Google Down the Line!: + WEDNESDAY NETCORDS: Kolya out of Aussie Open...Amelie speaks out...Serena prefers odd over even

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

+ WEDNESDAY NETCORDS: Kolya out of Aussie Open...Amelie speaks out...Serena prefers odd over even

* Bad news for Nikolay Davydenko who was forced to withdraw from Chennai and the upcoming Aussie Open with a recurring injury to his left heel. The issue began in Moscow last season and flared up again last week. According to Kolya, "Whenever I take a few days off it starts getting better. But as soon as I’ve played a match the pain comes back. I got pain killers but it still was very painful. I cannot imagine playing a match with this injury in Australia if I feel this bad after playing two sets here in Chennai." Happy healing Kolya!

* Sign o' the times: Novak Djokovic officially signs with HEAD, Jelena Jankovic signs with IMG, Harrison brothers sign with Nike

* Former Aussie Open champ Amelie Mauresmo, who rarely discusses being a lesbian, unknowingly sat down with tennis scribe Douglas Robson for LGBT magazine The Advocate's latest issue. Her response to finding out the interview was for a gay pub? "Yeah, whatever." Be out and proud Amelie!

* Pat Cash, ambassador for the newly-named Barclay's Masters Cup in London this year, promises a more "glamorous" and "fun" event than what we saw in Shanghai. Promises, promises...

* Which baller answered "Meal from Congo — it's like chicken with peanut butter" when asked what their favorite meal is? Find out here.

* Andy Roddick is challenging fans, again, to submit their most original 50-question interview to the American baller. The winning interview questions with answers will be posted on his website. In other A-Rod news, Sandra Hewitt for wonders if the addition of Larry Stefanki will be the cure for his tennis ills

* This could be an odd year for Serena Williams, in a good way of course

* You guys know I'm loving Nike's new Air Max CourtBallistecs soon-to-be-worn by Rafael Nadal. But if the bright colors turn you off (really?) then check out the white/silver ($120) and black versions ($70, pictured) and you can still hit the courts in style.

(images via Getty, The Advocate, Tennis Warehouse)

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