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  • Kim Clijsters Wins 2009 US Open Women's Singles Title

    09/13/2009 8:07:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 4,410+ views
    US OPEN ^ | 9/13/2009
    After retiring from the sport due to the birth of her baby girl, Kim Clijsters unretired from her 2 1/2 year hiatus to win the 2009 US Women's Singles Open by beating promising 19 year old, Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark, 7-5, 6-3. Clijsters defeated the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena on her way to winning the second US open title of her career. Congratulations Mommy !!
  • Ciijsters Win US Open in Straight Sets

    09/13/2009 8:01:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies · 278+ views
    September 13, 2009
    Clijsters beats Wozniacki to win US Women's Open
  • Serena fined, more punishment possible

    09/13/2009 7:11:21 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 59 replies · 3,552+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/13/2009 | Staff
    NEW YORK – Serena Williams faces an anxious wait to see if she is to be banned from future Grand Slam tournaments following her controversial outburst at the U.S. Open. Williams was levied with a $10,000 fine by the U.S. Open for unsportsmanlike conduct on Sunday for her foul-mouthed tirade at a line judge the night before, as she slumped to a semifinals defeat to Kim Clijsters. The fine was the maximum possible at this stage. An additional $500 fine for racket abuse was also imposed by tournament referee Brian Earley, but those on-site punishments could be just the tip...
  • Serena Williams is fined $10,500 for tirade (Further investigation of the incident coming)

    09/13/2009 4:45:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies · 5,077+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/13/2009 | Diane Pucin
    Reporting from New York - Serena Williams will be fined $10,500 for behavior deemed "unsportsmanlike conduct," and also for racket abuse after her obscenity-filled and aggressive reaction to a critical foot fault called during her 6-4, 7-5 U.S. Open semifinal loss to Kim Clijsters on Saturday night. There will also be further investigation of the incident according to a statement released by the U.S. Open, "The Grand Slam rule book also allows for an investigation to be conducted by the Grand Slam Committee Administrator to determine if the behavior of Ms. Williams warrants consideration as a Major Offence for which...
  • Furious Serena Williams dumped out of U.S. Open after she told an official: 'If I could, I'd ...

    09/13/2009 3:38:59 PM PDT · by traumer · 203 replies · 5,637+ views
    This was the dramatic moment when Serena Williams screamed her way out of the U.S. Open. TV viewers around the world saw the irate Wimbledon champion launch a threatening, profanity-laced tirade at a female line judge after being called for a foot fault. 'If I could, I would take this f****** ball and shove it down your f****** throat,' she reportedly said. The diminutive lineswoman reported her words to the umpire, who called in the tournament referee at Flushing Meadows in New York. With the crowd booing, Miss Williams could be heard on the court microphone pleading with the lineswoman,...
  • Furious Serena Williams Dumped Out Of U.S. Open After She Told An Official: 'If I Could...

    09/13/2009 11:04:13 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 47 replies · 25,471+ views
    Furious Serena Williams Dumped Out Of U.S. Open After She Told An Official: 'If I Could, I'd Take This Ball And Shove It Down Your Throat' By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 13th September 2009 Serena Williams went kicking and screaming out of the semi-final of the US Open tennis championship after one of the ugliest ever endings to a major sports match. Millions of TV viewers around the world saw the irate Wimbledon champion launch a threatening, profanity-laced tirade at a line judge after being called for a foot fault. The extraordinary outburst meant she was docked a point on match...
  • Bizarre Ending To Williams' Title Defense At Open (

    09/13/2009 4:56:25 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 99 replies · 5,677+ views
    AP ^ | 13 Sep 09 | HOWARD FENDRICH
    Serena Williams, of the United States, argues with a line judge over a foot fault call during her match against Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. Clijsters beat Williams in 2 sets. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) NEW YORK -- Serena Williams walked toward the line judge, screaming, cursing and shaking a ball in the official's direction, threatening to "shove it down" her throat. On match point in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday night, defending champion Williams was penalized a point for unsportsmanlike conduct -- a bizarre, ugly finish that...
  • Clijsters Wins on Penalty Assessed on Williams

    09/13/2009 3:31:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 1,243+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 12, 2009 | Liz Robbins
    Serena Williams became unhinged in a shocking display of vitriol and profanity toward a line judge at the most inopportune time Saturday night — right before match point for Kim Clijsters in the semifinals of the United States Open. In a matter of confusing minutes, Williams turned what had been a scintillating women’s match into an ugly and improbable spectacle that gave Clijsters, an unseeded wild-card entry making a joyful return to Grand Slam tennis, a 6-4, 7-5 victory she could not even celebrate. Clijsters, a 26-year-old from Belgium who is the mother of a toddler, had frustrated and dominated...
  • Serena Williams Dismissed After Threatening a Judge!

    09/12/2009 7:57:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 114 replies · 7,485+ views
    US open ^ | 9/12/2009 | Staff
    Sore loser! She was being outplayed and was losing anyway.....can't wait to see how the press will spin this story of the MSM's darling. Threatened the line judge. Good riddance.
  • Melanie Oudin (17 yrs old) wipes out yet another Russki! (US Open)

    09/07/2009 1:15:33 PM PDT · by Boiling Pots · 29 replies · 1,536+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sept 7, 2009
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - American teenager Melanie Oudin's spectacular run at the U.S. Open gathered momentum when she beat Russian 13th seed Nadia Petrova 1-6 7-6 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals on Monday. The 17-year-old has captured the imagination of the public by rolling over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, fourth seed Elena Dementieva and 2006 champion Maria Sharapova. On day eight of the hardcourt major, Oudin again whipped up the packed Arthur Ashe Stadium into a frenzy when she fought back from a set down to toss Petrova on to the Flushing Meadows scrapheap.
  • The Career Path to Pro Tennis Often Passes High School By (homeschooling)

    08/31/2009 10:47:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 555+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 30, 2009 | David V. Johnson
    ... American junior tennis has had a major change in the last five years. Aspiring pros now commonly abandon regular school for home or online educational programs. Although alternative schooling is not new to junior athletics, tennis is perhaps the only sport whose full participation requires it because of year-round competition and travel. Smith persuaded Mkrtchian and three others to join a special U.S.T.A. training program. “It’s got to be a six-hour day,” Smith said. “It’s normal for foreigners.” Marcos Giron, then 15, was convinced after hearing about Roger Federer’s ambitious junior tournament schedule. But Giron was considering the option...
  • Richard Gasquet's Cocaine-Kiss Claims Supported by Forensic Tests

    08/22/2009 10:46:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 1,203+ views
    The Times ^ | 8/22/09
    They met in a Miami restaurant — he a handsome tennis player, she a pretty waitress — and spent the evening smooching at a nightclub. Little did they know that the kisses they exchanged would spark a controversy that has gripped France all summer amid lawsuits and wrangles before international doping tribunals. Richard Gasquet, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, claimed that he tested positive for drugs a few hours after his encounter with the waitress because her kisses had contaminated him with cocaine. His story, greeted with derision in France at first, was given weight this week when the results of...
  • Venus and Serena Williams to own part of Miami Dolphins

    08/19/2009 6:27:48 PM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies · 756+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8-19-09 | STEVEN WINE
    MIAMI (AP) - Venus and Serena Williams have found a new sport: pro football. The tennis-playing sisters will become the latest celebrities to own a stake in the Miami Dolphins, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday. The person didn't want to be identified because the team plans an announcement Tuesday. Another person close to the negotiations said an agreement was near but not yet final. That person also didn't want to be identified because the announcement has not be made. The Williamses live in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., about an hour's drive from the Dolphins' stadium. Their new...
  • Says he flubbed stats (Obama BJ King Medal of Freedom)

    08/12/2009 9:28:49 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 25 replies · 1,579+ views ^ | August 12, 2009 | CAROL E. LEE
    Says he flubbed stats Says he flubbed stats By CAROL E. LEE Before presenting tennis legend Billie Jean King with the Medal of Freedom Wednesday, President Obama ticked off some ... ... of her accomplishments: 12 Grand Slam titles, 101 doubles titles, 67 singles titles. “Pretty good, Billie Jean,” he quipped. But he didn’t get any of it right, according to King herself. “They didn’t get any of my facts right,” King lightheartedly noted afterward. “Did you see all the – how many titles I won? I was cracking up.” “Not even in the ballpark,” she continued. King found it...
  • Gasquet cleared to resume playing tennis

    07/15/2009 1:16:34 PM PDT · by Onerom99 · 6 replies · 992+ views
    Yahoo Sports / AP ^ | 7/15/09 | GRAHAM DUNBAR
    LONDON (AP)—Richard Gasquet escaped a lengthy doping ban Wednesday when the International Tennis Federation’s tribunal panel ruled that he inadvertently took cocaine by kissing a woman in a nightclub. The 23-year-old Frenchman, who was cleared to resume playing after completing a 2 1/2 -month ban on Wednesday, convinced the independent anti-doping tribunal that he ingested cocaine with the kiss with the woman he had just met. The tribunal panel of three lawyers said Gasquet consumed no more than “a grain of salt” of the drug, and a long ban would be an injustice in a case which was “unusual to...
  • Kournikova Trades Tennis Racket For Diamond Ring

    07/06/2009 6:23:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 24 replies · 3,128+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 06th 2009
    Kournikova trades tennis racket for diamond ring The Associated Press Jul. 6, 2009 KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. -- Anna Kournikova was sparkling brighter than usual. Kournikova, who has long been linked to singer Enrique Iglesias, showed up for Monday night's World Team Tennis match with a huge diamond ring on her left ring finger - the finger normally reserved for engagement rings. When asked the significance of the ring by The Associated Press, Kournikova replied, "I thought you were the good press." The former Grand Slam doubles champion put her hand behind her back and did not elaborate. Kournikova was...
  • Federer getting big support in greatest-ever debate (Is he the greatest tennis player ever?)

    07/05/2009 5:23:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 669+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | 7/5/2009 | Matt Cronin
    The now greatest player ever was bruised, but he wasn't beaten yet. After sustaining a barrage of aces, groundstroke winners and crisp volleys, Roger Federer faced two break points at 8-8 in the fifth set against American Andy Roddick, who was surely playing the Grand Slam match of his life in Sunday's Wimbledon final. But Federer did not want to walk away from the final like he did last year, his face splattered with tears after a wrenching 9-7 loss in the fifth set to Rafael Nadal. So this time, he responded, cracking a wicked service winner, launching another service...
  • Federer Wins Wimbledon in 5th set

    07/05/2009 10:31:28 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 606+ views
    July 04th 2009
    5th Set win for Federer in Wimbledon over Roddick
  • 'I found my wife Brooklyn on the pages of a swimsuit magazine,' says Andy Roddick

    07/03/2009 10:28:45 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 26 replies · 6,204+ views ^ | July 3, 2009 | Emily Andrews and Colin Fernandez
    For a busy tennis pro on the tour circuit there can't be too many opportunities to meet glamorous women. But while skimming a copy of US magazine Sports Illustrated's swimwear edition in 2006, one model in particular caught his eye. And resourceful tennis star Andy Roddick, 26, got his agent Ken Meyerson to contact the model in question, stunning blonde Brooklyn Decker, 21, to ask for a date. Maybe not the most romantic of starts, but following a number of phone calls to Brooklyn's 'people', she finally agreed to meet the 6ft 2in player. Miss Decker's career began after she...
  • Evert: Women's Grunting Getting Out of Hand

    07/01/2009 6:57:02 PM PDT · by Helotes · 51 replies · 2,052+ views
    ESPN ^ | 6/30/09 | Mike and Mike
    SYDNEY -- Tennis great Chris Evert has joined the chorus of complaints about the noise level in women's tennis, saying the "grunting" was getting out of hand. Evert stopped short of joining former rival Martina Navratilova in labelling the practice as cheating, but agreed it had reached unacceptable levels. Evert: "Grunting is one thing but the shrill sound that you hear with players nowadays, and especially they get louder when they hit a winner, that's the thing that I observe as a player," the former world No. 1 told reporters in Sydney on Monday. "It comes before they hit the...
  • U.S. Teen Upsets Jelena Jankovic at Wimbledon

    06/27/2009 6:23:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 1,033+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 27, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
    Melanie Oudin, 17, beats No. 6 ranked Jankovic in a 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 win.A 17-year-old Atlantan who hadn't won a Grand Slam match before last Tuesday just became the only female American not surnamed Williams to withstand Wimbledon's ruthless first week. Melanie Oudin turned up across from the first top-10 opponent of her life this afternoon, and she treated No. 6 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia much as she had No. 26 Sybille Bammer and No. 74 Yaroslava Shvedova. She used her compelling movement around the court to prove maddeningly impenetrable to her higher-ranked opponent, and she rebounded from a first-set...
  • American Teenager Upsets Jankovic [Wimbleton]

    06/27/2009 12:58:16 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies · 983+ views
    NYT ^ | June 27, 2009 | Christopher Clarey
    One shot from losing in the first round of qualifying, Melanie Oudin will now be playing in the second week at her first Wimbledon. It has been a surprising, thrilling run for Oudin, a determined 17-year-old from Marietta, Ga., who still has many more friends and acquaintances in the junior ranks than in the main draw of the main event. But Oudin’s junior days are behind her now, as she proved beyond a reasonable doubt on Saturday by thinking and hustling her way to a 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-2 victory over sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, who was ranked No....
  • Martina Navratilova sued for millions by 'wife' after being 'dumped without warning'

    06/24/2009 3:05:16 PM PDT · by pissant · 21 replies · 1,470+ views
    Mail UK ^ | 6/24/09 | staff
    Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is being sued for millions of pounds by a former lover who claims she was dumped without warning after nearly eight years. Toni Layton, 56, who married the nine-times Wimbledon champion in an official wedding ceremony, is demanding a share of four multi-million dollar homes bought during their time together. Her lawsuit extends to the 'emotional, mental and physical trauma' she suffered after being 'removed' from 52-year-old Navratilova's life a year ago. Layton said: 'Martina has got a fight on her hands. Without any warning, my life came crashing down around me. I was kicked out...
  • The FR '09 Grand Slam Tennis Tour: Wimbledon, June 22 - July 5

    06/21/2009 6:46:31 PM PDT · by flattorney · 19 replies · 4,713+ views
    FlA's FR "Straight Talk" ^ | June 21, 2009 | FlA & Co.
    June 22 to July 5, 2009U.S. TV Schedule | Brackets & Results: Men Women | Wimbledon Blog | ESPN | BBC | Odds Checker: Men Women
  • Wimbledon Girls Are 'Just There To Sell Sex', Says BBC Pundit Michael Stich

    06/21/2009 11:13:48 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 49 replies · 8,534+ views
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | June 21, 2009
    Wimbledon girls are 'just there to sell sex', says BBC pundit Michael Stich By MARK RYAN and JAMES MILBANK 21st June 2009 As a former Wimbledon champion, Michael Stich might be expected to have an expert appreciation for the skill and dedication required to play tennis at its highest level. But on the eve of this year’s tournament, the BBC Radio 5 Live commentator has caused outrage among the sport’s female stars by claiming their role is as much about ‘selling sex’ on court as it is about their sporting prowess. Stich, the 1991 men’s singles champion, made his politically...
  • The grunt stops here: Tennis officials plan crackdown on noisy players

    06/15/2009 9:56:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,274+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/14/09
    The grunt stops here: Tennis officials plan crackdown on noisy players By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 6:02 PM on 14th June 2009 A loud grunt as a ball is served down the court has almost become as part of the Wimbledon fabric as strawberries and cream. But that could all be about to change as tennis officials are considering a ban emitting too much noise. As it stands players can have a point awarded against them if the umpire feels they have hindered an opponent. Russia's Maria Sharapova However new proposals to make noise hindrance part of the...
  • Nadal Loses for First Time at French Open

    05/31/2009 4:42:37 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 24 replies · 919+ views
    NY times ^ | 05.31.09 | By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY
    Rafael Nadal has still never played a five-set match at the French Open, but he is no longer undefeated at Roland Garros. In one of the biggest upsets in the long history of tennis, Nadal, the four-time defending champion who had won 31 straight matches here, was beaten in the fourth round , 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) by Robin Soderling of Sweden
  • Tennis Star, 17, to Have DD Breasts Reduced

    05/28/2009 11:02:46 AM PDT · by Scythian · 246 replies · 23,997+ views
    Wimbledon hopeful Simona Halep wants surgery to reduce the size of her breasts. Halep, 17, is seen as one of the tennis stars of the future after winning a host of junior titles and a place in the final of the junior French Open last year. But the 5-foot-5-inch Romanian tennis star said she thinks her 34DD bust is holding her back.
  • Backcourt Buzz: Is Ivanovic sexier than Sharapova?

    05/06/2009 6:39:41 PM PDT · by pissant · 103 replies · 7,631+ views ^ | 4/28/09 | Sarah Thurmond
    The Results Are In FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2009” list came out last week. And perennial hottie Anna Kournikova did NOT make it. It’s hard to believe that after 11 years, the voters decided she was no longer worthy. Just seven years ago, she was No. 1—on FHM’s list, that is (her career-high singles ranking was No. 8). Perhaps all that work she’s been doing for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, like taking kids to the New York Stock Exchange, isn’t sexy. But two tennis players did make the cut: Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic....
  • Some people are really passionate about college tennis, okay? (Update)

    04/29/2009 5:28:49 PM PDT · by rvoitier · 3 replies · 531+ views
    Deadspin ^ | 4.29.09
    The NaziAA is mostly a collection of political jerks anyway, but, go get'em, Shep!
  • Federer announces marriage to Mirka

    04/11/2009 3:07:31 PM PDT · by devere · 1 replies · 1,118+ views
    Tennis Talk ^ | Aprile 11, 2009 | Ricky Dimon
    Roger Federer and long-time girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec were married on Saturday, according to a post Federer made on his official website. As if his girlfriend's pregnancy did not make it obvious enough, Roger Federer is off the market. The 13-time Grand Slam champion and long-time girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec were married on Saturday, April 11 in Basel, Switzerland. Federer posted the following on his official website, "Dear Fans Earlier today, in my hometown of Basel, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family, Mirka and I got married. It was a beautiful spring day and an incredibly joyous...
  • Tennis Player's Victory Over Secret List of Banned Aircraft Hand Luggage (Racket is Weapon)

    03/10/2009 3:28:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 678+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | 2/10/09 | David Charter
    A tennis player today won his case at the European Court of Justice against airport security staff who believed that his racquets posed a terrorist threat and threw him off a flight. Judges ruled that the unpublished European Union register of hand luggage restrictions could not be enforced because passengers had no way of knowing exactly what was prohibited. The EU list shows that racquets are not specifically banned from the cabin. However, it contains a catch-all prohibition on "any blunt instrument capable of causing injury". An over-eager airport official might still argue that racquets fall into that category. BAA...
  • Violent demonstrations in protest of Davis Cup tie. Video from Malmö.

    03/07/2009 11:28:35 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 12 replies · 695+ views
    Sydsvenska Dagbladet ^ | 7 March, 2009 | SDS TV / ScaniaBoy
    ScaniaBoy writes: During the second day of the Davis Cup tie between Sweden and Israel in Malmo, Sweden, a demonstration against the match and against Israel took place. After some 2000 people had listen to speeches (rants) by a former MP from the Green party (a well known anti-semite) and the party leader of the former Communist Party (rebranded the Left PArty), some seven thousand people (much less than the expected 10 - 15 000) marched towards the tennis stadium. Once there a small group of radical "activists" (more appropriate names are easy to find) tried to press pass the...
  • Venus Williams wins final in Dubai; speaks of Peer

    02/22/2009 10:28:50 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies · 1,362+ views
    google ^ | 2/22/09 | ap
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Venus Williams won her 40th singles title Saturday, defeating Virginie Razzano of France 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championship. During the trophy presentation, Williams spoke about Shahar Peer, the Israeli player who was denied entry into the United Arab Emirates for the tournament because of what organizers called security concerns. "I felt like I had to talk about her," Williams said. "I thought it was brave of her to come here and try and play despite knowing that it is not going to be easy for her. My dad grew...
  • Dubai event fined record $300,000 for Peer ban

    02/21/2009 5:17:07 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 21 replies · 626+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 21 Feb., 1009 | The Times of India
    LONDON: The Dubai Championships was fined a record $300,000 by the governing body of women's tennis (WTA) on Friday after top Israeli player Shahar PIsrael's Shahar Peer during her match at the Qatar Open WTA tournament on February 20, 2008. (AFP Photo) eer was barred from taking part in this week's event. The WTA said in a statement the fine was the largest levied against a WTA Tour member and Peer would be awarded $44,250 -- the average prize money she earned per tournament in 2008. "The actions taken today are intended to redress the wrongs suffered by Shahar Peer,...
  • No fans allowed for Israel tennis match

    02/19/2009 1:59:48 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 18 replies · 848+ views
    The Local ^ | 18 Feb 09 | Staff
    Sweden's upcoming Davis Cup tennis match against Israel will be held behind closed doors, Malmö city council ruled on Wednesday. The decision follows a vocal campaign against the match in protest at the situation in the Middle East. The match was scheduled to be played from March 6th to 8th at the Baltiska Hallen venue, which can hold 4,000 spectators. Police had said the match could go ahead and that the public could be admitted. The decision to ban the public was made by the council's sports and recreation committee on Wednesday afternoon. A Social Democrat and Left Party-led motion...
  • UAE Allowing Ram to Play in Dubai (After Banning Israeli Tennis Player From Tournament)

    02/19/2009 12:13:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 482+ views
    Israeli tennis player Andy Ram will be allowed to play in a premier Dubai tennis tournament after the Arab country said it would permit the No. 7-ranked doubles player to enter the country. The Persian Gulf country banned Israeli women's tennis star Shahar Peer earlier this week from entering the UAE to participate in the lucrative Dubai Tennis Championships. Organizers said they feared fan anger over Israel's recent military offensive in the Gaza Strip would spill into riots in the Arab country if Peer were to play. After Peer was barred, the tennis world harshly criticized the UAE for its...
  • Wilander hopes for Edberg comeback in Davis Cup

    01/24/2009 3:10:14 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 7 replies · 444+ views ^ | 01/23/2009 | David Landes
    I remember being a 10 year old "patriot" wondering whatever happened to Swedish tennis after McEnroe defeated Borg. Then came Wilander. Then came Edberg. By today, I no longer conceive of my "tiny" Sweden as a nation that, for divine reasons, forever will dispose of magnificent tennis players. Today, Sweden sooner is the foremost breeding ground of UN careerists and suchlike people found on this planet. But despite undeniable, widespread PC idiocy, there's something I still feel is right about our little Viking nation. Ambition. If you decide to confront this challenge, I say: Go, Stefan Edberg!
  • Nadal awesome as Murray motors through in Melbourne

    01/20/2009 4:12:29 PM PST · by shove_it · 1 replies · 224+ views
    yahoo! ^ | 1/20/2009 | Talek Harris
    Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal began his Australian Open in awesome fashion on Tuesday while Andy Murray enjoyed the easiest of starts to his quest for a first Grand Slam title. Last year's runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga led a parade of seeds into round two but Australian hopes took a hit as Lleyton Hewitt crashed out in his worst result since 2002. The new-look Nadal, who replaced his usual vest and baggy pants with T-shirt and above-knee shorts, destroyed Belgium's Christophe Rochus in the mismatch of round one. [...]
  • Reaching Out ("Dr. J" - totally engrossing tale, should be a movie)

    12/18/2008 3:40:17 PM PST · by STARWISE · 23 replies · 1,597+ views
    ESPN ^ | 12-17-08 | Tom Friend
    She put her dad on a shelf and left him there for a quarter-century. Just because the rest of the world is preoccupied with Julius Erving doesn't mean she's had to be. She says she has never Googled him, that she has never even heard of "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh." Instead, everything she's learned about the man has come second- or eighth-hand. She first found out he was her father when she was 4, and she first started denying it when she was 5. She'd say her father died in the war or that he was a sheik in...
  • Serena and Venus Williams’ couture tennis set

    10/20/2008 5:19:22 PM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 15 replies · 774+ views
    Style Drama ^ | Oct 20th, 2008 | Style Drama
    Harper’s Bazaar put tennis aces Serena and Venus Williams in heels and dressed them in designer clothing for a tennis set. How amazing!
  • Federer a Champion Again (wins 5th straight US Open and 13th Grand Slam title)

    09/08/2008 5:52:25 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 2 replies · 131+ views
    MVN ^ | September 8, 2008 | Mike McIntyre
    Andy Murray might be a big fan of American comedian Will Ferrell, but I doubt he enjoyed Roger Federer’s version of Old School today in New York. Federer looked every bit the champion of years past today as he thrashed his younger opponent 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 to capture his 5th US Open title.
  • U.S. Open (Muslim) Employee Accused Of Making Bomb Threat

    09/05/2008 7:47:19 AM PDT · by Righting · 7 replies · 155+ views
    nationalterroralert. ^ | September 4 , 2008
    U.S. Open Employee Accused Of Making Bomb Threat September 4, 2008 A teenage employee at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, Queens, has been charged with making a series of phone calls to the venue Wednesday – while at work – claiming that a bomb had been planted at the Arthur Ashe Stadium there. The threats turned out to be a hoax. Mahmet M. Kadayifci, 19, of 34-24 77th St. in the Elmhurst section of Queens. Kadayifci, who is a contracted employee with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) assigned to the fire watch area at the U.S. Open,...
  • Federer no longer reigns

    08/23/2008 10:54:32 PM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies · 134+ views
    Minneapolis ^ | August 23, 2008 | DAVID WHEATON
    It is with a tinge of sadness that I tell you, the Reign of Roger is over. Never content with his domain as perpetual No. 2 to the would-be Greatest Ever, Rafael Nadal spent the past three years building a siege mound to the Federer Fortress. And in one historic summer it was fait accompli, trouncing Federer for the French Open title in June, wresting the Swiss man's beloved estate from him at Wimbledon in July and then garnering Olympic gold and glory last week in Beijing, all on three different surfaces. This was no snipe and hope but rather...
  • Ananova: Olympic drunk is sports minister (drunk as a skunk)

    08/16/2008 12:21:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 575+ views
    Ananova ^ | 08/15/08
    Olympic drunk is sports minister A drunk fan of Olympic competitors from Belgium has been identified as the country's sports minister. A loud Belgian fan had been shouting out during a doubles match between Argentinian and Belgian players. Eventually Argentine tennis ace David Nalbandian lost his temper and told him to be quiet. But other Belgian supporters recognised the "very drunk" man as sports minister Michel Daerden, media in the country have reported.
  • Ivanovic beats Safina in straight sets to win French Open

    06/07/2008 5:57:09 PM PDT · by Martellus · 6 replies · 167+ views
    AP ^ | June 7, 2008 | Howard Fendrich
    PARIS - At last, Ana Ivanovic overcame her stage fright. In two previous major finals, Ivanovic was so overwhelmed by the setting, so shaken by the stakes, that her focus fell apart and her shots went awry. Not on this day. Already assured of rising to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time, Ivanovic collected Grand Slam title No. 1 by beating Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-3 in the French Open final Saturday. Rather than erasing the memories of those lopsided losses in championship matches against Justine Henin at Roland Garros a year ago and against Maria Sharapova at...
  • Ana Ivanovics odyssey, Serbias triumph

    06/07/2008 4:11:55 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 16 replies · 279+ views
    PARIS: It was time for another French Open women's final, and though four-time winner Justine Hénin was still on the grounds, she was no longer on the clay. This year, with Hénin retired and watching from the front row, it would be time for a new Grand Slam champion, and it turned out to be the same young, elegant Serbian who had let her nerves get the best of her against Hénin in last year's flop of a final. Ana Ivanovic is a better, fitter, more composed contender now, and on Saturday, she filled the void at the top of...
  • Sharapova loses to Safina at French Open

    06/02/2008 2:12:28 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies · 1,374+ views ^ | 06.02.08 | By STEVEN WINE
    One point from the quarterfinals, a shrieking Maria Sharapova again came up short at the French Open. Bidding for the only Grand Slam title she has yet to win, the top-ranked Sharapova twice blew big leads in the second set Monday and lost to fellow Russian Dinara Safina, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-2. Sharapova's customary screeches reached maximum volume as the match slipped away, and the noise seemed to annoy fans. They whistled and booed Sharapova as she left Court Suzanne Lenglen after the match, and she didn't acknowledge the crowd.
  • Iraqis, U.S. Troops Connect Through Tennis (This is really for the Children!)

    05/19/2008 4:30:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 39+ views
    BAGHDAD, May 19, 2008 – U.S. military volunteers brought a bit of joy into the lives of Iraqi children as they introduced them to a little-known sport at an Iraqi army base in western Baghdad, May 17. The volunteers brought tennis equipment for the children, bringing joy not only the young players, but also to the Iraqi and coalition servicemembers involved. Ernie Rains, community coordinator for the Central Alabama Tennis Association, said he thought donating tennis equipment to Iraqi children might soften a harsh lifestyle. His gift was realized through the coordinating efforts of Air Force Chaplain (Maj.) William O'Sullivan,...
  • No. 1 Justine Henin retires from tennis immediately

    05/14/2008 3:04:41 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 21 replies · 145+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2007 | RAF CASERT
    LIMELETTE, Belgium (AP) — Justine Henin retired from tennis Wednesday, an abrupt ending to a short and successful career in which she won seven Grand Slam singles titles and leaves while ranked No. 1. The 25-year-old Belgian made the surprising announcement at a news conference, less than two weeks before the start of the French Open. She has won that clay-court major championship four times, including each of the past three years. "This is the end of a child's dream," said Henin, the first woman to retire from tennis while atop the WTA rankings. "This is a definitive decision. Those...