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Bracket Pick 'em Challenge - French Open



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Hi Tennis Fans,



It's time for some dirtballin'!
If you are into following the pros, come play this bracket challenge game with us. You pick the winners of all the French Open matches to the final, before the first point is ever played. Each correct pick gets you points. The person with the most points wins. Wins what? *bragging rights*.



Here's an… Continue

Added by Mark / The Mayor on May 20, 2008 at 10:00pm — 29 Comments

SIGHTING: Mauresmo + Gasquet practicing something for French Open...hopefully it's tennis



They were supposed to be two of France's best bets for a homegrown French Open champion but they had other plans. And both were spotted today getting in practice for their native Grand Slam next week.



Amelie Mauresmo, who hasn't played a match since losing in the… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 20, 2008 at 2:50pm — No Comments

May Rain

Ugh. Too much rain this week. I'm itching to play some tennis.
When the weather breaks, I would love to play with anyone who's free during the work day.

Let me know Tennis dudes!

Added by Andy O on May 20, 2008 at 12:44pm — No Comments

SIGHTING: Petrova in Istanbul, t-shirt reveals her inner workings



Total headcase Nadia Petrova was spotted hitting with kids at Kalyon Shopping Mall in Instanbul where the Russian is the no. 3 seed at this week's tourney. She defeated American Lilia Osterloh 6-1, 6-2 to reach… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 20, 2008 at 12:28pm — No Comments

THE LOW DOWN: Evert publicly responds to Richard Williams' controversial comments



Chris Evert recently spoke with ESPN.com's Bonnie D. Ford about the tennis season so far and her predictions for Roland Garros. The 18-time Grand Slammer also publicly… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 20, 2008 at 9:32am — No Comments

Davydenko shows off his modest size...I mean 'side'!



Nikolay Davydenko is the top seed at this week's Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 in Pörtschach, Austria and has offered his blogging skills to the… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 20, 2008 at 8:59am — No Comments

PHOTO OP: Sharapova arrives in Paris, practices on Philippe Chatrier



Maria Sharapova is getting a head start on the competition. The new world no. 1 looked recovered from the calf injury that forced her out of… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 19, 2008 at 11:28am — No Comments

Gasquet looks to revive career, dumps coach Deblicker



You'd have to be deaf, dumb, and blind not to see this one coming: Richard Gasquet, who I've been none-too-kind towards for his failings this season, has decided to… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 19, 2008 at 11:26am — No Comments

THE LOW DOWN: Henin's retirement not completely what it seems, door open for return



Is Justine Henin just taking a long-deserved break and not a permanent retirement as was reported? Quite possibly.…



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Added by tennis baller on May 19, 2008 at 10:20am — No Comments

WEEKEND WINNERS: Rafa, Jelena



Hamburg - Rafael Nadal



So Rafa defeats Roger Federer 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in an epic… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 19, 2008 at 7:20am — No Comments

Is it REALLY a rivalry?

As Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal get ready to play their quadrillionth (actually 16th) match against each other, this time in Hamburg, something kind of came to mind: Is Rafa a true rival or just a roadblock? You're probably thinking, "Van, what are you talking about? Look, Rafa's won more than he's lost against Federer. What else do you want?" Well, let me tell you! And since I'm all about democracy, have your vote here on the… Continue

Added by Van Sias on May 18, 2008 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

THE LOW DOWN: Rafa + Nole to battle for no. 2 ranking - who wants it more?



Okay tennis heads, the stage is set for a blockbuster showdown in Hamburg! Rafael Nadal will face Novak Djokovic in the semifinals with nothing on the line but the… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 16, 2008 at 2:18pm — 4 Comments

FASHION FIX: Fun in the sun for Tipsarevic + Men's Vogue



The fashionistas are really soaking up the Serbians these days.



We all know their love for Ana Ivanovic and … Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 16, 2008 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

VIDEO VAULT: Has Serena lost her mind? You be the judge.

Serena Williams sent a video message from Rome - more evidence, clearly, that ReRe has lost her marbles:







*VIA DOWNTHELINETENNIS.COM



(via… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 16, 2008 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

PHOTO OP: Kiefer returns to form, shares joy (and abs) with the world



Nicolas Kiefer continued his renaissance (not to mention his disrobing) in Hamburg today.



The German giant-killer earned his second top-10 scalp of the week… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 15, 2008 at 3:02pm — 2 Comments

Quote of the Day: Sharapova



The ranking has never been a big deal for me. Whether I'm No. 1 or 5, my main goal is just to keep winning tennis matches and the ranking will take care of itself if I keep winning.



- Maria "Shriek"apova on taking over the…
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Added by tennis baller on May 15, 2008 at 11:36am — No Comments

A-Rod pays tribute to Agassi for TIME's 100 most influential people



Tennis legend Andre Agassi made TIME magazine's 5th annual list of 100 of the world's most influential people this year and Andy Roddick was given the honor of writing his… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 15, 2008 at 8:53am — No Comments

FASHION FIX: Uninspired Sharapova still regurgitating looks - is she bored by fashion?



Maria "Shriek"apova, the almost world no. 1 after Justine Henin's shocking retirement yesterday, played a rematch of the Amelia Island final defeating… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 15, 2008 at 6:58am — No Comments

THE LOW DOWN: Gasquet may skip French Open - did he read my open letter?



Sometimes it's fun to think that you write these posts, blogging about things you think you know about and maybe, just maybe, some of the ballers are actually reading them. Fine - not likely but weirder things have happened (right … Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 14, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Looking for 4.0 - 4.5 players for All Women's Team

Our roster is far from being full, so we are looking for two or three more ladies for the CPDTA summer season starting in June. League is a Team Tennis format played Saturday Mornings at the 4.0 to 4.5 Level. If you're looking to play against good singles and doubles players in Chicago HIT ME UP. If you have the tennis skills and want to hit some balls or check out the situation before making a commitment, you may want to attend one of our practices in the coming weeks.



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Added by Am on May 14, 2008 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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