I feel as though tennis has never been so popular. Lead segments on the news, hot topics in the blogosphere, hundreds of questions rolling in here. Were it not for
• To consolidate about 500 questions, here's my updated take on
• To consolidate about 100 more questions, here's my suggestion for a new rule: After solving the roof problem, the USTA next
Also, does this not undermine the whole purpose of sponsorship (i.e. positive association)? When a winning player is muzzled so some executive VP of something or other can plug his product -- or mention the ridiculous U.S. Open Series bonus money that no one cares about -- doesn't it make the consumer
Incidentally, what would del Potro have said if given the proper chance? Thank my esteemed colleague
• In response to another dozen questions: I have no inside info regarding Justine Henin's alleged comeback. But her return should surprise us about as much as the sun rising in the east tomorrow. Here's hoping the rumors are true. And if
• I received these e-mails within one minute of each other. They're both disturbing for different reasons. As much as I hate to give either any credence, I want to print them because they provide a segue into this appeal: It's pretty clear that opinions on Serena-gate -- and Serena in general -- are all over the map. And it's pretty clear that in some cases, this can become a pretext for race. I've noticed a lot of concern regarding the application of equal justice: "How come we turned a blind eye to McEnroe and Connors, but are so outraged now?" "If this were
What I would urge is for us to take a stand against the extremists on both sides and not let the discussion get hijacked by the fringe. To repeat: You should be allowed to have an unfavorable opinion about Serena's conduct without automatically standing accused of racism. Conversely, the writers who use words like "ghetto" and "gangster" are equally out of line. Both are so ugly. Both are so destructive for the majority of fans prepared to have a reasonable conversation here. OK, sermon over. Bottom line: I'd just as soon move on and hold off on this until the ITF announces that it has the good sense to forego further punishment. But I'll take my cue from you guys.
• I missed that discussion -- and, frankly, much of the TV coverage while being on the grounds -- but I'm a big fan of Tirico's work and I take you at your word. Quick story: In 1994, when I was in my early 20s and had a few months to kill after college, I worked as a production assistant at a fledgling cable network named ESPN. I was the gruntest of the grunts and some on-air "talent" chose to treat me as such. (Aside: Where is
• Agree. Excellent insights. I would add this about Gilbert: He injects some much-needed fun into the broadcast. Just let the man dress the part! A suit (and the silk pocket square, which gets me every time) on Gilbert is like truffles on a ballpark hot dog. The Facebook group would be called: "Let BG be BG!"
• This was a weird year in a good way, one that ended in a very different place from where it began. There are lots of compelling storylines heading into the fall and then Australia. We just all need a breather after the Open!
• On a reread, this
Question: You earned a lot of money today. How are you gonna use this? Are you gonna buy something to treat yourself?
• Life being heavy into irony and all ... the title of Serena's new book is
• From the shameless self-promotion department, I will be speaking at 6 p.m. Thursday at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.
Have a good week, everyone!