• Note to Venus: When a Berkeley liberal is scandalized by your attire, it's
But for the record, I rather like Venus' outfit. And I urge you to consider how modest she is in her day-to-day life. This is hardly an attention-hungry celebrity. Plus, a) at least it wasn't plaid and b) it got tennis in the public discourse. When else has
One of you writes: "I'll be interested to see what she cooks up for Wimbledon. I'm guessing it will be something more classic, like she usually wears there. And to use a phrase stolen from, er, I mean "inspired by"
• Jankovic is sort of in no-woman's land here. As a former No. 1 -- and the fourth seed -- it's hard to call Jank a "sleeper." And yet given Henin's record in Paris and Serena's record at Slams in general, it's hard to pick Jankovic as the winner. No question she's a contender, though, especially since she appears to be in a good "head space" these days.
• Yes, with Nadal's win in Madrid, we got another round of:
• To the ITF's credit, they've been proactive and clearly realize there's a loophole in need of closing. The same way you and I might be put on some sort of administrative leave while the investigation is pending, an athlete who has pleaded guilty to a crime that is, de facto, a doping violation, must sit until there's an official ruling.
Realize that this can be tricky: If Odesnik had somehow been exonerated, imagine how he'd have felt having neither income nor ranking points for those four months. But it beats the alternative. That was ugly business in Houston. Kevin is right: Odesnik took food off the table of the guys he beat. (Aside: What happens to Odesnik's forfeited winnings? Assuming it was returned to the event, Houston just improved its balance sheets considerably.)
• Our moles tell us that he'll play in the Hawaii regional June 6-8. Which, of course, triggers this question: What's a skier doing in Hawaii? Draws and schedule will be posted
• "Kinda drunk" and "in the lab" are not necessarily clauses we like to see in the same sentence. And you're talking to someone who can't even get tennis authorities to consider changing the Grand Slam format to best-of-three for the first week of majors at a time when injuries are tainting the sport. But I'll see what I can do. And won't rub it in by noting that
• Oh you missed it? I predicted that Gasquet would lose to Murray in five. Azarenka would get toasted by Dulko and
• Nice to see
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• A periodic reminder to check out
• The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) will induct 10 new members into the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame during the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships on May 26 on the University of Georgia campus, where the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame is located. The Class of 2010 consists of five players, one player/coach, three coaches and one contributor.
• Mike Roetzel of Little Rock, Ark.: "It's been noted that