[ Hi everyone, Pete here. I am in Fredericksburg, Texas, as I write this, and will be traveling on Monday. First off, I want to alert you all that my fellow senior editor at Tennis and our fellow Tribe member Tomahawk Perrotta , will be blogging all week from Shanghai. I just know that TP will be great reading. As of now, I don't see a billboard up at Tennis.com for his blog, but it should be arriving shortly.
A new post of mine on The Sister of No Mercy (Justine Henin) should be up at ESPN by 10 AM today. We will have no Monday Net Post today, because of the overlap in the YECs. Ed McG, who was at a hockey memorabilia show in Toronto this weekend, has a Sunday night to himself! He will have a wrap of the two YECs for you next week. Now let me give you back to Rosangel, who's done such an outstanding job in my absence again --- PB]
Good morning. I know that the first singles match of the day, Andy Roddick against Nikolay Davydenko, starts at 4 a.m. for many tennis fans in the U.S., so it may not feel much like morning yet. Here in the U.K., the tennis begins at an almost-respectable 9 a.m. The second match, in which Roger Federer takes on Fernando Gonzalez, in their first meeting since this year's Australian Open final, will not begin before 6.30 EST/11.30 GMT.
Tribe member FoT was joking on the last Shanghai thread that I might come up with an unflattering picture of Roger Federer on today's post. In fact on her behalf I had a hunt for decent pictures of TMF in Shanghai through the usual sources, but none of those available particularly seemed to fit the bill - although there were quite a number of pictures of him shaving himself. I'm pretty sure that TMF will be around for a while this week - perhaps when Pete returns, he'll come up with a good picture on a later post. Who knows, TMF may well be photographed this week holding something other than a coffee cup (that one was, I think, like the other pictures, related to a promotion he was involved in).
In the meantime, enjoy today's tennis.