The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has been taking some heat recently for their decision to bench sixteen-year-old junior tennis player, Taylor Townsend. Why was she benched, you ask? Was she losing a lot of matches? Was she having a streak of bad luck? Did she miss too many practices? Caught smoking and drinking after hours in Boca Raton? No, no, no, and hell no. Read more…
I follow a lot of people on twitter, but one of my very favorites goes by the handle @phenom1984. He is smart, he is funny, and he knows a lot about baseball. And football, and apparently tennis. Come to think of it, I have no idea why he isn’t a staff writer here. Oh wait. I remember now. He has a job and kids and school and a life, he even has a blog he doesn’t write on much.
Anyway, I’ve been bugging him to write stuff for me for a long time now and he did and so I am very happy. Please welcome Phenom.
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Despite facing an alarm that would be going off at 4:30 in the morning, I could be found at 11:30 last night watching, of all things, tennis. Specifically, the Australian Open, which started a couple days ago in Melbourne. Considering Australia is on the other side of the world, all the good stuff happens overnight for those of us in the Eastern Time Zone, so I have to take what I can get and sacrifice some things like, well, sleep.Directv has no fewer than six channels dedicated to Australian Open coverage, and these can be found in the 700s for those of you wondering where to get your tennis fix. One of these channels is a mix channel which shows as many as six matches at once. Those of you familiar with Directv mix channels know that it’s the most awesomest and most crappiest way to watch, because we are simultaneously treated to tons of similar coverage wrapped into the smallest of available screen space. This, however, did not deter me as I settled into the pulse-pounding excitement of the much-ballyhooed and overhyped second round match between… umm… crap, no Wikipedia today… wait, there it is…USA’s own Christina McHale and neighboring New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic.
Serena Williams underwent an emergency procedure at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday to remove a blood clot from her lungs.
She has not played tennis since her win at Wimbledon last year and has fallen to #11 in the world rankings. Complications from a foot injury, and this latest health issue will likely keep her out of competition this spring as well.
Williams has won 27 Grand Slam titles over her 16 year professional career.
There was no further information on her condition at post time.
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The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) sent out email messages to it’s players before the Mexican Open Tennis Tournament began on Monday warning of the dangerous situation in the city of Acapulco, Mexico.
David Ferrer, the returning Mexico Open champion and currently ranked #6 in the world, is quoted as saying that he’s not worried. Really? In January there were 14 beheaded bodies found near a shopping center. Last weekend there were arson attacks and shootouts with a total of 13 killed. While I understand that the drug cartels that are responsible for the violence don’t target tourists and innocent people, they don’t quite say, “Oh, don’t shoot! There’s an international tennis star in the way!” either. Local and federal authorities are said to be beefing up security in the areas surrounding the event. Um, I don’t know if I’d be reassured, considering the allegations of corruption in all levels of the Mexican government.
The tournament has, so far, gone on without a hitch. Second round play resumes today at 3pm local time.
The Mexico Open is played at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Played on clay, it will have a purse of $955,000 (men) and $220,000 (women) this year. The 18 year-old tournament attracts mainly Latin American players.
Kendra would like to move further away from Mexico, thankyouverymuch.
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Did your family force you to spend too much time with them this holiday week? Did you drink too much? Tryptophan coma? Whatever reason you’ve been missing the sports news this week, I’ve got your back.
Serena Williams is sitting out of the Australian Open. She just had surgery on her foot and wants to make sure she heals properly. Sounds reasonable enough to me.
Mark Recchi becomes 13th person to score 1500 goals. Well, not all at once — he has been in the NHL for four decades. The Bruins right wing may have been playing professional hockey since 1988, but that is how long it takes to score 1500 career points.
NBA Ticket Prices Continue to Fall. Honestly, thank the Gods. The average NBA ticket price is down to $48 per game, and at that price I can actually afford to go to a pro basketball game – assuming I don’t buy more than one $8 beer.
Vince Young apologizes to his coach – by text message. Vince Young again shows his lack of class, texting an apology to Titans coach Jeff Fisher for an argument about his supposed benching earlier this week.
Fisher wasn’t impressed.
“I’m not a real big text guy,” he said Wednesday. “I’m not really into this new age stuff. I don’t twit or tweet. But I think face-to-face is a man thing, OK?”
In related news I continue to lose my faith in humanity.
The Black Eyed Peas Will Perform During Super Bowl Half Time Show. Luckily, nobody watches the half-time show during the super bowl so I will not have to endure this special brand of torture.
Joe Paterno has another year in him. JoPa says he’ll be back for 2011. The entire state of Pennsylvania cringes.
And the Heat is overrated.
Thank You! Good Night!
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