Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wide Open

From left to right: Fernando Verdasco, Juan Martin del Potro, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Nikolay Davydanko, and Robin Soderling.

"The one who says there is no fear at all will lie to you."

Novak Djokovic, the third ranked-male tennis player in the world, said that heading into the final ATP tournament of the year, the World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London, England. 

And you know, he's probably right. It's Murderer's Row all right when you think that the competition features Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco, Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Murray, Nikolay Davydanko, and Robin Soderling (who replaced Andy Roddick who withdrew because of a left-knee injury). 

"This," pronounced R-Fed after surveying the field, "is wide open."

This is an elite line-up and Nadal, after battling an assortment of injuries, is healthy once more. And Federer is still wary. "He had the most incredible first five months of the year before he got injured. Now he's got a chance to finish strong."

The winner of the tournament could be $1.63 million richer. But while these guys already have the money, a win here is for bragging rights. 

"This is a chance to be the very best," said a confident Nadal. "That sounds nice."

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