I’m not really all that into tennis. I like Maria Sharapova, but probably not just because she’s a great player. I also find it interesting when the Williams sisters play each other. As far as the men are concerned, I don’t really pay attention, but I do like Andre Agassi. I only saw two sets of last night’s US Open match between Blake and Agassi (one he lost, one he won), but I did catch the highlights later on. And what a match it was! From the official site:
Champions like Agassi specialize in finding a way back into seemingly impossible matches, and once into the fourth, he seemed to gain confidence and move a lot better against a flagging Blake. Agassi came through to go up an early break. It seemed that the ball had moved, quite literally, into Agassi’s court. The previously stoic Blake let loose a roar of frustration as he lost his serve and the rejuvenated veteran went on to break to send the match into a fifth set that would have seemed improbable just half an hour before.
Pretty amazing stuff, especially for Agassi who is the oldest player in the tournament. It’s also interesting to note that this is his 20th consecutive US Open.
It seems I wasn’t the only one who missed part of the match though, as JD Lasica explains:
In the fifth set of the hugely anticipated Andre Agassi-James Blake tennis match at the U.S. Open, with Agassi leading Blake 2 games to 1, USA Network announced it would be cutting away to regular programming “due to contractual obligations.” What was so important? A rerun of “Law & Order: SVU.”
I have to say, I completely agree with JD:
Whoever made this decision, or whoever negotiated that no-exceptions contract, needs to be fired. Seriously.
For more on the match, check out the recap on ESPN.