seriously?



The description from the Big Fish Games website for the game “Venus: The Case of the Grand Slam Queen” –

“Step into Venus’s world and help her win another Grand Slam championship while she’s being hounded by an unknown stalker. Solve the mystery by unlocking clues and playing exciting Hidden Object games. Get an insider’s view on Venus’s life and passions, which include tennis, interior and fashion design, and dogs in Venus: The Case of the Grand Slam Queen. Help Venus win her championship, and put on a fantastic fashion show!”

Just when you think that Venus Williams‘ Oreos endorsement is odd, how about her starring in a video game where she gets stalked? Creeeeeeeeepy.

Buy: Venus: Case of the Grand Slam Queen; sample version free, full version is $6.99. (Bonus: if you’re thinking of sating your inner dork, pick up this $10 Tippr coupon that’ll get you $20 in computer games. At the time of posting, the coupon’s good for another 34 hours.

(image via Big Fish Games)

The Wiimbledon Wiinebago stays in Brooklyn



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Much to our disappointment, the Wiimbledon Wiinebago has decided to stay in Brooklyn (instead of making a cross-country trip, as they had originally planned). No more San Francisco event. Le sigh.

Good news to Brooklynites, though, because the event set at Barcade for Saturday, June 7, is still on.

What you really want to know about: Brooklyn Brewery will provide a three-hour open bar at Barcade. Prince is providing apparel, racquets (Wii ones, perhaps?), and shoes for winners. Brunswick will shell out Wii Bowling bags. More prizes to come.

Registration: Sign-ups for the 128-player bracket begins Monday, June 2; everything will be done online.

gaming: prince takes on the wii



Prince has announced that it will release miniature tennis racquets made specifically for play with Nintendo‘s Wii Sports pack — one of the more popular games on what’s currently the most popular video game console in the world.

While the New Jersey-based sports equipment manufacturer isn’t the first in the market to feed into the Wii Tennis frenzy, this move is a great way for Prince to reach a new audience. At least that’s the hope, says Linda Glassel, their Vice President of Marketing and Brand Image. Seeing the company’s “P” stencil might compel some gamers “head to the sporting goods section… either for the first time or to get back in the game.”

I like that the racquet comes with a built-in grip, which should lessen the chances of the Wii-mote flying out of your hand and breaking something.

But the molded plastic make of the racquet wasn’t exactly jiving with me. To this, Prince’s Zach Perles responds, “It is not like these are a scaled down O3 Speedport; these are safe, fun accessories. We are excited to provide the best racquets to players whether they are top juniors, elite touring pros, or Wii gamers.”

Fair enough. This is only a minor gripe, though. In the end, swinging a stick (of whatever material) does add to the Wii tennis experience. Still, the hardcore tennis fanatic in me wanted a weighted (even life-sized) racquet that would mimic real play. A man can dream, right?

Buy: The Prince Wii Tennis racquets ($14.99) will be available beginning November 15, 2007 at all Circuit City locations as well as online.

(photos by Prince)

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From September 4-6, Lexus will be staging the Lexus Virtual Open at Rockefeller Plaza, an event which will let Wii tennis fans compete for the chance to win a one-year lease on the Lexus IS-F (a sexy new sedan scheduled for a Spring 2008 release).

ESPN commentator Luke Jensen (above) will be on-site to emcee. And to make sure everyone is wearing their wrist straps.

They’ve erected a scaled-down version of a true tennis stadium (complete with bleachers!) for the competition. Absolutely no living room furniture in sight.

The two highest scorers will vie for the car, and additional prizes will be given out to others, including tickets to watch the US Open semifinals and finals in Lexus’ luxury suite. Also, Lexus will donate $1 to the Andy Roddick Foundation for every ace hit (up to $30,000).

Details: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; the event is free and open to the public. Participants can sign up on-site to play. For more information, visit www.myownpursuit.com. And TSF’ers: if you participate, make sure to tell us!

(photos via BB Public Relations)

short balls: connors, berdych, tracy austin is a smurf, etc.



Jimmy does Vogue: As if to remind the tennis public of the generation who first made tennis glam, this month’s Men’s Vogue does a piece on Jimmy Connors (now back in the fray as Andy Roddick‘s coach). Check it out. (more at MV‘s tennis hub)

If we lived in New York, we’d do the same: The NYT profiles some folks who play hookey to see matches at the Open.

Reality check: Tennis superstars Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have been mainstays in Forbes‘s lists this year (of richest female athletes, and richest celebrities). In Forbes‘ list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, though, these ladies don’t make the cut.

Andy and Pong, Lacoste style: TSF loves the Andy Roddick-inspired Pong over at the Lacoste website better than the Amex version from a few years ago.

Berdych gets ATP love: To help raise the Top 10er’s Q rating, the ATP made him his own card. Putting a face to a name is a great idea. (Newsday)

Tracy Austin is a smurf?: AIPT thinks that Tracy Austin needs a new stylist.

Graf sells her Miami house: Retired tennis great Steffi Graf is no stranger to real estate dealings — her investments in Idaho with hubby Andre Agassi are a hit — and she makes another move by putting her Miami digs up for sale for $3.5 million. (WSJ via Big Time Listings)