1. Here we are, a week into 2010 and we already have a Match of the Year candidate.
Henin was competing in her first event after an 18-month layoff. But Clijsters, it's easier to forget, has only been back six months herself. It couldn't have come a moment too soon for the WTA. And while I still think
2. Speaking of interesting draws,
3. Another week, another tennis suspension. All those sports fans who complain that athletes are coddled, that they're surrounded by enablers and apologists who turned a blind eye to any behavior, short of bringing firearms into a locker room? Well, fix your gaze on tennis. The latest fall gal is Russia's
Bychkova failed to report that she was asked to provide inside information and throw matches. (Important to note: There was no evidence she did anything untoward; this was an act of omission, not commission.) Some of you have already remarked this punishment seems unduly harsh and have drawn parallels with
Keeping the sport clean and the competition honest is critically important. Relying on the players to report suspicious activity is imperative. And while Bychkova, currently ranked outside the top 100, will miss that $5,000, it is the lower-ranked players who are particularly susceptible to match-fixing.