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By Nicholas McCarvel
(October 17, 2012) --
‘Qlo-ing with Kindness?
So which is
more into: clothes or kids? The world No. 2’s clothing sponsor,
, announced a major program on Tuesday that Nole (and a bunch of adorable little ones) is the faces of called Clothes for Smiles. The program is a $10 million fund that will be launched by UNIQLO sales this upcoming season of HEATTECH and Ultra Light Down items in stores worldwide.
Djokovic, fresh off his Asian double in Beijing and Shanghai, stuck in the region for the announcement, taking part in a press conference in Tokyo. The program will have two sub programs, each worth $5 million, the first, with its own
, will attract ideas on giving children a “better tomorrow” via online submissions while the second is an educational partnership with UNICEF and Fast Retailing (a Japanese retailer), aimed at enriching existing programs.
Submissions for Clothes for Smiles ideas at the above website will be taken through the end of the year, with a panel of judges including Djokovic, Nobel Peace Prize winner
, and architect
selecting the winners.
Watch the YouTube video of an intro to the program at the bottom of the post.
Or see it here.
Game, Set, Splash?
aren’t just a tennis power couple. They’re a business power couple, too. In Las Vegas, Agassi’s hometown, the duo has brought in an Australian theme-park builder, Village Roadshow, to take on 51% of the American Wet’n’Wild development
to construct a water park
for the Vegas area, which has been without water sport fun for over eight years now. The park’s development has hit bumps along the way, a grand plan for an indoor park/ski hill/mega-do-everything site doomed by the flailing economy. The development is said to be worth $50 million and will open on Memorial Day with the name
attached to it, a year after it was originally slated to start gushing.
You stay, I’ll go:
Seems as though
was quite the busy man on the day he announced his retirement at the US Open this summer. A release of documents from the Court of Arbitration for Sport shows that
via phone on Aug. 30 for an appeal hearing for little-known Bulgarian player
. Roddick gave testimony on Kutrovsky’s “character,” helping the 25-yea- old see his two-year suspension from the sport be reduced to 15 months. In February, Kutrovsky tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine at the SAP Open in San Jose, where Roddick was the No. 2 seed. Kutrovsky played college tennis at the University of Texas at Austin, Roddick’s hometown. The Bulgarian won 230 singles and doubles matches in his career there, making him the winningest Longhorn in the school’s history. He had reached a career high No. 312 the week following San Jose.
Just call it book money?
The rules of college tennis have changed regarding players earning lumps of change. As junior tennis guru Colette Lewis
revealed on ZooTennis
Monday, the NCAA and ITA are now allowing collegiate players to earn up to $10,000 per year while keeping their eligibility to play. The decision was put into effect in late April. The rule states: A college player may earn “$10,000 per calendar year in prize money based on his or her place finish or performance in open athletics events (events that are not invitation only).”
Mentor me this:
Seems as though no one has mentioned the WTA mentoring program since
trumpeted her relationship with
constantly on TV in the early 2000s. But, it’s still alive and thriving, reveals
in her weekly post
. Writes Chintapalli: “About five years ago the program [officially called Partners for Success] moved away from formal one-on-one pairings. Which is why you don't see younger players' WTA bios list mentors the way some veterans' bios did and still do.”
How big was
’s win in Osaka last weekend? It’s the first time a British female has
won a WTA title
since 1988. On the back of
’s breakthrough season and a surge from fellow youngster
, British tennis can certainly say this is the best year for it… ever?
| Nole the businessman?
Not so much.
“Luckily for me I have people that are qualified to do the business side of my career.” |
Venus and Serena Williams
are planning two stops
-- Lagos and Johannesburg -- Oct. 30 and Nov. 2 in a business and entrepreneurship tour of Africa. | The
Sony Ericsson Open
wants to make a $50 million expansion at Crandon Park in Miami. The Chamber of Commerce
is liking the idea
. Why? It costs tax payers nothing. The move is up for a vote Nov. 6. | The
U.S. Davis Cup
team will play host to Brazil Feb. 1-3 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. It’s the first time the Americans, who are 6-0 in Florida Davis Cup battles over the years, are playing at home since 2011 after playing three ties on the road in 2012. | The following week, the US women
will travel to Italy
to play the Italians on indoor red clay in Rimini in Fed Cup competition. | The saga of
continues: the American-born Argentine has lived in that country since the age of three before coming to work with the USTA in the spring of 2010, prior to his run to the French Open junior finals. Now 20, Collarini, ranked No. 346, is back to
playing under the Argentine flag
. | Want a laugh? Watch
on the Spanish talk show,
WATCH: See the video promoting UNIQLO's new charitable programs, Clothes for Smiles:
(Photo Credit: screengrab via Yahoo! Tennis)
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