A Visit to the US Open

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Once a year, I try to get to the US Open.  That day was yesterday, and here’s a little travelogue of my afternoon on Facebook (you don’t need a Facebook account to see it).  Also, Irina Falconi over at the Straight Sets blog answered a question of mine!  Exciting times.  These are the best two weeks of the year, when tennis comes home.

Novel #2: Love Love

Since my Modern Love essay came out on Thursday, a few people have asked about the recently-completed second book.  Here’s the pitch.

Love Love
by Sung J. Woo

A novel about art and athletics, family and adoption, remembrance and forgiveness – and Judy and Kevin, sister and brother.

Judy Lee’s life has not turned out the way she’d imagined. She’s divorced, she’s broke, and her dreams of being a painter have fallen by the wayside. Her co-worker Roger might be a member of the Yakuza, but he’s also the only person who’s asked her on a date in the last year.

Meanwhile, Kevin, an ex-professional tennis player, has decided to donate a kidney to their ailing father — until it turns out that he’s not a genetic match. His father reluctantly tells him he was adopted, but the only information Kevin has is a nude picture of his birth mother.

Told in alternating chapters from the points of view of Judy and Kevin, Love Love is a story about two people figuring out how to live, how to love, how to be their best selves amid the chaos of their lives.

The Perfect Headline for the 2011 Men’s Singles Australian Open Final

I think it goes without saying that I shouldn’t give up my day job for a career in graphic design.  Despite the terrible display of my Photoshop skills, I have the headline that’ll redeem me:

Scottish Fold

Explanation: Andy Murray is Scottish.  The cat is a Scottish Fold (notice its folded ears).  And like the feline, Mr. Murray folded on his third try at a Grand Slam final this past Sunday in Melbourne.  It’s a cliche to say that a single point decides a match, but in this case, it was true:

There was no point of greater importance than this one.  Murray was down 4 games to 5 in the first set, and down 15-30 on his serve.  If he wins this 39-shot rally, it’s 30-30 and I’d bet my last dollar it goes to a tie break.  But he loses, and it gives Djokovic double break point, which he quickly capitalizes on, and wins the first set, and subsequently, the match, in straight sets: 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

Where to from here for Andy Murray?  He’s been to the finals for three Grand Slams, and he’s lost them all in straight sets.  On the bright side, Ivan Lendl lost his first four and still managed to win eight championships in his career.  And let’s not forget that Murray’s done way better than his U.K. compatriot, Tim Henman, who never got past the semifinals of any Grand Slam.