03 October 2009
1ST OCTOBER 2009

Day 31 – Another day, another department. I am with court services department which is headed by Tom Reed. I roughly had an idea of what court services was about but like everything else, you don’t really know something till you can do it yourself. I had to move to the office in the morning and Tom gave me a run down on the science of court services. Court services basically provides the necessities for the players during the match. Besides that, they also have to prepare the courts for the match which includes sweeping and vacuuming the fuzz off the court after the match. Items which court services provide are fruits, towels, water, Gatorade, balls and ice. After every match these items need to be replenished and it is up to the court services team to execute this task.

 (The yellow stuff is the tennis ball fuzz) 

During the match we get the items on standby so we can set up for the next match as quickly as possible. We have to know how much stock we have at all times so we can arrange for new stock especially for perishable items. On the tennis side there was plenty of action in store as 3 of the 5 singles matches went on to the third set. Asian hopes were resting on the shoulders of Indian Rohan Bopanna who had the mammoth task of taking on 4th seed Fernando Gonzales. On paper Rohan’s chances were not the best but theory and reality are two different things. The match was going Gonzo’s way till Rohan managed to sneak the second set away from the unsuspecting Chilean. It was hammer and tongs in the third set till Rohan had a mental failure and dropped his serve towards the end of the third set. The rest as they say is history. I must say Rohan is a very nice and friendly person. Vamos Asian Tennis! 

Only second seed Fernando Verdasco had an easy ride to the quarters as he sent Karol Beck packing 6-4, 6-0. Karol did have his chances but early on in the second set it was evident that today was not going to be his day. Tomas Berdych had a three set tussle with German Simon Gruel who is a friend of mine. It was sad to see Simon bow out because he still has not repaid my treat to himJ. Well, I will collect when he comes next year. Gael Monfils did not waste too much time by defeating Martin Vassallo Arguello in straight sets. Joachim Johansson put in a spirited performance but was unable to get past Richard Gasquet. Lack of match fitness for Pim Pim was probably the deciding factor in the result. I have got to go as I have to service some courts, so till tomorrow thank you for reading and take care,

 

 

 

 (The Ballperson's)

p.s. the court services team are brilliant and super efficient. Thank you for having me there. 

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