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Photo: Golovin’s red “underwear”

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

They’re shorts, damnit. Shorts. / Olivier Hoslet / EPA

Golovin’s red shorts cause chaos

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Wimbledon is such an old people event - they should ditch stupid dress code rules.

Wimbledon is getting its knickers in a twist. Tatiana Golovin had the Wimbledon referee reaching for his rule book when she sought to appear on court wearing red underwear.

Was she violating the “predominantly white” dress code laid down by the tournament that is such a stickler for sartorial etiquette?

The fashion guardians of good taste at the world’s most genteel tennis tournament gave the French player the go-ahead after much discussion about hemlines and where they stopped and started. MSNBC

I’m posting the picture next. I like the outfit.

Can someone shut Spadea up? Please?

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I think this little snippet speaks for itself:

He’s posted raps on YouTube, put some tracks together in a New York recording studio and taped a hilarious Wimbledon rap for a British red-top.

Here’s his ode to Andy Roddick: “Roddick is the hottest product, After I played him, I needed an antibiotic, He’s not robotic, But he’s patriotic, I had a thought in my head, he hit a serve and I forgot it, Roddick, If he’s in a tournament, you boycott it.” Telegraph

‘Age of Love’ still weak in the rankings

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I managed to catch part of 2 episodes of this show. I can’t compare it to other similar dating shows, because I haven’t watched them - but this sure is cheesy. I can’t figure out why Mark would sign up for this - based on the onslaught of older women I had to kick out of secure areas when I worked the Miami tournament, it is purely for publicity/money/etc.

His search for a soul mate has led Philippoussis to reality television, where he is the main man in a show on NBC called “Age of Love.” It is a show on which Philippoussis is trying to find love among 13 women. The twist is that the women are ages 21 to 48, with the younger group nicknamed “kittens” and the older set called “cougars.”

Let’s see. He is 30 and not long ago dated a girl he reportedly met while she was still in high school. Do you think a kitten or a cougar will be there at the finish?

Philippoussis has his own nickname on the tennis circuit. He has been called “Scud” because he possesses one of the biggest serves in tennis. Like many of those big serves, this venture into television land missed its mark. Ratings for the first week of the program — it debuted June 18 — showed that the Scud is a dud with the viewing audience.

Despite following the popular “Deal Or No Deal” show in its debut, “Age of Love” was no big deal, coming in third on network TV in its time slot the first week. It was beaten out by a pair of repeat sitcoms — Two And A Half Men and How I Met Your Mother — and Hell’s Kitchen, an LA-based reality show. Week two wasn’t much of an improvement. Herald Tribune

How to not get a job at Wimbledon

Saturday, June 30th, 2007
A propsective Wimbledon employee was caught with cannabis when trying to enter the All England Club for a job interview.

Metropolitan Police gave a 24-year-old man a penalty notice for the incident on Tuesday.

The man, who was not identified, was searched as he entered the grounds on his way to an interview with the company that provides the “Hawk-Eye” replay technology.

Police were called and he did not make the interview. Penalty notices involve a fine, but not a conviction.

“The incident shows that our security system is working,” Wimbledon spokesman Johnny Perkins said on Wednesday. – AP

That’s just sad! I can’t even begin to think of the lack of common sense that this man has.

Photo: Sharapova’s swan dress

Saturday, June 30th, 2007 AP(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

I like it! I have consistently found that Nike makes shoes that just don’t cut it for me, but the clothing is great.

Davenport plans comeback to court

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

It’ll be nice to see LIndsay back on the courts - should be a great way to get back into shape after pregnancy.

News: New mother Lindsay Davenport returns to organized tennis July 21 in Sacramento, coming back for the first time since giving birth to a son, Jagger, on June 10.

Reaction: Give the Laguna Beach resident another month and she could last into the second week at the U.S. Open.

Reality: This will be doubles only, and a World TeamTennis match at that. But those close to Davenport report she stayed in terrific shape during her pregnancy and think she remains top-five material.

Don’t hold your breath for a true comeback. Myrtle Beach

Richard doesn’t think Serena should play

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Apparently, Richard Williams thinks that his opinion still matters. And sadly, people are still printing it. And then blogging about it. ;)

These comments were made after her first Wimby match.

“It’s good she got through the match, but she looks like she’s playing a little hurt. I don’t think she should be playing. I told her she shouldn’t,'’ her father and coach, Richard, said after watching the match.

Then, with a laugh, he added: “You’ll have to ask her about what the injury is or I might lose my job for talking.'’ MSNBC

Serena later acknowledged that she is having hamstring problems. My bet is that her play and results will be as unpredictable as always.

Maria’s Wimbledon dress: swan-like

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Russian star Maria Sharapova’s newest Wimbledon tennis fashion theme is the “swan-look,” characterised by a willowy white dress.

The 20-year-old former champion’s outfit features wing-like frills down the back, producing a stylised feathered effect.

Sharapova is more than pleased with her latest designer offering: “I think the end result made it look more like a swan. Even on a hanger, it doesn’t look as swannish as it does on me.”

The Russian does have a small concern that her avian theme could unwittingly put her at risk for the trained hawk which patrols Centre Court each morning to scare off pesky pigeons.

“Does the hawk usually bite the swan? Jesus, I might have to cut those pleats away,” she joked. NewKerela

I’m sorry, I can’t hear a swan reference without thinking of Bjork.

I’ll dig up an post a pic of the dress.

Collins: Federer can be beaten

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Well, of course he can!

Federer’s immense talent has drawn him within striking distance of breaking records that define greatness. But the historical outlook changes. A French Open title would have kept him in pursuit of a calendar-year Grand Slam, and had him taking dead aim at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open to complete the feat not achieved by any man since Rod Laver in 1969.

But on the final Sunday of the Paris fortnight Nadal said sorry, Roger, no Grand Slam for you this year. For the third straight year Nadal went about his business with perfection at the French Open, remaining unbeaten in his three appearances at the clay-court major and upping his Roland Garros record to 21-0 by beating Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the men’s singles final.

It was another four-set failure on dirt to Nadal for Federer, just like in the 2006 final and the 2005 semifinals. Federer isn’t the least bit upset that he won’t have to even look at a clay court until next spring, much less step on one.

After the Paris loss, it’s forget Laver. Now Federer stalks Borg, the last man to win five consecutive Wimbledons, from 1976 -1980. Federer (2003 - 2006) and Pete Sampras (1997 - 2000) are on four. Borg sought but failed to catch an English ancient, Willie Renshaw, winner of six in a row more than a century ago (1881 - 1886). But this tournament isn’t Federer’s…yet. There are 127 other guys at the Big W, and not many of them give a damn about history or Federer’s private struggle with matching or making it. MSNBC

I think this year has shown that more than ever, Feds isn’t perfect. This may seem like fact to most of us NOW, but for the last few years the press and fanboys have been building Feds up into an invincible player. While I don’t want to downplay his achievements, it is important to remember that nothing lasts forever. That said, I think the criticism of Feds post-Roland Garros was right on - he said he had a game plan to beat Nadal, but no one can figure out what the heck it was.

Yes, he plays better and has better game plans on grass. While I think it is likely that he can take this championship (again), I do think there are opportunities that may not have existed in the past or may not have been as obvious to exploit.