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In search of Rafa’s belly-button

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Rafael Nadal of Spain changes shirt during his match against Philip Petzschner of Germany on Day Six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 26, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)



Right about now Spain is feeling all kinds of wonderful. And my Venezuelan abuelita is probably turning over in her grave that I dared to go against Paul the Prognosticating Pulpo and voted for a giant-toppling Netherlands victory. If she were still alive she would probably slap me upside the head with a chancla. And I would deserve it too. I… Continue

Added by tennischick on July 14, 2010 at 3:59pm — No Comments

In search of Rafa’s belly-button

31376, PARIS, FRANCE - Sunday May 31, 2009. Rafael Nadal (Spain, pink shirt) lost for the first time in Roland-Garros, beaten by Robin Soderling (Sweden) in 4 sets. French Open 2009, Internationaux de France 2009, held at the Roland-Garros stadium in Paris. Photograph: Juan Soliz, PacificCoastNews.com



Right about now Spain is feeling all kinds of wonderful. And my Venezuelan abuelita is probably turning over in her grave that I dared to go against Paul the Prognosticating Pulpo and voted for a giant-toppling Netherlands victory. If she were still alive she would probably slap me upside the head with a chancla. And I would… Continue

Added by tennischick on July 13, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

On the toppling of giants

LONDON, July 1, 2010 Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria returns the ball to Vera Zvonareva of Russia during their semifinal of ladies' singles in the 2010 Wimbledon Championships in London, Britain, July 1, 2010. Pironkova lost 1-2.





I recently wrote a series of articles on giant-slaying in tennis. These entries were inspired by events on both the men's and the women's tour at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. The 'toppling of giants' ended up being a four-part series. Click below for:…



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Added by tennischick on July 9, 2010 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Caster, Serena, and the defense of strong women

July 04, 2010 - 06125187 date 03 07 2010 Copyright imago Paul Room Tennis The Wimbledon Championships 2010 London Serena Williams USA women Tennis WTA Tour All England Championships Wimbledon London Single happiness cheering Highlight premiumd Vdig xmk 2010 horizontal.



...In the early days of the sisters’ ascendance, insinuations regarding their sexual identity became very common on tennis message boards. It’s still the easiest way for fans and non-fans to engage in brutal verbal battles. Wordplays on Venus’ alleged ‘penis’ were common, as were aspersions regarding Serena’s masculinity. Some message… Continue

Added by tennischick on July 9, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Will the Vuvuzela make a US Open appearance?

June 27, 2010 - South Africa - Football - Germany v England FIFA World Cup Second Round - South Africa 2010 - Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa - 27/6/10..General view of kids playing with vuvuzelas.



One of the more hilarious misapplications of the vuvuzela appears in a video put out by Deadspin blog. The author of this hysterical entry inserts the annoying sound of the vuvuzela into several iconic cultural and historical moments,… Continue

Added by tennischick on July 9, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

An encounter with a tennis gigolo

High angle view of a snake charmer playing the flute, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India



It all started quite innocently. I went to the pro shop to buy some stuff. Because I had paid for the weekend of tennis, I was entitled to a sweet discount at the pro shop. So I’m there minding my own business, picking out tops, skorts and other pretty but practical outfits (not made of black lace, ha ha), when an Indian instructor came in and asked one of the instructors I… Continue

Added by tennischick on May 31, 2010 at 5:57pm — 3 Comments

Imitating the pros: Knowing what to copy

 Former world number one Pete Sampras plays in an exhibition match at the SAP Open in San Jose



One of the most wonderful aspects of a Slam is the tremendous opportunities that amateur tennis players get to study the games of the pros. We can all learn a lot about how to play tennis from watching those who exceed in the sport. But it’s important to know exactly what you are copying. And more importantly, you need to make sure what is right for your… Continue

Added by tennischick on May 30, 2010 at 5:54am — No Comments

Venus’ panties vs. the Catsuit

US Open

...Venus Williams seems to have a proclivity for exhibitionism on the tennis court. It’s a character feature that seems inconsistent with the otherwise conservative, buttoned-down, lips-sealed, Jehovah-praising demeanor for which she is characteristically known. Venus’ private life does not show up in the gossip magazines. She normally comes as across as so… Continue

Added by tennischick on May 27, 2010 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Kimiko vs. Dinara: Experience vs. "__________"

KIMIKO DATE KRUMM

Fill in the blank. Here are some of your options:



1. Head case

2. Frightened ninny

3. Beaten-down sapling

4. Tentative robot

5. Insert your own here



Go here for the rest of this entry, and thanks as ever for… Continue

Added by tennischick on May 26, 2010 at 8:36pm — No Comments

Tweeting on Tennis…or not

VENUS AND SERENA WILLIANS VS GISELA DULKO AND FLAVIA PENNETA

...Now to Serena. Of the sisters, she is by far the more prolific tweeter. She also wins any popularity contest hands down, with almost three times the followers to her sister Venus. But of the 40 tweets posted by Serena between May 16th @ 4:32pm and May 23rd @ 10:15am (my time), not a single one references tennis. She talks a lot about her spread for Harper’s Bazaar, about… Continue

Added by tennischick on May 23, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Clay bunnies come out to play!

2010 French Open Roland Garros



This is probably my favorite time of year. I’m hedging only because I am a woman inclined to throw herself into passions and I can already imagine myself making the same claim at the start of the US Open. And yet I am not being a dilettante or dishonest in this claim. I truly love this time of year...



But most of all I love this time of year because it’s the… Continue

Added by tennischick on May 21, 2010 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Aravane Rezai: Big Babe potential?

ARAVANE REZAI VS VENUS WILLIAMS

Well something had to snap me out of my stupor. I’ve been having the hardest time finding inspiration in tennis. I never thought that would ever happen to me. After all, I am too obsessed with the sport, too addicted to the game. And then one by one the Big Babes started getting injured, or pregnant, or side-lined by interests other than tennis. And the next thing I know, I had… Continue

Added by tennischick on May 16, 2010 at 6:50pm — 6 Comments

The Olympics, vs. Fed Cup/Davis Cup

Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA





Some time ago I started a series on some of the changes I would like to see in tennis. Some would say that my ideas were fueled more by idealism than by practicality. And even I have to admit that today’s suggestion certainly falls more within the realm of dreamland. In a nutshell, the seventh change that I would like to see in tennis is for there to be a… Continue

Added by tennischick on April 26, 2010 at 7:56pm — No Comments

Hooking up and splitting up, in doubles

Huber and Petrova hold trophy and flowers after winning doubles final at Family Circle Cup Tennis in Charleston.



A doubles partnership is very much like a marriage. Some people enter it at a whim, not really expecting anything to come from it. In such cases, usually nothing does. The players involved may enjoy a win or three, but once they get past the infatuation phase, they discover that they really don’t have what it takes to last. And they split.… Continue

Added by tennischick on April 21, 2010 at 8:18pm — No Comments

How will smaller tournaments survive?

Stosur waves after advancing to finals at Family Circle Cup Tennis in Charleston

I bailed on Family Circle Cup this weekend. I just wasn’t in the mood to drive that distance to watch the lesser members of the WTA Tour. Ouch that was harsh. But the truth is that the minute the Big Babes started calling in injured, I canceled my days off and decided to go to work as usual. To be honest, I have no regrets.



Go… Continue

Added by tennischick on April 17, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

There’s a lotta life left in Looby’s legs

BNP Paribas Open

Just a couple of days ago I was questioning whether James Blake has any tennis left. The answer was a somewhat qualified No. And last night I watched as Ivan Ljubičić sent Rafael Nadal packing out of Indian Wells and it did not even occur to me to ask that question. So then I had to ask myself, how come? What is it that I think that Looby has at age 31 that Blake doesn’t at age… Continue

Added by tennischick on March 21, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Does James Blake have any tennis left?

James Blake of the USA

I don’t understand the timing of Blake’s decision to part with his coach. I’m not saying that it was the wrong decision. On the contrary, I used to wonder why he hadn’t done it years ago.



Changing coaches must be one of the most difficult decisions a pro can make. On the one hand there is the comfort and familiarity factor, especially in situations like Blake’s… Continue

Added by tennischick on March 17, 2010 at 9:51pm — 3 Comments

Young men dream dreams, Old Farts carry grudges

Mexican Lucha Libre Wrestlers Battle In London

DampAss contemplated the offer. On the one hand he knew that he was in good enough shape to play. But he really resented having to play for free. He didn’t see why Nike or some other corporation couldn’t fork over the money to make it worth his while. After all, everyone knows that you have to spend money to make money. And since he was the top bill, he figured that for one cool… Continue

Added by tennischick on March 15, 2010 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Well hello there Sloane Stephens

BNP Paribas Open

One of the pleasures of being a tennis fan is the constant introduction to new talent just as your favorites begin inevitably to decline. One of the difficulties of being a tennis fan is the constant introduction to new talent just as your favorites begin inevitably to decline. It’s a conundrum I have been struggling with ever since the era of Boris Becker who is the first… Continue

Added by tennischick on March 14, 2010 at 10:20am — No Comments

Big fish, small sea, unique problems

TEN Delray Beach International Tennis Championship Feb 27

When Ernests Gulbis won his first singles tournament at Delray Beach, FL, last week, I felt a sense of pride for him that was out of proportion with his achievement. You’d swear he was from the Caribbean or something. I could only be prouder if and when Dustin Brown of Jamaica finally makes his own breakthrough. There’s something about people from small countries achieving big… Continue

Added by tennischick on March 2, 2010 at 8:34pm — No Comments

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