short balls: serena bananas over her 'berry, loving the aussie women, ncaa tennis, etc.

Serena goes bananas over ‘berry: Serena Williams blogged so dramatically about losing her Blackberry in Paris (realizing its disappearance while shopping at Fendi, no less) that Down The Line! thinks she’s just lost her marbles.

Coria’s quiet return: The Argentine accepted a wild card into a tourney this week, and he crashed out in the first round. (La Legion Argentina)

Articles are getting a bum rap: TTC drops one of its Ts (guess which one?) and announce it via a press release worthy of The Onion. There was really no way to make a big serious deal about this…

Aussie love: Ex-troubled teen Jelena Dokic finally speaks about her decision to return to pro tennis (with the help of Tennis Australia). Meanwhile, the adorable Nick McCarvel has been missing Molik and hopes she’ll make a strong start in 2008.

Partners in crime: Speaking of, Nick and his transatlantic sidekick, Troy Venechanos, brought us good blogging from the Madrid Masters. In part two, check out the photo of yet another big purse from Mirka

Over it: I’m so over the match-fixing scandal, so I’ll leave it to Stephanie Myles to keep you informed.

What difference a year makes: Ahh, it seems like the NCAA tennis season just ended, yet we’re already into the second major tourney of the new season. Colette Lewis lists the seeds and wonders what happened to the men of UCLA and to USC darling Lindsey Nelson.

short balls: alexandra stevenson should retire, orange county represents, how young is too young?, etc.

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First Roger, now Lleyton: Tennis fans Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale get their tennis fix by arranging a playdate between son Kingston and Lleyton Hewitt‘s daughter Mia. (Telegraph)

The train has made its final stop: Columnist Jerry Magee pleads with Alexandra Stevenson to call it a career and hang up her racquet. (San Diego Union Tribune)

The Fed Cup Chronicles: Down the Line! has been following the buzz sourrounding Sharapova and the Russian Fed Cup team, in case you were wondering.

Murray playing smarter: The one-year anniversary of the partnership between Andy Murray and Brad Gilbert is around the corner, and Tim Henman thinks the marriage has done Andy good. (Telegraph)

Irvinian nabbed by IMG, Nike: Along with being the top seed at this week’s USTA Boys’ 18 National Championships, O.C.’s Michael McClune has a deal with Nike and a contract with IMG. Congrats! (Kalamazoo Gazette)

More O.C.: Villa Park’s Lindsey Nelson entered the qualies at last week’s Bank of the West Classic, losing in the second round. I heard she had a quad injury, so I’m glad to see her playing.

Early bird catching worms?: The Postmen doesn’t agree with the decision to send off five-year-old Jan Silva to a French training academy. Is it ever too early to train a kid that intensely? (USA Today)

They can empty your pockets sooner: The self-serve kiosk used by Polo Ralph Lauren at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon received an award at a Vegas trade show. (source)

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(OT) In architecture, rise and fall: The Burj Dubai is already the tallest skyscraper in the world and it’s not even completely built. In Johannesburg, Ponte City (above) — the southern hemisphere’s tallest residential skyscraper and an excellent example of brutalism — gets a second wind. Also, the Washington Times mourns the demise of sketching as a trade practice.

(OT) Coke’s subtle makeover: In case you didn’t notice

(OT) Adding to things my countrymen — and one country..err woman — are known for: Surely you’ve seen these awesome performances from a jail in Cebu.

(Ponte City photo via Archidose)

short balls "c" edition: carson, canas, cbs, college tennis, etc.

It’s on for Carson: The city adds a few more notches to its tennis belt. The Home Depot Center will host both a men’s and women’s Challenger tournaments in the early summer.

Not so fast, TTC: CBS announced that they have cut a more profitable deal with the USTA in renewing their coverage of the U.S. Open and U.S. Open series tournaments. CBS has rights through 2011. And the TTC is chugging along with its own plans of domination, offering free previews of the channel in different media markets. (via Variety and Tennis News)

Roger & Me: The only thing I love more than stories about meeting players are references to I Love Lucy. [via Kenneth in the (212)]

canas roma 07Canas has finally arrived: The TimesNeil Harman sums up Guillermo Canasreturn to tennis elite after a 15-month doping-related suspension. Sad moment: soon after the doping scandal broke, Canas was turned away from the U.S. Open as a spectator.

After this week’s TMS Rome, the Argentinian will no longer need to play qualies. And he has no points to defend between now and September. Will he join the rest of the top 20, picking up Federer’s sloppy seconds, or will he be feasting from the Swiss rankings pie? Something tells me it’s the latter. He’s currently 3-1 against the world number one.

Local NCAA players return to Athens: Pepperdine looks to repeat as the men’s team champions, Trojan Lindsey Nelson looks to avenge her loss in last year’s final against Cardinal Suzi Babos (who Nelson beat in last month’s Pac-10 championship), and UCLA’s Benjamin Kohlloeffel will defend his men’s singles crown.

Borg’s back: After a seven-year absence, Wimbledon legend Bjorn Borg will make an appearance at this year’s tournament. He seems to have made peace with the sport after all these years. The Swede will also play the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament (an exhibition, of course) in mid-June. (via the Evening Standard)

speaking of teenagers playing ten years ago…

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from The Desert Sun

There’s someone else to add to the list of teenage phenoms from the late 90′s:

Along with Guga, Mirjana Lucic accepted a wildcard into Indian Wells to start her comeback. She had a good start yesterday, defeating Southern Californian Lindsey Nelson 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the first round. Props to Lindsey, though. She’s working hard herself, but just ran into someone who’s been to the semifinals of Wimbledon.

Here’s a sad (comprehensive) account of Mirjana’s life after that run-in with Graf. A lot of terrible things happened, but now she’s back and focused on her tennis.

When she’s a little more in her groove, we can talk to her about that outfit. No thank you, Martha!

via OutSports.com