In my crazy Olympic fever I've neglected to acknowledge that there are other non-Olympic happenings that are providing some interesting storylines as the US Open nears. So here's a quick recap.
- Andy "I'm just not that into you, Olympics" Roddick loses to Juan Martin del Potro in the finals at LA. This was shocking to say the least, especially because Andy cruised into the final. He was serving well, moving well, and hitting solid strokes. But by the time the final rolled around Andy was no match for the en fuego JMDP. This is JMDP's third straight title and he ran Andy ragged. JMDP has a lot of upside, though I'm not a huge fan of 30 foot service toss or his hitchy forehand. But the Argentinian teenager has nerve. He could have buckled when Roddick made a run in the second set but held his ground. We'll see how this loss affects Andy in this week's DC tournament. But for a guy who skipped the Olympics to be primed for the US Open, the loss was not encouraging.
- Mono Bartoli retires in the second set of her first round match against Jamea Jackson. Let's think about this. Bartoli hurt herself in the Stanford Final. Two weeks later she plays Montreal and hurts herself again against Cibulkova. Now she tried to play Cincy but is forced to retire. Not the best decision making if you ask me. Take the time off and get yourself fit, Marion, because clearly you are not.
- CrazySexyCool Safin retires in his opening round match in DC. Don't know what's wrong with Marat (other than the usual mental stuff), but let's hope it doesn't affect his US Open run.