Tommy Haas practicing at the Pacific Life Open.
via Yahoo! Sports
from The Desert Sun
There’s someone else to add to the list of teenage phenoms from the late 90’s:
Along with Guga, Mirjana Lucic accepted a wildcard into Indian Wells to start her comeback. She had a good start yesterday, defeating Southern Californian Lindsey Nelson 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the first round. Props to Lindsey, though. She’s working hard herself, but just ran into someone who’s been to the semifinals of Wimbledon.
When she’s a little more in her groove, we can talk to her about that outfit. No thank you, Martha!
Today Citizen announced that it has signed Nicole Vaidisova as the face of the new Eco-Drive “Unstoppable” campaign.
“Citizen Eco-Drive utilizes the power of light from any natural or artificial light source and converts it into stored energy. Enough energy is stored to power the watch for at least six months, even in the dark.”
They’re pretty cool watches; I own one myself.
via PR Newswire
More reading, about what a decade of being on the road (and on the court) will do to aloof teenagers. Hingis, petulant and precocious, did her share of feather-ruffling during her days of dominance. Now, she’s back from retirement — calmer, engaged to Radek Stepanek, and equipped with a newfound appreciation for the sport. And she’s the current default example of how to win if you can’t blow someone off the court. (via The Desert Sun)
And Venus Williams, once estranged from the rest of the tour (perhaps because she didn’t need anyone else besides Serena, or because she’s a Jehovah’s Witness, or because she’s black), has join the ranks of great tennis ambassadors. (via The Age)
Potito Starace got knocked out of the Pacific Life Open yesterday. He lost to journeyman Dusan Vemic in the qualies.
It’s okay, some of my best friends are whores: Here’s an unfortunately named — but I’m sure lovely — woman starting out her freshman year (and playing tennis) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (via the Knoxville News Sentinel)
Will it simulate real injuries, too?: Aspyr Media will release a PC version of Top Spin 2 (previously only available on Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and Gameboy Advance) on March 12: “…Top Spin 2 serves up 24 top-ranked athletes (Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, and more), a wide variety of events including all four Grand Slam tournaments, a multi-season career, and a set of new risk and advanced shots.” (via GameZone)
I always like skimming the local news when a tournament stops in a town. You never know how a journalist will cover a sport that probably doesn’t get much general interest outside of the Grand Slams. It usually ends up as a mix of human interest stories, celebrity profiles, and the wire feeds.
In Pam Springs it’s a little different, since the Pacific Life Open is pretty much considered a fifth slam (they expect 300,000 people to cross through the gates this year) and tennis is an integral part of the desert lifestyle.
So I’m a little disappointed that this Q&A with tournament director Steve Simon in The Desert Sun wasn’t more insightful or engaging. Perhaps he didn’t want to rock the boat; it wasn’t that long ago that the tournament was in danger of closing up shop in Indian Wells.
At the very least, this article reminds the readers about the changes the Sony Ericsson WTA tour plan to make under their “Roadmap to 2009.”