short balls: wednesday edition



Before you croak…: Of the 101 things ESPN.com suggests that all sports fans must experience before they die, three tennis events made the list: Wimbledon (No. 9), the U.S. Open (No. 30), and — to Collette Lewissurprise — the USTA boys tennis championship (No. 71) in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Venus’ significant win: I wish more headlines reminded us that Venus was the first recipient of prize money at Wimbledon. And kudos to her for thanking Billie Jean King during the trophy ceremony.

Chasing Borg: Speaking of past champion in the stands, Bjorn Borg made a long-awaited appearance at this year’s tournament to bid farewell to one of his few remaining records. But even before Roger Federer was chasing the record of five Wimbledon titles, another man was after the Swede. Here’s a journalist’s recount of how he nabbed Borg’s first post-retirement interview, a task that took him all the way to Kathmandu.

On watching old tennis matches: James Fallows of The Atlantic weighs in on watching classic tennis matches. Perhaps this is what broadcasters use to justify tape-delaying all those matches during the second week.

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Comments

  1. G’day from Melbourne, Australia

    I’m delighted that you found my post about the Borg retirement interview. The strange thing is that I completely forgot to ask him why he was never as enthusiastic about playing Davis Cup as was his arch rival John McEnroe, whose patriotism always shone through.

    Cheers

    David McMahon

  2. I’ll go to the USTA boys tennis championchips with you! We can get matching shirts that have a picture of a chicken on one side and a hawk on the other!

    XO

  3. I’ve got the picture of the chicken ready…. you find the hawk, ok?

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