The 2012 U.S. Open came to a close Monday night with Andy Murray winning the men’s singles title in five sets against Novak Djokovic. Murray’s victory wrapped up an memorable three weeks that included upsets, retirements, rain delays and plenty of world-class tennis.
The tournament concluded with a memorable final between Murray and Djokovic. The two went back and forth throughout the match, ultimately playing a classic five-set battle that lasted nearly five hours. In the end, the 25-year-old Murray captured his first Grand Slam title.
If Murray winning the title was the big story on the men’s side, Andy Roddick’s sudden and unexpected retirement was a close second. Following his first-round match, Roddick announced the U.S. Open would be his final tournament. He went on to win his next two matches before losing to Juan Martin Del Potro in the fourth round. Following the match, Roddick addressed the crowd with a tearful goodbye
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Well as the Alpine season nears it’s end in the lower regions, snow is still falling in many areas despite a slight rise in temperatures.
Although there have been some good snowfalls, the rise in temperature means that it does get a bit sticky a bit earlier. With temperatures set to hit 20C in some places this weekend, the situation can only deteriorate.
There’s been little snow in France with 5cm in La Plagne and 10cm in Chamonix. There may be some snow on the very highest slopes but increasingly the valley runs are closed.
Austria has had some good snowfall recently with Pitztal, Zugsoitzplatt and Solden getting falls of between 15 and 25cm. Most popular resorts are still open but with weather forecasts pointing to warmer temperatures this weekend there could be limited snowfall left. having said that, the Molltaler Glacier has the deepest snow in the country at around 3.1m with Kaprun-Kitsteinhorn having a snowbase of 2.1m
Although more than a dozen resorts in Italy have snow levels in excess of 2m, there has been now new snow in the last 7 days, with warming temperatures. Bormio, Livigno and Madesimo are still looking good though with the Presena Glacier having 5.5m coverage – possibly the deepest in Europe!
Switzerland still has 6 resorts with snow levels aver 2m, including Engelberg with 360cm. Several resorts received 30cm over the last week and the 20C temperature still allows for some good skiing on the upper slopes.
Let’s face it, the UK isn’t particularly renowned as a mecca for skiers the world over.
While some may rave over the skiing supplied by the scottish resorts, it’s surely rare that the combination of perfect snow and glorious sunshine is achieved. More likely to find freezing temperatures and horizontal sleet in my experience.
Having said that, the current cold weather seems to have given most of us in the UK the chance to ski on our own doorstep, with normal gentle green slopes becoming ideal learning or training slopes.
Don’t have any skis? I reckon you should check out eBay. There are scores of skis on there, quite a few with very little use and most used pairs going for very reasonable prices – and no, I don’t currently have any skis for sale on there or I’d have a link to them from here..!! 🙂
If you can find a cheap set of skis and collect from someone living close to you (and you’re not too bothered about having last years styles or colours) then a set of skis from eBay could well get you out and about this time next week.
And just think of all the exercise you’ll get trudging up the hills, that should get you ready for those long alpine runs later in the season.