Good morning from Paris, Sunday, June 7th, the morning of the Men’s final to begin at 3pm local time…….just enjoying an amazing omlette with my wife from the sun drenched, tree lined, Place de la Sorbonne at a little cafe with the wifi access, le Tabac de la Sorbonne. Ok Roger, here’s your chance, it’s 70 degrees and sunny, conditions are perfect…i hope you got a lot of rest, even if it’s not easy knowing the next day your going to play the match of your life in front of a worldwide audience of millions and millions, which could ultimately determine your place as the finest male ever to pick up a racket…you’ll be joining a very exclusive list of just two, you and Andre Agassi who’ve won grand slam titles on all four surfaces. Yes Rod, Roy, and Fred each won titles at each of the four grand slams, but only you and Andre will have done it on every type of playing surface. In addition, you’ll be tying Pete Sampras with 14 Grand Slam Titles…This city is a buzz with the visit of the Obamas whose motorcade is zipping throughout this city… we saw them actually flash by us last night while we were heading off for our nightly stroll, eat, stroll….We saw the motorcade whiz by the Metro Odeon where we were standing, then we saw the first family again very very briefly by chance high up on the second level of the perch at the Notre Dame waving to the masses who gathered around to get a glimpse. Often in Paris if you stand in one spot long enough you’ll see something a bit disturbing…in the same area where one sees lookalike Techno Twins from the ATT commercials juggling fire sticks, there were a few homeless guys turned politicos commentating a bit too vociferously about Sarko and Obama and had to be physically removed, it was a bit of a mess…anyway I transgress….so Robin Soderling will be the biggest spoiler at this event in a long time if he can actually take out Rafa and Fedex in the same tournament, with everything at stake, let’s just hope it’s not to be and Roger can finally lift the Coupe de Mousquetaires and once and for all and end all arguments about who really is the greatest player of all time. Allez Roger, let’s get it done! Or else there we’ll have to put up a photo of Soderling and Kutnesova on our site (oy boy) and let’s not mention the sea of Red Swiss Flags and women crying in the streets………..uuuuugh, my omelette is getting cold 🙂
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