Preliminary programming note for our off-season 'Bag this week. We'll hold our annual Baggies Awards ceremony for 2009 next week. And
• Lots of questions about Tiger this week. (Note to Federer: You might want to have a prepared response for the inevitable Tiger questions that will surface in your first press conference of 2010.) "Can you explain the fascination?" a reader from Sweden, of all places, asked. I think some of it is the hot button topics of sex, sports, infidelity, money and the currents of race. But I think some of it stems from the incongruity. Here was a guy whose whole image was based on professionalism and modesty, shaped for high-end corporate clients. Seeing him pursued by TMZ trucks and linked to porn stars, "Bimbo tallies," and "harem payoffs," is staggering.
A lot of you have used this as an opportunity to extol Federer all the more. Federer's great sin of 2010? He used foul language during a match! I'm not sure this has anything to do with anyone other than Woods. But if you want to use this as another reason to cherish Federer (and Nadal), go right ahead.
• I guess the predictable candidates come to mind. Federer -- a few months removed from sobbing in defeat, his character and toughness questioned -- winning the French Open and then Wimbledon, securing his claims to the GOAT.
Here's a less obvious one. I'm watching
• Well played. Actually, a friend of mine was privy to Andre discussing
• We all know how this will play out. He and
• Again, you could contend it was lenient. But I hardly think this rises to the level of "powder puff" or worthy of "scathingly sarcastic" treatment. Serena snapped in the heat competition, she was unequivocally in the wrong, she got fined nearly $100,000 and she's on warning. Suspending her would have achieved...what exactly? The fans, the event, the television partners and the sport would have suffered most. Serena would likely have appealed -- and had a decent case that similar bad deeds were punished dissimilarly. It would be naïve to ignore the echoes of race and the way this would have played out with the general public.
• If I'm reading my ITF handbook right, someone will cram a $%#& ball down her &*%#!$ throat.
• Thanks. I catch up on other pursuits during tennis' off-season.
• Given precedent, her two majors and top ranking more than meet the criteria. And, inasmuch as there's a "credit to the sport" component, Mauresmo more than fulfills that as well. No brainer as far as I'm concerned.
• Mark's question is in response to
• OK, all's forgiven. We will no longer mock you for putting an orange checkerboard on a football field.
• Here's how your 2010 Hall of Fame voting went:
• Charleston tennis fans,
• From the unsolicited book recommendation, non-tennis division. Check out
• Seattle readers:
• Grace of Texas sends
• The USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger is pleased to announce that a portion of the proceeds raised during the 2010 tournament at The Landings on Skidaway Island will benefit the Savannah Community Foundation. The tournament will take place May 1-9 at the Franklin Creek Tennis Center.
• Tennis champ Serena Williams was recently honored in the Carribbean with a ICC WT20 West Indies 2010 commemorative cricket bat. (Linespeople beware!) The bat presentation is part of the promotional kick-off of ICC WT20 West Indies 2010 -- the third edition of the ICC's Twenty20 championship -- taking place in four Caribbean countries (Barbados, Guyana, St. Kitts and Saint Lucia) from April 30 to May 16, 2010. Here's a
• This week's lookalike:
Have a great week, everyone!