short balls: wimby’s week 2

Week two at The Championships, Wimbledon is coming to a close. It’s most certainly been a wild ride, and TSF is pretty sure that this is one of our more favorite slams from the last few years. Can the final weekend produce the high-quality tennis (and drama!) that would put the cream on top of the strawberries?? We hope so. For now, let’s get to those short balls that haven’t quite been bouncing on the court but have been getting plenty action off of it…

Thumbs up to the folks over at Flavorwire for coming up with the seven films that are longer than the Isner-Mahut match. Didn’t know they existed? Neither did we. At first we didn’t think there could be anything more boring than watching two men serve bomb after bomb at one another for 11 hours, but The Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World (48 hours) sounds absolutely torturous. But don’t worry, that’s just a third the length of Cinematon, which is almost a week long (150 hours). Hand over the popcorn and the triple shot cappuccino, y’all, we’re gunna need it!

The city of San Diego is double fist-pumping after it was announced earlier this week that it will host the Fed Cup final between the US and Italy. San Diego lost its beloved WTA Tour stop two years ago during a restructuring by the tour, but it was announced earlier this year that the Mercury Insurance Open would return to the tennis hotbed, and with the announcement of the Fed Cup final San Diego is swagging like Birmingham, Ala., did a few months ago.

The days of teen domination of the WTA Tour? Probably over. At least that’s what Doug Robson wrote this week in USA Today, siting the success of veterans Francesca Schiavone, Sam Stosur and Vera Zvonareva at recent slams. Want other evidence that the teens are going the way of the dinosaur on tour? Robson notes just one teen is in the top 10 (can you name her?!) and six are in the top 100. Speaking of the youngsters: Brit Laura Robson (no relation to Doug) has advanced to the semifinals of the juniors draw at Wimbledon.

Want some French fashion to make your Wimbledon feel complete? Yeah, we understand that doesn’t make complete sense, but if Serena can don her nails in diamonds and strawberries, then we can help reveal the secrets of a French woman’s style. What’s stylish for a former Wimbledon champ from France who’s now retired? See above. She couldn’t look better, even as a coach.

And yes, we heard about Jennifer Capriati this week. Who didn’t? But, what to write? It’s impossible to know whether the claims of a suicide attempt are true, or if Capriati was indeed taking prescription medications or if it was another type of overdose. In any case, this might have been the kind of incident that will turn Capriati’s life for the better. As far as we knew here at TSF, she was still mulling a comeback to the tour, but it might be safe now to officially write “Retired” next to her name and see her blossoming in new and different ways. We can only hope.

(photo by getty images)

san diego tourney says goodbye to tier I status

We’ve heard a lot of hemming and hawing about Monte Carlo and Hamburg losing their Masters Series designations, so here’s a post about the little women:

As a part of the SEWTA’s Road Map 2010, the Acura Classic will lose its Tier I status. And its promoters, Raquel Giscafre and Jane Stratton, are closing up shop instead of fighting the SEWTA’s decision.

(Another unfortunate victim of this change is the USTA, whose U.S. Open Series — an excellent marketing campaign for the summer hard court North American tournaments that has gained traction in the last few years [save for the confusing points race] — will have to be retooled.)

steffi grafThe San Diego Union-Tribune did a story on the duo, who built this tournament into a must-stop for the elite female players. Steffi Graf (right) won here 4 times, Venus Williams thrice, and Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport each racked up two trophies. This tournament also has the distinction of being the last one Graf played as a pro; she retired during her second round match against Amy Frazier in 1999.

amanda coetzer On a personal note: This is the first pro event I ever attended, in 1997. I still remember making the drive to the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad (the host venue). I saw Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario play Sandrine Testud and Monica Seles beat Ai Sugiyama. I even stood in line to get Amanda Coetzer‘s autograph (left).

I’ll be sad to see it go.

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