- A second life: The legendary Andre Agassi is featured on the cover of Outside's Go magazine and discusses his dream of becoming the next Donald Trump saying, "This [Tamarack] [...] is more important than what I did with the game. We're creating a platform for life here. ... In tennis, there's no coaching, no passing the ball. It's problem solving at its purest. And that's what business is: galvanizing and solving problems."
- Doubling up: The former World No. 1 doubles team of Mahesh Bhupathi + Leander Paes (who has more pressing issues to worry about) have put their past squabbles behind and will pair up for the Beijing Olympics. In 2006, after Paes questioned Bhupathi's fitness and commitment following India's early exit from the Asian Games men's team event, the pair refused to play together until now.
- Nolewear: Are you a fan of sexy Serb Novak Djokovic? Well here's a chance to wear own a piece of him: Tennis Served Fresh has uncovered Stick it Wear?! which features a line of men's + women's t-shirts and tank-tops featuring the Aussie Open champ's backhand "pose".
- Nate Cunningham over at Tennis Diary made already made his end-of-season ranking predictions for the men and women then felt pressured by readers to defend his choice for men's year-end No. 1.
- "Tennis mom": Bridget Wilson-Sampras talks mommyhood with BabyRazzi.com and shows her enjoyment of using quotes around important terms such as "mommy", "date night", "giver", "family unit", and "self-full". These must be insider terms in the Sampras house, because we can't fathom what any of them mean. Oh Bridget, please help us understand!
- If you think tennis is all about fashion, gossip, and controversy (that just might be us), then you must read Sportingo's article on the sport, which reminds us it's good for your health, too. According to the piece, "People who play tennis three hours a week (at a moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause." So, what if you just write about it?
- Man, machine, or both: Check out the pedal-powered tennis ball launcher, created for a Specialized Innovate-or-Die contest. We love the dramatically moving background score to the video...an Oscar-winning touch.
Father knows best: Robin Borg, son of 11-time Grand Slam champ Bjorn Borg, is following in his famous father's footsteps, though he's taking a decidedly different path.
PHOTO OP: Looks like British baller Jamie Baker's having some personal issues...
(image via mediabistro.com & AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)