Monday August 10th, 2009

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Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro
The Argentine defended his title at the Legg Mason event, taking out Andy Roddick in a third-set tiebreak in the final.
 
Flavia Pennetta
Flavia Pennetta
The Italian beat an error-prone Sam Stosur in the final to win the upset-addled L.A. Women's Tennis Championships.
 
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Back in action for the first time since the French Open, he defends his title in Montreal this week.
 
Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
Back in action for the first time since 2007, she plays in Cincinnati this week.
 
John Isner
John Isner
Good week all around for tall guys. Playing well in D.C. once again, Isner reached the semis in a run that included a big-time victory against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
 
Federer twins
Federer twins
We're going to try to minimize the attention here. Something icky about making celebrities out of people incapable of sleeping for more than 90 minutes at a time. But big props to Roger Federer for tastefully posting photoson Facebook and not selling to the highest paparazzi bidder.
 
Unstrung
Unstrung
Exceptional tennis documentary available on DVD. Jim Courier was an executive producer.
 
Double Winners
Double Winners
Martin Damm and Robert Lindstedt in D.C.; Chia-Jung Chuang and Zi Yan (left) in L.A.
 
Stan Wawrinka
Stan Wawrinka
Federer isn't the only Swiss player to announce pending fatherhood this year. But can someone offer services as a translator?
 
David Nash and Diane Fishburne
David Nash and Diane Fishburne
The fearless leaders of U.S. teams at the 2009 Avory Cup in London. Who knew so many Americans, ages 35-70, could play so capably on grass?
 
ITA Summer Championships
ITA Summer Championships
They begin this week at the Indiana University Varsity Tennis Center (where yours truly learned to play as a kid).
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Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
If you're looking to assert yourself as No. 1 -- and mute the tiring, tiresome talk about your ranking -- you have to do better than early-round losses to the likes of Zheng Jie. On the plus side, Safina qualifies for the year-end championships already.
 
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
She was a semifinal loser in L.A., but gradually, the rust is coming off.
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ITF
ITF
The decision to appeal the Richard Gasquet exoneration carries the whiff of petty vindictiveness. Say, Donald Fehr: Any plans to volunteer as a consultant in your retirement?
 
Jelena Dokic
Jelena Dokic
U.S. Open status imperiled by mono, we hear.

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