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Business Bits: Roddick's Exhibition, Rafa's Back, and World Tennis Day
By Nicholas McCarvel
(November 22, 2012) --
Small screen stars:
Rafa and Shakira? Who cares! Serena as a rapper. So yesterday. Tennis’ invasion into pop culture continued this week with the announcement that
will guest star on CBS'
. L-Dav and Chrissie will be playing themselves on the show in an episode that involves the death of a female tennis player.
will join the ladies in the stint, which is set to air in January. Evert took to Twitter to announce her excitement Tuesday, tweeting: “So excited to be on #CSI and working with my friend, Elizabeth Shue. We shoot the scenes soon!”
The long-awaited return of
to a tennis court came to an end Tuesday when the world No. 4
invited cameramen to a practice session
in his hometown of Manacor, his “first tennis practice after all these weeks.” The news has been churning around the Nadal camp on when Rafa, who has posted photos of himself working out in a gym, would actually hit some tennis balls. That moment came just short of five months after his June 28 shocker loss to
in the second round of
. That is the last time any tennis fans have seen Rafa on court. His 2013 sched? Nadal will start off at an
exhibition before playing his first tournament in months at
. Welcome back, Rafa!
Hey world, meet tennis:
Tennis Night in America? What?
That little thing?
The evening that began as an exhibition-sport celebration combo night in the recent past has launched into what the
is now promoting as
World Tennis Day
, marked by the
BNP Paribas Showdown
Madison Square Garden
and a newly-announced exhibition in Hong Kong the same night, March 4. The event in New York will include
Juan Martin del Potro
. The Hong Kong event
as well as fellow top ten player
. Joining the ladies are two old fellas who play the game all right, too
: John McEnroe
. The ITF plans to unroll a series of activities and events in conjunction with Wolrd Tennis Day.
: It’s a welcome development for Hong Kong, which held an
event until 2000 and lost its pre-
exhibition last year after holding the women’s event from 1999 to 2011.
Farmed to the South:
Another day, another sign of the downfall of American tennis. In a move that had been expected for sometime, the
Southern California Tennis Association
announced Tuesday that it had
sold its ATP sanction
annually to a group in Bogota, Colombia, all but assuring the move of the tournament to South America. The move came after principal sponsors Farmers Insurance and
failed to renew their deals with the tournament. The tournament began in 1927 at the
Los Angeles Tennis Club,
but has failed to attract big names in recent years because of the travel between Wimbledon and the US’s West Coast prior to the East Coast swing of the
US Open Series
Itty bits: Roger Federer
next spring. Yes, you can close your dropped jaw now. His 14-tournament schedule also doesn’t include Basel. |
brings in their tennis-writing big guns
for an ATP roundtable
to discuss the year that was. |
made what it said was
its final claim in court
Tuesday, saying the
had got it wrong in forcing the cable giant to carry the sports channel. | He’s still got game:
did imitation after imitation
(See: Serena, Djokovic, McEnroe and Rafa) in an exhibition against
this week in Canada. |
is out with
his list of "not thankfuls"
for the year. We love it. | Bye, bye
Retiring at 27?
We’ll miss you, little lady. |
participated in a charity soccer game Sunday in Rio prior to a tennis exhibition.
They both scored on the soccer pitch
, though it was the Brazilian who won their on-court battle later. |She towers above us all—
’s lending of her name to a skyscraper being built in India is said
to be worth millions
. But is it worth it to live in “The Maria Sharapova?” We’re not sure. | Australian great
might have hit to "rock bottom"
and fall out of the top 100 before he realizes he needs to pull himself together. Ouch! | Former
women’s tennis coach
, who was fired earlier this year, has
filed a racial discrimination suit
against the school. Minnis coached at the school for 20 years, leading the Lady Tigers to 15 NCAA tournament appearances. |
10 and Under Tennis
goes street — really — in Madison, Fla. The city
transformed the city hall parking lot
into makeshift courts for an educational day Nov. 10. |
runner up for 2012 and perennial powerhouse will be hosted by
in a first-round match up
, Feb. 1-3.
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