Hey tennis fans! As you know, the Australian Open is winding down and the best tennis players in the world have battled it out through sweat, tears and bathroom breaks in the hopes of taking home a victory trophy. In a nutshell, Fed and Nadal are out, Djokovic is in, Venus Williams is long gone along with Maria Sharapova and Li Na has sailed on through to the finals.
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Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova and Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic are engaged, says Vujacic and Sharapova’s agent. The news was reported by TMZ yesterday and they say that Sasha Vujacic proposed last Tuesday in his Manhattan Beach, California home. P.S. as one would expect, Maria’s diamond ring is HUGE!
Sasha Vujacic, 26, and Maria Sharapova, 23, met a year ago at a friend’s barbecue and got engaged on their one year anniversary. Vujacic confirmed the engagement Thursday:
We are engaged and are both really happy. It’s good and now we can focus on other things…It was probably old school. I had to do it like a gentlemen.
Clenbuterol seems to be the drug of choice for athletes these days. Dimitrij Ovtcharov, a male German table tennis player, and Zhou Mi, a female Chinese badminton player, have recently tested positive for this anabolic drug that can help reduce body fat. What makes athletes think they can dope themselves and get away with it? Not only is it insulting to the other athletes who get by purely on natural talent, but it's insulting the sport itself. Of course, any athlete testing positive instinctively tries to deny the claims. In his autobiography, Open, tennis great Andre Agassi did exactly that. He admits to drug use and the fact that he lied to officials after testing positive for illegal substances. Agassi got away with it! Ovtcharov asserts, "I wasn’t even familiar with the fact that there is a substance called clenbuterol." Mi denies the claims as well and will prove her innocence by havingRead More
Rafael Nadal has never been more proud! Last night he managed to defeat Novak Djokovic and secure his 9th Grand Slam title in the men’s final of the 2010 U.S. Open. In four sets (6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2), Nadal fought his way to the end and took home his very own chunk of tennis history. At only 24-years old, Nadal became the third-youngest man in the Open era of tennis to have won a career Grand Slam–at least one Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open and U.S. Open title. Also, last night’s win makes him one of only seven men to have earned this honor.
As if Venus William' French Open outfit choice wasn't enough, she has done it again! It is no surprise that she has been creating a stir at this year’s U.S. Open. Between the black ensemble the other day and her skintight magenta getup from over the weekend that she calls her “New York fireworks outfit”, Venus dresses to impress. And why shouldn’t she? Venus Williams has won 3 Olympic gold medals, has been ranked number one in the world, and has more Grand Slam titles than she can count. In my book, she has earned her right to wear whatever the heck she wants. On the court this weekend, Venus Williams sported a magenta “dress” that is barely longer than the tight little shorts underneath. It is adorned with silver rhinestone fireworks from top to bottom and would work equally well at a NYC nightclub. In addition to tennis, Williams, 30,Read More
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY: The 2010 U.S. Open is in full swing and we couldn’t be happier. Venus Williams’ magenta ensemble wowed us yesterday as did Andy Murray’s early exit when he lost against Stanislas Wawrinka. But one heavily hyped match has our attention for today. Maria Sharapova faces number one seed Caroline Wozniacki in what will most likely be an all out battle in this fourth round match. Having easily beaten their third round opponents (Sharapova owned Beatrice Capra, the 18-year-old wildcard, 6-0 6-0, and Wozniacki sent Yung-Jan Chan packing, 6-1 6-0), both women are psyched for what lies ahead. Wozniacki said, "I think I've shown I belong where I am and I'm just happy to be through to the fourth round. For me, it's just about winning the matches. I think it's up to everyone else to judge what I've shown or not shown. For me it's just important thatRead More
After a breakup, women go shopping and men apparently buy pimped out mansions. Right on the heels of his divorce from Swedish model wife, Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods has done exactly that. The newly single Woods has taken out a $54.5 million mortgage on a Jupiter Island, Florida home. A gossip website has reported that Woods has filed the legal papers for his whopping mortgage on August 27th just 5 days after his divorce was finalized, and identified himself as “single” on bank documents. Amenities of the rumored 10,000 square foot Jupiter Island splurge include an oxygen therapy room, swimming pools, a tennis court and a fitness center. The 34-year-old infamous golfer is aiming to pay off the mortgage by January 15, 2016 and construction on the 12 acre lot is set to finish up by next spring. Florida’s Jupiter Island is in Martin County, about 100 miles north of Miami, isRead More
In case you missed it last night, the night match of the U.S. Open between Andy Roddick and Janko Tipsarevic proved to be the first upset of the tournament. This second round match eliminated Roddick, the 9th seeded American, after he lost his cool in the third set over a foot fault. We all remember what happened with Serena Williams at last year’s tournament, right? I couldn’t help but hold my breath while watching Roddick flip out last night. Plain and simply, Roddick could have beaten Tipsarevic last night. After a lineswoman called a foot fault when he was down 5-2 in the third set, Andy just couldn’t shake it off and continue. He seemed to have taken the foot fault call personally and became visibly peeved because the lineswoman was wrong about which foot actually caused the fault. After the call, Roddick asked the lineswoman, "What foot?" She answeredRead More
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY: Playing tennis in the sweltering heat probably doesn't top your to-do list. But that is exactly what top professional tennis players did at the 2010 U.S. Open yesterday in Flushing Meadows, New York. The annual hard court tournament is in full swing for the next two weeks and brings out the best players in the world. Yesterday, there was a lot of action on the courts. The top seed on the ladies' side, Caroline Wozniacki, sailed into the second round after defeating the American wild card player and NCAA champion, Chelsey Gullickson, 6-1 6-1. Chelsey Gullickson, daughter of former major league pitcher Bill Gullickson, made the two first points of the match that started just before midnight but couldn’t keep up with her opponent. Wozniacki was no match for the unranked Palm Beach Gardens, Florida native. Wozniacki came out strong on this Day 2 match and proved whyRead More
It’s that time again, it's time for the 2010 US Open Tennis Championship! Starting today, and throughout the next two weeks, the tennis world will have their eyes on the US Open, which is being played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Players must win 7 matches to walk away with the trophy and the title of 2010 US Open Champion. This year’s US Open features 7 players who have played in the championship before, and 5 champions. Some of the headline players are, Venus Williams, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Melanie Oudin, Francesca Schiavone, Samantha Stosur, and Elena Dementieva. If you can't make it to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, you can still catch all of the action on your TV. The opening round began at 11am today and was shown on the Tennis Channel. Throughout the event, The Tennis Channel, ESPN 2 and CBS will haveRead More