short balls: whoriskey, top spin 2

It’s okay, some of my best friends are whores: Here’s an unfortunately named — but I’m sure lovely — woman starting out her freshman year (and playing tennis) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (via the Knoxville News Sentinel)

Will it simulate real injuries, too?: Aspyr Media will release a PC version of Top Spin 2 (previously only available on Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and Gameboy Advance) on March 12: “…Top Spin 2 serves up 24 top-ranked athletes (Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, and more), a wide variety of events including all four Grand Slam tournaments, a multi-season career, and a set of new risk and advanced shots.” (via GameZone)

tattoo watch: safin in the desert

safin in indian wells
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bring your daughter to work day!

mia hewitt and bec cartwright

Lleyton Hewitt‘s daughter Mia with his wife Bec Cartwright, watching him play at the Tennis Channel Open.

More pictures here.


Q&A with pacific life open's tournament director

I always like skimming the local news when a tournament stops in a town. You never know how a journalist will cover a sport that probably doesn’t get much general interest outside of the Grand Slams. It usually ends up as a mix of human interest stories, celebrity profiles, and the wire feeds.

In Pam Springs it’s a little different, since the Pacific Life Open is pretty much considered a fifth slam (they expect 300,000 people to cross through the gates this year) and tennis is an integral part of the desert lifestyle.

So I’m a little disappointed that this Q&A with tournament director Steve Simon in The Desert Sun wasn’t more insightful or engaging. Perhaps he didn’t want to rock the boat; it wasn’t that long ago that the tournament was in danger of closing up shop in Indian Wells.

At the very least, this article reminds the readers about the changes the Sony Ericsson WTA tour plan to make under their “Roadmap to 2009.”

podcasts from the Artois Championships

The Stella Artois Championships launched the “first official tennis podcast.” It’s hosted by BBC commentator David Law and will include a weekly feature called “Commissioner McEnroe” hosted by John McEnroe

Subscribe to the podcast here.