I keep hearing how the tennis season is effectively over, and has been so since the time one Rafael Nadal created history by clinching his career grand slam at Flushing Meadows but that's only partially true.
The hard court circuit carries on through Asia and Europe before finally culminating at the Tour Championship Finals (London for the men and Doha for the women). As this happens, it's easy enough to dig up stories that are not particularly newsworthy but still make tennis headlines nonetheless. Here's a best of five:
1. Roger Federer is at the milestone stage of his career now. Every match, every tournament is accompanied by the fact that he's making history in some way or the other. After being thoroughly outplayed in the Shanghai Final by an imperious Murray, Federer promptly went and won the Stockholm Open thereby tying himself with Pete Sampras for career ATP titles won (64).
While it's safe to bet that he'll never catch Connors or Lendl for that matter (109 and 94 respectively), McEnroe looms far on the horizon with 77.
Assuming Federer plays another two seasons after this, he obviously won't win thirteen titles but if he plays unusually well at the smaller events and extends his career, who knows?
As someone who frequented the official Roger Federer website everyday during the peak of his career, I have to say I'm impressed with the launch of his new website. It's sleek, informative and yet minimal with a load of information and regular updates from the champion himself!
2. The WTA Tour has a new year-end No. 1 and her name is Caroline Wozniacki. With Serena Williams ending her season prematurely, the Dane completed formalities at the Doha Championships by winning two of her round robin matches (she made the semifinals along with Clijsters, Zvonereva and Stosur).
Although she must feel immense pride in her accomplishment, the points structure of the WTA ensures that she'll simultaneously be hoping that she doesn't follow in the footsteps of Dinara Safina and Jelena Jankovic and continue to fall short at the major events.
3. In the matrimonial section, although it had to come one day, Maria Sharapova will tie the knot with Lakers basketball bench player Sasha Vujacic! According to the couple, they're engaged and happy though no date has been set for the wedding. There's something about beautiful women and basketball bench players. Remember Marko Jaric anyone?
Also, Jamie Murray will marry Alejandro Gutierrez in a traditional Scottish wedding. First born, first to win Wimbledon and now first to marry. Keep up Andy!
4. India's own Olympic Bronze medalist (singles) and twelve time Grand Slam winner (doubles Leander Paes has been training harder than ever—at acting school! According to reports, Leander will take his talents to the silver screen where he will star in Ashok Kohli's Rajdhani Express opposite bollywood actress Ameesha Patel.
5. And where there's a Williams there's obviously some controversy! While Serena tweeted to devastating effect at the Farmer's Cup organizers a while ago, this time it's mom Oracene not wanting to be left behind.
In an unprompted shot at the Federation Cup to be held between the USA and Italy (where neither of her daughters are playing), Mrs. Williams tweeted, "I'm having fun. The SUN in my life is bright. Thing about attending the boring Fed Cup in San Diego." I think she meant "think" but hey, we're not here to comment on grammar!
This isn't the first time she's been unnecessarily blatant. Flashback on Oracene's loose tongue in the past, she truly does say the darnedest things.
5a. I just had to put this in when I saw Wertheim had it in his mailbag although I chanced upon it a month ago (big Sinclar and Solveig fan). It's a promotional video for Solveig's single "Hello" featuring Martina Sorbara.
Check out French DJ's and producers Bob Sinclar and Martin Solveig going at each other in a tennis match on clay and then getting interrupted by the Djoker! But wait, Solveig likes a girl in the stands who eventually ends up getting kissed by...Gael Monfils! Priceless.
Watch out for the end of the Doha championships, the Swiss Indoors at Basel and then the Bercy Masters in Paris.
Have a great weekend!