Friday, January 10, 2003
We hardly knew ye: Sadly, we wave goodbye to Patrick Rafter. During the past 5-6 years that I've watched him play (from my front-row seats watching Pete Sampras demolish him in 1996 at the Philadelphia Open to his stunning wins in Queens, NY at the U.S. Open), he's been a joy. He played the dying form of serve-and-volley (much more endorsement-friendly to bash from the baseline...winning percentages be damned) and in my opinion was second only to Sampras in his serve set-up, and McEnroe with his net-play. He won a few slams, so his place in history is secure, however if it weren't for his nagging injuries, he had at least two to three more good years in him. Anyway, goodbye Patrick. Go Aussie!