Andy Roddick Freaks Out After Foot Fault

A freak out over a foot fault? Hmm, where have we seen that before. It seems like a common thing in tennis: things aren’t going well for a player so he or she starts taking it out on the judges. Yeah, like that’s really going to help keep you from double faulting on your serve or whacking your ground strokes into the net. Such was the case for Andy Roddick who was down 5-2 in the third set against Janko Tipsarevic on Wednesday night and about to go down two sets to one. Roddick was called for a foot fault, freaked out, and started berating the line judge who made the call. Here’s the Andy Roddick foot fault video to see everything that was going on:

Okay Andy we get it, the ref should have said that your left foot was on the line, not the right, but is that really a reason for berating the ref like that? Not at all. Roddick knows that and will realize he was out of line. As for losing in the second round, well, his only excuse is having mono, because that’s a brutal result for someone with high expectations.

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Roger Federer Goes Between the Legs

If it feels like we’ve been here before, it’s because we have. Roger Federer went between his legs last year at the U.S. Open in the semifinals against Novak Djokovic and hit a beautiful cross court winner. Fed ultimately lost in the finals to Juan Martin del Potro, but he won’t have to worry about the same fate this year (del Potro is out with an injury). Maybe Monday’s first-round match indicates Federer will be on track to repeat last year’s success. At the least, the guy sure knows how to give the fans top quality entertainment. Check out this Roger Federer between the legs shot video from Monday against Brian Dabul:

Now that it’s been confirmed Federer has his trick shot arsenal fully loaded, his true obstacle will be overcoming Robin Soderling who ended up in his quarter of the draw. Soderling beat Federer at the French Open to end Roger’s incredible consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearance streak. On hard courts, it will be a different story.

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Caroline Wozniacki: Tennis’ New ‘It Girl’

From Anna Kournikova to Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic, women’s tennis is known every bit as much for their good looking women as their good looking forehands. The three aforementioned ladies have been the “it girl” on tour at one point in their career, and before them one could argue the likes of Tracy Austin, Gabriela Sabatini, Steffi Graf, or Mary Joe Fernandez held the same title. Not only are many of the women on tour beautiful, but they also are in fantastic physical shape allowing ladies like Ashley Harkleroad to pose in Playboy. While Kournikova, Sharapova, and Ivanovic have dropped off because of injuries, struggles, or to pursue a new career (in the case of Kournikova), a new leading lady has emerged in women’s tennis: Caroline Wozniacki.

Despite being just 20 years old, Wozniacki is no stranger to the spotlight. With Serena missing this year’s U.S. Open because of a foot injury, the #2 ranked Wozniacki has been elevated to the top seed at Flushing Meadows. Caroline has been on tour since 2005, got her first wins on tour in 2008 (winning three tournaments), took three more in 2009 (and appeared in five other finals), and she has been on a roll this summer, winning three of her last four tournaments.

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Ana Ivanovic Relegated to Rogers Cup Qualifying in Canadian Home Cooking

83372629MH043_US_Open_Day_2If Ana Ivanovic were a musician, she’d be the equivalent of a one-hit wonder. Since winning the French Open in 2008 (which marked a run of reaching three finals in five grand slams), Ivanovic’s play has dropped off dramatically. Ana posted a losing record the rest of the year after winning at Roland Garros in ’08, falling in the third round at Wimbledon and the second round at the U.S. Open despite being the tournament’s top seed. Ivanovic had a thumb injury in ’08 and has gone through a slew of coaches since but she has failed to regain her form.

Ana did not make it past the fourth round of any major in 2009. 2010 has proven to be an even more miserable year for Ivanovic; she bowed out of the Australian Open and French Open in the second round and Wimbledon in the first. With an 11-12 record on the year, the Serbian beauty’s world ranking is down to 63rd. As a result, Ivanovic can’t make it into most tournament draws so she has to request a wild card from the hosts. Unfortunately for Ana, the people running the show in Montreal are denying her a wild card for the Rogers Cup, forcing her to go through qualifying.

Ordinarily I’d say that Ana has done this too herself and that is the truth. However, it must also be noted that there are three wild cards available for the Rogers Cup draw and it appears as if one is going to 125th ranked Stephanie Dubois, who also happens to be Canadian. Between Dubois and Aleksandra Wozniak, that’s two wild cards going to Canadians. Ivanovic’s poor play speaks for itself this year, but she is ranked twice as high as Wozniak, a former winner in Montreal, and they’re using her in a promotional ad on the tournament’s Web site. You would think they’d find a way to work her into the main draw but obviously that’s not the case. Oh well, looks like she’ll have to earn her way in — something Dubois should be doing.


A humbling decline for Ivanovic [Globe and Mail]

Serena Williams on Her Big Boobs and Massive Butt

Serena Williams is fresh off her fourth Wimbledon crown and 13th major overall. In addition to her dominance on the court, Serena will be featured in the August edition of Harper’s Bazaar, which is no surprise given her fashion background. While she won’t be posing nude this time, there is a lot of discussion about Serena’s body. In the article, Serena talks about being uncomfortable with her body before learning to accept that she has a different body type from most women, including her sister:

“I was 23 when I realized that I wasn’t Venus. She’s totally different,” she explains. “I’m super-curvy. I have big boobs and this massive butt. She’s tall and she’s like a model and she fits everything. I was growing up, wanting to be her, wanting to look like her, and I was always fitting in her clothes, but then one day I couldn’t.” She pauses. “But it’s fine. Now I’m obviously good, but it’s a weird thing.”

Williams explains in the article that she’s grown more serious about tennis than ever and that she’s taking new steps to stay in shape. She says she’s doing pilates and yoga and that it’s making an immediate difference in her body. It’s good to see that Serena is taking her conditioning seriously because that’s always been one of the few things that prevented her from being great year-round. After all, it’s not easy to keep that body in shape.


Serena’s Glam Slam [Harper's Bazaar]

Pam Shriver Crossed Line With James Blake Commentary

James Blake hasn’t exactly performed up to his expectations as of late. The American tennis pro was thoroughly ousted from the first round of Wimbledon on Tuesday following a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Robin Haase. Adding to Blake’s frustration was an exchange with ESPN commentator Pam Shriver mid-match. The video of the exchange has been removed due to copyright infringement, but luckily for us, Greg Couch of Fanhouse has a transcription of the incident including his personal commentary, starting with Blake’s response to hearing Shriver down on the court:

“Amazing you used to play tennis,” Blake yelled up at her. “I can still hear you.”

And then he went on to the next point. Note, he wasn’t complaining about what she said, only that she was too loud. Up to there, no harm, no foul. Just an accident.

But then Shriver got defensive during the next point.

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Venus Williams Latest Style: Flapper

Now that she’s a fashion school graduate, Venus Williams is taking it upon herself to design her outfits on the court. Venus first heated things up at the Australian Open with an outfit that made it seem as if she weren’t wearing any underwear. It was more of the same last month at the French Open, only Venus also added a lingerie twist to her undies. Her latest fashion statement is a flapper girl like outfit seen on Day One at Wimbledon. Check out the pictures:

Although the outfit can be considered flashy, Venus kept the Wimbledon tradition in mind by making it all white. She also routed her first round opponent Rossana De Los Rios 6-3, 6-2. No doubt Venus will be in the mix to win her 6th Wimbledon title and appear in her 9th final at the All England Club as she and her sister continue to make my old prediction look hideous.

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