Archive for March 1st, 2007

gineps out of vegas

March 1, 2007

ginepri

So I just found out that Robby Ginepri pulled out of the Tennis Channel Open due to personal reasons. I tried to fish around for more information, but couldn’t come up with anything. I should probably respect his privacy, no?

His official website only mentions that he’s spending time with his family. And poking around it led me to a profile in Atlanta Peach magazine published in the summer of 2006. (He loves to cook, and owns a tennis club in Atlanta.) The above pic is from that spread. God bless.

thanks to ZooTennis, and to the Ladies at Lady Hooligan for celebrating tennis hotties.

(Edit: some careless coding had put a picture of Marat Safin — also taken from Lady Hooligan — at the top of this post. I’ve since put it at the bottom of this post [where it should have been all along]. — CBHM)

safin

no more tennis on youtube?

March 1, 2007

Gah. The YouTube/Viacom saga affects the tennis world, too. Here’s a story about Erich, who got his YouTube account cancelled after both the USTA (post-U.S. Open) and Tennis Australia lodged complaints about the videos. He’d started posting clips on YouTube last year:


Most of his clips, he says, even from smaller tournaments, would make it into the day’s top 20 most-viewed sports list. High-profile matches, such as those from the major events or those contested by star players such as Roger Federer (http://www.rogerfederer.com), Andy Roddick, or Rafael Nadal (http://www.vamosrafael.com) would often reach the top ten and remain there for a week. His highlights of the retirement at last year’s US Open of American great Andre Agassi not only reached number one in sports but the top ten most viewed videos across every category on YouTube.

Wendy Grossman (the story’s author) hit the nail on the head: instead of shutting this guy up, all the tennis orgs should be encouraging the viral spread of tennis clips. I don’t think it hurts their brand at all. The tours don’t compete with each other. They’re all just trying to milk the same players for all they’ve got. And especially if interest in tennis is waning in the U.S., why get rid of the videos that could pique someone’s interest?

At the same time, we should give credit for the ATP, the Sony Ericsson WTA, and the tournament websites, all for getting into blogs, vid clips, etc. But really, I think the USTA and Tennis Australia should reconsider their actions. At the very least, they can lick their wounds (but not for too long) and figure out how to use YouTube to their advantage.

makeover at wimbledon

March 1, 2007

wimbledon stadium
from the Wimbledon website

Now that the LTA has finished overhauling its coaching team with the addition of Paul Annacone and Brad Gilbert, they begin their focus on its tennis facilities.

While costs of the new facility remain top secret, reports floating in the press hint at 40 million pounds (78 million dollars), a price tag which also includes the new national training ground.

No price is being revealed for the biggest overhaul to Wimbledon’s showcase court either but it is thought that 80 million might not be far off the mark. By 2009, a much-needed retractable roof should be in place.

Wimbledon has a full explanation of its plans on its website.

via playfuls.com


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