short balls: dent says farewell to tennis


Taylor-made: Taylor Dent announced his retirement from pro tennis this week, following a 12-year career that saw him reach as high as no. 21 in the world. Dent, now 29, won four career titles but saw his progress cut short due to a high volume of injuries. He returned to the tour over the last 18 months after being out for much of 2006 and 2007, amassing a 12-19 record in 2010 and a ranking of no. 85. We’ll miss ya, Mr. Serve-and-Volleyer. TSF Vault: The Dent Diaries.

The way of the ladies: Ana Ivanovic ended 2010 unlike any recent ending she’s had to a season, winning the title in Bali with three impressive victories and vaulting herself back into the top 20. Ivanovic won 13 of her final 15 matches of the year with her title in Linz. Ravi Ubha gave Ana the thumbs up to become a major Slam contender in 2011 or 2012, while giving the exact opposite forecast for countrywoman Jelena Jankovic (who finished 2010 6-11). Ubha had his crystal ball out for the WTA contingent on The WSJ Weighs in: The Wall Street Journal had a piece last week on how – just how? – Caroline Wozniaki took the top spot in tennis.

A geographical version of ‘Whatever happened to…?’ Now that Dent and Elena Dementieva have said farewell (as has Martin Damm to coach Ryan Harrison), we got to thinking about some former (and current) pros and wanted to check in on see where folks have landed. Dustin Brown, our favorite wearer of the neon-color palette, is taking his allegiance to Germany from Jamaica. The top 100 player cited a lack of funding for the move. His mother is German. The Uberoi sisters, Shikha and Neha, both former top 200 doubles players, have made the return to the academic world and are at Princeton finishing their undergraduate degrees. Both sisters contribute on their dual web site, and recently Neha had an entry up on her own blog about an interview with Venus Williams in her journalism class, taught by the one-and-only L. Jon Wertheim. Picture this: Ana & Enrique taking it easy in Hawaii.
Before the jump: We wanted to wish the hard-working and always-on-top-of-a-story Aaress Lawless the best of luck as she departs from her operating gig at OTB will be managed now by Justin Pohn, and will continue to be the source of all things women’s tennis.
A Brainy Duo: the Uberoi sisters are now at Princeton finishing their undergrad degrees, and hanging out with SI sportswriters. (Provided photo.)

This is MY wedding: “And these are my shoes, dammit!” That’s what Maria Sharapova will be saying – OK, not exactly – as she moves into bridezilla mode over the next few months. It was announced that Maria will team up with Cole Haan to design her down-the-aisle kicks. TSF archives: More Maria + Cole.

Eye on the courts: The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells announced last week that they will have Hawkeye Replay on all courts for the 2011 installation of the tournament. Unless the Australian Open announces a similar implementation at the upcoming Slam, Indian Wells will be the first to fully utilize the Hawkeye technology on the tour.

short(er) balls: 2004 All-Around gold medalist Paul Hamm is revving up for a comeback attempt in gymnastics. His goal: the 2012 Olympics. | Tourist walking lanes in London? You know, for all those folks who just can’t keep up with the harried locals. | Famed surfer Andy Irons passed away unexpectedly last week in Dallas. He was just 32. | Yahoo! Sports gives us a history of the mustache in the NFL. Hilarity. | Antonio Cromartie of the New York Jets became the first NFL player to pose for the NoH8 campaign, following in the footsteps of wrestler Hudson Taylor. | An in-depth piece on Courtney Love… oops, the new Courtney Love. | If you like our shirtless series, we think you’re going to enjoy The Sports Fag, too. | New Davis Cup format? Peter Bodo says it could happen, especially with the introduction of new US captain Jim Courier. | The last ball: Goes to Serena this week, and her new line of nail polish aptly called the Grand Slam collection.

(dent photo by Mike Orazzi (the newspaper_guy) via flickr)


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One Response to “short balls: dent says farewell to tennis”

  1. Aaress Says:

    Thank you very much for the kind shout-out! I sincerely appreciate it!

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