short balls: bausch & lomb’s blurry future, the pain of college sports, wanna be on wife swap?

Potito Starace - Maradona

Kiss and make up: Italian player Potito Starace holds up a jersey signed by former Napoli forward Diego Maradona, who heckled Potito at his quarterfinal loss against David Nalbandian at the Buenos Aires tournament last month. Apparently, it got heated enough that Starace, a fan of Napoli, threatened to bash a racquet in Maradona’s teeth. With the autograph, Potito will make this water under the bridge. (Reuters)

By the way, I saw Potito at Indian Wells (playing doubles with partner Juan Monaco) and the guy is bigger than I thought!

Bausch & Lomb has a blurry future: Due to recent legislation preventing Bausch & Lomb from using their Amelia Island event to entertain physicians, the medical company will step down as the title sponsor after this year. If you have $450,000 lying around, buy yourself a tournament! (TW)

What Andy wants: Besides a new coach (likely), Andy Roddick also wants some changes made to Davis Cup. Team USA will face France in North Carolina April 11-13, 2008.

Richard Williams hates “the white man”: Were we really surprised?

College isn’t all it’s cracked up to be: For athletes in non-revenue sports (e.g., tennis), college life can be a beeyotch, as documented in the New York Times‘s three-parter, The Scholarship Divide”. ZooTennis‘ reaction: “I’ve probably been guilty myself of romanticizing the college experience; for a student-athlete, it is a very demanding four years, especially when your ‘play’ has become your ‘work.’”

Next move: Monica Seles capitalizes on her current celebrity upswing by selling her untitled memoir to Avery, an imprint of Penguin. Expect the tome on shelves by March 2009. (TW)

Did you know? Swede Jonas Bjorkman has two children, Max and Bianca. The only other tennis father I know of his Lleyton Hewitt. Who am I missing? Further reading: Check out Jonas’ official website.

(OT) Did you know? Before this week, Versace had not had any floor space at Barney’s for 15 years. Donatella Versace was on hand at a party to commemorate this occasion. The current collection, advertised with a Patrick Dempsey-centric campaign, can be seen here. (FWD)

FYI: For the Beijing Olympics, Rodney Harmon — not Patrick McEnroe — will coach the U.S. men. (src)

Flippin’ through: March issue of GQ, “Guide to Betting on Sports”: Rule #15: Russian tennis players can be bought. Ouch.

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(photo via Gazzetta dello Sport)