Tennis tweets of late The following are just a few of the things that the sport’s top stars have been “tweeting” about through the social networking tool that is changing the way we have come to communicate with, Twitter. In addition to Facebook and MySpace, Twitter’s 140-word short blasts of info keep the fans of the pros up to date on their daily activities, both private and public.
►Robin Soderling loves Cheesecake Factory … “Best thing about the United States,” according to Soderling.
►Venus Williams started playing guitar again.
►Lindsay Davenport watches Celebrity Apprentice
►Andy Roddick followed his brackets for the NCAA Tournament … “Shocked by the Big East showing much weakness early on … I had Notre Dame in the Elite 8!”
►The Bryan Brothers were nervous about their spot on 60 Minutes, but in the end, were relieved and happy with how it turned out.
►The Bryan Brothers had trouble sleeping on their flight … “Tried to sleep on the flight, but the baby next to me was doing an audition for the next ‘Scream’ movie. She definitely nailed it.”
►Svetlana Kuznetsova … her dream when she is done playing tennis is to have a big dog.
►Ryan Harrison got to meet Jonathan Vilma from the Saints and thought it was "So cool!"
►Shahar Peer celebrated Passover at the Ruben house.
Ivanisevic finds a place as part-time Cilic advisor
Croatian Goran Ivanisevic has joined up with compatriot Marin Cilic's camp as a part-time coach as the number ninth-ranked youngster strengthens his bid for a top five ranking.
Vaidisova retires at 20, set to tie the knot
Nicole Vaidisova has retired from the sport of tennis at the age 20 and will marry fellow Czech player Radek Stepanek in July. A former top-10 player and winner of six WTA titles, the big-hitting Vaidisova reached the semifinals of the 2006 French Open and 2007 Australian Open before falling on hard times. She went 11-17 in 2009, and will end her career ranked number 176.
Harkleroad returns to WTA tour in Miami
Another new mom has returned to the tour, as American Ashley Harkleroad played in the Sony Ericcson Open in Miami in late March, with a protected ranking of 70th. The former Playboy cover model took a leave from the tour in October of 2008 to have her first child, Charlie, with her husband and coach, Chuck Adams. The 25-year-old Harkleroad is allowed to play eight tournaments under her protected ranking and also accept wild cards. She reached a career high ranking of 39th in 2003.
Vanity Fair goes undercover tennisVanity Fair has discovered non-Grand Slam tennis. The magazine’s Web site, VF.com, has started running a series that "goes behind the scenes” at the tournaments that lead up to the U.S. Open.
Tennis meets b-ball
Maria Sharapova is reportedly dating Guard Sasha Vujacic of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers.
Wade vs. Roddick in Miami two-sport collision
Two stars from two different sports came together in Miami during the Sony Ericsson Open for a showdown in both of their respective sports. Tennis great and Grand Slam champion Andy Roddick took on NBA world champion Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. The day started with tennis, but Wade soon realized that maybe he should stick to basketball, as he was unable to even attempt to return the 100-plus mile per hour serves that Roddick was hammering towards him as he found himself ducking away from them rather than taking a swing. When he did get the opportunity to rally, things didn't get much better for Wade, as he managed to hit the ball everywhere except for the actual tennis court. Wade had his chance to get even next though as the event turned to basketball. Wade set the tone in warmups showing his full arsenal of dunks. Then the game of H-O-R-S-E began, as Roddick kept up with Wade early showing an unexpected shooting touch, but Wade, who was not allowed to dunk, took over and won. The jokes and playful banter between made the event a great success for all in attendance, and the players graciously stayed after to sign hundreds of autographs.