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Cummings & Goings XIII by Jim Cummings

February 20, 2008 03:20 AM

Surrogate Finals
The Australian Open men's division certainly turned out differently than most people expected, thanks to unseeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 3 Novak Djokovic. Maybe nobody told them they were not supposed to win. But what I want to say here is not about them, it is about the gracious way both their opponents accepted defeat. Nadal had this to say about his match: "I was playing fine. He (Tsonga) played unbelievable. Congratulate him."
Federer was no less complimentary about his opponent. Despite being pushed to do so by reporters, he refused to use an earlier illness as an excuse for the loss. Rather, he complimented Djokovic on winning the more important points and went on to say that, "The way I tried, that's all I could give. When you give 100 percent, you're sort of happy with your performance. It can't always go your way." Juniors et al, take note!

ITF Invites Roy Van Brunt To Serve On Rules Committee
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) which oversees our game worldwide has invited Roy Van Brunt to serve on its Rules Committee. It has been 10 years since the United States has been represented on the ITF Rules Committee. The ITF is the only organization that can make or change the rules of tennis. The other governing bodies such as USTA can only interpret them. Roy's selection is a good choice.

He was on USTA's Rules Committee for many years, including its chair and is also a former chair of the Umpire's Committee. He is currently an editor of The Friend At Court.
Take My Partner, Please

Do you recognize this player? He gets pulled way off the court in doubles and what does he do? He trys to blast a winner through opponents at the net. What are the odds? Not good, indeed. But the odds go way up by throwing up - a lob, that is. There is a lot to be said for getting back in the point and more often than not, a lob will do it.

Now here is a tip for you older players or those who are speed deprived. The next time you are chasing down a ball on your backhand side, switch the racket to your off hand and lob. You will be surprised how often you can get a ball back in play by doing so. And remember, all you are trying to do is get the ball back in play, so nothing fancy. Just get the racket on the ball and let it do the work.

A Sign of The Times
There is a new rule this year that prohibits a racket from having any device that could provide communication, instruction or advice to a player. What next?

I wonder what my racket would have to say about all the bad shots I hit?
By:  Jim Cummings 2/20/2008

Jim Cummings Bio:
   Born in Marinette, WI
   Boyhood friend of the Cook family
   Played varsity tennis for UW-Madison in the 50s
   Officiated at over 25 US Opens as a chair and line umpire
   Served on USTA's Rules Committee when Jack Stahr and Nick Powel were Chairs
   Active senior player and Referee
   Presently helps edit the Friend At Court