Fish tops Isner (again) to win Atlanta
For the second consecutive year, Mardy Fish faced John Isner in the finals of the Atlanta Championships, and for the second consecutive year he came away with the winner’s check. Last year Fish needed a third-set tiebreaker to take the crown. Yesterday he was pushed even further as he had to fend off two match points in the second set before prevailing 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-2. Isner appeared spent halfway through the middle set, possibly the result of needing several long matches to reach the final or his insistence on wearing his hat backwards in blazing sunshine. Fish has now firmly established himself as America’s top player and looks to be the country’s best hope of losing to a top seed in the second week of the U.S. Open.
Simon takes bet-at-home Open in Hamburg
Gilles Simon became the first Frenchman in 25 years (Henri Leconte) to win the German Open. Simon beat Nicolas Almagro in the three-set final for his second tournament title of the year. While drawing a decent field, the event also highlights some of the absurdities of the ATP calendar: It’s held on red clay more than a month after that season ended, and coincides with the start of the American hard-court season; matches were contested under a (retractable) roof, in damp, cool conditions while the rest of the tour sizzles in summer temperatures; and in a sport constantly dealing with the specter of match-fixing, the title sponsor is a gambling website. When reached for comment, outgoing ATP chief, Adam Helfant said: “Whatever. All I know is I loved the odds Simon was getting coming into the tournament. The kid paid off big-time.”
The Kastles make World TeamTennis history
The Washington Kastles became the first team in the more than 30-year history of WTT to run the table and enjoy an undefeated season. The Kastles went 16-0 after defeating the St. Louis Aces, 23-19, in the WTT finals held in Charleston. The match endured three rain delays and ended shortly after 1 a.m. local time, thereby missing its chance to be the lead story on the evening SportsCenter. Several members of the famed undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins were told about the accomplishment and each had absolutely no reaction.
Denver high school tennis coach loses job on prostitution charges
Troy Lowrie lost his job as Golden High School tennis coach when he was arrested for soliciting prostitution from an undercover police officer. Besides coaching tennis, Lowrie is the operator of several strip clubs in the Denver area. “Golden is a pretty bad team and Coach Lowrie seems drunk half the time,” said Brad Buckner, a member of the rival Lakewood High School boys varsity team. “But we love playing them. Lace, Amber, and Sapphire are without a doubt the hottest assistant coaches in the conference.”
Artist draws Roger Federer in 4 minutes
This is actually from a couple of weeks ago. Except for the curious choice of using the St. Elmos Fire theme song as background music, it’s very cool.