Beijing Bound

I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from blogging since Wimbledon, necessitated by other work commitments, a desire for a little down time and preparations for the Beijing Olympics. My lack of posts doesn’t mean some good stories aren’t picking up speed. The Hamburg-ATP trial is in full motion, which could have big implications for the sport. Rafael Nadal is closing in on No. 1 following his victory in Toronto. Jelena Jankovic can’t seem to reach that same mountaintop, losing to Dinara Safina in the L.A. semis with another chance to seize the top ranking on her racket (but that’s a good thing, since she would be the first player to reach that milestone having never reached even the finals of a major).

As mentioned above, I’m spending the next four weeks working for NBC at what should be a fascinating, if potentially controversial, Summer Games. While my duties will become clearer in the days ahead, I will be editing an internal newsletter that will be distributed to everyone from Dick Ebersol on down. It will analyze, forecast and consolidate each day’s action. I have not worked in television before so I expect it to be a challenging and informative experience, especially with such a big event on the line and so many channels of distribution. I’ll be jumping on that big bird in the sky Monday with arrival the following day in Beijing.

Meantime, there are several items deserving of attention I’ve run across in the last few weeks and had some interesting interviews, including a phoner with Jimmy Connors last week. I spent 1.5 years trying to interview the elusive eight-time major winner when he was coaching Andy Roddick, to no avail. Then, for the hell of it, I dropped a note to his handler for an upcoming U.S. Open story and two days later he was on the line. He had some good insights on former mentee Roddick. Those that don’t go in the story I’ll try to post here.

For the next month, I’ll post when I can, but I suspect the next weeks will be somewhat dormant considering the usual work demands at an Olympics. Bear with me if that’s the case, and look for some more regular missives when I get to New York for the Open at the end of August (a turnaround that is sure to take its toll).

Zai Jian (good-bye) until I touch down in the PRC capitol.


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