Vasek Pospisil's win yesterday, in the first round of the U.S. Open, probably felt better to Vasek than winning the doubles at Wimbledon. Coming back from a long-term injury this year, Pospisil had exactly no wins--zero--on tour this year before casually beating the #9 seed--Karen Khachanov of Moscow, Russia in a five set match lasting just under four hours. That kind of mental resilience is hard to come by. What a way to get your first win of the year. First win EVER over a player ranked in the Top 10.
Next up for Vasek is Tennys Sandgren. Even non-tennis fans might remember Tennys. Not just because of his implausible name, given his profession (he's named after a relative named "Tennys" as in Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson. It's an old-timey name: but it is also, let's be honest, a sort of spooky coincidence). Last year, Sandgren went on a deep run at the other major played on hard courts, The Australian Open. He'd just upset Dominic Thiem of Austria in the fourth round--far and away the best result of his entire career. At what should have been the happiest post-match press conference of his life, he found himself instead facing accusations of being a full-blown alt-right sympathizer. Tennys got roasted for having been found in the past to have forwarded tweets from disreputable sites, InfoWars or some shit. Even Serena Williams showed Tennys shade.
In the ensuing brouhaha, an unlikely figure weighed in out of nowhere. Glenn Fucking Greenwald, apparently himself an avid amateur tennis player, contacted Tennys directly to offer support. Sandgren flew to Rio, where Greenwald lives, and the two became buds. Greenwald even took to twitter to decry Sandgren's public shaming. These posts, which Greenwald revealed later to have been about Sandgren, surprised many at the time. Why wasn't Glenn just piling on like all the other good and righteous people? Beat up on the baddies, Glenn!
Vasek and Jamie: Mila Pospisil, Vasek's Mom, ran a daycare in Vernon, B.C., the city where the family settled after emigrating from what was then still Czechoslovakia. Jamie Friesen, pictured above in the "All-Stars" jersey, attended this daycare. She seems pretty immune to Vashy's charm, but I don't want to rush to conclusions over a single picture, not after posting those tweets from Glenn Greenwald, I don't. His nickname is "Glennzilla." He is not someone you want to tangle with ever. Tennys, you check out, but I still hope Vasek creams you in straight sets.