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    Tennis - Friday

    After Thursday had dragged, both John and I were much Livelier at breakfast on Friday... but then the place was much livelier, overflowing with people arrived for the opening on the Winterlude which brings many visitors to Ottawa. The breakfast area in the Hotel was soon overflowing but the extra staff kept the food topped up very efficiently and were still able to assist, Supergran and Hawkeye said they would be meeting in Joey at 12, we arrived a little later, the taxi journey took much longer since some roads near the Rideau canal were closed in preparation for the Winterlude. We went into Joey and saw Hawkeye waving to us. There were a number of other Brits in the place which was already very busy, so different to two days previous. The time quickly passed and we could see people entering before 2pm when the gates opened. John had to get round the far end to gate1 which was there for people unable to walk up the stairs. He was situated in the far corner from where the Brits are and needed to take a lift and then walk through a press room to get to his seat, a number of free standing chairs had been cordoned off on the (lower) concourse that side. It was a reasonable view there being less seating that side. I went to our area and picked up my shirt from my seat, got an early picture of the main Brit area20170203_191922[1].jpg

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    Friday Tennis continued

    The forum members were given tickets right in the heart of the liveliest and loudest Brits, just behind the front two rows of Stirling barmies and in front of Murraynators. I was lucky to have the seat nearest the gangway which enabled me to jump out with the massive flag at opportune times. The barmy drummer was a row in front of me! Linda, Hawkeye and Supergran were to my left. Just what I liked, to be in with the noisy crowd. There were a number of We are tennis crowd at the back of the Brits section making some noise, with BATS and individuals in-between. I can't believe we had some Brits opting for upper tier cat2 and very back cat3 tickets! The prices were much less than the overpriced Birmingham ones at the same stage a year ago! When we came in Kyle was warming up on court with Dan due to go on first against his much younger and lower ranked opponent. When play commenced, the arena was not much more than half full. The Canadian singing section, numbering only about 15-20 then, they were getting drowned out by the barmy army led Brits. Dan started in confident fashion but the lad was quick and certainly liked playing on the ultra fast court, hitting heavy serves and forehands. The GB team had Cameron (Norrie) with them as a hitting partner, also a leftie, similar ranking to Shap , currently at uni in the states, which I guess was not only a good experience for Cameron but also good practice for Dan and Kyle. We had the dubious pleasure of having a tv camera crew stationed next to us for most of the day, sometimes getting a bit in our faces and also stopping me from getting in the gangway some of the time, but obviously from the photos and videos sent to us, the forumistas were getting plenty of coverage along with the Barmies.
    Well Dan was always going to be too good for Dennis although he did hold out on his serve longer in the final set until he was broken on his final service game. We had a break long enough to get a drink and a pizza (not only Hawkeye) and then it was the singles match which I thought would be the toughest and which Canada obviously needed to win, Kyle v Pospisal. By now the arena had filled with many people arriving after work. Canada is very much like the states, workers normally have only 10 days leave a year, so most working people could not afford to take the day off work and arrived just in time for the second rubber. Unfortunately Kyle was very out of sorts, he clearly doesn't like a fast court and unfortunately played similarly to how he had been playing in Australia in the first set, did nothing in the second but did go down fighting in the third. With his big serve and forehand, I really expected Kyle to be harder the break on his service games, but it was not to be. Give Popsicle his due, he played well from the beginning and did some excellent returns and played using his doubles experience and the fast court to his advantage, often wrong footing Kyle.

    After the match Hawkeye and Supergran waited outside for John and myself to come round from the far corner and we walked checking the eating places, they all were full with an hour's wait. Hawkeye and I went further looking at other ones and Supergran and John came more slowly. The final one said 45+ wait! I spotted a parked taxi went opened his door and asked if he was available to take us. He was eating food but was very keen to take a fare so I called the others and the 4 of us squeezed in and went to Supergran's Marriott hotel. Somehow I managed to loose my small flag getting in the taxi, i thought it had been tight in my rucksack but obviously not. The four of us ate and drank in the hotel, relieved that we had managed to get there, because taxis were scarce at the venue with about 7,000 people leaving at the same time.

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    Super Saturday - I always look forward to the doubles

    Even though there was just the one doubles rubber, the start time was moved two hours earlier than on Friday, so we decided not really time to eat before heading into the venue. John and I found breakfast much quieter than on Friday, the hotel had opened up meeting rooms as extra dining. We decided to eat slowly relax and eat some more Porridge, serial, yogurt fruit salad, french toast, bacon, omelette and some cake to finish with another tea. We both took a couple of bananas with us which we sneaked into the arena between spare clothes in our rucksacks. The taxi taking us there ground to a halt coming off the expressway, the main road down to the venue was hardly moving, the driver made to turn back and went along a parallel road until we were about 300m or so away at which point we all agreed it would be better if we walked the final bit. John needed to proceed carefully but luckily the pavements had been well cleared of snow so they weren't too slippy and we made our way there slowly. The staff that greeted us as we came in spent more time chatting to us that checking our things.
    We were aware how the doubles could be so important and that they have often been decisive and had come to the view that, despite our great doubles record (won last 6 and 7 of past 8 DC doubles, last loss being to the Bryans in 5 sets in Glasgow) that the Canadians had 2 really top doubles players and should be considered as very slight favorites, in what was expected to be a close encounter and we certainly didn't expect either side to win in straight sets like the singles matches. Hawkeye had obviously been well oiled and done too much on Friday and so wasn't functioning properly today.....no not our Hawkeye, that one could drink for .........er...Scotland, talking of which he was already a very happy man after the Rugby victory over Ireland.

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    Well as you know, it was very exciting with some very close games and sets, plus a few questionable calls without Hawkeye. Dom was serving his bombs...even faster than Pospisal ...There was a wonderful atmosphere, Brits were really behind the lads, the Andy/Colin song of years back was now the Jamie/Dom one, being indoors made it much louder than outdoors in Serbia. In the end it was a tremendous victory for Jamie and Dom in 4 sets with Dom really playing well and probably was the best player, the set they lost on a really bad call could have been crucial but all credit to Jamie and Dom for battling on and winning. From where we were it appeared clearly out and it is hard to fathom why the umpire didn't overrule the line judge and call it himself. Anyway the win was a cue for massive celebrations, all the team joined in, never seen Dom looking so happy, so GB had a 2-1 lead and only needed one win in the return singles, the feeling in the Brits there was that we were almost through.

    We had agreed to have a Saturday Night forum dinner and to meet at 8 at Byward market. John and I saw no signs of a taxi so slowly walked up the main road until we saw an inviting bar, we followed some other Brits into it. By then I was really feeling rough again, my voice was really rough (well I had been shouting a lot), so more Irish coffees were what I needed, purely medicinal of course. They were excellent so we had another round, chatted to some ladies with BATS about how enjoyable the tennis and everything had been. I persuaded John to stay until about 7 and then we went outside and got a taxi, dropping me off at Byward before carrying on to the Hotel. I was about half an hour early and soon got very cold standing there, so seeing the shopping centre nearby decided to go inside there. I stayed a bit longer than I had realised but was alerted by a message from Hawkeye so dashed back to see him and Linda. Unfortunately, Roast Lamb was unable to make it and that we needed to find a place before letting Supergran know where we were.

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    Well it seems like Brits were the entertainment during the doubles end changes, what my wife sent me via Whatsapp during the match (with a glimpse of Hawkeye , and at least our Hawkeye was fully functional on Saturday!)

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    Anyway, after expending all that energy during the doubles match, i went to this really smart Italian restaurant which seemed packed with people smartly dressed, anyway Hawkeye used his charm and got us in at 8pm+ on a Saturday night and I contacted Supergran to let her know where to come. Not long later Supergran arrived and Joined Linda, Hawkeye and myself. I had not been back to my hote,l so unlike the others, I was not dressed anywhere near as smartly, still having one of my back the brits tshirts on under a reasonable crew neck jumper but I was still wearing boots and didn't have my shoes with me. Looking around at all the smart people, I felt slightly embarrassed....I really liked the place, was slightly surprised the the number of groups of young ladies, some of whom were celebrating birthdays. I must admit, the food was excellent as was the service....that is apart from my final drink which caused our waitress problems. I would normally love Limoncello but with a sore throat and coughing up, i thought it best to avoid cold drinks so I asked for a Brandy Liquor ended up agreeing on a drambuie but ended up with.....well whatever it was it, tasted like cough mixture

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    The Smart Crowd I(ie everyone else but the photographer)

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    Well, even though I wasn't feeling great, I did have a really good time but there was no chance of any after meals drinks for me like Glasgow. It was find a taxi for Supergran, which we quickly did, then for me, there was a taxi rank just up the road not so far, so off to the hotel and bed, hopefully a couple more paracetamol would help me get a good night's sleep and I would be fighting fit for action on the decisive third day!

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    Great blog Roy !!!!
    Is that you jumping around like a crazy man with the flag ?

    Too bad you weren't feeling well , but glad you enjoyed it !!!

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    Snowy Superbowl Sunday


    Well i managed to get some sleep and woke up all blocked up but that wasn't going to stop me enjoying the decisive days tennis. Sunday morning...it's Snowing with more forecast today with a lot more forecast the next few days. Found out the Superbowl is a big event in Canada, as well

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