Sunday, June 21, 2009

London Calling

London called and I have arrived! I'm in SW 15 for the beginning of The Championships tomorrow and can hardly contain my excitement. Over the next four days, I'll be putting up lots of content in a variety of places; here's where you can find me:

| If you like your tennis served hot and fresh, check out my posts (and all the other steaming - and streaming - content on Erwin Ong's blog. This thing is jam packed with delicious tennis tidbits, mostly of the off-court vari-tay. Think fashion, fun and good looking men with a tennis twist.

The McColumn | My newly-created personal blog, I'll be doing a post each day about the ebbs and flows of my emotions as I experience my first-ever Grand Slam.

Straight Sets | In the very recent past (a month ago), the New York Times expanded its U.S. Open blog to an on-going, year-round forum. I'll be contributing a couple posts here as I can, adding to the pre-Wimbledon stuff I've already done for them.

And of course, right here. Check out the blog(s) all week for my posts and I'll do my best to get some pictures up, too! Wimby, here I come!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ireland, NYT and Boxing, Oh My!

Just a week before Wimbledon and I find myself on the correct side of the pond for the start of the game's greatest Grand Slam. I touched down yesterday morning in Dublin, and have joined my two brothers, dad, uncle and a cousin for 10 days of site-seeing, golf playing and Guinness drinking.

So far, so good in Ireland, as we managed to drive cross country in just about three hours and find a nice little bed and breakfast to catch up on our jet-lagged inspired sleep. We golfed this morning at Adare Manor, a charming course outside of Limerick. There was some Irish-inspired danger to a few of the holes, but for the most part, Adare was tame and the weather held out beautifully for us.

A few weeks ago I got in touch with the powers-that-be with the newly-created Straight Sets blog on the New York Times' web site. I told them that I would be at Wimbledon for the first four days of main draw play, and asked if they wanted an experienced tennis writer to contribute from the grounds. They obliged, and I've been doing some posts for them in lead up to The Championships.

The first was about French-to-Wimbledon trends, specifically on the women's side of the game. The second, published yesterday, was a celebration of Steffi Graf's 40th birthday (today) and an ode to a player that for most of my childhood I loathed (I was a Seles wannabe), but have come to love and appreciate in my adult years.

Meanwhile, back in my hometown, a boxer that I interviewed in December for a feature article just won one of the nation's most prestigious amateur boxing championships in Denver. Normally with this kind of stuff I would smile to myself and maybe shoot the guy an email, but Duran Caferro isn't your average athlete - or person for that matter.

Check out my post about him from January, and watch out for this guy to become a rather well-known lightweight boxer in the professional circuit.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Game, Set, Twitter

I've held out over the last six months from joining Twitter, something plenty of my friends were bent on getting me to join.

Today, however, I finally broke down and got an account. I did so for various reasons, but one important one is so I can share my exciting experience at Wimbledon come later this month!

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Re-Emerging in Europa

For the past year, I've been pretty dormant in the tennis blogosphere. I've made brief appearances on this blog (via video) and others (see: "Billie Jean King Cup"), but my blogging energy has more been focused on the personal since starting The McColumn.

But in a couple weeks, I'll re-enter the tennis blogging world with a frenzy as I attend my first-ever Grand Slam event at The Championships, Wimbledon.

My love affair with tennis has been in full force since the age of five, but I've only had in-person flings with the professional sport on a few, varied occasions: the 2002 Bank of the West Classic and two Williams-sister-fueled exhibitions. Not the resume you were hoping for, right?

In any case, I'll no doubt be completely overwhelmed by the grounds of the All England Club itself, not to mention the high-level tennis that will be going on before my eyes.

Stay tuned here, The McColumn, TennisServedFresh and a few other, yet-to-be-announced locations for my live Wimbledon coverage. Until then, Federer in four for his fourteenth and first French; Safina in straights.