short balls: the privacy game



The area between “leave me alone” and “look at me!” has grown even smaller this week in the tennis community, as Twitter continues its all-out take-over of the social media scene and a former tennis star goes from (totally) broke to (almost) married.

Twitterology: Twitter.com has gone from just another social media site to the site of major studies, analyses and controversy. You all remember the controversy at the US Open, when the governing bodies of tennis told players not to Tweet during matches due to match-fixing and online betting. Recently, a study was released from Rutgers University that said “1 of 5 Twitter users are ‘informers,’ and post info such as links to news articles. The other 80% are ‘meformers.’ The latter posts updates mostly about them.” Gail Sideman of Publiside relayed that info to TSF, and when we dug further we found that Rutgers isn’t the only one diving into the world of Twitterology (the study of Twitter, duh!). Tennis.com‘s James Martin had this to say about players personalities after reviewing their Tweets. So, are Andy and Serena informers or meformers?! You tell us.

“I do” (Accept Money from You): Seems as though former star Mark Philippoussis just can’t catch a break. A few days after it was announced that the former Top 10 player was engaged to “Law and Order” actress Jennifer Esposito, there are now reports that the Scud has begun accepting bids from news outlets for the exclusive rights to photograph his wedding. Philippoussis has run into lots of financial trouble (and romantic trouble — remember “Age of Love”?!) in the past, but looks like he’s cleaned up both those problems in the matter of days! So much for that intimate setting, huh? Game, Set, Class!

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Step Down, Please: Looks as though the ever-futuristic Doha is taking a page out of Wimbledon’s playbook. Tickets went on sale for the Season Ending Championships and people actually stood in line for them! Who wudda thunk it?! 

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pat and his ponytail praised; philippoussis ponders life post-tennis



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Patrick Rafter got some more icing on his already sweet career cake with an induction to the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame. The ceremony, which included an unveiling of a Rafter bust, happened before the 2008 Australian Open women’s final between Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic. Those are some mad crow’s feet. Remember to wear your eye cream, people!

Though we were bigger fans of Pat with his buzz-short hair (circa 2001), it’s only appropriate that they immortalize him in the ponytail he sported while tearing through the North American hardcourts in the late 90s.

Rafter won back-to-back U.S. Open titles (’97, ’98), reached the finals of Wimbledon twice (’00, ’01), and the semis of Roland Garros (’97) and the Australian (’01). See a list of his 11 career titles here.

Meanwhile, his compatriot Mark Philippoussis suffered what could possibly be his last tennis-related injury in December while attempting to qualify for this home Grand Slam. “I won’t lie – but at the moment I’m just enjoying spending time with my family and friends,” he told The Age last week — which means he hasn’t given ATP Tour play any thought. Flip doesn’t even have a tentative schedule planned out. Le sigh, it all went downhill after being up a set and 2-1 (but on serve) against Sampras in the 1999 Wimbledon semis.

(Photos by Getty Images)

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short balls: australian open edition



Aussie Open in trouble?: A report published by Tennis Australia recommends much-needed upgrades to Melbourne Park. TA is asking for $300 million in funding for capital improvements so they can stay competitive with other tournaments that could soon vie for major status. As you may know, there have been grumbligs about a Grand Slam in Asia, the Middle East or Central/Eastern Europe. (Herald Sun)

Flipping out: It’s a story all-too familiar in the life of Mark Philippoussis: he is making his way through the Aussie Open qualies but could have his journey ended by his nagging knee injury. And it’s probably not helping his psyche that some juniors are writing him off. (ABC, The Age)

Prodigal Aussie: And the once-estranged Jelena Dokic, who earlier this year decided to accept help from Tennis Australia, is on track to nab the women’s wild card for the Australian Open (The Age)

With a little help from my friends: Hotlantan Robby Ginepri is none closer to the Aussie Open wild card, even after his Davis Cup buddies (Andy Roddick, James Blake, et al.) sent a letter to the USTA asking for them to grant Ginepri the spot. Unfortunately, the governing body’s age-limit rule — wild cards can’t go to guys over 22 years of age — took him out of the running. He’ll make his way down to Melbourne for qualifying, with coach Jose Higueras in tow. (Florida Sun-Sentinel)

R.I.P. Fellow Socal blogger Kat, aka Lady Hooligan, will take down her 18-month-old webzine at the end of the year (you can browse it ’til then.) Thankfully, she hasn’t given up on publishing completely. She’ll continue to blog here.

Andy and Serena: A write-up on Andy Roddick‘s homecoming exhibition in Omaha. (via Craig)

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More tattered jeans: Andy really loves his beat-up denim. He wore it out taking Brooklyn Decker to Manhattan. (JustJared via DTL)

Judy Murray at the LTA: The Evening Standard checks in with super tennis parent Judy Murray and how she’s slowly revamping the LTA’s junior program.

fashion and tattoos in tennis week’s best of ’07



The new issue of Tennis Week (“The Best of 2007″) includes these two fun spreads on fashion… and tattoos!

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Tattoo watch: A mix of our usual suspects (the armband on Carlos Moya, Mark Philippoussis, Marat Safin‘s monkey) plus ones we hadn’t seen before, like the tattoos on Mara Santangelo and bad boy John McEnroe.

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Best fashion statements: Kudos for including Marat’s necklaces (Butter: are you paying attention?), Arnaud Clement‘s buffs, and the great style of Maria Kirilenko in adidas. But really, did we need to see Roger Federer‘s white Wimbledon get-up again? My choice would’ve been the U.S. Open tuxedo.

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more trophies: ferreira beats courier in dallas



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McEnroe Declares “The Age of Love Is Over” In Third-Place Win Over Philippoussis That He Dedicates To “The Old Girls”

DALLAS, TEXAS -– Wayne Ferreira of South Africa defeated Jim Courier of the United States 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 (Champions Tie-Break) Sunday to win the $142,000 Stanford Championships, his second title of 2007 on the Outback Champions Series and his third career title on global circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30.

Ferreira collected a paycheck of $46,000 for winning two round-robin matches and the championship match. He also (Continue reading after the cut…)