Google Down the Line!: + TUESDAY NETCORDS: Bid on Shrieka's bag...More ATP CEO news...The $100 million dollar roof

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

+ TUESDAY NETCORDS: Bid on Shrieka's bag...More ATP CEO news...The $100 million dollar roof

* Maria Sharapova is auctioning off an autographed Nike duffle bag to support her Foundation. According to her site, the bag is "a soft gold color accented by shimmery gold trim. This bag has been personally used by Maria and is gently worn." What, "gently worn" as in "kinda tore up"? I love the spin - bid here.

* Jelena Dokic, who is currently in Melbourne and will try to qualify for the Aussie Open, had some advice for prodigy Bernard Tomic who is being investigated by the ITF for allegedly walking off the court during a match at his father's urging. "From parents, to managers, to everything - there's a lot of pressure. You just have to surround yourself with the best possible team that you can, who are really positive and who are there for you no matter what happens," says Jelena. Aren't stage parents the worst?

* Roger Federer + Andy Roddick have both finished in the ATP Top 10 for seven consecutive years

* Project 45 is in full effect

* The USTA + Tennis Australia have more in common than they may think (hint: something about sinking tennis programs or something). And apparently, Aussie legend Ken Rosewall feels the same way.

* Former French Open finalist Martin Verkerk, who has struggled with injuries for years, has retired due to lack of motivation.

* Check out the Fila Winter Court Dress ($53) featuring the following details: a scoop neck, contrast binding around neckline and armholes, contrast inset on left strap, contrast mesh V-shape, and an embroidered Fila F-box on front left hem. 23.5" body length. A simple dress with great colors for the season.

* Via "Adam Helfant, the former vice president of global sports marketing at Nike, is the frontrunner for the [ATP] CEO spot. The SportsBusiness Journal reported the contrary, saying that Patrice Clerc, the former Roland Garros TD, is the frontrunner, largely because many of the players want a European named. The tour is holding its final interviews this week in New York. The SBJ also reported that Mark Young, the ATP head of the Americas, and Brad Drewett, who runs the international division, are also up for the job." They must be MAD man. Why would they want this "thankless" job??

* The USTA will need to pony up an estimated $100 million to install the much-needed retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium. How will they do that might you ask? USTA managing director Danny Zausner told SportsBusiness Journal, "Maybe there’s an NBA opportunity." How very intriguing!

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  1. If by "gently worn" you mean she's only carried Dolce in it a few times...

  2. erin: LMAO! OMG good one. So what you're telling me is that it may have Dolce droppings? Buyer def beware. EWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Mwuhahaha, gently worn duffle bag, full with dog turd on sale!

  4. That dress is very nice. Much better than anything Adidas is doing.



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