Wednesday brought cooler weather to Bordeaux and even some scattered thunderstorms. I played Gisela Heinold of Germany. She was much better than the woman I played yesterday. In fact she survived a long match in the heat yesterday, 75 67 76! I warmed up on an indoor clay court with Ross which was good; he won too. I managed to win 60 60. Today the matches went quickly on my court so I finished earlier but it’s an inefficient way to schedule matches, especially for the players. I play Christiane Deryckere of Belgium on Friday, the #3 seed, which will be a much tougher test as she’s playing well. I have the day off tomorrow and then the semis of singles and doubles on Friday. The tournament ends Saturday I think.
Every court at this club has a sign with the name of a wine company on it. So I played on Court 9 today, Chateau Pedesclaux. At least that is what I think the sign means. The tournament definitely has a wine vibe, and each player is given a voucher for a bottle or two of wine (I gave mine to my doubles partner, who is an Aussie, and will be able to make good use of it with all the Aussies around here).
I hit the grocery store again today and was looking for peanut butter, which here is in the International Foods area. The selection of American food stuffs was interesting; two kinds of marshmallow fluff (seriously, who eats that?); Arkansas brand peanut butter; and then of course catsup, mayo and yellow mustard…and baked beans.
Now, on the other hand, in the most French section of all I found these bottles:
That’s all the news from here…not much site seeing till the tournament ends.