Who’s got the funk…
1. Mardy FISH
Defends Atlanta title to kick off the US Open Series, and top seed in L.A. Andy who?
2. Gilles SIMON, Vera ZVONAREVA
Win in Hamburg and Baku respectively. Or unrespectively. The hardcourt season is here, why is there claycourt tennis in Hamburg, and the WTA’s only event of the week is in Azerbaijan? Azerbaijan!
3. US Open Series
Tennis on TV again in the U.S.! Just like the old days! The Tennis Channel showing actual live tennis instead of 3-year-old taped shows! ESPN2 showing tennis instead of 24-hour poker (until poker got busted).
4. Washington Kastles
Who says you can’t buy league titles?
5. Elena DEMENTIEVA
The retired Russian beauty marries hockey player Maxim Afinogenou in a star-studded Moscow wedding.
…Who’s in the trunk
5. Martina HINGIS
Keeping Roger Federer waiting on his invite to play Olympics mixed doubles? Are you kidding?
4. Serena WILLIAMS
Unseeded in Stanford and needs protected ranking to get into the US Open — but more trunk for her opponents if she can find her groove this summer without getting re-injured.
3. John ISNER
Big man needs to learn how to close out finals, especially against fellow Americans. Drops to 2-5 in career finals after Atlanta where he had two championship points.
2. Andy RODDICK
Lots of retirement talk — not from Andy, but from the pundits. Should emerge at first U.S. summer hardcourt event with a big F-U chip on his shoulder. Needs to find a new coach. But not a new wife.
ESPN takes the ATP to court to get the undercover documents from players busted for gambling — and lose. Judge says no. The players sued the ATP, claiming they were victims of “selective enforcement.”
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