• Karl refers, of course, to
Long as we're in the neighborhood, it hasn't gotten the credit it deserves, but I love the WTA's idea of making the
• Thanks much. Here's some
• Does McEnroe really get fined if he doesn't throw a tantrum, as he's stated? Here's
• Good question. On the one hand, you have this hopeless snarl of partisan politics, conflicts galore, entrenched special interests, a backward incentive structure and a culture that is almost pathologically resistant to change. But you know, this health-care system, it's pretty messy, too.
• I like
• Never mind doubles. Kleybanova is a formidable singles players who hovers between 20-30, hits a big ball and can hang with anyone from the baseline. She's beaten
• Dave refers to this
• Great question. And your skepticism is well-placed. I know of at least two instances in which a player's endorsement deals would have lapsed had they retired; so they simply went "inactive," and continued getting some of the lucre. On the other hand, "inactive" players are still subject to tour rules, including the anti-doping testing. I know of another player who considered herself inactive but retired in part because she didn't want to have the WADA gendarmes knocking on her door at 6 a.m.
• The miracles of acupuncture? The magic of acai berries? Prayer? You got me. The more charitable view, of course, is that Jankovic was in great pain and deserves our admiration for keeping her commitment to the subsequent event. Instead of blaming players, direct your outrage at a playing schedule that treats players like chattel. The word that keeps coming to me is: "unsustainable."
• This is the source of so many of tennis' ills: The tours aren't traditional players' associations. They are organizations seeking to represent the interests of both the players and the tournaments. Often, this is akin to representing the interests of bait manufacturers and the oral health of fish. Many of you have asked, "Why doesn't the ATP cut the schedule?" Remember, half the ATP's composition is made up of tournament directors who want to
I said this only half-jokingly a few weeks ago:
• So, can tennis
• From the "can't please all the people all the time file,"
• Yet mere minutes later, we received this from (you're killing me with the pseudonyms)
• Congrats to
• From the ITA: "In the 25th anniversary of the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, a player hailing from the Peach State was crowned singles champion for the first time since the inaugural year of the tournament. Sophomore
Have a great week, everyone!