What they say about hard work and dedication… is true. From our man at the French Open.
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In a way, this year’s edition of this most classic of tournaments is indeed about adapting. Isner must counter-adapt to the adaptations his opponents, who are beginning to know him, have learned to make to his service. Melanie Oudin must adapt to the pressure that comes from coming out of a period of drought, and maintain the momentum her first round win gave her. Rafa Nadal must maintain his momentum, which thus far has made him the top clay court champion this year, though it was his old rival Roger Federer who won at Madrid, which required no end of adaptation due to the appalling experimentation the tournament organizers insisted on with their ill-adapted blue clay.
Federer mentioned the other day that the tennis balls are a bit of a problem this year, due to manufacturers’ adaptations. At the highest level, even small variations in the ball’s weight and texture, which the rest of us would not even notice, are felt by the players, so they must… adapt.
Anyway, Paris is balmy and Roland-Garros is spick and span and if you want a heart warming adaptation story, here it comes, it is 6-5 for Brian Baker in the third set tiebreak and he is serving for the match against a big-serving opponent and he whips one to the far left corner of the service box and — we’ll see Brian in the next round, the man nothing could stop.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?