Backhands and Compliments: ATP Edition

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Nadal wins 6th Barcelona title

In other shocking news: taxes were due, the sun rose in the East, and the Knicks can’t win a playoff game. Has Nadal’s clay-court mastery made the spring season boring? According to this video, Nadal’s only true adversary remains his shorts. Perhaps everyone else is playing the bridesmaid (David Ferrer), but dominance is hardly routine and should never be taken for granted. Besides, you don’t want to miss it when someone is actually David-enough to slay Goliath.

Donald Young suffers twitter rage

“F*** USTA! Their full of s***! They have screwed me for the last time!” Losing to Tim Smyczek can cause a visceral reaction. Still, it probably doesn’t justify Young fingering profanities in the USTA’s direction. Young won a challenger event in Tallahassee last week and he, and his handlers, believed his subsequent No. 98 ranking warranted the USTA’s wild card into the French Open. Not so said the governing body, and Young had to participate in the scheduled playoff tournament for the spot. He lost in the finals to Smyczek and then lost his cyber cool. Young subsequently tweeted an apology for his use of language, but not the sentiment behind the message. Which raises the question: what does the USTA owe Donald Young? They have been extremely generous to him in the past, giving him freebies into tournaments he had no business being a part of. It was either Churchill , or Uncle Ben Parker (Spiderman), who said (basically): “For those who much is given, much is expected.” DY’s early promise awarded him much largesse; it’s time for him to stop seeking/expecting handouts. Win some matches, get the ranking up so wild cards are unnecessary, and then go tell the USTA to pucker up. Until then, keep your fingers crossed.

Spain accuses U.S. of pulling a fast one

You can’t fault an hombre for trying. Spain, in a not entirely unexpected move, took umbrage with the U.S. picking Indoor Hard Premiere as the surface for their Davis Cup quarterfinal in July. It’s slick, not used in many sanctioned events, and worst of all: it’s not thick, red mud. The Spanish Tennis Federation petitioned the ITF saying the surface manufacturer is not on the list of 91 approved by the ITF. The plea was dismissed and the U.S. was given the go-ahead to use the surface. Translation: Come on. Don’t tell us you’re actually afraid of going up against Mardy Fish.

Bonus: Serena’s beach party

“Yeah I’ve got time to talk…Serena’s just prancing around the sand…No, I don’t know what the deal is with the leopard bottoms and the pink top…You can call it a shelf if you like, but we refer to it as the bookcase.”

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