Baghdatis the Gaunt

MELBOURNE – It wasn’t exactly roses and sunshine on the practice court for Marcos Baghdatis and his coach of seven months, Zeljko Krajan.

Not only were they bickering a lot, it was shocking to see Baghdatis in the flesh for the first time in a bit.

He looked positively gaunt – not sure the pics even do justice to it. His hair was lank. His face was drawn.

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The immortal Tommy Haas (pics)

****Postscript to this – Perhaps those twinges we witnessed Haas dealing with during practice weren’t nothing after all. He retired in the second set of his match Monday against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.******

MELBOURNE – At 35, the No. 12 seed in the Australian Open men’s singles draw is as fine as ever.

And – big news – he now, finally, has a clothing deal. Continue reading