short balls "c" edition: carson, canas, cbs, college tennis, etc.

It’s on for Carson: The city adds a few more notches to its tennis belt. The Home Depot Center will host both a men’s and women’s Challenger tournaments in the early summer.

Not so fast, TTC: CBS announced that they have cut a more profitable deal with the USTA in renewing their coverage of the U.S. Open and U.S. Open series tournaments. CBS has rights through 2011. And the TTC is chugging along with its own plans of domination, offering free previews of the channel in different media markets. (via Variety and Tennis News)

Roger & Me: The only thing I love more than stories about meeting players are references to I Love Lucy. [via Kenneth in the (212)]

canas roma 07Canas has finally arrived: The TimesNeil Harman sums up Guillermo Canasreturn to tennis elite after a 15-month doping-related suspension. Sad moment: soon after the doping scandal broke, Canas was turned away from the U.S. Open as a spectator.

After this week’s TMS Rome, the Argentinian will no longer need to play qualies. And he has no points to defend between now and September. Will he join the rest of the top 20, picking up Federer’s sloppy seconds, or will he be feasting from the Swiss rankings pie? Something tells me it’s the latter. He’s currently 3-1 against the world number one.

Local NCAA players return to Athens: Pepperdine looks to repeat as the men’s team champions, Trojan Lindsey Nelson looks to avenge her loss in last year’s final against Cardinal Suzi Babos (who Nelson beat in last month’s Pac-10 championship), and UCLA’s Benjamin Kohlloeffel will defend his men’s singles crown.

Borg’s back: After a seven-year absence, Wimbledon legend Bjorn Borg will make an appearance at this year’s tournament. He seems to have made peace with the sport after all these years. The Swede will also play the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament (an exhibition, of course) in mid-June. (via the Evening Standard)

short balls: an american young'un, some french politics, and a belgian study

America’s future: With all this recent buzz surrounding Sam Querrey and Vania King, let’s not forget that not too long ago, we couldn’t stop talking about Donald Young. ESPN’s Bonnie DeSimone tells us what he’s been up to.

Political endorsements de rigueur: First Martina Navratilova, then Billie Jean King. Now, it’s Yannick Noah’s turn. Fresh from celebrating his son’s team’s victory over Ohio State, Yannick Noah jumps on the endorsement bandwagon for an upcoming presidential election in France. (via BBC News)

Some French trivia: In case you were wondering, Nicolas Escude‘s brother plays professional soccer. (via UEFA.com)

For those who don’t fear statistical data: A reassuring study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Sports Economics concludes that female tennis players don’t play any worse when the odds are against them to win (e.g., because of a lower ranking, or a bad head-to-head record). Makes sense. In fact, the women are likely playing better than usual, since they have nothing to lose.

And if you want even more reading: Consider today’s issue of Court Coverage, and an all-video post from Off the Baseline.

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short balls: billie jean king for HRC, sharapova on chernobyl, jon wertheim, etc.

Billie Jean KingBillie Jean King’s men are hustling, too: Not to be outdone by all the recent activity of the other out gay retired tennis player, Billie Jean is making the rounds, earlier this month accepting the Alan King Passion Award at the Pacific Life Open, and today announcing her endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton as president. Clinton, on King: “[She is] an inspiration to women everywhere [who] spent her life breaking down barriers, and I’m honored to have her support.” (via The San Francisco Examiner)

Sharapova, the ambassador: The Telegraph published a story about what motivated Maria Sharapova to become a U.N. ambassador. (It was Chernobyl.) Here’s her take on philanthropy:

“The coolest thing about making money is that you are able to give back,” Sharapova said. “You have the opportunity to help people. You can only buy so many cars, so many houses, so many dresses and so many pairs of shoes, but it’s not going to make you happy. But helping to save lives is incredible. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing that is.”

(via Tennis News)

It’s Wednesday: So it’s time to read — on your break — Sports Illustrated columnist Jon Wertheim’s mailbag. You should read it every week.

Laureus Awards Presenters: Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and Desperate Housewives stars Eva Longoria and Kyle MacLachlan, along with Argentinian supermodel Valeria Mazza and Spanish flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes, are all scheduled to present at the Laureus World Sports Awards. Tennis players nominated include: Federer, Henin, Mauresmo, Sharapova, and Serena. (via the Southern Daily Echo)

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