Google Down the Line!: + THURSDAY NETCORDS: Venus & Serena, US Open seed report, Andy's troubles...Tim says farewell, being a ballboy (or girl) and more


Thursday, August 23, 2007

+ THURSDAY NETCORDS: Venus & Serena, US Open seed report, Andy's troubles...Tim says farewell, being a ballboy (or girl) and more


(image courtesy of fotoizm)

- Farewell: Britain's Tim Henman is retiring after Davis Cup in September.

- The Sisters Sledge, Venus and Serena Williams,will be opening the night sessions at the US Open, with both sisters playing Monday evening after the tribute to Althea Gibson on the 50th anniversary of her win in New York.

- Reality check: Some in the media are criticizing the US Open Series commercials for suggesting the players in the spots are playing the tournaments and coming to a town near you. Geez, if we believed that then we'd believe cavemen really were living in LA and starring in their own TV show. Get a grip.

- The NY Sun profiles Roddick's year so far, and gives us this stat: "Roddick has had one of the worst years of his career as a returner [...] This year, he has won only 17% of his return games, 5% less than last year. In the four return categories tracked by the men's tour — return games won, points won off first serves, points won off second serves, and break points won — Roddick ranks among the worst in the game. He doesn't break the top 50 in a single category and is ranked 60 or below in three of them." Coached by one of the greatest returners in the history of tennis, what gives?

- SI's Jon Wertheim services his men's and women's seed reports for the US Open...no surprise on the men's draw, but check out his semifinal bracket for the women...interesting.

- Playing with balls: A inside look at the ball(person) tryouts, and images of those who made the cut in action

- Daily Racquet wonders: Was the AGK Ball Lounge Chair from the Agassi Graf Collection inspired by Unisphere at the USTA National Tennis Center?

- New York magazine, our latest obsession, gives their tips for enjoying the US Open experience. Our personal fave: "Family drama! Juniors matches are also held during the Open, and they can be riveting. It’s especially fun to pick out the parents and watch the match through their facial expressions and gesticulations."

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