short balls: your top five, serena's toilet paper, 2008 'players to watch', etc.



Who’s in your Top Five? If you yet to chime in on your favorite ATP players (tennis talent aside), you can do so here.

Just like the rest of us…: You can sleep better at night knowing that Serena Williams runs out of toilet paper, just like the rest of us. (Oprah)

And then, like proof of being an adult, my first electric bill arrived—$1,500! I couldn’t believe it. Suddenly I understood why Daddy was always telling me to turn out the lights. Another time I came home from a tournament and—click! No lights. Our power had been turned off because I hadn’t paid the bill on time. There I was, the 1999 U.S. Open champ, sitting alone in my big house in the dark. I was constantly running out of groceries, toiletries, and little things I needed. That’s when you realize what it means to be an adult: when you’re on your own and you run out of toilet paper.

Serena in Omaha: On her way back from Florida (after celebrating sister Venus‘s graduation and the launch of EleVen), Serena will join Andy Roddick, Sam Querrey, and Ashley Harkleroad for the Rock-n-Rackets exhibition in Andy’s hometown of Omaha.

2008 Players to Watch: I’ve been enjoying OnTheBaseline as Aaress fleshes out her list of players to watch next season. (Marija‘s been helping her out, too.)

Jankovic stars in Reebok show: Jelena Jankovic (and her new nose) will try to up their Q rating to that of fellow superstars Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic. Jelena is the subject of an episode of Framed, a show produced by Reebok Entertainment and which features a look into the lives of the sports company’s sponsored athletes. The program (airing on IFC) debuts tonight. (via WTB)

US AO WC: Congrats to Madison Brengle for nabbing the female US wildcard for the 2008 Aussie Open. The men — giant John Isner, Canas lookalike Wayne Odesnik, lefty Jesse Levine, and Alex Kuznetsov — will participate in a round-robin tourney that will determine the winner of the men’s wild card. (USTA via ZooTennis)

Crazy year for sports: I don’t know about you, but I feel a little better about tennis’ name being tarnished by cocaine and match-fixing this year, if only because it’s not anomalous: with Michael Vick‘s dog fighting, Tim Donaghy‘s scheming, and George J. Mitchell‘s steroid report, tennis is just like one of the gang! Screw Roger Federer‘s accomplishments — this is how we’re breaking into American pop culture.