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short balls: it’s 2010, y’all!

January 13, 2010

We’re glad to be back here at TSF for another year of tennis. 2009 held plenty of entertainment for us, and we can’t wait to see what this year will bring. Week one set the bar high, with the Belgian gals battling in Brisbane, Andy Roddick claiming a season-opening title and Nicolay Davydenko vaulting back from the brink to beat Rafael Nadal in Doha.

Whew! We’re already exhausted…

She. Could. Go. All. The. Way. Well, don’t get too worked up about Laura Robson just yet, but the young Brit is showing as steady of a progression onto the women’s tennis pro tour as any player in a long while. Following her 2008 Wimbledon junior title (that set off a media firestorm), Robson has dabbled in pro events, won some challengers and made a (semi-successful) senior debut at The Championships. Pat Cash offers his thoughts on why she’s the real deal, and I have a 2010 preview up over at on what the future holds for this lefty teen.

Pac10s. Oh, we get it: “Pack. Ten. Nis.” The Pacific 10 (better known as the Pac 10 to you and me) has set up a groovy website ( where all of its men’s tennis results will be posted to throughout the season. Such forward thinking, right? As the college game grows, this kind of stuff will only become more pertinent. Their next goal should be reaching out to the ladies and putting up their info, too…

The green ground goes white (and still looks pretty). While its blazing hot down in Melbourne for the start of the Australian Open, Londoners have been suffering through a cold snap that has brought frigid temperatures to the city and even some snow. The storm provided rare pictures of the All England Tennis Club ground blanketed in snow. Still picturesque though, right? We wonder if snow-packed courts could be added to the tour’s surfaces? Maybe a tour stop in Denver? Oslo?!

It’s not good if you hit it over the fence, Derek. Recently-engaged Yankee slugger Derek Jeter was caught playing some shirtless tennis on vacation by TMZ. We wonder if anyone told him that it’s not good to hit the ball over the fence in tennis? And though TMZ claims he has “the stomach for tennis”, we prefer a little more shape around the abdominal region. He’s got nothing on Andy…

We’ll be around the rest of the week to get geared up for the Australian Open and can’t wait to bring you all the off-court happenings we know you love. One prediction we will make for twenty ten: it’s the year of the shirtless pic. They’re everywhere. Already. (We’re not complaining.)


ncaa: don’t forget your tennis athletes!

May 24, 2007

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the NCAA have released a report on injury rates in collegiate athletics, with the hopes of reducing such rates through preventive medical treatment and changes in a sport’s rules.

Through their Injury Surveillance System (ISS), both organizations analyze data collected from trainers in 15 collegiate sports over 16 years. The initial version of ISS focused on sports with higher instances of acute (vs. repetitive motion) injuries and on team sports with a higher likelihood of physical contact, thus ruling out swimming, tennis, and cross country. In 2004, they switched to a web-based system which monitored all sports.

Randy Dick, Associate Director of Research at ISS, hopes to have enough information within a year to include tennis in their findings. “There is a learning curve to the new system,” he wrote to Tennis Served Fresh via e-mail. “A few schools (have begun) to report tennis data and we hope that number increases as more people become aware of the system’s expansion.”

The findings will appear in the Journal of Athletic Training. You can find raw(er) data here.

NCAA tennis players suffer from the same ailments that have plagued professional tennis. Injuries, as you may know, affect not only the players, but also spectators and tournament organizers. Also, it’s been a big thorn on the side of pro tennis for a few years. (Currently most glaring is the French Open’s withdrawal list: Hingis, Haas, Murray, Golovin, Peng, Zvonoreva — just to name a few — have dropped out.)

We look forward to seeing how the NCAA will deal with this issue.

short balls: serena talks, federer hits heavy, IMG makes a move, vietnam falls flat

May 17, 2007

Hey, all: I’ve been having lots of fun writing this thing. I hope you’re having fun reading it! Also, we’re on MySpace, so feel free to friend us if you have one.

Now onto the good stuff…

Federer hits a heavy ball: The Advanced Tennis Research Project developed a way to quantify the “heaviness” of a tennis ball. The record holder? By the study’s end, it was one R-Fed hit at Indian Wells in 2004. Bonus: another Men’s Vogue article on Roger, this one from Fall ’05. (via SportsFilter)

Serena shoots off: The Guardian‘s Gaby Wood does a two-part profile on Serena Williams. Serena talks about her sister’s death, her injury layoff, her faith (Jehovah’s Witness), etc. On comparing herself to other tennis greats: “If I thought, ‘Oh, I’m historic,’ my head would be crazy. Honestly, at the end of the day I come home to my dogs and my sister. I have friends, and I cry when I see movies, and I watch reality TV… I’m Serena and that’s all I am. I’ve never considered history.”

(photo of Serena at a party launching Louis Vuitton‘s Spring LOVE collection, and benefitting for Oxfam America)

Tennis from around the world: We’ve told you about tennis in South Africa, tennis in the Middle East, and now we bring you tennis in Vietnam: they’re not doing so hot over there.

Meanwhile, the UAE Tennis Association in Dubai is chugging along; they’re holding a tournament at the gorgeous Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

IMG, always on the move: The sports management firm recently acquired Collegiate Licensing Co., a college trademark licensing agency whose brands includes the Final Four, the Bowl Championships Series, and logos of universities such as Notre Dame and UT. (via Oligopoly Watch)

Tennis Mailbag: Lots of good questions answered by Jon Wertheim in his column this week.

short balls “c” edition: carson, canas, cbs, college tennis, etc.

May 8, 2007

It’s on for Carson: The city adds a few more notches to its tennis belt. The Home Depot Center will host both a men’s and women’s Challenger tournaments in the early summer.

Not so fast, TTC: CBS announced that they have cut a more profitable deal with the USTA in renewing their coverage of the U.S. Open and U.S. Open series tournaments. CBS has rights through 2011. And the TTC is chugging along with its own plans of domination, offering free previews of the channel in different media markets. (via Variety and Tennis News)

Roger & Me: The only thing I love more than stories about meeting players are references to I Love Lucy. [via Kenneth in the (212)]

canas roma 07Canas has finally arrived: The TimesNeil Harman sums up Guillermo Canasreturn to tennis elite after a 15-month doping-related suspension. Sad moment: soon after the doping scandal broke, Canas was turned away from the U.S. Open as a spectator.

After this week’s TMS Rome, the Argentinian will no longer need to play qualies. And he has no points to defend between now and September. Will he join the rest of the top 20, picking up Federer’s sloppy seconds, or will he be feasting from the Swiss rankings pie? Something tells me it’s the latter. He’s currently 3-1 against the world number one.

Local NCAA players return to Athens: Pepperdine looks to repeat as the men’s team champions, Trojan Lindsey Nelson looks to avenge her loss in last year’s final against Cardinal Suzi Babos (who Nelson beat in last month’s Pac-10 championship), and UCLA’s Benjamin Kohlloeffel will defend his men’s singles crown.

Borg’s back: After a seven-year absence, Wimbledon legend Bjorn Borg will make an appearance at this year’s tournament. He seems to have made peace with the sport after all these years. The Swede will also play the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament (an exhibition, of course) in mid-June. (via the Evening Standard)

as if rutgers athletics hasn’t suffered enough…

May 2, 2007

To add insult to injury (or is it injury to insult?), six athletic teams at Rutgers University are packing up in the next few weeks after being eliminated from the school’s roster because of Title IX.

The teams are men’s tennis, swimming, diving, lightweight and heavyweight crew, and men’s and women’s (!) fencing.

Save Rutgers Tennis lobbied and raised funds to help keep tennis afloat, but coudn’t convince the University otherwise. (See the multiple missives they posted on the site.)

The team played their last match on April 19, falling to St. Joseph’s 5-2.

From the Daily Targum, who spoke with head coach Mikey Cook about his tennis team:

“I thought the team did a great job staying focused,” Cook said. “If they didn’t play hard, they would have wasted the opportunity that they had. You only get so many years to play college tennis.”

To the team: CBHM hopes that you can find a new, equally-fulfilling outlet for your tennis.

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lindsey nelson wins pac-10 title

April 29, 2007

lindsey nelson

I’ve had a (much-needed) lazy weekend, but I should crawl out of my hole to give a pat on the back to Lindsey Nelson of USC. The Trojan cleaned up in Ojai without dropping a set. Congratulations!

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