In this case, that winner was The West Side Tennis Club stadium at Forest Hills, which survived a club members’ vote to destroy the stadium and use the site to build luxury condos. A two-thirds majority was needed for the condo deal to go through, but members instead voted in a 123-123 tie. The future of the club, which hosted the US Open until its move to Flushing Meadows in 1978, is now unknown.
Potty Problem: In case you missed it, Ana Ivanovic had a little bathroom trouble in Linz while working her way to her first career title in two years. FortyDeuce has the video (second from the top). Ivanovic was docked a game for taking too long a break in her second round match against Barbora Strycova.
You betchya: Depending on which way you see it, Roger Federer‘s name was (or is?!) swirling in a betting controversy that claimed Fed provided insider info to IMG agent Ted Forstmann during the 2007 French Open. Federer claims to have no part in the scandal, but a few days after the story broke, Forstmann admitted to betting, but said he received no insider info.
Austrian alliance: Thomas Muster continues his comeback attempt in Vienna this week, where he lucked out by not only receiving a wildcard into the main draw, but then getting a lucky loser in the opening round after Ernests Gulbis pulled out for “personal reasons”. Our fave Austrian, Jurgen Melzer, is the tourney’s top seed.
More short balls including a survey of surveys, short(er) balls and another look at The West Side Tennis Club after the cut.
Survey love: The WTA has doled out its survey for the 2010 season. Six categories are up for grabs for players, including Player of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year and Best Dressed on (and Off!) the Court. Those two fashion choices are separate awards (as they should be). Meanwhile, Tennis Channel‘s James LaRosa has his own hilarious quiz up on what kind of WTA fan you might be. If you haven’t seen it, swing by and check it out. As always we’re Kiri-ous about what you’re thinking on our Sunday Survey.
short(er) balls: We’re still curious about the entry photo to Svetlana Kuznetsova‘s web site. Does Sveta approve of this? It just seems so… unlike her, no? | The NYT made note last week of the slow migration from skinnier, smaller-built male models of yesteryear to the bigger, more well-built guys that are getting the modeling gigs these days. Kind of like the Agassi-to-Rafa trend? We think so. | BiddingForGood.com has a one-hour tennis hit session with Federer fan Gavin Rossdale up for grabs currently. The high bid? $3,600. Hopefully he’ll wear some short shorts… | In case you’ve already forgotten, Andy Murray made quick work of Federer a couple weeks ago in Shanghai. Steve Tignor wrote on Tennis.com about how we should all take a moment to appreciate Murray’s success, and not necessarily ask: what’s next?? | And the top 25 newspapers with “Likes” on facebook are… | Rafa pulls a Serena (in a good way) and opens a school. His is in India and is aptly named the “Rafael Nadal Tennis School.” | Dolce & Gabanna now sponsoring a boxing team in Italy. | Venus‘ year in pictures. | Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi now a sports agent. Client number one? Sania Mirza. | The NBA has banned this shoe for being ‘unfair’. Cue skyrocketing sales. | 37-year-old Patrick Rafter was named Australia’s new Davis Cup coach. | American player Brian Battistone had a historic win last week in doubles: Battistone (and his jumping serve) became the first player to ever win an ATP match using a double-handled racket. | Former collegiate champion wrester and gay-rights advocate Hudson Taylor is looking pretty good in these NoH8 photos with his fiancee.
Below, The West Side Tennis Club hosting one of its many US tournaments.
(West Side Tennis Club photo via flickr page)