Less than 10 days after the completion of the 2009 US Open the tennis world has tumbled into the fall season with another round of Davis Cup drama, the autumn scheduling kicking off in far-off places around the globe and, oh yeah- Justine Henin announcing her comeback to the WTA Tour.
We’ll have more on the JuJu come back in the near futch, but for now let’s get to the always-entertaining world of the off-court game of tennis in this weeks’ edition of Short Balls:
Picture This: One of TSF‘s fave delish dish of tennis gossip is served up by Sarah Thurmond of Tennis.com. This week Sarah focused on Serena, Melanie and Kimmie in her post, and linked to a great Life.com photo gallery of tennis stars kissing their trophy, inspired by world-beaters Clijsters and del Potro last week. Our fave? That rando shot from the girls doubles champs at Wimbledon ’07. Who did your editing, Life?!
Conquistadora Speaks: Remember Conchita Martinez? Well, she won Wimbledon in 1994, but somehow never conquered the French. The one-slam wonder and Spanish junk baller spoke to New Zealand journo Michael Burgess this week. What’s Conchita up to these days? Apparently sleeping in and eating brunch in Barcelona. Sounds good to us.
Sweet 16: Thanks to Randy Walker for noticing that twelve years ago Roger Federer made his debut on the ATP rankings at number 803 at the tender age of 16. What a difference a dozen can make, eh? His challenge numbers are pretty dismal, though, writes Paul Kedrosky in an NYT op-ed.
On the rise: We’re digging the new tennis site, OnTheGoTennis, a blog that features off-court news full of photos. Kudos to Rachel for putting it together – we know a winner when we see one.
Tasty video: We’re loving this mock video put together for Wilson edible tennis balls. Yum?
Shameless plug: We can’t help but mention our always-trendy and fashion-savvy friend, Erin, who’s running in a marathon in the not-too-distant future to support an elementary school being built in Africa. Sport and support mixed in one? We’ll plug that any day.