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Green brings out monster in Murray

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If day one at Melbourne Park was all about outrageous celebrations, day two was all about outrageous fashion sense. Or rather, a total lack of it.

Purple is so 2009. Green, it seems, is the colour of the moment, with Andy Murray, Kim Clijsters and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all sporting bright green attire on the second day of action at the Australian Open.

Murray's lurid shirt in particular jarred with anyone who, like Tramlines, has a modicum of sartorial nous (no, really). It wasn't for nothing that his particular shade of choice was quickly dubbed 'Shrek green' in the media room.

Yet there may be method to this apparent madness. Murray waltzed to an entirely comfortable win over Karol Beck, who eventually had to retire hurt when on the verge of defeat, presumably before the Scot's shirt made him violently sick on the (equally lurid) blue court.

Clijsters too enjoyed a convincing win, which she may (or may not) put down to the all-green number she was sporting, as she brushed aside the challenge of Dinara Safina by double bageling the Russian.

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Only Tsonga had problems in his green-with-black-trim affair. The 13th seed Frenchman was decidedly off colour in the opening two sets against to Philipp Petzschner before the colour kicked in and he secured a three-hour-15-minute five-sets win.

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And perhaps Ana Ivanovic should have been a little more cavalier in her employment of green on the dress she was wearing. The Serb opted for just a hint around the neck, with matching green underwear, which didn't help a jot in her shock defeat to Ekaterina Makarov.

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Remember those trumpeters pictured in yesterday's blog? Tramlines tracked them down today and discovered they are professional musicians who have been hired to entertain the crowd and add a bit atmosphere to Melbourne Park. Remind you of anything?

That's right, the England cricket team's very own Barmy Army, the collective which contributed so much to the recent Ashes series Down Under from their seats in the stands.

Among the Army's favourite chants this Antipodean summer was a jibe aimed at the paucity of songs their Aussie counterparts had to call on, 'paucity' meaning one - the ever-so-tedious 'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi'.

'One song, you've only got one song' was the Army's regular response, much to the disgust of the Aussies - and Tramlines thought they had a point. That is until the second day on Hisense Arena, when a different war cry was distinctly audible.

'If you're Aussie and you know it, clap your hands' it went. Okay, it's not going to win any prizes for originality, but it could just be the start of what might be termed a repertoire. Expect more to be heard over the fortnight.

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Roger Federer can do many things: he can hit a bottle off the top of a production assistant's head on a whim, he can have a giggling fit with his greatest rival and, judging by his recent face-off with Rafael Nadal in Doha, he can even walk on water.

But, more important, is what he provides to those millions of fans all over the world, some of whom Trammers caught watching the Swiss Master on the practice courts. He brings happiness. Well done that man.

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TWEET OF THE DAY: "Had a nice practice this morning.. Went to the Zoo and held a Koala, it was really cute!" If Caroline Wozniacki had not won her opening day clash, Tramlines would be accusing the world number one of letting her training standards drop dramatically.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Agnieska Radwanska got a little surprise after she had abused her racquet earlier in her match against Kimiko Date-Krumm.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I think it actually happened in a doubles match here. I saw that on YouTube. I think Llodra hit a bird a few years ago. That doesn't happen that often." Andy Murray after being quizzed about his brother Jamie's recent brush with a bird. Asked if Jamie had hit it deliberately, Murray replied: "Not that I'm aware of. I'll ask him, but I hope not."

CALL THAT A PREDICTION? Yesterday, Tramlines donned its tattiest silk robe, gazed into its crystal ball and pronounced: "Third seed Kim Clijsters may well be many people's favourite for the Melbourne crown, but Russia's Dinara Safina can never be discounted and could just spring a surprise in the first match on the Rod Laver Arena."

Now, ignoring the deliberate error in the scheduling of the match for a moment (it was played at 7pm), the prediction couldn't have been more off the mark. As the hack from the Western Australian newspaper who Trammers had the pleasure of being seated next to said: "That was one of the great beltings of our generation", as Safina slumped to that double bagel defeat to the exceptional Clijsters.

And with that, what was once an upstanding reputation in the blogosphere is now is tatters - until redemption can be found with another, more accurate prediction... which leads us nicely on to...

DAY THREE POTENTIAL UPSET: How's about Britain's finest Elena Baltacha to give on to Justine Henin? Baltacha did well in Australia last year and is in decent form so far this, while Henin hadn't played for six months pre-Oz and is still recovering from a fractured elbow. Oh dear...

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