short balls: giving a damn

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Giving a damn: We made note of Ellen’s powerful words last week after the disturbing rash of suicides among LGBT youth. The nation has banded together in a variety of ways, including the We Give a Damn project that was launched by the True Colors Fund. This past Sunday night, activists held a candlelight vigil in Washington Square Park in New York City.  Actor and blogger, Andrew Kennan Bolger, documented the evening on video.  More to watch: We Give a Damn has a few of their own videos, featuring some of our favorite big and small screen faces – among others. Check them out. Plus: Zachary Quinto says (Tweets?) the right thing after 50 Cent runs his mouth again.

Commercial offerings: There’s plenty to see on YouTube if you go and type in ‘tennis’ in the search bar and sift through the many (dozens? hundreds?!) of homes for sale that happen to include tennis in their property in one way or another. One good find we had this week was an old Heineken commercial that hadn’t crossed our path before. Watch the video – camera tipping and all – here. Meanwhile, we found the newly-released Australian Open commercial (below), tagged “A Whole New Level” via the ladies over at OntheBaseline. None other than Ms. Sam Stosur makes five appearances in the 31-second clip. Joining Serena, Roger and Rafa as the faces to be seen at the AO 2011.

The injury diaries: The injured Justine Henin is set to test the competitive waters in an exhibition against Kim Clijsters in Antwerp on December 9th. Things aren’t as peachy for Robby Ginepri, who broke his arm in a biking accident and will be out of the game for the rest of the season. We’re hoping for a Sam Querrey kind of return for the current world no. 118… not a James Blake kind of return.

Tennis shavings: Things are feeling a bit more Blake than Querrey over at NYC-based Tennis magazine. The publication announced earlier this week that they would cut four of nine editorial positions and begin outsourcing most of its art and photo work, focusing more in-house on Tennis.com. The magazine recently shuffled Sarah Unke from her role on the print side to be online editor following the departure of Abigail Lorge. It’s unclear who is still calling Tennis his or her work home, though assistant online editor Ed McGrogan posted an ESPN blog item earlier today. 10tenmedia, a New York creative firm, will handle much of the mag’s print design.

Body games: Former Tennis cover girl Anna Kournikova made an appearance on the small screen on NBC’s “Biggest Loser” last night. Kournikova served up some motivation for the contestants, and they seemed to inspire her, too. ESPN the Magazine hits newsstands this week with their annual “The Body Issue.” The mag always chooses several different covers to print (six this year), and wheelchair tennis queen Esther Vergeer got the nod for one of those covers in this cover print. The US women’s water polo team also has a cover, as does golfer Camilo Villegas (yeah, we’ve never heard of him either).

More of short balls, including a giggling Roger and an all-inclusive short(er) balls, after the cut.

Rafa and Rog share a laugh: If you remember the Roger Federer laughing episode from a CNN spot last year, there’s another set of grown-up giggles from the Fed man to take into consideration. Nadal and Federer were doing a commercial take for an exhibition that is benefitting Federer’s foundation this December in Zurich. The two boys (mostly Federer) get the giggles and just can’t quit. Hilarity ensues. It really is funny to watch these two sit side-by-side and be shaking with giddy laughter. Laughing man: Federer trips over his words (and still laughs about it) during a Wilson commercial shoot.

short(er) balls: Devon Britton Tweeted about his K-Swiss kicks earlier this week, asking followers to let him know what sorta K-Swiss shoes they were currently digging. | Inspired by Kimiko Date Krumm‘s run last week? Check out this WTA photo gallery of her through the years, to celebrate her 40th birthday. | A new study says grunting gives the grunter an advantage? Ut oh, here we go again… | ESPN is making moves to develop a new network aimed at women, espnW. The entity will start as a blog and insiders will see how it shapes from there. (via USA Today) First and foremost, the espnW retreat will happen this fall, and includes tennis names Billie Jean King and Stacey Allaster, WTA chief. | Illustrative genius on FueBuena. | Andy Roddick has committed to the 2011 Delray Beach tourney. Tickets are here. | Tiger‘s shot seen around the world. | Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone wants to stay just that: an Olympic gymnast. She’ll be a grandmother among children if she qualifies for the US team in 2012: 22 years young. | ¡Oops, él lo hice otra vez! | Almost a reality: Wozniacki is one win away from the no. 1 ranking. The betting scoop on Caro and her rise to the top from BetFair. | Venus joins forces with Big Fish games for her own game. No tennis courts here, folks. Just closets of clothes! | Tennis Channel has this tasty offer to chow down on some chocolate in Swiss land. | Tennis Warehouse adds a couple of college tennis vets to their team in Brittany Blalock and Suzie Matzenauer. Both are Cal Poly alum. | ESPN.com has their post-USO power rankings out.

(screen grabs via youtube)

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