Roland Garros Suicide Pool: Day 2

Hey guys…sucks that MJMS is out (for tennis-pool). Sucks that Ernie and Vika are out (bc I love them).

But there were still some awesome wins today. Jo came through in a tight 5-setter and Kiri, Robin, Marin and Misha all won in straights. So there’s something to be happy about.

Post your picks for Day 2 in the comments (if you didn’t lose lol). I’ll make a page for the results up top later so I can edit it throughout the tournament. But not right now, I’m too lazy.

Click Here for Day 2 Order Of Play

Have fun picking! šŸ™‚

Birthday Boys

Today, May 22, is a fucking awesome day. Two of my favorite people were born today, Nole and Morrissey. As many of my twitter peeps know, I am a diehard Morrissey fan- he’s my fave singer of all time. He’s unique, he’s legendary, and he’s one of the most influential musicians of the last 30 years. There aren’t words for how much I love him.

The thing is- although I knew their b-days if you’d asked me, it didn’t even cross my mind that these two SHARED a b-day until today. But it makes a lot of sense. They’re both extremely intelligent, they’re both fiery and emotional, and they both (contrary to what Bozo might think) have GREAT hair. So here’s to two inimitable, exceptional and extraordinary BAMFs. Never change, guys. No matter what the haters say.

And speaking of haters, it seems like every Tom, Dick, and Bozo are giving Nole next to no chance to make the semis, let alone win the tournament. Screw you people. Yeah, it’s true Nole hasn’t had the best results this year, but let’s give the guy some credit. He’s a Top 3 player and he’s always a contender in my opinion. So really, the critics can suck it. (It’s no secret I want Nole to win the whole thing).

I want to dedicate this song to Nole and to Aleksa. Love.

Roland Garros Suicide Pool: Day 1

Hey everyone!! /Serena

I know I haven’t posted in 193849 days, give or take a few, but the excitement that is a Twitter/HSM Suicide Pool is enough to draw me in. Anyone who wants to join, feel free. Rules are easy and it’s just plain fun.

The first ever HSM Suicide Pool starts tomorrow, Day 1 of the French Open! Here are the rules:

-Every day once the Order of Play for the next day comes out, we’ll post it here in a daily post. You have a look at the Order of Play and you pick ONE male and ONE female player that you think will win their matches that day. Then you post your picks in the comments. Make sure to make your picks before play starts for the day, or they won’t count!

-You should also make BACK-UP picks for your first-choice players, in case one of your first-choice players withdraws before their match starts.

-You aren’t allowed to pick the same player twice during the tournament. In other words, you probably shouldn’t pick Rafa on the first day, since you won’t be able to use him again for the final! It’s best to pick lower-ranked players in the first few rounds, and strategy is important. You have to think ahead in the draw and save the best players for later.

-I’ll keep track of who you’ve picked so far over the fortnight so you don’t make the mistake of picking the same person twice.

-Once your player loses, you are OUT šŸ˜¦ But we’ll be playing another SP for Wimbledon and that’s right around the corner! Practice makes perfect! šŸ™‚

-Although we’re playing men’s AND women’s Suicide Pools simultaneously, they are in fact separate. This means that if your male player loses, you can continue to pick for females and vice versa.

-If you can’t post your picks here at the blog (can’t access the site from your phone, bad connection, etc) you can contact me (@RagingBitch) or Emma (@emmaphickey) on Twitter and we’ll post your picks for you.

-If you have any questions, ask on twitter or in the comments!

OK…I hope everyone is as excited as I am!

Click here for the OOP for Sunday, May 23 (Day 1)

And post your picks (and back-up picks) in the comments! Good luck guys šŸ™‚

King Of Awesome, Part 3

Sucks that Nole lost so early, but his practice was amazingly entertaining. After they did the actual hitting, they played some American football. Nole didn’t know how to throw it, but the crowd cheered him when he finally did it right. And how badass is Dusan Vemic? He’s the one in the glasses. I love the Serbs. This one’s for Aleksa. He’s going to have a great clay season, I just know it.

Too Cute For Words

Caught this on the last day I was there. Goran and (what I assume is) his little boy. Adorbs! Marin’s brother was playing with the kid too. I wonder if we’ll see him on court in about 15 years.

Here is a video. You can see Marin’s brother in the beginning. I love him too. I know I mentioned that already but I don’t care. Squeee! Or as Stella would say, “ovary explosion!”

Ana Meets The RBC

I’ve really got nothing much to say, lol. These pictures are for Parker and Curt. I only saw her practicing once. Better late than never posting these šŸ™‚

I watched for about 10 minutes and then T-Berd and Robin came in, so I was psyched about that. Loved watching them practice until the damn rain ruined it. Robin sat next to Ana and they talked for a bit. Was fun to see.

King Of Awesome, Part 2

After his practice Nole played some American football with his team. He couldn’t really throw the ball good at first; he said it was like throwing a ‘dead duck” lol.Ā When he finally did spiral it, he got a big applause from the crowd. Did I mention he’s awesome?

Then they decided to play some kind of curling where everyone had to drop a tennis ball over the net and try to make it roll to the baseline. The guy with the worst roll had to do push-ups.

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As you can see, Dusan was one of the losers. And Nole was a winner.

This practice was oneĀ of my fave parts of my trip and was worth the day’s price of admission alone. Which is why the hobbit Pippin Rochus is on my shitlist. He made me miss more Nole epicness. Not to mention he beat Richie too.

I could sit and watch Nole for hours, if it wasn’t too stalkerish to do so. He’s so great for the sport in every way. I hope he has an awesome clay season and I’ll be cheering for him the whole way. Ajde.

(Also you suck at life if you don’t like him.)

Yay, Another Serb To Be Obsessed With!

Ā  Check out this BAMF. Ā Dusan Vemic FTW.

He practiced with Nole on Thursday, and it was the first time I’d ever seen him in person. Of course I knew him from the good old live scores, as he has played dubs with Ivo and Nole, but I didn’t recognize him. Thanks Sabrina for giving me the heads up on identifying him.

Honestly, the guy is epicness dipped in awesome sauce. He’s so fucking cool. So yeah, I now have another Serbian player to obsess over. There’s always room for more.

King Of Awesome

BAMF-tastic. I fucking love this man. No wonder Janko thinks he should be future president of Serbia.

He’s #2 in the world tennis-wise, but #1 in the Awesomeness Rankings for the third straight year.

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He’s smart, he’s hot, he’s thoughtful, and he plays good tennis.

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I’m really sad he lost this week, but I’m blaming Todd because I can. Don’t listen to him, Nole!

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After a thoroughly entertaining practice, he stayed to sign every autograph. Because he’s awesome like that.

Fuck off haters, he’s the King of Awesome. Deal with it.

Marathon Practice

Thanks to my lovely tweeps, I knew that Rafa was practicing at 5:30 today. I didn’t know which court, but I figured it was a 50/50 shot between the two most popular practice courts. I kinda got lucky with guessing right. He and Sam practiced for over 2 hours. Of course I watched the whole entire thing without so much as moving from my spot in the front (it’s just what KADs do). Of course Rafa got swamped afterwards, and of course I went into the court after everyone followed Rafa out and I took another towel. LOL, I just had to.

Here are some pics. He started with an orange shirt, and later changed it to white. For a second I thought he was going to practice shirtless. What a tease. He was looking really good out there today. Rafa ftw in Miami, anyone? I think it’s time for another Masters shield. Vamos!

All of the pictures are Jills property. Do not take them without herĀ consent. Ā Thanks. Even if she took Rafa’s towel without hisĀ consent. Again. XD

“I’m Your Biggest Fan, I’ll Follow You Until…”

You know how the rest of the song goes. Gilles and Feli practiced on Wednesday and it was basically my dream. Actually Gilles/Nando is my dream but this is pretty close. Feli always chooses the best people to practice with- the man’s got taste. One of the best parts about this practice is that Lady Gaga was blasting from outside the court the whole time. Everything from “Poker Face” to “Monster” to “Alejandro.” (Yeah, I was cracking up when that last one came on.) Anyway, here are some pics.

All of the pictures are Jills property. Do not take them without herĀ consent. Ā Thanks.

Wednesday Randomness

Just trying to catch up so I can post some Rafa and Nole stuff. Here are some pics from yesterday. (The only match I watched yesterday was Jeremy-Mario, and well, I didn’t take any pics bc I was up at the 400 level. I pretty much make it a rule to never go in the stadium, so I never bother buying more expensive seats. I’m still pissed at the stupid organizers for putting them on the stadium, pffft WHATEVER THANKS ALOT FUCKERS. My faves are underdogs and losers and headcases and I’m damn proud of that and they had no place in the stadium playing eachother. DAMMIT. Oh, and then I saw the END of Richie vs Peregrin Took (or Meriwether Brandybuck) idk which fucking hobbit he lost to but it sucked. Hobbits are shitlisted. /endrant)

Yeah, Muzz and Marcos practiced together. One half awesome, one half significantly less awesome. You make the call.

Am I the last one to know that Misha isn’t with Adidas anymore? He’s with Los? Adidas is really making some bad choices. Pffft.

He’s going to make a great actor with all his expressions.

Don’t hate, this was hot. As I said before, they’re besties in my mind now.

Besties with benefits. If I just freaked you out, I’m not sorry.

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Croat Heaven

Marin and Goran were some of the first people I saw when I arrived. He practiced twice on Tuesday.

Somewhere inbetween the 2 practices I fell in love with Marin’s brother. He seems so adorbs. He was smiling most of the time and helping out with the balls and stuff. When Goran and Marin went to rest and chillax, he just stayed standing where he is in this picture. He seems so sweet. Can’t. Stand. It. Too cute.

They’re so cute it’s incredible. And of course, Mario in a do-rag was the highlight of the day for sure…

He’s so hot and smart and awesome and he wore it well.

I LOVE CROATIA.

All the pictures are Jills property. Don’t take any of them without herĀ permission. Thanks.

More Tuesday Randomness

Guess who?

OK, there should be some rule that if you’re a hairy skinny white dude, you shouldn’t be shirtless next to Feli. It doesn’t work.

Thank you, Janko. You give the girls what they want. I salute you. However, did you really have to practice with Lames Blake? I mean it’s kind of a bonerkill.

Not to mention I had to pretend like I was taking some pics of Lames so I didn’t look like a total stalker. But I forgive you.

Poor Carlos. He had to withdraw, and he got attacked by kids before that. Yes, Tuesday was “Kids Day” or whatever. They were *everywhere.* Ā Honestly, kids should be banned from the tournament. Except for the ballkids, obvs.

Totally besties. In my mind. And that’s all that matters.

Why did he have to lose? FML. Honestly. To be a FrenchieKAD is to suffer.

I saw Vika practicing twice on Tuesday. Once with CanWoz and once with her hitting partner or whatever. She was really in a good mood, smiling, saying “nice shot” and other compliments to CanWoz.

I guess Miami holds good memories for her. Hope she wins again.

Of course randomness wouldn’t be randomness without a Mo sighting. I was walking out of the park to go home. Took the back way that passes Court 4 and there’s Mo’s head in my path, lol. He was rather randomly watching the Baltacha match on an outer court. I guess he’s a fan. And since he’s Mo, he couldn’t sit like everyone else. He had to stand. He’s that awesome.

All the pictures are Jills property. Don’t take any of them without herĀ permission. Thanks.

Day 1 Randomness

I’m about to leave for the day, but here’s a couple pictures from around the grounds. Now the I’m caught up on my sleep I’ll do more tonight!

The first person I saw, Gonzo, yay! Way hotter in person, and I don’t say that about just anyone šŸ˜›

Sven was seemingly everywhere. Well, he is God afterall. He was at Caro’s practices and at the one match I saw a bit of yesterday, Sorana vs de Brito.

I was so happy Sorana won. She was playing really good, smacking the hell out of the ball. I love her outfit too. I didn’t take any pics of de Brito bc she bugged the shit out of me. Her scream/shriek whatever sounds like an animal being tortured, it’s horrible. The people behind me were audibly laughing (loud enough for everyone to hear) everytime she yelped. She sucks.

Everyone was pretty much cheering for Sorana. After the match she stopped to take some pics with fans and Sven walked past her and I think he said “Vamos, Sugar.” Cute. Oh, and of course the Asian Line Judge was there. Of course.

I’ll post all the good stuff tonight. WordPress is being a bitch and not letting me upload anything else. I’ll try to get pics of Ana and Rafa and Nole today.

Edited: All the pictures are Jills property. Don’t take any of them without herĀ permission. Those include all her posts. Thanks.