No blog entries for a little while, you were probably thinking I'd disappeared again. It's been a busy week, maybe my busiest of the year, anyone getting the time to post blog entries as well as trade for 10 hours a day has my admiration for the their dedication... They also spend too long on the computer!
Yesterday saw the first 'in-play' usage of the World's most expensive roof at Wimbledon. Though they were a little hasty in closing it. The Wimbledon cheeses must have been like kids with a new toy, it was always going to get closed at the first drop of rain, the Chairman probably had his finger hovering over the button as the first cloud appeared.
To then keep it closed for the rest of the day was a surprise, but they got lucky when Murray's match went on longer than might have been expected (Wawrinka played well, but never took half the chances he might have). I have to say I got the feeling the roof affected Murray to begin with, his pre-match (mental) prep would have been for an open roof, his 'onboard computer' (as Sam Smith would commentate) taking a while to figure out the change in conditions - Set one over.
So we ended up with the first 'night match' at Wimbledon. The acoustics were completely different, very loud and echoey, perfect for creating a great atmosphere for the home favourite. They should do more night matches imo, it was quite a spectacle. Will they? I doubt it... The company line is that it is an outdoor tournament.
I thought that it was perhaps a little easier for the server inside, the speed of the court looked the same though - incredibly slow! Or maybe it's just me, but the courts look to be playing slower than ever this year. I tweeted (Follow Me) a day or two ago that I don't buy into the courts getting quicker as they get older. The ball simply bounces higher, the dryness allowing more spin to take grip and thus the ball 'sits up' - they get slower the deeper into the tournament we go. I would think they are slower than the US Open quite easily. Much is made of the change from Roland Garros clay to Wimbledon grass , it's not so much the speed anymore, it's the height of the bounce and the type of bounce. I seem to recall a 27 stroke rally in Murray's first game yesterday!
Onto our £20m hoax in the News of the World! This was great if you caught it, unfortunately the story has now been taken down from the NotW website, because it is fiction! (They don't print fiction do they?) Anyone who read the story with any knowledge would have spotted this anyway, it was laughable. You can catch up with some of the claims made by the millionaire over at Scott's blog, along with the statement made by Betfair in response.
Ladies quarters today, I don't have much opinion on the matches, other than Venus should destroy Aggie Radwanska. I'm concerned that Azarenka could push Serena, though I'm on both of them outright, most of it is on Serena, I see this as her toughest test next to Venus, though I am fairly confident Serena would take care of a match with her Sister.
My men's outright book is looking good. I backed Roger at the the start, as well as Murray, Hewitt and Karlovic. Got out of Murray yesterday, having traded back and forth on him through the tournament, I'm a little surprised he has remained around 4.1, yesterday wasn't a confidence builder, though I think the general sentiment is that he'll have less difficulty with Ferrero than Wawrinka. I'm not sure on that one, JCF is loving the slow courts.
Market also looks to have some concerns with Karlovic and Fed. Which is good for me, I will look to do something with my very large green on Karlovic at some point. Happy trading..