This cheer is for U.S. tennis, in case you hadn't noticed - USA Today
When they finished off their big
victory, one of Bob's first acts as champion - so he later informed the
media - was to go into the shower and throw up.
You just can't buy priceless memories such as that one.
"We're definitely lifers," Bob said of the Bryans' dedication to the Davis
Cup. "Why wouldn't we want to be out here playing for our country?"
Best not to let such patriotic purpose be totally obstructed by Oklahoma
Plus, the Americans had a flair for the quip. Once the lead was 3-0, the
issue was settled, even though two singles matches remained. Someone asked
if anyone was worried about making it a 5-0 sweep, just for show.
Answered Blake, "We're not the Patriots."
AARP Serves Up Navratilova - Wall Street Journal
Retired tennis star Martina
Navratilova has found a new doubles partner -- the AARP.
In an endorsement deal to be announced as early as today, the AARP has
picked the 51-year-old former pro player as its Health & Fitness ambassador.
Ms. Navratilova will share tips with AARP members in online chats, conduct
Q&As and video segments on the group's Web site, and speak at events, says
Emilio Pardo, chief brand officer for the AARP, which has more than 39
million members, who are age 50 and up. Both sides declined to say how much
Ms. Navratilova is getting paid for her work.
AARP has had ambassadors in the past, but Ms. Navratilova is the first
ambassador for health and fitness.
U.S. strategy pays off, finally - Tom Tebbutt, The Globe and Mail
What Sampras's win really means - Tom Tebbutt, The Globe and Mail
It was surprising how much credibility was given, by some people, to Pete Sampras’s victory in an exhibition match over Roger Federer in Macau, China, two weeks ago. Sports fans who watch the charade of exhibition football and hockey games somehow suspended disbelief long enough to think that Sampras, 36, can somehow compete with Federer, 26, despite not having played a regular tour tournament in over five years and, basically, not having touched a racquet for the first three years after officially retiring in 2003.
Tennis is all about motivation. That is why the great ones such as Sampras and Federer have been able to perform so consistently well at the biggest events. When they met in Seoul (Federer won 6-4, 6-3), Kuala Lumpur (Federer won 7-6, 7-6) and Macau (Sampras won 7-6, 6-4), Federer was playing for his fifth week out of six and had just won the Masters Cup year-end championship in Shanghai.
...If exhibitions are in any way meaningful, then how to explain that Sampras lost three of the (single-set) four matches he played in World Team Tennis last summer – including to Sam Warburg, (Canadian) Frederic Niemeyer and Rik de Voest.
Dancevic getting ready for tougher competition next year - Montreal Gazette
"There is no offseason any more,
in any sport - not tennis, not hockey. They call it an offseason, but this
is the season to train harder, to get stronger for next season," Dancevic
said yesterday, after being put through his paces by Tennis Canada
conditioning coach André Parent at the Jarry Park Tennis Centre.
Sporting a top-10 case of bedhead, Dancevic did quickness drills on court,
and pushed himself on the treadmill to the point that he "almost puked."
He'll spend the next few days here working with Parent, head home to Niagara
Falls for a few days, then down to Florida with coach Martin Laurendeau for
12 days of intense training.
..."I think this summer I was at about 70 per cent of my ability, so I'm
building it up this fall for next year," he said. "Next year is going to be
a big test for me, competing at the top level, starting the year top 70."
Hard to believe players throw matches for money: Qureshi - The Hindu
"If you love the sport, then I don't think anybody would ever think of it. Representing your country as a player, you go out on the court to give your best and I don't think anybody would throw a match for money. After all, tennis is a sport which pays you well," Qureshi told PTI... ["]Ultimately it's about respecting the game that has given you so much and I don't think anybody who loves the game would fall to the lure," he added.
Wilander to coach Frenchman Mathieu -
Swede Wilander and Frenchman
Patrice Hagelauer will jointly coach Mathieu during the 2008 season. French
number two Mathieu, 25, finished 2007 at world number 25.
Venus Williams to Graduate from The Art Institute of Fort
Lauderdale - Press release
superstar Venus Williams will be adding another accomplishment to her long
list when she walks across the commencement stage on Thursday, December 13,
to receive her associate's degree in Fashion Design from The Art Institute
of Fort Lauderdale.
A world without Roger? - Jon Wertheim, SI.com
Interview with Roger Federer -
10 Most Underappreciated Athletes - ESPN
3. Roger Federer
He's the best tennis player to ever walk the face of the Earth. But Federer
has never sniffed the level of fame and glory smothered on Michael Jordan
and other members of sports royalty. The reasons run a mile long: He's
squeaky-clean, he's from Switzerland, and he's playing a sport that's near
an all-time low in popularity, in which the biggest stars wear skirts.
Controversy and turmoil sell better than excellence and consistency, leaving
Federer to continue his dominance over the tennis world in relative
20 Under 25: The Top-Earning Young Superstars - Forbes.com
King [LeBron] James--as
he is known by his army of fans--tops Forbes' 20 Under 25 list of the
Top-Earning Young Superstars, thanks to the $27 million he banked between
June 2006 and June 2007... Reggie Bush, 22-year-old running back for the
NFL's New Orleans Saints, nabbed the No. 2 spot with $24 million, followed
by comely tennis ace Maria Sharapova, who pocketed $23 million (only $3.8
million from winnings). The world's highest-paid female athlete, Sharapova
edges out golf phenom Michelle Wie, who occupies the No. 4 spot with $19
Four-month recovery for Canas -
again, Guillermo Canas is out
of the world circuit. This time, the problem that will leave the Argentine
tennis player out of the courts is an injury in the tendon of his left wrist
which, although he did not undergo a surgery, will keep him from playing for
at least four months.
'Our' Jarmila joins Jelena in play-offs - Linda Pearce, Melbourne Age
JELENA Dokic is not the only
European-born Australian set to contest next week's Australian Open wildcard
play-off. Former Slovakian Jarmila Gajdosova is the highest-ranked acceptor
for the round-robin event into which Dokic yesterday received an expected
Mark Philippoussis is the senior participant in the men's event, based on
his protected ranking of 119th, while the 142nd-rated Gajdosova has gone a
step further in her quest to officially represent the country she has called
home for five years.
Adopted Aussie heads field at Open playoffs -
"It was her choice. There was no
active recruitment on Tennis Australia's part and we haven't funded her at
"She can represent Australia now because she's a resident and has applied
for citizenship and is working with our coaches.
"It's just a matter of course for her to be approved by the ITF
(International Tennis Federation). It could take a day or a week or a month,
but we're expecting to hear soon."
Happy househusband Henman jibes at Murray job - The
Tim Henman applauds Brad Gilbert's new role - Mark Hodgkinson,
Miss Universe weds her Thai tennis ace in lavish Bangkok
ceremony - Hello magazine
Thailand's golden couple, tennis
star Paradorn Srichaphan and former Miss Universe Natalie Glebova, tied the
knot surrounded by honour guards in Bangkok on Thursday. After the romantic
private ceremony - which contained elements of a traditional Thai wedding -
the bride and groom enjoyed their first dance as man and wife to the strains
of Bryan Adams Everything I Do, I Do It For You.
The reception was held in the lavish setting of the grand ballroom at
Bangkok's Oriental Hotel. There, the couple - who revealed their plans to
spend the next few weeks with family and friends instead of going on a
honeymoon - were joined by Thai dignitaries and celebrities.
...When asked about their plans to start a family, 25-year-old Natalie - who
was born in Russia but grew up in Toronto, Canada - said: "It's up to fate,
but hopefully (it will be) in the next few years."
Magazines this Month
November-December 2007 issue - Tennis magazine
First Serve: The Right Man's Burden - Bill Simons, Inside Tennis
The Buzz - Inside Tennis
Russian Roulette - Matthew Cronin, Inside Tennis
It's a Tough Job But Somebody … - Matthew Cronin, Inside Tennis
The Genius - Chris Bowers, Inside Tennis
An Open Era U.S. Davis Cup Timeline - Inside Tennis
All Bets Are On - Matthew Cronin, Inside Tennis
December 2007 issue - Tennis Life
November 2007 issue - ACE magazine
October 2007 issue - Australian Tennis
Warriors Ready to Battle for Their Honor - Deuce
Andy Roddick: The Road Ahead - Joel Drucker, Deuce
Ferrer Steps Out of the Shadows - Deuce
Kiefer's Comeback & The Getting of Wisdom - Deuce
ATP's 'FEEL IT' Set for Global Rollout in 2008 - Deuce
Erlich & Ram Share Dreams On and Off Court - Deuce
The Last Time... with Tommy Haas - Deuce