Sunday, January 13, 2008

Open Wrap Up

Another successful Heineken Open is in the books. It may not have had as much star power as previous years, but the players delivered an exciting tournament with good matches on all six days. The sun was shining most of the time, the crowd was into it, and the players looked like they were in Auckland to win, not just to warm up for Melbourne. Even though champ Philipp Kohlschreiber may not be the most exciting or warmest guy on tour, he played well this week and deserved the title. And who knows, it could be the start of a huge year for the German. He is right next to Andy Roddick in the Australian Open draw…


Centre court. It's still Rebound Ace, but they coloured it blue to help the players pretend they were playing on the same surface as the Australian Open.

Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Juan Monaco.

Juan Ignacio Chela. Lots of Juans this year.

David Ferrer.

Marin Cilic.

Nicolas Massu.

Tag team champions Juan Monaco and Luis Horna.

Xavier Malisse.

Kiwi qualifier G.D. Jones. Brother of Sacha, whose picture you can see in the ASB Classic Wrap Up post.

Michael Llodra.

Julien Benneteau.

Florian Mayer.

Jurgen Melzer.

And finally, Philipp Kohlschreiber, the new champ.

So this is the end for Yellowballin’. I had a great time at the tennis these past two weeks, and life as a tennis blogger has been fun as well. Thanks for reading everybody, and special thanks to those of you who supported this journey into the blogosphere. Enjoy all the tennis you get to watch this year, be it live in person, on the television or on the information superhighway. Seeya.



Marija said...

Oh, come on, I can't believe you're saying goodbye. Did I understand you well? You won't continue blogging?

R.C. French said...

Writing about the Auckland tournaments is enough for me. I'll leave the blogging to the experts, like you. If I have the opportunity to go to the tennis next year I might do it again, it's been a lot of fun.

Erwin said...

thanks for the wonderful local blogging, r.c.

Anonymous said...

Mezzy said...

Are ya keepin up any other spaces on teh internets? Cuz you know, I'm totally not half-arsed stalking you or anything. Really.