The best two tennis players on the planet will play Sunday morning on a Canada Day long weekend treat. Rafael Nadal of Spain though will no longer be the number one player in the world Monday morning, even if he wins on Sunday. Novak Djokovic will be the world’s number one after his four set win Friday over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. That is because Djokovic had an opportunity to generate more points over the last two weeks because of his poorer performance than Nadal last year.
Sunday’s final is on NBC at 7am Mountain Time.
Here are the other weekend events I’ll be watching:
Saturday–7am–Wimbledon–Women’s Final–Petra Kvitova vs. Maria Sharapova–NBC–Maria Sharapova will be going for her fourth Wimbledon Championship tomorrow morning, having won each Grand Slam title except the French Open once. This is Kvitova’s first Grand Slam final, but has made some noise in the first two grand slams. She reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and round of sixteen at the French Open. Head to head, Sharapova has won the only meeting, having defeated Kvitova 6-4, 6-3 in the semi-finals at Memphis last year.
Saturday–5pm–North American Baseball League–Yuma Scorpions @ Calgary Vipers–I’m going to go watch Jose Canseco in person tomorrow night. I was actually in attendance in 1987 when Canseco hit a home run for the Oakland Athletics at Tiger Stadium in Detroit and have already seen him hit two more home runs at Foothills Stadium in Calgary this week. The game also has significant personal meaning for me. Geoff Freeborn, my younger brother, is pitching for the Scorpions this week as he prepares to play for Team Canada at the World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British Columbia that starts on July 8.
Sunday–5pm–CFL–Edmonton Eskimos @ Saskatchewan Roughriders–TSN–In the first game of the CFL season for both teams, the winner of this game gets sole possession of first place in the CFL West after week one. The Calgary Stampeders and British Columbia Lions each lost already this weekend. Edmonton lost 23-22 to Saskatchewan in the pre-season, but as I say the exhibition year means absolutely nothing.
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