Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sweeping the court

Police have arrested a man who made threats toward Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. Apparently, he was angry about Kvitova and others who move out of the country (Kvitova lives in Monaco) in order to avoid Czech Republic taxes.

Lindsay Davenport has been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Davenport, who won three majors (the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open) has long been considered one of the best ball-strikers in the history of women's tennis. The former world number 1 (in singles and doubles) was also the winner of an Olympic gold medal. Davenport won 55 singles titles and 38 doubles titles, and was a member of the U.S. Fed Cup team for several years. She has a career singles record of 753-194. Davenport now works as a commentator for Tennis Channel.

The winners of the WTA Finals, which will now feature eight doubles teams--at long last--will receive the newly named Martina Navratilova Doubles Trophy.

If you play tennis, it's nice to be Czech.

Actor Ellen Page has puchased Venus Williams' house in Hollywood Hills.

Redfoo talks, sadly, about life without Vika.


Anonymous said...

First, after the final, most of the media wrote more about Eugenie than Petra. Then, two Czech men attack Petra for a smart business decision.
Envy is one of the underlying motivating forces, though not the only one.
It's rude, crude and unrefined. Even the business community went on and on, in the immediate aftermath of the match, about how marketable Eugenie is. Nothing against Eugenie from me, but it was Petra's triumph, and she should have been left alone to enjoy it. Call it afterglow- stolen by invidious idiots.

Diane said...

It really is about so many things, yes, and one of them is greed, which seems to be what most things are
about in our culture. It puts extra pressure on Bouchard. I mean, in the case of Sharapova, she actually won Wimbledon.

For some reason, this makes me think of Kristi Yamaguchi. She had so few sponsorships, and reasonable people assumed this was because of racism. But years later, her agent said no--it was because Yamaguchi turned most of the offers down.