• Two rules I try to live by: Go easy assessing athletes' injuries and go easy assessing their decisions to retire or keep playing. It's a personal decision and we can't possibly know what they're feeling, physically and emotionally. In this case, I agree that the contrast looks curious on the surface. But instead of questioning the mettle of Serena -- who
• Verdasco -- like the
• Yes and no. The ATP is kind of, sort of, not really a players' association. A full-fledged players' association, free and clear of conflict, agitates for better wages and more jobs and improved working conditions. The ATP, however, is equally comprised of tournament directors. And it is the organizing body of a circuit of events. So, whereas the union component likes heightened wages at the Slams, the other components should be concerned. The more the Slams enrich the players, the less essential it makes the Monte Carlos and Bangkoks and Atlantas. At some point it becomes the equivalent of selling your car to pay for gas money.
• "Pretty much impossible," according to an impeccably placed source. Davenport is, however, playing World TeamTennis and plans to attend the Fed Cup final as a supporter.
• I agree, the ATP could use an injection of some personality/controversy, a Rodman to Federer's Jordan, a Shannon Sharpe to Nadal's Elway. (Note to ATP: Can we revive those great player blogs? Make the video from the Monte Carlo players' revue public? Something?) Squarely in his mid-30s, Vince Spadea is, for all intents, retired. With the help of the Mighty Sharko, we learn that Tursunov has been sidelined all year with an ankle injury. He underwent surgery last September and then another operation in February. He's hoping to return in the next few weeks and he's on the list for Roland Garros. He's also planning to play on grass in England in June.
• Wow. Multiple calls in one week. Discuss: Given the heightened mental demands, the increased competition, and the growth of "media training," it's become increasingly difficult to find "characters" in sports, figures whose colorful personality afford them popularity in excess of what their achievements would otherwise dictate.
• Absolutely agree. In the course of a sporting event, there are countless judgment calls, chances for officials to make error or express bias that can affect outcomes. Here, we have flagrant violations -- as anyone with a second hand in their wristwatch can confirm -- and we have the technology to get it right. Why aren't we putting those wires together? Shot clock would a) ensure that rules were being followed which is most important b) speed up play and spare us the catheter-inducing delays, which counts for something in this day and age (baseball fans, see:
On a related note, I'm starting to come around to
• I think this is part of the problem. It seems as though the tours have some data sets but not others, the folks at IBM have some but not others. Often the chair umpire's data, recorded in that handheld device, can be stored, but that covers only a narrow range of categories. Granted tennis has bigger issues right now. Television and sponsorship would rank slightly higher than data-gathering on any executive's priority list. Still, it would be great if the various organizations could come together, commit some funds and vow to improve (and standardize) in this area. On the other hand....
• Congrats! You're the first person from the Eastern Time Zone whose initials form consecutive letters to make that point!
If we're talking about tennis books fan should know about, you may as well go ahead and put your book on Federer and Nadal,
• Hey thanks, Mom. We kid. Seriously, thanks. Other recommendations that came in last week:
I lost the website address of that wonderful tennis site you shared with us a few years ago that lists all the daily articles on tennis. Something like congro? ... conegro? ... It's long and hard to remember. Could you share that one more time?
• I must be brain cramping here. If any of you know what David is referring to, pass it on.
• That seems to be the consensus among you guys. Fair enough. Were I advising the sisters, I'd simply tell them to follow the Roddick blueprint and be up front about their intentions. Why not simply say: "Fed Cup is not a priority this year. We would, however, like do enough to remain eligible for the Olympics." The broken promises -- that, you're right, put the captain in an awkward position -- seems to be the source of the displeasure.
A statistic from this year's Monte Carlo Masters that could have been easily overlooked. Novak Djokovic was seeded number one in the field, marking the first time since Rome in 2005 that the No. 1 seed at a Masters event was not held by either Federer or Nadal. Just another example of how dominant these two have been. To be fair, neither played at Hamburg in 2006, but because of their late withdrawals, there was no number 1 (or 2) seed at that event.
• Sam Stosur's agent should be reading this.
• The good folks at
• An anonymous reader noted the we might mocked Nadal's shorts, but check out the duds on
• Federation Cup is no more. Officially changed its name to Fed Cup in 1995 when it went to the home-away format and best-of-five matches.
• Here's a
• Calling all
• Helen of Philadelphia makes a long lost siblings repeat:
HAVE A GREAT WEEK, EVERYONE!