short balls: nole’s hat tick + the grades are in

Nole’s hat habit: Here’s an article about Novak Djokovic fussing with his cap at the Key Biscayne final. Not a bad on-court tick, considering all the crotch-adjusting and butt-picking that goes on out there. (via CBS Sportsline)

For spring, a stellar Stella: Dan at No Man’s Land has readers putting Stella McCartney’s latest adidas gear to the test. The verdict: pricey, stylish, practical.

The grades are in: Matthew Cronin rates the ladies for the first quarter of 2007. He set the curve pretty high — no one got above an A-minus — reflecting the abundance of absences due to injuries (Sharapova, Henin, Mauresmo) and personal matters (divorce for Henin and an engagement for Clijsters). Everyone was distracted by something. The dust settled at Indian Wells and Key Biscayne, though, and the players should continue to do well and peak in time for this summer’s French Open.