short balls: serbian or croatian?, nadal's pants fit just fine



Nike sighs relief: You know the folks at Nike won’t have their panties in a wad after Rafa Nadal owns up to his butt-picking ways. He blames the bad habit on just that — a habit — and not Nike’s inability to tailor clothes:

“It’s not the fault of the clothes. It’s a habit that I picked up when I was competing when I was young. I am trying to break the habit, but it’s not easy.” (Time)

Get it right: The announcer at Rogers Cup trophy ceremony said that Nole was from Croatia and not Serbia, which caused an uproar and a subsequent apology from Tennis Canada. Djokovic handled the mistake with class, but there are some who want the announcer fired.

Calm down folks. I can think of at least two other people who would be in line to get fired before this guy, and I’m sure they still have their jobs. Besides, after being corrected by Nole in front of the entire tennis-watching world, I’m sure the announcer will make sure to do better research for next year’s tourney.

Novak’s record: Roger and Rafa aren’t the only one breaking tennis records. Djokovic is the first player since Boris Becker in Stockholm ’94 to beat the top three seeds in the same tournament. He’s also the first player to beat Roger and Rafa in the same tournament.

Djokovic’s sausage: The next best thing to a shirtless Nole is him cooking and consuming a huge amount of “mixed meat”. (Fagistan)

Video from the fashion show: Butter provides us video from the ATP Fashion Show in Montreal. Alas, it doesn’t include this.

“College is overrated:” Some guy waiting with me at the bus stop had that written on his shirt (how appropriate). Peter Bodo, fortch, thinks otherwise. Because of the successes of John Isner and James Blake, he’s pushing to make college tennis a viable segue into pro tennis, and ZooTennis agrees.

How Courier plays on the green stuff: Jim Courier reveals his secret to playing on grass: “I don’t transition for (it). I try to make grass bend to my will… I have no intention of becoming a serve and volleyer; I’m going to dance with the date I brought, as the saying goes, and look for my forehand and follow it to net when appropriate.” Note to the USTA: don’t let Jim coach any of our kids during the grass season! (Outback Series)

Kalamazoo winner: Michael McClune wins the Boys’ 18 singles title and Tennys Sandgren wins the Boys’ 16 at Kalamazoo. Congrats. McClune also makes it into the main draw of the Open with a wild card. (Zoo Tennis)

Kids’ Day: The USTA has announced the line-up for this year’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

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)