Thursday, December 31, 2009
The Swiss press is reporting that the much-anticipated Switzerland vs. Spain Davis Cup matchup, scheduled for March 5th to 7th, will not include Roger Federer. The world's top ranked player is reportedly hesitant to play on clay, the obvious surface for the Spaniard team, considering the U.S. hardcourt season gets underway just a week after the tie. The news comes as a huge disappointment, as I'm sure we were all eagerly anticipating the Fed/Nadal action.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Gatorade has just released their newest ad campaign for their sports drink G2, referred to as 'sting', and the star is none other than tennis champ Serena Williams. Check out the 30-second spot above and some behind-the-scenes action below.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Novak Djokovic is set to star in a 10 part mini-series about the life of Yugoslavian King Aleksancer I. Djokovic will play the man in charge, with his little brother Dordje playing the king in his younger years. Xinhua had the deets:
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic will act as a king in a new TV series about the life of Yugoslav King Aleksandar Karadjordjevic (1888-1934), according to an announcement in Belgrade on Wednesday. Aleksandar Karadjordjevic was the first king of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia as well as the last king of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
The series, comprising 10 episodes, will have a budget of 2,779,000 euros, while the role of King Aleksandar will be played by Novak Djokovic and the filming schedule begins in March 2010 and will be adapted in line with Djokovic’s.
Novak Djokovic’s youngest brother, Djordje, will be playing young Aleksandar Karadjordjevic.
The director Stojan Stojcic noted that the work on the series dated back to 2005, adding that it was an important project that would help promote Serbia in the world and that it would probably be aired in 2011.
And about the Serb's role in Iron Man 2, a message on Djoko's website said this:
The world number three has got acting offers. Novak said he had an offer for a major role in a series and a smaller role in a Hollywood movie, as well as in a series about King Aleksandar Karadjordjevic.
He should appear in the sequel of the Hollywood action hit “Iron Man” with Robert Downey Jr. in the title role. The world premiere of the film is expected in early May 2010.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The Federer family decided to give us a holiday treat, and post a picture of their beautiful family on the world number 1's facebook.
He wrote, "Many friends and fans have asked for an updated picture of our
girls so we thought we'd post this picture for the holiday season. Our
entire family wishes you a safe and happy 2010!"
After Roger Federer was robbed by Tiger Woods for AP Athlete of the Year, Serena Williams brought tennis a victory, after the American was named the prestigious honor in the female category by an absolute landslide.
The U.S. newspaper editors that cast their votes clearly overlooked the world number 1's recent US Open tirade, as she won over 66 of the 158 voters. That's more than a third!
The always humble Serena told the AP, "People realize that I'm a great player, and one moment doesn't define a person's career. And I was right, for the most part: It wasn't right the way I reacted - I never said it was - but I was right about the call.''
Williams triumphed at the Australian Open and Wimbledon in singles, bringing her career Grand Slam tally to 11. With sister Venus, she won the doubles titles at the Aussie and Wimbledon, too, as well as at the US Open, bringing that total to 10. She put the cherry on top of her fantastic 2009 by winning the WTA Year-End Championships and finishing this season with a record-setting $ 6.5 million in prize money.
And about that embarrassing night in New York against Kim Clijsters, Serena has this to say:
"(The outburst) got a lot more people excited about tennis.'' And we'll have to agree, not that we're condoning it, or anything.
The 2nd place finisher was Zanyatta, who had a perfect 14-0 record for her career, and became the 1st female horse to be crowned Breeder's Cup Classic champion. And for a little perspective, she finished 48 votes shy of Serena.
The WTA's Ceo, Stacy Allaster, pretty much said it all: "An incredible performance. Her game just continues to improve through this long career she's had. Serena really peaks for those big moments on big stages"
You can say that again. And as for Williams' plans for next year, "My goal is to have a better year than '09 - and to stay healthy, and I think if I can do that, I'll be fine.''
Monday, December 21, 2009
10. Jelena Dokic's Inspiring Australian Open Run
Jelena Dokic went from 0 to 100 when she made an astonishing return to the tennis world during this year's Australian Open. Free of the manipulative and forceful influence from her estranged father Damir, Dokic carried a chip on her shoulder and made it all the way to the quarterfinals, defeating Anna Chakvetadze, Caroline Wozniacki and Alisa Kelybanova, all in 3 sets, before nearly defeating Dinara Safina. With the home crowd behind her and the tears running, this was a truly heartwarming tale of adversity.
9. The Australian Open Women's Trophy Ceremony
Perhaps many fail to remember the joyful spirit Serena Williams and Dinara Safina had following their Aussie Open final because of just how incredible the men's ceremony was, but even after Williams handed the Russian an absolute beatdown, they remained civil, and cracked jokes with eachother during the directors' speeches. It was good to know, coming out of that final, that two of the grittiest and most hard-headed women on the tour know how to keep the competitiveness on court, and bring a playful vibe to the sport. How can you NOT love both of their speeches?
8. Federer's Indian Wells Outburst
As a Federer fan, this wasn't easy to watch. I started the match confidently sitting upright on the couch after Roger won the first, but it all went downhill from there. Eventually, the little devil came out and Roger exploded, and lost the match to Novak Djokovic. I'm not putting this infamous racquet smash in here because it's great, and we all no it's not. But, after I got over the late match demise, it was good to know that even Roger Federer is human. Even Roger Federer crumbles. Even Roger Federer demolishes his racquet in frustration, and then gives the media a little piece of his mind. You really can't help but laugh.
7. Juan Martin del Potro wins the US Open
Juan Martin del Potro's US Open championship came straight out of left field. The not so little Argentine went into the final against Roger Federer a heavy underdog, but the youngster came back, and brought his country home it's 2nd ever US Open. And it was even better to see Roger Federer so proud of his peer. JMDP really deserved this one. Now, if Dick Enberg would have only let DelPo speak in Spanish at the ceremony, things would have gone even more smoothly.
6. Melanie Oudin's Miraculous US Open Run
Now here's the story that everyone heard about. And you know it's huge when you get texts from non tennis-watching friends about it. That's the kind of buzz Melanie Oudin created when the tiny then 17 year old fought her way through Alisa Kleybanova, Elena Dementieva, Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova to reach the US Open quarterfinals. With her family by her side, and her trademark "believe" shoes, the American outplayed some of tennis' best and quickly became one of the best stories of the year. FF to 9:10 for the good stuff.
5. Serena Williams' US Open Tirade for the Ages
Jaws dropped. Parents covered their kids' eyes. Most looked on in shock. I personally screamed "wtf just happened?" to my sister. It was a 'WTF' moment indeed. Call it whatever you want, tirade, outburst, blowup, but Serena Williams' US Open WTF had to be one the most intriguing moments of the year. It was uncalled for, dirty, unproffessional, blasphemous and many more things, but we all know that we wish we could say how much entertainment it brought us without condoning it. It will probably go down as the most insane 'wtf' in sports history, but after years and years of bullshit calls, what else could Serena do?
4. Roger Federer's Record-Breaking Wimbledon Victory
There is no need to summarize the match, considering I did that in the "best matches of '09" post, but Roger Federer and Andy Roddick's never-ending duel in the 2009 Wimbledon final was a memorable one. If you think of how unfortunate Federer has been against Nadal, Roddick has been 10x more unfortunate against Federer. He had won just 2 out of 21 matches heading into the final, and gave Federer the fight of his life. With Pete Sampras watching, Roger held on to take the match 16-14 in the 5th, and he became the winningest male in Grand Slam history.
3. Roger Federer's Record-Tying French Open Victory
After Rafael Nadal's shocking 4th round loss at the French Open, possibly the biggest upset of all time, the doors were open for Roger Federer to complete the career Grand Slam and tie Pete Sampras' all time major record. The path wasn't easy though. Federer had to battle past Tommy Haas and Juan Martin del Potro in 5 sets before the finals, where he played Robin Soderling, the man who beat Rafa. Tears were visible on the final changeover, and after Federer won 4 more points, they were flowing. It took him long enough, but the one slam that kept Federer from the G.O.A.T. was finished, and that title can rest assured.
2. Kim Clijsters' Comeback Win at the US Open
Who could have expected Kim Clijsters to return to tennis the way she did? After a 2 year retirement, Mama Clijsters returned and took little Jada on the ride with her. In her 1st GS since the 2007 Australian Open, Kimmie stormed the competition and played miraculous tennis to capture her 2nd US Open crown. Unseeded, unranked and completely disregarded, Clijsters beat the best of them, Venus, Serena, and Caroline Wozniacki, to shock the world and win. Even better, mama's little girl got to hop on the court and do the champion's photo op with her. :37 is ADORABLE.
1. Australian Open Men's Singles Trophy Ceremony
For Federer fans, it was devastating. For Nadal fans, it was monumental. For tennis, it was the best moment of 2009, and probably of the decade. The two best tennis players on earth had just put on an array of shotmaking and obviously, only one could come out on top. That one was Rafael Nadal. The non-winner? Roger Federer. Just moments after the finish and the handshake, a ceremony was to ensue, and not one person in Rod Laver Arena knew what was about to happen. Nothing else mattered, except for Federer and Nadal. Sure, Rod Laver watched as Federer broke down into tears, obviously mentally annhialated, but the outcome didn't matter anymore. Rafael Nadal saved the day. He won, but like the top-notch sportsman he is, the Spaniard saved the champagne for another day in an effort to give a little support to his friend, his peer, his rival, who was helplessly bawling, staring at the beloved trophy that was once his out of the corner of his right eye. At a modest 22 years old, Rafael Nadal contained the compassion to go do a simple act of justice, that went a long, long way. Just an arm around a buddy for a few seconds, right? Wrong. "The hug" as it will forever be known, defined "Fedal". Federer completes Nadal. Nadal completes Federer. Mano y Mano. There is a reciprocated respect somewhere in their relationship that is rare. From the 1st point until the last point, they can't stand the fact that the other has an answer to everything, but once the buzzer sounds, these two transform like DNA, and this very moment sums it all up.
The private civil ceremony took place on December 12, Vuilloud – herself a television presenter – told a local television programme on Monday.
Wawrinka is 24 years old, and his new wife is 11 years older. He currently stands 21st in
the ATP world tennis rankings.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wicky is a fun one to watch, so I'm happy about this, but what needs to end is the ITF's constant, and when I say constant, I mean constant, stalking of it's players. I mean, it's okay if you wanna test your players frequently, but to force them to be available 365 days a year is rediculous. Also, they have to give three months' notice of where they are going to be in case a test is needed. Who the hell knows where they are going to be 3 months from now. For all I know, Novak Djokovic could be modeling mankinis in a fashion show, with Roger Federer and Anna Wintour sitting front row, and the ITF will come walking in to take a test.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Venus debuted this bright yellow dress at the Australian Open this year. Although she had worn this neckline at 2 Grand Slams in 2008, this ensemble was my favorite version, and it contrasted perfectly against the blue courts down under.
8. Viktoriya Kutuzova in New York
Kutuzova isn't very well-known, but her opening round match against Kim Clijsters at this year's US Open got her national recognition for her Nike green dress, with charcoal ruffles cascading down the bottom. It was originally meant for Maria Sharapova at the 2009 Australian Open, but Kutuzova was the perfect gal to debut the outfit.
Serena Williams' styles have always been somewhat outlandish, but the world number 1's French Open Nike color-block dress was tamed down, and perfect for the clay courts at Roland Garros.
Ana Ivanovic had a miserable year tennis-wise, but that didn't mean the Serb couldn't redeem herself fashionably. She bowed out in the first round at the US Open, but her dark blue asymmetrical ruffled Adidas dress was a knockout.
JJ started her own line of dresses with Chinese sporting-brand Anta in the beginning of the year, and the pairing was very successful, producing cute and fashionable outfit's like the royal blue one Jankovic wore in Fed Cup play.
Maria Sharapova is a consistently stylish dresses on the WTA Tour, and her US Open Nike night dress was no exception, with metallic silver strips asymmetrically striped around the neckline. Her long matching headband complimented the outfit.
Maria Kirilenko is a regular in the best-dressed lists, and her Stella McCartney get-up in Australia proved that the Russian can almost do no wrong. The high-waisted skirt was pleated to perfection and the color worked well with her skin tone.
Sharapova's first Grand Slam back from her layoff from a shoulder injury proved to be a stylish one, with the Russian wearing a one-shouldered two-toned blue dress with a light overlay
at the bottom. The color was a stellar pairing with the red clay courts of Roland Garros and it fit Shazza like a glove.
Justine Henin is set to make her comeback to tennis in less than a month, and to prepare herself for the fierce competition shell be returning to, the Belgian has been playing a few exhibitions in Cairo. She started with a defeat of Kristen Flipkens, then she went on to beat world number 12 Flavia Pennetta. She continued her impressive play today, by beating Nadia Petrova 7-6(4), 6-2. Looks to me like Justine really has a fire lit in her. Can't wait for the Australian!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Yes, you may have been expecting me to say jingle bells, egg nog, presents and potatoe latkes, but the best part of winding down the year is counting from 10 to 1 on the annual lists bloggers excite over partaking in. There will be plenty more lists to come, but to start, we'll count down the best matches of 2009. And BELIEVE ME, there were enough late night (or early morning) 5-set epics to finish an entire pack of red bull (or two) in an effort to not daze off during the mind-boggling tennis. Drop a comment or two about what you think of the list, or if I missed something.
10. Flavia Pennetta def. Vera Zvonareva (US Open 4th Round) 3-6, 7-6, 6-0:
I'll admit, I was on a train back from a long day watching the Open live while this match was happening, but it's not like the massive flooding of texts I recieved while Vera Zvonareva blew her top weren't an easy sign that this match had drama. The crazy Russian came out of the gate firing, dominating the first set, but after letting 6 match points slip away in the 2nd set breaker, Zvonareva was at her boiling point. Pennetta than ran away with the match in the deciding set, but that didn't take away from the drama this 4th rounder included. Watch as the poor Zvonareva inflicts pain on herself *cringe*
9. Nikolay Davydenko def. Robin Soderling (World Tour Finals Round Robin) 7-6, 4-6, 6-3:
This match hasn't gotten the recognition it deserved, but, boy, was it impressive tennis. Soderling's relentless groundstrokes were the perfect counterpunch to Davydenko's consistent power, resulting in routine 25-shot rallies and a blockbuster of a contest. These two were clicking on all cylinders, and someone had to give. Ultimately, it was the Swede, who still made the semifinals anyway.
8. Serena Williams def. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Australian Open Quarterfinals) 5-7, 7-5, 6-1:
Few may remember this match, as it seems like ages ago, but it was quite the thriller. The heat was excruciating and the points were enthralling, as Kuznetsova came within 2 points of sealing her spot in the semis before Serena, whose shoes were melting away right before our eyes on the near 150 degree court, snatched away the victory en route to the title. Kuznetsova strongly criticized the AO's decision to shut the roof due to the heat, benefiting Williams, but we'll never know if it would have made a difference. These two would surely meet again in another quarterfinal......
7. Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Serena Williams (French Open Quarterfinals) 7-6, 5-7, 7-5:
The first GS encounter between these two may have been on Serena's favorite surface, but this one, no matter what the seedings beside their names said, was Kuznetsova's to lose. She was playing dynamite tennis leading up to the match, and, accepting nothing less than perfection against Williams, proved just how good she can be in her 3-set epic win. The rallies were ridiculous, the drama was sky-high, and just like the fairy tale goes, it was en route to the title for Kuzzie.
6. Rafael Nadal def. David Nalbandian (Indian Wells 4th Round) 3-6, 7-6, 6-0:
It's really too bad we didn't get to see more of David Nalbandian in 2009 because of an injury, because the Argentine has always brought countless epics (not to mention a world class backhand) to the tennis world, just as he did in his Indian Wells encounter with Rafael Nadal. Not having lost a set in his previous two matches with Rafa, Nalbandian came into the contest with sky-high confidence. He left extremely disappointed, having had played a beautiful match until the Spaniard saved 5 match points in the 2nd set and ran away with the 3rd.
5. Roger Federer def. Juan Martin del Potro (French Open Semifinals) 3-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4:
It may have been an unfortunate ending for the Argentine this outing, but Juan Martin del Potro really made a name for himself after this match. He was completely manhandled by Federer in their Aussie Open clash, so to really put up a fight against the world's best this time around was a big deal. Just not big enough. DelPo held a 2 sets to 1 lead as I was having a seizure facing the probability that Fed might lose in his only chance to win Roland Garros. Thankfully for me, The Swiss recovered from his deficit with an unmatched grit, and went on to make history.
4. Serena Williams def. Elena Dementieva (Wimbledon Semifinals) 6-7, 7-5, 8-6:
This was women's tennis at it's finest. Not only did it seem like a men's match based on the power and pop Serena and Elena were wacking the ball with, but the instant classic was filled with screaches and screams that only added to the gut-wrenching intensity. Williams and Dementieva both REEAALLLLYYY wanted to win this match, and it took incredible anticipation and a historic volley, both on match point, for the American to pull it out. It may even go down as the best womens match of the decade, but regardless, it was the best of this year, and it could not have occured on a better stage.
3. Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (Madrid Open Semifinals) 3-6, 7-6, 7-6:
It was 3 sets, and it lasted over 4 hours. Is that enough said? Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic battled, and battled, and battled in the longest 3 set match EVER. We had incredible shot-making, high stakes, Rafa's fist pumps, Novak's ecstatic jumping up and down, and, best of all, just great tennis. This one could easily be the top match of '09, if it weren't for a few other classics, but it had some negative implications as well, as it didn't lead to the brightest times for these two. It was pretty much Rafa's last stellar match of the year, and it resulted in a lack of motivation for Nole at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but let's appreciate it for the fact that it had tennis fans around the world tapping their fingers and stomping their feet in anxiety, waiting to see what else these two could possibly have up their sleeves.
2. Roger Federer def. Andy Roddick (Wimbledon Final) 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14:
If I asked you what your expectations were heading into this final, I'm almost positive 90% of you weren't expecting what ensued, pretty much because of Roddick's dismal record against Federer heading into the Wimbledon final, but we got much more than paid for. It started early, and went on, and on. At moments, I wasn't sure if anyone was going to break in that final set. In fact, I was banking on me not being able to ever write this post because the match would still be going on. Well, that's a tad bit exaggerated, but if you were watching this final, you know what I mean. Roddick really stepped up to the plate and showed the millions watching that his Grand Slam glory days weren't finished yet. Federer was pushed to his brink, as Pete Sampras looked on from the first row. After 77 games, the longest length of any Grand Slam final ever played, Federer triumphed and won his record-setting 15th major. Game. Set. History. Much easier said than done.
And the best tennis match of 2009 is..............
1. Rafael Nadal def. Fernando Verdasco (Australian Open Semifinals) 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4:
These kinds of matches aren't an everyday occurence, so we must cherish them for what they brought us. Their wasn't one shot that defined the match, or a specific point tat lasted forever. It was everything. Every point featured two world class tennis players with a relentless determination to advance to the Australian Open final. This match had shotmaking, of course, but it was the heart, the desperation to win, on the part of both Verdasco and Nadal, that defined it. These two went above and beyond, with Verdasco firing a rediculous 95 winners, and with Nadal scrambling all over the court to try and somehow return those 'Nando forehands. Once the 5 hours were over, and Nadal was the winner, it was he who described the match as simply, yet as perfectly as possible. "Today was one of those matches you're going to remember a long time. In the last game, at 0-40, I started to cry. It was too much tension. Fernando was playing, I think, at his best level. He deserved this final, too."
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
As the world seems to know or for those who don't I want to speak about my recently dubbed "outburst" and how I feel.
I have recently been fined by the Grand Slam Committee of the ITF (International Tennis Federation) over 82 thousand dollars for getting mad and using the "F-bomb" at a line Judge.
To clear things up FIRST I was NOT fined 82 thousand dollars. I was fined 92 thousand dollars! I paid 10 thousand dollars on site immediately after the U. S. Open. So for the record, I was fined $92,000 not $82,000! The biggest fine EVER in tennis.
Also for all those that don't know, I felt incredibly bad, and miserable for losing my cool, and most importantly not representing the person I really am spiritually and the role model I want to be to my young fans. I have been a very feisty player all my life, but when the time came for me to be calm and cool, I did not exercise a
mild temper. How I regret not being a better role model and person to all of my
fans. I apologized to my fans and even wrote a personal letter to the lines
woman with my apologies. She understood as she often witnesses this as it is not
uncommon in my sport, or any other sport. She was extremely supportive and said
that she did not think any further actions should be taken against me.
A few years ago in a most important match being watched my millions; I was blatantly cheated and robbed of a US Open title by yet another official. I was again on the wrong side of not one or two, but several other bad calls. This incident however changed tennis. Because of what was incorrectly done to me, the whole sport of tennis adapted new technology for a player to challenge the calls lines persons make if the player feels they were wronged. I was expected to take solace in the fact even though I lost the U.S Open title (a dream I've been working for since I was 2 years old). At least others won't be wronged in the future. I am always happy for the next person. I always am. I received apologies from the USTA, the Lines Official, and the Head of the US Open. However I don't recall EVER receiving a note, a phone call, a letter even a text from anyone at the Grand Slam Committee ITF apologizing about the wrong and disastrous call one of THEIR officials made.
When I was a teenager I was booed by an entire packed stadium at Indian Wells. In my new book "On the line" I talk about how I remember crying on every changeover in the towel. Praying and wishing I could lose and the match would just be done with. When the match was over I thanked the crowd those that cheered for me, and even those that did not. Looking back I am still amazed how I remained so calm and positive, and even managed to come out on top.
The fact is every professional athlete gets wronged in one way or another. And every athlete gets upset. We have been working, sacrificing, missing out on numerous things, things we will never get back or experience for the sake of our careers. For the sake of that one moment in time where we have a chance to shine through.
Imagine for 20 years working day in, day out, sacrificing on countless things to get this job, that will make all your hard work and endless efforts worthwhile. Try to imagine having that promotion in one moment being taken away from you because of a slight over sight, by someone overseeing your work. 20 years gone away. Time to start over, dust yourself off and try again. You work harder make positive changes. It happens again.
"Dust yourself off" you say. "Try again"
You do just that. You work even harder than before, spend longer hours. Then it happens yet again. Another slight oversight.
Well this is what happened to me, and to be honest I believe I reached my boiling point. After yet ANOTHER wrong call I began to wonder- Was I being "overlooked" or wrongly judged on purpose!??? Is this being done to keep me from achieving my best? Why does this keep happening at the same place?
Throughout my career I have remained calm. But I guess I finally reached my breaking point. A point I should have never allowed myself to get to. Everything seemed to have surfaced. As you know, losing my cool cost me over 92 thousand dollars. 92 thousand dollars! This is more than most people make in a year. 92 thousand dollars! Answer this: Why is it another player who also lost HIS cool not to a line judge - like I did - but to the main officiating judge- using the same "f word" why was HE only fined 10 thousand dollars. Was what I did 10 times worse than what he did?!
There is another HE who was fined less than half of what I was fined after someone in his camp actually physically ATTACKED an official!!!!
What about the famous HE who made arguing with officials "cool". Cool for "MEN" I guess. Is it because they are all HE's and not a SHE like me?
It is indeed a massive difference. Being American I guess the 1st amendment, freedom of speech, does not apply to a SHE in this case? In any event the Grand Slam Committee, ITF and its staff did not hesitate to call, send a note, text, nor write letters after this incident. Ironic is it not?
I don't mind being fined. If I did wrong I accept the repercussions. All I ask for is to be treated equal.
When I was fined the 92K, I asked to see if I could donate some of it to different schools, and programs I'm involved in. My request was denied. So, I decided to match the fine by raising money and donating an additional 92K to my 2nd school that I am opening up in Africa, as well as to schools that I am helping here in the United States. I also want to educate women about what I learned from this whole experience. How we as women are still treated as less than equal. I am going to turn this 92K into a positive!!! And I have decided to call it Serena's 92K mission!!! Go to Serenawilliams.com to learn more about my 92K mission.
Oh, and don't try to bring Roger into this, and we all know that is who your first 'HE' is about. He was fined 10x less than you were because what he said to the ump WAS way more excusable than what you said.
P.S.- 92K everybody!!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The tennis world was hit hard today. The graceful, ground-breaking 2-time Grand Slam champion, Amelie Mauresmo, announced her retirement from the sport she simply lost desire in. The emotions were running high at the announcement, which came in Issy-Les Moulineaux. The former number 1 said this at the press-conference:
I don't want to train anymore. I had to make a decision, which became evident in the last few months and weeks. When you grow older, it's more difficult to stay at the top. It's a bit sad, but this is the right decision. I was lucky enough to have an exceptional career and to experience very strong feelings on the court.
It became very hard in build-up to the US Open. If I were able to enter the court, play and shine, of course I could continue, but to achieve this you need to put in such hard work. And I'm not capable of that. I dreamt of this career, I dreamt of winning a Grand Slam title. I lifted trophies in every city in the world and I lived 10 magical and unbelievable years.
In the early stages of her career, Mauresmo broke boundaries by publicly coming out as a lesbian, an outing praised by legends like Billie-Jean King
and Martina Navratilova. Through abuse of her sexuality, Mauresmo stayed strong, though, and started to compete with the elite of the women's tour. In 2004, the Frenchwoman became the number 1 player in the world, and the first of her country to do so. She held that spot for 39 weeks, but in 2006, she exceeded expectations, winning the GS titles in Australia and London. After hovering around the top for the majority of the last 3 years, Mauresmo has looked unmotivated, but she without a doubt will leave a legacy that will be forever appreciated.
Mauresmo may be mostly remebered for her incredible year in '06, but had she not won those GS titles, her on-court grace and unique playing style would do the trick as well. Besides arch rival Justine Henin perhaps, noone hit a more artistic and effortless one-handed backhand. The 30-year old had a pure all-court game, from the serve, to the groundstrokes, to the vollies to the footwork. She may have a record for choking in big matches and ceasing to impress before her home crowd at Roland Garros, but Mauresmo will have countless positive aspects of her decade-long tennis career to cherish.
We'll miss you!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Anyways, any guesses as to whether Rog has reached out to his buddy? I wouldn't count on it, considering the golfer has been extremely reserved about his 2:30 am car crash and the numerous women who has allegedly ruffled the sheets with Woods, but all I can hope for is that Mr. Federer doesn't get struck by the curse his Gillette buddies have.