short balls: african tennis, marat mania, french open tv

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Tennis Hooligans: Here’s a fan’s take on attending both the Tennis Channel Open and the Pacific Life Open to see some good tennis stalk Marat Safin. And another one of the Lady Hooligans posted her ode to Marat. Make sure to click on the second YouTube video, to see a goofy clip.

Finding Africa’s next great hope: Jeanne Ashe reopened the South African tennis center named for (and co-founded by) her late husband, Arthur Ashe. The country needs get back on the tennis map; it’s been a little while since Wayne Ferreira retired. (via espn.com)

Self-serving patriotism?: The Russian Fed Cup team added Maria Sharapova to their roster for the first round tie against Spain. She’s never played Fed Cup before, and is likely participating to make herself eligible for the Beijing Olympics. (via espn.com)

Roaming the grounds of Roland Garros: DirecTV announced its plans for the French Open. Like the coverage it provided in partnership with the Tennis Channel for last year’s U.S. Open, DirecTV will “offer multiple live channels from the tournament, as well as a special ‘French Open Mix’ channel that will feature all live feeds.” (via Multichannel News)

More info about the red-striped 2007 Roland Garros poster here.

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