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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary, should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf.
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day

Leslie Monk

Mrs Monk’s Would-Be Diary .........

1 July 2009

Wimbledon Sweepstake

To pull Raphael Nadal’s name out of a hat of any Tennis Tournament Sweepstake would usually be a good result.

It was my idea to have a sweepstake for this year’s Wimbledon and I took the last remaining ticket signifying my luck and my misfortune.

He was the first and best seed to be eliminated and cruelly so, by default. More cruel is his misfortune because his young legs are worth more that the sweepstake prize of !0 out of Derek the Lob’s pocket, that will in due course be dispensed to some other lucky Tennis Tuesday punter.

As the names were drawn, there were oohs and ahhs as if it mattered. The formally maligned Andy Murray was suddenly a hot ticket for some new nameless but fickle advocates of the formerly scorned Scot.

Mrs. Monk was pleased with her Frenchman out of the hat (Simon) but who will claim the prize.

Here is the order of the demise of the top 17 seeds.

Day 0

Seeded 1   Raphael Nadal   Out by default

Day 1

Seeded 14  Fernado Gonzalez   Go Home 

Day 2

Seeded 14  Marat Safin   Ouch Day two exit

Day 4

Seeded 5   Del Potro   Dark Horse Was A Donkey

Day 5

Seeded 9   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga   Gone

Seeded 15  Tommy Robredo     Robbed

Day 6

Seeded 15  Nikolay Daavydenko  Goodbye Dave

Seeded 11  'Marin Cilic          Cherio Cilic

Seeded 16  'David Ferrer     Farewell Ferrer

Day 7

Seeded 13     Robin Soderline     Sod it

Seeded 7     Fernado Verdasco   Fair Thee Well

Seeded 8    Gilles Simon       So long

Unseeded     Dudi Sela           Salom

Quarter Finals

Seeded 4    Novak Djokovic     All Bounced Out

Seeded 22    Ivo Karlovic       Goodbye Boris

Unseeded     Juan Carlos Ferrero      Gone

Unseeded     Lleyton Hewitt      Derek’s Last Stand

Semi Finals

Seeded 24    Tommy Hass      Tommy Hasbeen

Seeded 3    Andy Murray         Scotched


Seeded 6    Andy Roddick     Saddle Up


Seeded 2    Roger Federer      Fancy Pants       


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