short balls: uso week 1 version

Venus was clad in a new number from Eleven. (photo by richard perry/nyt via nytimes.com)

Beyond the tennis world, the US Open takes on a life of its own in the New York media when it comes to town. Most impressive so far has been the UrbanDaddy scoop on the WAGs of tennis players (wives and girlfriends, just in case you weren’t sure). While we haven’t heard of half these ladies, it was nice to see someone talk positive about Nicole Vaidisova for once. The best line? This one about Brooklyn Decker: “The woman so beautiful they named not only one of the Five Boroughs after her, but also a popular and affordable line of power tools.” We’re still wondering, though: who wins a cage match, Mirka or Kim Sears?!

You’d be hard pressed to find more comprehensive coverage of the Open than the New York Times (full disclosure: I’m helping with said coverage). The paper even went as far as to send a food critic out to sample the food court. While the Times does have gargantuan coverage, SI.com has a new tennis blog, Open Source, that’s operating during the tournament. Meanwhile, our fellows bloggers are providing stand-up coverage. FortyDeuceTwits has us in fits of laughter daily, DowntheLine! is always quotable (and has a great post/video of the Azarenka collapse) and Kenneth in the 212 couldn’t provide better tennis shirtless pics (rivaling ours?!) on a weekly basis.

Oh, and before the cut, another look at the arm art, er, tattoo, from one, Bethanie Mattek-Sands. This time, it matches her top.

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