Did some autumn cleaning today, and this is what I cobbled together. Enjoy!
TNR on tennis’ resurgence: The sport’s made a revival in the U.S., and we have Roger — his white blazer, his black tuxedo shorts, and his No. 1 groupie/social chair Anna Wintour — to thank. Maybe Rafa, too. (ZooTennis)
Federer pulls his weight, or is he pulling a ‘Sharapova’?: The top Swiss player decides to help put his country’s Davis Cup team back in the World Group (he’s done so for the last two years). The problem is, he doesn’t play the rest of the year, rendering his rescue scheme useless. But the Swiss team will have to take what they can get (and like it): R-Fed will probably pass on 2008 rubbers to focus on winning that elusive French Open title and a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. (IHT)
More Hewitt troubles: Lleyton drops out of the Top 20. So even with the change in surfaces at the 2008 Australian Open, this bump will likely not help his chances. Meanwhile, Australian TV show Today Tonight scrutinizes a $65,000 donation made by him and wife Bec to a Cambodian children’s organization.
Speaking of hate: In debating the greatest athlete of all time, Simon Barnes takes Federer besty Tiger Woods out of the running for not running at all. Who’s on top? Roger, of course.
Friendly like Federer: In this funny spoof by The Onion, Andy Roddick tries to emulate Federer by getting his own golf buddy: Phil Mickelson.
It’s not Hewitt anymore…: If Savannah ruled the roost, Novak Djokovic would have made it to that Page 2 “hate” list. The gripe? For one, his parents, Srdjan and Dijana, are overdoing the “a game only a mother could love” sentiment. (After the U.S. Open final, Diana “said that her son is ‘better’ than Federer and chalked up the defeat to a long season and inexperience.”) Why not make nice like Oracene and Snezana — just be respectful of your kid’s opponents?
Second, the impersonations. I personally thought they were entertaining, but a case can be made otherwise. Third, his injury “timeouts”. Fourth, his manipulation of the media and the tennis world, which has allowed him to throw racquets and squash water bottles with abandon (and without incurring warnings).
But we still love Nole: The latest issue of VMAN deems him a “most wanted”, along with bullfigher Miguel Abellan, and actors Jamie Dornan and Hugh Dancy (via Kenneth)
Moving at a faster Klip: Distributor Klip America — who handles U.S. accounts for Klipspringer, Sergio Tacchni, and Volkl–Boris Becker has arranged a $24 million financing deal to help boost its operations. (source: pdf)
Last U.S. Open round-up: I promise. This one’s from Pleats and Cleats. Check it out.
A Stop in Sao Polo: The BlackRock Tour of Champions makes its way to South America (Sao Paolo) for the first time. The event will take place in late September, and hopes to nab Brazilian Guga Kuerten in future years. (Let him finish out his ATP career first — he’s not quite done!)
Dealing with the crazies: “In handwritten papers filed last week in U.S. District Court in Virginia, Jonathan Lee Riches claims that the tennis balls used at the recent U.S. Open in New York were comprised of ‘electrons and neutrons stolen from my head’ and that Venus and Serena Williams ‘told me they want to eat my head for supper.’ Riches also says he taught Venus to play table tennis in county jail.” (source)
(OT) Breaking down Brian Williams: My first anchorman love (sorry, Ryan Owens) bares all (some?) in this interview with mediabistro.com.
(OT) Sevigny at Opening Ceremony: the fashion icon recently released a women’s line. TSF’s sad that the men are shut out. But Eunice isnt. (via Refinery 29)