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Confessions of Tennis Players: The WTA Interviews Players About Life on the Tour

Ever saw how uncannily accurate some players serve? We all saw the Roger Federer video and like he says a magician never reveals his tricks (right back at ya!). I got a video of Agnieszka Radwanska who is doing a little target practice who deserves equally as much credit for being so incredibly accurate.

The WTA Tour’s video collection doesn’t stop there. Next video we have is an interview of  Flavia Pennetta with  a colorful description that matches her personality:

One of the most stylish players on the Tour, Flavia Pennetta, lives a glamorous life traveling the world. Or does she? We caught up with one of the brightest stars of women’s tennis to find out what life is like for Flavia off court. We found out how she relaxes, who she hangs out with, and most important of all: where she likes to go shopping.

Jarmila Groth is an emerging player who recently switched nationality from Slovakian to Australian. And that switch is what the next video is all about .

Jarka Groth – winner of the Landsky Lighting Guangzhou International Women’s Open – became an Australian citizen at the end of 2009. But how much does she really know about Australia? We thought we’d test her knowledge in our Unofficial Australian Citizenship Test. How do you think she did?

And yes do let us know how you think she did. I am always interested in people’s opinions so don’t hold back.

Next up is Akgul Amanmuradova.

Akgul Amanmuradova is a talented athlete. The Uzbek star is currently enjoying one of her best seasons on the WTA Tour to date, but it could have been very different. Because Akgul is also a talented basketball player, as we found out.

Not only is she a talented tennis player but she is 1.90 meters tall or as you Americans say 6 ft 3 inch. She can always try out for the WNBA if tennis doesn’t work out.

Another player who seems to have a second calling in this lifetime is none other than US Open 2010 winner Kim Clijsters. She took time out from US Open training and did one of the most honorable things in sports; Throw the first pitch in a baseball game.

What made Kim Clijsters take time out of training for the US Open to throw out the first pitch at the Mets Game? Was she nervous? Did she practice beforehand? Watch as WTA takes you behind the scenes at Citi Field Stadium.

Now for something different. Yesterday I wrote an article about Anna Kournikova being the poster girl for goodlooking Eastern European girls I have received not only five comments but also an incredibly insightful one.

YOU NEED TO GET YOUR HEAD EXAMINED AND YOUR EYES A GOOD CHECK OUT BECAUSE THERE ARE A HANDFUL OF EASTERN EUROPEAN GOOD LOOKING WOMAN SO GO TO THE DR THERE ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN SO MANY OTHER COUNTRIES SPAIN MEXICO AND THE BEST LOOKING WOMAN IVE EVER SEEN ARE FROM VENEZUELA GORGEOUS GIRLS ALL OF SOUTH AMERICA ARE GORGEOUS WOMAN AND DONT FORGET ‘BRAZIL’ THE BEST GORGEOUS AND THE BODIES TO DIE FOR NOBODY WOULD EVEN LOOK AT ANNA KOURNIKOVA THERE

Well apparently my mental health is just isn’t what it used to be. Neither are my eyes.  But I did check out the other countries having been to all the countries, except Venezuela, you mention.  And how can I forget Brazil when my ex fiancee hails from Brazil.

Very interesting comments you have there but in my article I did not exclude any of the other countries you mention. I never said that that Brazil, Venezuela, Spain and Mexico did not have goodlooking women. I merely pointed out that the Eastern European women on the tennis tour are incredibly goodlooking.  That is all.

And just to once again confirm the myth; Here is another video of the FHM shoot with Victoria Azarenka and Anna Chakvetadze.

And to bug you even more with Anna Kournikova I have added an extra bonus in the form of a gallery of Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis playing an exhibition match at the US Open 2010.

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Please take a vote in our poll on the hottest Eastern European tennis player.

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USTA Pays Tribute To Pancho Gonzalez

FLUSHING, N.Y., September 2, 2009 – The USTA announced today that actor Benjamin Bratt will host a tribute to former U.S. Championships winner Pancho Gonzalez on-court in Arthur Ashe Stadium during the Night Session on Saturday, September 5.  The tribute will celebrate Gonzalez on the 60th anniversary of his second consecutive victory at the U.S. Championships, and members of the Gonzalez family as well as a number of former players and Hispanic community leaders will be in attendance.

Gonzalez, who taught himself how to play tennis at the age of 12, was considered one of the most talented tennis players of his generation and was a fan favorite on the professional tour throughout the 1950s and 60s.  Early in his career, which spanned four decades, he won back-to-back titles at the U.S. Championships in Forest Hills, N.Y. at the ages of 20 and 21.  He also won two matches to help the U.S. defeat Australia to capture the 1949 Davis Cup title.  His passion and intensity led to an illustrious career as the world No. 1 for an unequaled eight years.  As a 40-year-old in 1968, he reached the semifinals at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals of the inaugural US Open.  The following year, Gonzalez played Charlie Pasarell at Wimbledon in a five-hour match that spanned two days and led to the advent of the tie-break.  Gonzalez also became the oldest player to ever win a professional tournament when he won the Des Moines Open just shy of his 44th birthday.  Gonzalez was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame while still an active player in 1968.

“The USTA is proud to celebrate the life and legacy of such a great champion as Pancho Gonzalez,” said Lucy Garvin, President and Chairman of the Board, USTA.  “Pancho was a true pioneer in the sport of tennis and this tribute will shed light on the importance of Pancho Gonzalez to the game and its history.”

“Pancho Gonzalez was a trailblazer, not only in tennis, but across the greater American cultural landscape,” said Bratt.  “He was a role model for a generation of Hispanic-Americans, and this tribute will rightly call attention to his important and lasting legacy.  I’m proud to be a part of this celebration to honor a true legend.”

Members of the Gonzalez family will be in attendance, along with students from the Pancho Gonzalez TennisAcademy in Washington, D.C., one of whom will conduct the pre-match coin toss.

Hispanic dignitaries attending include:

  • Benjamin Bratt, actor
  • Lynda Baquero, NBC4 New York
  • Dr. Jane Delgado, CEO, National Alliance for Hispanic Health
  • Tim Garcia, judge, New Mexico
  • Danny Haro, producer/director, 2006 Pancho Gonzalez Documentary
  • Augustin Martinez, President, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Martha Montoya, President, Los Kitos Entertainment
  • Charlie Pasarell, former tennis champion
  • Bobby Perez, former tennis champion
  • Tony Plana, actor
  • John Quiñones, ABC Primetime
  • Alfred Rascon, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
  • Pancho Segura (“Little Pancho”), former tennis champion
  • Jimmy Smits, actor
  • Andrew Valdez, judge, Utah
  • Eduardo Xol, TV personality
  • Al Zapanta, CEO, U.S. – Mexico Chamber of Commerce

The 2009 US Open will mark the culmination of the Olympus US Open Series, the six-week summer tennis season linking all major ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments in North America to the US Open.  The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world.  In 2008, Roger Federer won his fifth consecutive US Open title, defeating Andy Murray in the final.  In the women’s singles final, Serena Williams defeated Jelena Jankovic to capture her third career US Open title.

The 2009 US Open will be held Monday, August 31, through Sunday, September 13.  Tickets for the 2009 US Open can be purchased four ways:  1) at USOpen.org; 2) by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; 3) at all Ticketmaster outlets; or 4) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office.  American Express is the Official Card of the US Open.