1 July 2009
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.
Seeded 1 Raphael Nadal Out by default
Seeded 14 Fernado Gonzalez Go Home
Seeded 14 Marat Safin Ouch Day two exit
Seeded 5 Del Potro Dark Horse Was A Donkey
Seeded 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Gone
Seeded 15 Tommy Robredo Robbed
Seeded 15 Nikolay Daavydenko Goodbye Dave
Seeded 11 'Marin Cilic Cherio Cilic
Seeded 16 'David Ferrer Farewell Ferrer
Seeded 13 Robin Soderline Sod it
Seeded 7 Fernado Verdasco Fair Thee Well
Seeded 8 Gilles Simon So long
Unseeded Dudi Sela Salom
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
Seeded 24 Tommy Hass Tommy Hasbeen
Seeded 3 Andy Murray Scotched
Seeded 6 Andy Roddick Saddle Up
Seeded 2 Roger Federer Fancy Pants