Hi everyone. Please use this as today's space for your commentary on the matches going on.
Today's question is pretty simple (and I admit I've adapted it from a question that was asked in TW some two years back, that I felt was worth reinventing in light of the changes that have occurred since then, both in the sport itself and among TW comment-posters. A hat tip to TW poster Veruca Salt for the original idea). If today you were made the Commissioner of Tennis, with dictatorial powers to change rules and other significant matters affecting the sport, what would your key changes be? And what would you consider most vital to preserve? I'll post my own answers later on, in the comments section.
Today's picture is of a player who doesn't often get a mention here - Virginie Razzano, who will play the final today in Dubai against Venus Williams. This week she's recorded victories over Kateryna Bondarenko, Dinara Safina, Daniela Hantuchova and Vera Zvonareva, before triumphing over Kaia Kanepi in the semifinal yesterday. All five are ranked ahead of her.
Master Ace offers the TWibe the following timechecks for the tournaments currently under way:
Saturday Schedule (time is TW or USA Eastern Standard Time)
ATP: Marseille 8 AM - Novak Djokovic vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga followed by Michael Llodra vs Gilles Simon
ATP: Buenos Aires 9 AM - Tommy Robredo vs Jose Acasuso followed by David Nalbandian vs Juan Monaco
WTA: Dubai 10 AM - Venus Williams vs Virginie Razzano
WTA: Bogota 10 AM - Edina Gallovits vs Gisela Dulko followed by Patricia Mayr vs Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez
ATP: Memphis Noon - Dudi Sela vs Radek Stepanek
ATP: Memphis 4 PM - Andy Roddick vs Lleyton Hewitt
WTA: Memphis 8 PM - Caroline Wozniacki vs Victoria Azarenka
WTA matches in Dubai and Memphis are for the championship.
As always, enjoy today's tennis.
-- Rosangel Valenti