Back from Indian Wells! My oh my!

Hey guys!  I am back from beautiful Palm Springs, California and the Paribas Open at Indian Wells.  Really nice to put a check mark on one of the top items on the old bucket list in March!!  It is spectacular!  The tennis was amazing, got to see Federer play Tommy Haas and in IndianWells6meatIndianWells1PalmSprings2the quarterfinal against Kevin Anderson.  Seeing him play in person and just how special it is cannot be understated.  I will share a secret some of you may not know.  Everyone thinks Roger plays without making a sound.  Well, he is of course quiet except when he utters encouragement to himself.  Unlike some others who grunt and shriek, he is famous for his quiet play.  But, he does actually make a slight sound when he serves.  Perhaps every player does that, with the exertion it takes to put that just right serve into play.  At any rate, it was really something to see.  The match against Haas featured great shot making and was played at a very fast pace.  The match against Anderson was more fluid and had a softer feel to it.  At the end of the day, there are really no words.  If you love tennis, go to Indian Wells if you get the chance at least once in your lifetime!  The facilities are incredible, the crowds are fantastic, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the weather is incredible.  Palm Springs is also beautiful, there are actually four cities between downtown Palm Springs and Indian Wells.  I will share a few pics in this post as promised!!

Today, Roger lost to Novak Djokovic in the final in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7.  So glad to see Roger make his second final in the Masters series already this year, winning in Dubai and finishing as the runner-up in Indian Wells (would of course like to have seen Fed win the tie break and take the tournament but congrats to Nole).  Federer broke back in the third set at 4-5 after being broken earlier in the third.  The tie break was pretty much all Djokovic.  Roger was his own coach as both Edberg and Luthi were not in attendance.  Gavin Rossdale (hubby of Gwen Stefani) was in his box and there was some speculation as to weather he or Mirka (Fed’s wife, of course) were coaching him.  He responded when asked in a post match interview that he was his own coach for the week!

Next, the top guys all head to Miami for the Masters 1000 tournament in Key Biscayne which begins March 26th.  Both Fed and Nadal will be playing there this year after skipping this event for the past couple of years.  That will mean a lot of points to be picked up by both players.  Roger will move back into the top five in the world in tomorrow’s rankings (Monday) as well he should.  Also, John Isner will move back into the top ten.  Saw a great doubles match between Isner/Querrey and Mahut/Tsonga.  Anyhow, just a fabulous experience for me in California!!

The women’s final was won by F. Pennetta of Italy over A. Radwanska, 6-2, 6-1.  Radwanska was compromised, apparently aggravating a left knee injury which inhibited her movement.  Great win for Pennetta who upset Li Na in the semifinals.  This tournament was one of many upsets during the ten days of the main draw for sure!  I also saw Radwanska play Jankovic and I had a courtside box seat.

OK, enough about the wonder of Palm Springs and Indian Wells!  Will post some pictures as I said and move on to…that thing we like to call “March Madness”!

Number one seeds heading into the dance are Florida (overall #1 seed), Arizona, Wichita State (undefeated regular season!) and Virginia (winning their first ACC tournament title since 1976 today over Duke, 72-63!)  Florida survived Kentucky, 61-60 and Michigan fell to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament, thus Virginia getting that fourth #1 seed.  Tomorrow, we will all need to get those brackets filled out!

Glad to be back with you guys and enjoy some pictures!

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