Doubles pairings lead HOF ballots; more thoughts on Agassi
We'll start this week with two open calls. I received my ballot for the 2010 inductions to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Doubles is the theme this year and the
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• Speaking of audience participation: WTA CEO
• As expected, there was a lot of Agassi fallout this week. If you're going to launch a book, nothing like controversy to get the Amazon ranking up. I'm supposed to speak with Andre on Wednesday, and I'm planning to have a Q&A for the site Thursday, so I'll go easy on the Agassi questions here.
I am, though, surprised at how many players --
But plenty of you wrote in with sentiment echoing that of
• You mean Clemens'
• Not at all. If illicit recreational drug use precluded induction, you could house the Hall of Fame in a double-wide trailer.
• Other sports have their issues, too. But between Agassi and the Wickmayer farce, it's been a rough stretch for tennis, at least off the court. I've said my piece about Wickmayer
The bottom line is this: Lacking as they are in a union, the players are getting
• I had the same thought. Then news broke about the Wickmayer ban.
• An actual tennis question? What's that all about? Look at the rankings, and if my math is right, it's entirely possible that
• You guys are rough. Lots of you made a similar observation. Federer simply failed to show up that day. But is losing to Nadal on clay ever a "bad loss"? Not so much, in my book.
• Welcome back. At last check, she was holding a youth sports symposium. Here's a
• I wanted to let this go but I like this note from
And here's Conrad, very gamely replying: "Rereading my question/statement, it did sound ridiculous. Just wanted to clear things up: Serena by no means can beat any of the men I mentioned. It's impossible to compare genders, but fair is fair: If you don't have 11 majors and counting, you can't be considered as good as Serena, irrespective of gender. My sincerest apologies for the confusion."
• Doesn't do it for me. But I know I'm in the minority here.
• I'm shocked by how many of you rushed to the defense of
• The 20th annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic raised $700,000 from two days of tennis and the annual gala event held last weekend in Delray Beach and Boca Raton, Fla.
• If someone can help
• The WTA Tour's
• After you finish Agassi's book, pick up
• Indiana readers: I'll be speaking in Indianapolis on Thursday night (Nov. 12) at 7:30 at the Ann Katz Festival. Interested parties are welcome to attend. No purchase necessary. (Void where prohibited. And
Not to be outdone,
Have a great week, everyone!