Emma Watson, who plays Hermione in the Harry Potter film series, has created a line of tennis clothes for both women and men. Watson created the line for People Tree, a UK organic clothing company that stands for fair trade.
And speaking of clothing, the umpires, linespeople and ballkids in Charleston will not have on their usual Lacoste attire this year. Vapor Attire has been named the official outfitter of the Family Circle Cup. Vapor, a Charleston company committed to sustainability, manufacturers eco-friendly customized clothing.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour website is publishing a series on players and their coaches. The series begins with a piece on Anna-Lena Groenefeld and her coach, Dirk Dier.
The USTA is currently accepting bids from USA venues to host the USA's Fed Cup semifinal against Russia. According to this USTA article, holding the tie in Florida would make it more likely that Venus and Serena Williams would play. Okay, here's an idea: Hold the event in the Williams sisters' back yard. They could surf the Internet, do some rehab, and talk with the Dolphins management during the changeovers. News flash: Venus and Serena aren't into Fed Cup anymore, and that's okay. We have a Fed Cup team, thank you very much. I know that the city of Birmingham, which did such a great job with Davis Cup last year, is interested in hosting Fed Cup, and it would be a shame for a Florida facility to get the edge just because of ongoing desperation for the Williams sisters to play.
Sorana Cirstea reports that she is finally free from foot pain.
The Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati is undergoing an extensive renovation, which is scheduled to be completed for the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open. The entire tournament grounds will be redone in time for the 2011 event. (And why does Blogger still not permit one to use an ampersand in the tags?)