short balls: the epic edition


Brooklyn gets wind-swept on the Bravo TV show Double Exposure. See more of Brooklyn, and what hubby Andy thinks of LiLo’s jailing in this week’s short balls. (screen grab via

Who said the week after Wimbledon was a dead one on the tennis news front? There is plenty of stuff going on, from the on-court happenings at Newport and beyond to plenty (and we mean plenty) of off court news. Here’s TSF‘s edition of short balls for the week.

If you are a Pam Shriver fan and still a little miffed by all the negative press the ESPN analyst got for her run-in with James Blake in the first round of Wimbledon a couple of weeks ago, we thought we would cheer you up by digging out this video clip of one of Pam’s big-time wins on the WTA singles circuit. The victim? Steffi Graf at the 1988 Virginia Slims Championships at Madison Square Garden. It was one of only three wins Shriver notched against Graf in 12 career meetings, and it’s a pretty good look at old-school, serve-and-volley tennis from PS herself.

Perhaps you miss Wimbledon mightily and have watched the many replays available on the official web site and on YouTube. Hopefully you’ve also had the chance to check out the “Off Court” section of the Wimby web site, which was sponsored by the bottled water company Evian. A trendy British gal roams the grounds in search of the good, bad and quirky in respects to fan fashion at this year’s tournament. I enjoyed every clip.

Andy Roddick’s wife, Brooklyn Decker (top) was on the Bravo TV show Double Exposure this last week and dang, girl looked good! We were digging the wind-blown hair. See a clip of the video by clicking the image above or here. Just to be clear, Brooklyn is the second girl, not the first who is, well, a little frightening. Recently, celeb Lindsay Lohan was on Double Exposure as well, though her shoot didn’t go as well as Brooklyn’s did. If you didn’t think Brooklyn’s hubby, Andy Roddick, had any opinion on Lohan’s recent court saga (she’s been sentenced for 90 days in jail for violating probation), think again:

Not to be outdone, Andy Murray also made the TV cut this week, appearing on the James Corden show in Britain. Murray chatted tennis and soccer, if a “Hawkeye” system should be used in soccer, and hit some tennis balls at fancy, over-sized cones. Not to be outdone by Brooklyn (or Lindsay!), Andy also slow danced with an adoring fan. Awkward picture after the cut.

Click the image above or here to see the video of Andy’s James Corden appearance.

The WTA has put together a photo gallery of the 10 Russians who have been in the top 10 in the history of the game. The gallery comes in honor of Zvonareva, who made a trip back into the top 10 after her run to the Wimbledon final. Forgotten fact(s): Anastasia Myskina was not only the first Russian to win a major (the 2004 French Open), but she also reached a career-high No. 2 in the world in 2003. Before you click, can you name the other eight?! See the gallery here.

We’re jealous that TSF contributor Troy Venechanos got to visit CNN (below). Any run ins with Anderson, Troy?!

Short(er) balls: Kim Kardashian is now waxified, but is it bad that we can’t tell which is which in this picture? No, really, we can’t tell… | A brilliant piece of first-person writing from Nic Brown, who TSF interviewed about his new book, Doubles. | According to a New York Times article, over 10,000 people applied for 90 paid internship positions at ESPN this summer. Talk about a tough market, eh? | Polo Ralph Lauren outfitted the ballkids and officials at Wimbledon this year. The contract has been extended through 2014. | If you don’t know much about Boris Becker‘s 1985 Wimbledon run, this article is certainly worth the read. | Using Lindsay Davenport as her carrier pigeon, looks as though Corina Morariu is tying the knot. Not only did Lindsay announce to the world, she hooked up Corina and her beau! | American up-and-comer Madison Keys won her first ITF title in Cleveland two weeks ago, beating three seeds along the way.

(twitter screen grab; andy murray screengrab via youtube; cnn photo via facebook)


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