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April 2008 Articles (111)

THE LOW DOWN: Federer is solid No. 3 in Rafa's mind



With all of Roger Federer's recent struggles (not decline, I don't think), even Rafael Nadal thinks someone else is the No. 1 player right now: Novak Djokovic. In an… Continue

Added by tennis baller on April 3, 2008 at 6:51am — No Comments

Sometimes, it's all in your head

The year was 1997. The place: Citronelle, Alabama. The setting: The annual Valentine's Day tournament, one of the stops on the non-USTA-sanctioned tour throughout Alabama that used to go on (I don't know if those tournaments are still around since I haven't lived in Bama since then). Somehow, I had scraped my way to the finals of the "A" bracket, and my opponent was none other than my doubles partner, with whom I had already clinched a berth in the finals with earlier in the day.…



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Added by Van Sias on April 2, 2008 at 9:55pm — No Comments

FASHION FIX: The Spring Court sneaker makes a comeback

The Spring Court tennis sneaker is on the rise again. Born in 1936, the sneaker was originally worn by Frenchie tennis ballers back in the day but crossed over into pop culture consciousness when John Lennon rocked a white pair with a suit on the cover of the… Continue

Added by tennis baller on April 2, 2008 at 4:26pm — No Comments

A-Rod buys Manhattan pad for $1.19 million



Now that Brooklyn Decker is making an honest baller out of Andy Roddick, they'll have to have a proper home together,… Continue

Added by tennis baller on April 2, 2008 at 2:25pm — 3 Comments

SIGHTING: Common spotted in Miami, Serena spotted on TV show



Serena Williams and Common's "relationship" must be heating up. The rapper was spotted taking in… Continue

Added by tennis baller on April 2, 2008 at 9:42am — No Comments

Payback time?

Here's my thoughts on what can only be called the match-up of the tournament so far, James Blake vs. Rafael Nadal. I want to get a post up before it kicks off, so in case it goes like I'm expecting, I can look super-smart! : ) :



Rafael Nadal (2) vs. James Blake (9):… Continue

Added by Van Sias on April 2, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

PHOTO OP: Nole served a bang-er sandwich at Miami player party



C'mon Nole + Maria - how are you going to stop those pesky romance rumors from spreading if you keep "bumping" into each other when you least expect it (well, more likely here at the… Continue

Added by tennis baller on April 1, 2008 at 6:03pm — No Comments

MY Injury

My tennis game is currently on hiatus. I pretty much destroyed my ankle last week, and I'll be out for at least a few weeks. I'm sad. Just as I was starting to get pretty good at tennis, and really good at basketball (even with my lack of height) I go and make a retarded move in a retarded game of crunch against some nice guys, but guys I probably shouldn't be playing ball with. I think I've gotten to the point athletically in both sports that I should only seriously engage in competition with… Continue

Added by Andres Dominguez on April 1, 2008 at 3:05pm — 2 Comments

Youzhny entertains Miami crowd with racquet self-abuse, and even draws blood!



Thanks to DtL! reader Erin for alerting me to this video that ran on CNN's Morning Express featuring Mikhail… Continue

Added by tennis baller on April 1, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

SIGHTING: Brooklyn supports Andy, shows off engagement rock

For the ladies: Here's a look at the ring Andy Roddick gave fiancee Brooklyn Decker after… Continue

Added by tennis baller on April 1, 2008 at 9:19am — No Comments

FASHION FIX: Minar falls in Miami, works TTK style



Ivo Minar took on the newly engaged Andy Roddick last night at the Sony Ericsson Open but… Continue

Added by tennis baller on April 1, 2008 at 8:33am — No Comments

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