spotted in soho: marat, the retired



Looking like he was having a tough day of shopping, I bumped into Marat Safin in Soho this afternoon. Safin was joined by a blonde (Russian?!) shopping partner, but he was the one playing the mule, carrying a Ted Baker of London shopping bag and another from Uniqlo.

Safin was casual in jeans and adidas sneaks (of course). Though, I was a little surprised (or was I?!) to see him smoking a cig on their stroll.

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the one thing we learned on twitter



… was that Victoria Azarenka isn’t scared to drop the F-bomb. (And she doesn’t tank matches.) Azarenka pulled out with an injury today in her second round match against American Christina McHale at the clay tournament in Charleston.

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kellan watches over soho



While Fernando Verdasco keeps watch over the West Coast, Kellan Lutz is making sure all of SoHo, New York, stays safe with a new billboard at Houston and Lafayette Streets. No better way to ring in spring than with the Calvin Klein X Marks the Spot campaign.

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short balls: (surprise!) tennis gets dramatic



As Sania’s World Turns: There’s no better soap opera on tennis tour right now than Sania Mirza. She was married on Monday to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in an affair that has been showered in controversy.

One Story, One Match: The One Story series, which publishes out of Brooklyn, has its latest publication singing game, set and match. The story is set in the Federer-Sampras battle of Wimbledon circa 2001, with a fictional twist involving three ball kids. After reading it, I give Cheston Knapp two thumbs up for his crafting of the epic changing-of-the-guard match and the story he entwines within Centre Court.

Second to Sania and Shoaib, there’s Todd and Novak: For some reason, the player-coach break-up between Todd Martin and Novak Djokovic seems to be the tennis story of the century. While the break-up doesn’t have quite the political ramifications that Sania and Shoaib carry into their marriage, this story has gotten an absorbent of attention. For Novak, something had to change if he wants to be considered for another Slam. For Todd, well… for Todd, any press is good press.

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tsf podcast: troy and nick talk it out



TSF’s latest installment of our podcast is here! Click on the link to upload it to your iTunes (it only takes a minute) and listen here… TSF Podcast April 12, 2010

Included inside: Our take on Martina Navratilova‘s new battle; a discovery of a Tweeting Lindsay Davenport; talking about the girls of 1999; the epic break-up of Todd Martin and Novak Djokovic; what’s on the horizon for the new-and-improved Andy Roddick; chatting about the Odesnik-Querrey feud; what should tennis do in doping situations; and our predictions for the 2010 clay season.

(photo by .Longshanks via flickr)