Sunday, January 5, 2014

Will 2014 be the Year of Sloane?

I have to tell you that I am becoming slightly fed up with the way Mouratoglou seems to be either aggrandizing himself, or allowing himself to be aggrandized through Serena’s success. It’s as if there was never a pre-existing, loyal TEAM behind her before he entered the picture. From the way people carry on, you’d swear she hadn’t won a tournament until she hooked up with this French dude.

If it is his PR machine that is responsible for fueling his exposure as the man behind Serena, then I can’t help but become suspicious of his motives. Could Serena possibly be being exploited? After all, he has an academy to promote. And he has never been as famous – either as a tennis player or coach – as he is right now.

Which is why I threw caution to the wind and pointed out to my friends that before hooking up with Serena, Patrick had never taken any player to the top. His list of students include Marcos Baghdatis, Grigor Dimitrov, Aravane Rezai and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – all solid players with potential – but not a Slam between them.  

Friday, January 3, 2014

Has Paul Annacone ever coached a woman?

I’m truly asking. Because it’s that time of year. The coaching carousel has been set in motion once again. Can’t stand roller coasters myself but I love carousels. All that hopping on and hopping off, breaking up and making up, so much tension and excitement as we wait with bated breath to see who will end up with whom.

So Tsonga has finally gotten rid of Roger Rasheed. Good riddance. But Rasheed, a born survivor like any good cockroach, has already landed in Grigor Dmitrov’s lap. Poor sap. Then Wozniacki hired Hogstedt – which means that her large engagement rock is not going to impede her ability to hold a racket. One can only hope.

But Djokovic won the day when he stunned everyone with his announcement of his hiring of Boris Becker. Boris fricking Becker!!! I’m honestly not sure what to make of this. I mean I think that Becker is a super talented fount of tennis knowledge. But what exactly does he have to bring to the Djokovic stable that said stable doesn’t already have? Boozing? Screwing women in cupboards? Daring to date across racial lines? I am truly scratching my head on this one.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

So Ryan Sweeting got married

To Kaley Cuoco. The 'Big Bang' chick. The one who secretly dated a co-star for two whole years.  And who then, in July 2013, became publicly and obnoxiously paired with Henry Cavill, aka the man who would be Superman. Their relationship reportedly lasted all of 10 days – or the length of a couple of embarrassingly over-the-top publicized trips to Starbucks. A pappy-show, as they say in the Caribbean. As in, entirely for the paparazzi, or for public display.

This is the woman to whom my Caribbean sweetie is now married. It’s a New Year and I want to be positive, so I hope that they are truly happy. But don’t blame me for watching her cokey-eyed (aka, askance). speculated that Kuoco and Cavill were never really together, that his handlers might have wanted him to be paired up with someone other than his girlfriend, Gina Carano. After all, his studio had a big franchise to promote and said brunette perhaps didn’t fit the bill. Never mind the fact that Ms. Carano is a world-ranked professional kick-boxer and one of the stars of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise. Maybe they feared that she might be able to kick Superman's ass? I don’t know. All I know is that in came Ms. Cuoco, very, very quickly and very, very publicly. And then, 10 days later, out she went, like someone bolting through a revolving door.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

On Serena, Beyoncé, and Britney

I recently happened across the discovery that Britney Spears, Serena Williams, and Beyoncé Knowles are all the same age.  I was stunned to discover that all three women are 32 years old. All three women have of course achieved a whole lot within their respective professions. And yet it seems undeniable that there is a growing maturity to Serena and Beyoncé that you simply do not see in Britney Jean.

I can’t stop listening to Beyoncé’s new CD. Yes, I agree that it is beyond tasteless that she sampled the Challenger takeoff on the song ‘XO’. But that doesn’t stop it from being an incredible song. Nor does it change the fact that this is a game-changing CD, both from the point of view of the daring manner of its release, as well as of its amazing content.

It is the most interesting and risky (dare I say, risqué) that Beyoncé has been in years.  (And I say this as someone who used to refer to her as The Robot). And she acknowledges in the CD that in order to do this, she had to move beyond just being someone’s daughter in order to find her own mature groove.