Friday, December 3, 2010

Tennis a Sexy Sport?

THE flailing interests in the sport of table tennis worldwide has sparked a mission by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) to sex up the game to hopefully follow in the footsteps womens tennis.

Female table tennis players have often in the past (and most still do) wear baggy shorts and shirts when competing unlike womens tennis who wear form fitting skirts and tops and also revealing dresses.

Players like Anna Kournikova have certainly brought the game more glamour, though being sexy may be a rather strong word. Stylish could be more appropriate.

China are in support of the move and could make their players dress to their sexy standards in the not too distant future.

Tennis Players run the New York Marathon

THE recent New York Marathon saw a number of former ATP and WTA players run the full 26.2 miles at the event.

Justin Gimelstob won a USD10,000 bet with Andy Roddick after finishing the course in 4hrs 09mins 58secs (Roddick bet he wouldnt finish the race in under 4hrs45mins) but got his ass kicked by Amelie Mauresmo who finished the race half an hour before him with a finishing time of 3hrs 40mins 20 secs.

Also running the NY Marathon were former ATP doubles specialist Jonathan Stark (4hrs 24mins 22 secs) and flamboyant Frenchman Yannick Noah (4hrs 01mins 38secs).

Haile Gebrselassie shocked the running world when he announced after dropping out of the race that he would be retiring from the sport but has since changed his mind and will compete till at least the 2012 London Olympics.

Pix via the NY Times.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Kimiko Asian Games Bronze

IT was supposed to be the fairytale comeback, but was just not to be. Kimiko Date-Krumm, the sweetheart of Japanese tennis fell to China's Peng Shuai 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Guangzhou Asian Games women's individual event.

Kimiko, the top seed in the event, was making her return to the games after spending 12 years in retirement since winning the gold medal in the event during the 1994 Asiad.

The Japanese tennis icon said this would most likely be her last Asian Games since she will be 44 years old by the time the next edition of the games comes around.

Unfortunately Kimiko also said she was unsure of whether she would continue playing till the end of next season as she is already feeling the physical drain of returning to the game at 40 years of age.

I certainly hope she continues to play on for at least another few years as she is a great player to watch.

Pix via Getty