Baghdatis and Verdasco: Long lost twins with a new ‘do

In what is turning out to be the hottest July in Washington, DC history, the courts of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic are filled with smiling, sweating, and newly-bald players who all endured the heat like the professionals that they are.

As I made my way to the far practice court, I thought I spotted James Blake (bald head, beard-and-all) warming up on court. Having already seen him practice over the weekend against Nikolay Davydenko, I was inclined to keep walking and look for new bodies. But there was something different about this “Blake.” As I stepped closer, I realized that this, in fact, was not Blake at all. But it still took a moment more to figure out that it was actually newly-bald Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis! At that point, I literally sprinted to the fence to snag a photo before he put a hat on to begin his practice. Known for his long dark locks, this is new territory for him, but we’re not sure he should keep it this way.

And speaking of bald men, the original one who took to the shaver, Fernando Verdasco, was looking more cheerful than usual. One day after losing in the final of Gstaad to countryman Marcel Granollers, Verdasco was on court smiling and joking with his practice partner Oliver Marach.


If you haven’t had enough of Verdasco and want to see him in action, check out this video. He’s unusually relaxed and smiling.

And look who I spotted admiring Verdasco from the next court over: doubles players Adam Erlich. You can’t blame the guy, can you?

Not sure if they have the same stylist, but with freshly-shaven domes and facial scruff, Verdasco and Baghdatis could be long-lost twins.

Follow Romi on twitter for more exclusive updates! @TennisRomi

Robbie Koenig Blogs From Montreal

Welcome to the U.S. hard court season! Things are spicing up very nicely as the top dogs continue to dominate here in Montreal. For the first time ever in a men’s tournament, the top eight-ranked players in the world have reached the quarterfinals. History was made in Montreal and it was good to be part of it!

Not much to report on thus far, Jason Goodall (co-commentator) and myself very much looking forward to the weekend ahead. I like Andy Murray this week for the win. He’s impressed me the most out of the top eight guys. I thought Rafa and Novak have been below par. JW’s match with Roger should be highly entertaining and beware of Davy! When the Russian is on, he can be devastating and he’s playing with renewed confidence of late!

Still no sign of the Federer twins on site this week. They are probably just chilling with Mirka back at the hotel

The tournament’s atmosphere has been ridiculously good, especially the evening sessions which have all been sold out! If you enjoy your tennis, this is a must visit event! The city is also fantastic so its a double whammy!

We’ll chat again tomorrow.