short balls: it’s 2010, y’all!

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We’re glad to be back here at TSF for another year of tennis. 2009 held plenty of entertainment for us, and we can’t wait to see what this year will bring. Week one set the bar high, with the Belgian gals battling in Brisbane, Andy Roddick claiming a season-opening title and Nicolay Davydenko vaulting back from the brink to beat Rafael Nadal in Doha.

Whew! We’re already exhausted…

She. Could. Go. All. The. Way. Well, don’t get too worked up about Laura Robson just yet, but the young Brit is showing as steady of a progression onto the women’s tennis pro tour as any player in a long while. Following her 2008 Wimbledon junior title (that set off a media firestorm), Robson has dabbled in pro events, won some challengers and made a (semi-successful) senior debut at The Championships. Pat Cash offers his thoughts on why she’s the real deal, and I have a 2010 preview up over at OnTheBaseline.com on what the future holds for this lefty teen.

Pac10s. Oh, we get it: “Pack. Ten. Nis.” The Pacific 10 (better known as the Pac 10 to you and me) has set up a groovy website (pac10s.com) where all of its men’s tennis results will be posted to throughout the season. Such forward thinking, right? As the college game grows, this kind of stuff will only become more pertinent. Their next goal should be reaching out to the ladies and putting up their info, too…

The green ground goes white (and still looks pretty). While its blazing hot down in Melbourne for the start of the Australian Open, Londoners have been suffering through a cold snap that has brought frigid temperatures to the city and even some snow. The storm provided rare pictures of the All England Tennis Club ground blanketed in snow. Still picturesque though, right? We wonder if snow-packed courts could be added to the tour’s surfaces? Maybe a tour stop in Denver? Oslo?!

It’s not good if you hit it over the fence, Derek. Recently-engaged Yankee slugger Derek Jeter was caught playing some shirtless tennis on vacation by TMZ. We wonder if anyone told him that it’s not good to hit the ball over the fence in tennis? And though TMZ claims he has “the stomach for tennis”, we prefer a little more shape around the abdominal region. He’s got nothing on Andy…

We’ll be around the rest of the week to get geared up for the Australian Open and can’t wait to bring you all the off-court happenings we know you love. One prediction we will make for twenty ten: it’s the year of the shirtless pic. They’re everywhere. Already. (We’re not complaining.)

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