Simon van Kempen

Simon reveals the behind-the-scenes details of the epic tennis match!

on Apr 7, 20090

“Who the hell said I could play tennis? Not me!”

So it’s FINALLY the tennis match that’s been brewing all season long to a crescendo, particularly after last week’s finger pointing brouhaha by Mario on Jill. Let’s hope it was worth the wait.

In the previous episode’s recap we see a little of the Bethenny/Kelly Brass Monkey meeting as well as the Marona v. Silex one. I touched on this a little on my blog last week but just wanted to add that this fabulous society party with all their friends that they invited us to was an opening on a 10,000 sq ft event space on the far west side of 42nd Street.

The space is called Espace and photos of the evening can be found here. Evidently, Ramona and Mario, and Alex and I were so important that no one deigned to take our picture! :D

So on to this week’s episode and it’s a follow up meeting to Jill’s charity meeting and Kelly join Jill & Allyson. Jill seems to excuse Kelly’s awkwardness at the previous meeting as Kelly has brought 3 great silent auction gifts to the table. Who doesn’t say money talks! Ramona arrives to announce a watch, clothing sponsor, her own skin care line and then reconfirms the TENNIS MATCH and the original date is set.

254 comments
mary
mary

what does Simon do for a living?

K. Larraine
K. Larraine

You've won my heart Simon! In last week's episode, you showed what true class is all about. Compared to you, Mario looked like a raging buffoon! Also, the fact that you love your wife so much and genuinely enjoy her company is refreshing, heart-warming and, sadly, far too uncommon. All of my best wishes to you, Alex and your beautiful children. As long as you remain your eccentric self I'll remain your die-hard fan!

Carye
Carye

Gotta hand it to you for going along with the tennis match, just because. You know and admitted to not being a tennis champ, you were sick but did it anyway, and you were gracious the entire time (if editing is true). I'll be honest and say I didn't think much of you before this, but I do now. Kudos to you Simon. You've got class.

Jennifer
Jennifer

simon - You and Alex are my favorite couple. And don't take everything Bethanny says to heart. She is a tortured soul and is working through her abandonment issues but deep down she is sweet and I think really loyal to you both. She has a very dry sense of humor and you would be classy and gentlemanly by not bothering with it at all. Also, please do not try to befriend RaMoanA and her whiny brat husband. Stay away from them and don't even let them have a chance to get your goat. They truly aren't worth it. They have made their beds and will have to lay in them. Ignore Jill and all her remodeling advice - she is way insecure too but hides it well with her brusque manner. Kelly is just plain narcissitic - along with Ramona and bratty husband. And I think that LuAnn will come in to her true self when she steps back and takes a long look at this year's episode - I don't think she realizes how insecure she is either nor how snooty she has become.

Viewer
Viewer

Simon, Good job !!! on the tennis game. I think Ramona & her husband what ever his name is are sooo !! jealous of you & it shows, when they are around you. It is very weird how he still mentioned your clothes at the party, Mario get a grip it's only a Tennis Match, you would have thought they lost. The boy's are adorable & the ending of the Surprise Party!!! was priceless... Family all the way.... love for your family

Viewer
Viewer

I love seeing how loving your whole family is with each other.

LOVE SIMON
LOVE SIMON

SIMON! We love you! I don't give a rip what others say about you like Ramano and her cheesy husband. You and Alex show to us what a "real marriage and life should be". I LOVED IT when you came out on the court. Ramona was pissed...LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.

I have a very special request, but cannot post it on here becuase too personal, no nothing embarrassing. I just need to tell you who I am and something about my family and I need your help..

Please let me know..

Thanks Susan

Mari C.
Mari C.

Simon--you seem to be a nice man, good husband and daddy, and despite being a bit cheesy, pretty likable. But, you are not female and not a wife. WHY are you on this show to the degree that you are? Please, save yourself and your dignity --for your sons' sake! Leave the show to your wife!!!!! Hugs!

AngelA
AngelA

Simon,

I am so impressed with how you and Alex keep your own unique personalities while being thrown in with the New York status quo. You have a wonderful relationship with your wife and I believe that you two are the happiest couple on TV. You both seem truly devoted to being the best parents you can and I applaud your efforts and the example you are setting for others.

When you agreed to the tennis match, I saw in you a true gentleman and a good sport. You were so cute in your sweat bands that I said "Awwww!" out loud to my husband, who is a fan of yours too.

Bless you and your family. Never change, we all love you the just way you are!

Viewer
Viewer

You may be "social climbers" but you and Alex are truly nice people. I really respect that you do not use curse words (very often) and forgive very easily. It is nice to see that on this show. And although in the beginning of the season I did not really like you and Alex, I have grown to love you.

Allison
Allison

Simon... you are awesome!! A+ for being such a good sport.... and please tell Alex to slap the crap out of Ramona the next time you guys see her.

ROCK ON SIMON & ALEX!

Viewer
Viewer

Simon!

Dude, you are certainly a bit odd, BUT you are a great husband and i can respect that! I love the attention you show your wife. how you love her company and take care of her.

if i were you, i wont bother with Ramona, she is classless and you dont need to stoop to her level. I am surprised her husband has not left her for a hot chick!

Jennifer
Jennifer

Simon,

As one commenter said, you are a loving husband and father, a true gentleman, and I really can apreciate you good attitude. It's nice to see good people are left in the world.

Viewer
Viewer

Simon, You are a terrific writer and I would love to hear more fom you and your "take" on NYC society and all of the parties and drama. I know you can't reveal much about the show because of your Bravo TV contract, but I still think you have a gift for telling the "story". Intriguing for sure!

Manhattan Wife
Manhattan Wife

Hi Simon:

You really are a good sport. I am glad that because of you and Alex people are starting to see the true color of Bethenny. I was surprised to see on her pages how her fans just eat up her bs...Its funny that she doesn't seem to fool the Manhattan crowd at all - none of my friends can stand her!

carrie
carrie

Simon,

You and you're wife are so weird and ambitious, but you two are the nicest couple on the show and that is why I love you!

Viewer
Viewer

More and more a good sport Simon. Well done. Of all the players only your agenda was kind. Well done.

Viewer
Viewer

Simon,

I so enjoyed watching the episode last week of your tennis match. You were a consummate gentleman and sportsman about the whole debaucle. You kept your cool and sense of humor the whole time. I did feel much compassion for you since you were playing with the flu! I wish your fashion sense had translated a bit onto the tennis court, a little shopping trip to the pro shop for some crisp tennis whites might've helped. Still you were an incredibly good sport during under difficult circumstances with difficult people ( Mario and Ramona ). Hats off to you.

Bemused
Bemused

Simon,

Your stock went WAY UP in my book when you agreed to be Jill's tennis partner at the last minute. You were ill and admitted that you hadn't played in years and were willing look a bit foolish to help her out. Very decent of you.

I'm also getting rather tired of Bethanny's constant references to you and Alex being socially ambitious. So, what? I saw Bethanny sitting in the audience behind the host of DWTS. Everytime she knew the camera was rolling on Tom, she would look up with a huge smile. It was comical to watch. She would be yakking it up with the person next to her, then boom! Camera's rolling, look up with a huge smile directly at the camera.

Pot calling kettle black if you ask me.

cleo the happy otter mom
cleo the happy otter mom

Hi Simon. once again you make laugh so hard at your funny antics. I love being around people like you. you are just being your entertaining self and you are genuinely sweet and I see that now. just showing up for the tennis match made you see you are one of a kind sweetheart.

alex and you fit together well and I truly think you 2 are the most balanced on the cast. meant for each other, if you will. you do need a nanny 911 intervention on the 2 little boys of yours....they are very bright and will be more than a handful later on.... teaching some of the social graces and how to respect the space of others is very important in our society. I would imagine that NYC it would be even more so...since New York is an island... :)

I love the way you and alex never have an unkind word to say about anyone (at least I have not heard any) keep up the good work.

Cindy
Cindy

Simon,

My husband and I think you're awesome! You and your beautiful wife are really cool and we love when you guys are on! You're fabulous!

Tracey
Tracey

Simon, Kudo"s !! You got her !! I have gained a whole new respect for ya Simon (I'm from LI and it show's) Good game!! I loved how Marona's facial expression's said it all !! Ha ha ha ha You could see her brain twist from the expressions on her face. Keep up the good work

Vamp
Vamp

I have to give it to you it took guts to go out and play and not be that good!!! you were doing Jill a favor at the last minute and that is commendable! Unlike those losers Ramona and Mario, who I just can't stand, they are so full of themselves, they act like they are God's gift to the show! NOT!

I really enjoy watching the rest of the cast, not sure about Kelly yet!

But if I were you I wouldn't waste my time even trying to talk to Ramona anymore she and her husband are both old and ugly and I mean on the inside as well as out!

You and Alex have more class and better standards! Don't waste your time with people below you in class and dignity~!

H
H

You and Alex are my favorite.

Viewer
Viewer

SIMON SOMETIMES YOU ARE A LITTLE WEIRD BUT YOU'RE A NICE GUY, I SEE NO EVIL IN YOU, DONT LISTEN TO CRAZY RAMONA

Trish
Trish

Simon and Alex:

You are a truly loving couple who put the other couples (with the 'count' continuing to drop in that dept. - pun intended) to shame. When the two of you are on the show together you can see the love and commitment between you both. As those around you scoff and sneer - I know you both will stand strong in your love and in being true to yourselves. "BRAVO" to such a grounded and loving couple.

BooHoo
BooHoo

You knew Bethenny and Jill were using you just to upset Ramona and you jumped at the chance.

I hope you'll stop acting like you are above the other women, espically Ramona, since you have gone out of your way to start drama with Ramona.

It seems getting air time is the reason you won't leave well enough alone with Ramona. She has been ignoring you, why wouldn't you do the same?

Stacey
Stacey

Simon,

I love that most all of the people posting to you are positive and like you. And, rightly so! You're positive and likable! I also love that Bethmeany's posted comments from others seem at least half negative, regarding her RUDE and immature treatment of you and Alex. Hopefully most people see through her insecure, bullying. I can't stand her anymore.

Kathy
Kathy

Go Silex! Simon and Alex have been the most mature and dignified people on the show!

Keep it up, and I hope good things come your way. I would especially like to see Alex start her own company.

Maggie
Maggie

Simon, Don't feel bad about the tennis thing. Either way, you certainly had a huge following of fans when you agreed to play with Jill. It really didn't matter so much as to how well you played, (because i think you were under a lot of pressure)..even though you guys lost Mario still came off extremely egotistical.

Viewer
Viewer

I have nothing but respect and admiration for you and Alex. Didn't like you so much last season though. But, you two are really genuine and kind people. Only people with great hearts like you would still do favors for those other back-stabbing people on the show. Keep up the good work! Team Silex!!!

Bohemianmoon
Bohemianmoon

After reading Bethenny's blog this week, I am no longer on Team Bethenny, and have crossed over to Team Silex!

Now where is my t-shirt? ;)

jo
jo

good job on you tennis match ,You and Jill showed some much class and sportsmanship . You and Alex are my favorites along with jill .

Patty
Patty

Simon, I thought you were a great sport all in all with the tennis thing. I was disappointed though, that you were not able to truely surprise Ramona. I thought Bethenny's'original idea was brilliant! Ramona has been a true ass in the way she has treated you and Alex. I was hoping for a come-back. Oh well! You still Rock!

Vicki Nicole
Vicki Nicole

Simon, I LOVE YOU!! I'm a Plus Size Model (www.vickinicole.com) and I also thought it a bit odd that LuAnn just assumed the young lady wanted to lose weight.

Love from Savannah
Love from Savannah

Simon, your blog is on my weekly MUST READ list, I enjoy the recap as you point out nuances I had not paid attention to. You often echo my own feelings. I enjoy that you are self-depricating, still you are bright, personable and well-mannered (dinki-di in my book). You also rightly defend yourself (and your family) which I applaud you for. As for the tennis match: True, you were not within cooee of beating Marona. Regarding Marona: whilst having big bik-kies, they have very little character, inflated self-importance and lack tact (exact same can be said of Kelly). Oh, and I was happy to hear you give them an ear bashing at that party. Jillobby (The Zarins) are more grounded and seem to be a little more settled, perhaps aware they came from battlers. Stay friends, if possible, with them. As for men hating you and women hating Alex: You are tall, have thick hair, are trim, drive a 7 series, have a sexy wife thus men will HATE/envy you. Alex is pretty, trim, educated, a business woman and a mother with a man who loves her thus women will HATE/envy her. Keep blogging! I love you guys! Ta.

Missy
Missy

Simon, this was great! LOL I loved the whole idea of you playing against Mario and Ramona, and you're a wonderful sport. They've been making asses of themselves with this "tennis match". Anyways, I am loving you and Alex more and more every time I see you!! You know, at first I thought you were a little pretentious but at least you haven't hurt anyone! BRAVO to you!!! I'm you're new greatest fan. Keep it up!

Francisca
Francisca

I have never laughed so hard when I saw the tennis match episode....i thought you were a good sport for showing up and playing with jill. i cant stand ramona and her husband and i couldnt help but laugh at the whole thing. props to jill for picking simon as her partner.

Viewer
Viewer

I like you and Alex. But, why are you guys joined at the hip all the time? It comes across that Alex is insecure to go places on her own (or visa-versa).

Sue Mac
Sue Mac

Simon...you may have picked the wrong time and place to speak to Ramona about what she doesn't like about you, however that is the worst thing I can say about you. There is nothing shallow about you or your wife. The tennis match was precious. Am I the only person who read Ramona's face as...yes, she did explode only she was so furious she couldn't speak...she was spitting nails...that's what I saw. In the future, it makes for good TV I guess, I wouldn't waste my time, energy or loose sleep over Ramona and Mario. They have the depth of a dried up creek in southern Arizona.

AnnLynn
AnnLynn

Simon, you and Alex are good people. That you are so real and decent makes me cheer for you. Your boys are wonderful and you are great parents. Those freaky phony Ramona/Mario jerks make me sick. They can't hold a candle to you!

Sandi
Sandi

I love you, Simon. I think you were a total sport for helping Jill out in this tennis match, cuz we all know none of the housewives have been very nice to you at one time or another. Anyway, good sport, that you are, who cares how you played, you didn't claim to be an Ace anyway, so bravo to you, and stickin' it to Ramona (and her clone, Mario) had to be fun. Don't ever let them get under your skin, they need to learn not to throw stones from glass houses. I'm just a simple gal with simple friends, no high society here, but we wouldn't allow Ramona or Mario in our circle of friends! You and Alex take care!

Suntio
Suntio

This is my second comment, the first one did not appear, as usual.

Simon, you're a trooper and a true gentleman. Although you have your quirks, you're never rude, you're a loving father and husband, overall a nice person. The more I see of you and your wife, the more I like you both. I especially like how both of you just let other people's negativity roll off your back.

Debbie
Debbie

Simon, LOVED the tennis episode. I believe the editing for last season tried to paint you and Alex a certain way...thankfully, it was water paint and it didn't stick, b/c we're finally able to see you two have a really sweet and really nice side also. You were such a wonderful sport playing sick. People have to realize that the show wants to portray each character a certain way each week....it's the entertainment part of the show and it's what gets people talking about the show. I hope you and Alex continue if there is a Season 3. You are a gentleman and you proud that by trying to talk to Mario after his blow up with Jill. I don't understand Mario and Ramona's dislike for you and Alex...they obviously have friendship with Ex-Playboy bunnies...I'm thinking it's editing or the show trying create feuds for ratings maybe? I can't imagine having everything that comes out of my mouth plastered on a TV show, so I try not to be judgemental of any of the persons on the show...I love the show with all of the craziness and I guess that's what makes it such a popular show. I wish you and Alex all the best and your loving relationship should be an inspiration to the viewers...everyone should be so lucky to get along so well and love each other so much.

Viewer
Viewer

Simon,

You make me laugh - as a viewer and a fellow Aussie. Good on ya - I don't think there is anything wrong with what you do - although...your kids seem very loud, but they are much better behaved this season. LOL.

Anyway, enjoy all the perks life has to offer, that's what I say.

TEAM SIMON!!!!!!
TEAM SIMON!!!!!!

Simon, you are such a good sport! You made Mario and what's her name look like a pair of asses on the court. The more we get to know you, the more we love you! You made no promises about how well you could play. What a wonderful friend you were to take all of that on especially feeling sick. You continue to shine!

Your NEW fan in Georgia, karen king

Viewer
Viewer

Simon, you are a very nice person. I admire you for being good to Alex and your beautiful boys. I know that you will have good things coming your way.

Fan in central Florida
Fan in central Florida

I am really getting to like you and Alex more and more. I thought you were a great sport to come and play with Jill. You also seem to be very forgiving and get over the barbs that are constantly thrown at you and your wife. At this day and time, it is nice to see a couple that readily admit how much they love each other and their children. That alone is all that matters.

mander4ever
mander4ever

People (especially Ramona, and now Bethanny) have always been too hard on you. You and Alex, although "unique", are the nicest people on the show. My husband and I are a couple of your original fans. Keep being you!!

Chicago Mom
Chicago Mom

Simon -- Well done! You demonstrated that you are a "friend in deed" and honestly I was rooting for you the whole time. To dive headlong into that competitive fray with a flu/cold going on? Brother, that is balls-out crazy, but week after week you prove yourself a devoted husband and friend, as well as a likable mensch. Cheers. -- Chicago Housewife