cope, how I deal with it, was that I know every single person asking me a question can’t play as well as I can and never will,” Venus said. “So no matter what you say, or what you write, you’ll never light a candle to me. That’s how I deal with it. But each person deals with it differently.”

Venus made the remark following fellow tennis star Naomi Osaka’s announcement to boycott media interviews at the French Open, which she has since withdrawn from.

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Serena’s coach

Patrick Mouratoglou has been posting short videos on FB that I found very useful. Here is one:

” … they all tell you ‘I want to be number one in the world.’ How many believe it? They all wish to be #1 but very few want to be #1. To be able to want it, you have to first believe it. 99% of the players they wish and they don’t believe. So, they don’t do everything on a daily basis to become #1 because they don’t believe deep inside. There are so many doubts. If you let the doubt take you, you’re done. Serena and Venus’ father says, ‘Never let the doubt enter your house’.”

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