©Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Scoreboard – Week Ending February 14, 2010
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Hingis Gets Buzzed
Martina Hingis was the second player taken in this past week’s World Team Tennis draft. She’ll be playing for the New York Buzz. Looks as though she’ll have a date to play Serena Williams in July who will be representing the Washington Kastles.
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Tennis and the SI Swimsuit Issue
Brooklyn Decker (Mrs. Andy Roddick) made the cover, Ana Ivanovic made a few pages on the inside.
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Out of Action this week
Dinara Safina, Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro. Safina – back. Del Potro is nursing a wrist injury which may knock him out of competition for several weeks.
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Watch out world, Safin is going to Rio
Marat Safin will be making his Champions Series debut at the Rio event.
Speaking of Brazil–
Getty Images – Brazilian former tennis player Gustavo Kuerten,knownas Guga, holds up the Cross of Sporting Merit after being decorated byBrazil’s Sports Minister Orlando Silva, not seen, in Brasilia,Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010.
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The Male Liz Taylor of Tennis
Illie Nastase is divorcing his wife. This was his third marriage. So in terms of marriages in the tennis world, now he is tied with Chris Evert.
Boris Becker and Stan Wawrinka became fathers this week. Becker has a new son – Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker. Wawrinka has a daughter – Alexia.
Advantage – Tears for Federer
Photos from the Roger Federer Foundation
No, it wasn’t a loss that made the eye faucets run, but a week long visit to Ethiopia for his foundation. “When I arrived at the school and all of the children were singing, it was very emotional. They sang, `Roger, our Father’ to me. I didn’t reallyunderstand it at the beginning but I still had tears in my eyes.”
Salute of the week
Advantage Laureus Sports Awards
Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Juan Martin Del Potro, Kim Clijsters and Shingo Kunieda have been nominated for Laureus Sports Awards.
Dubai Photo Op
The ladies are in Dubai this week. Svetlanta Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova take time out for little fun.
Meanwhile, Shahar Peer will be playing in Dubai this year as well as defending champion Venus Williams.
Advantage Action Hero
Paradorn Srichaphan will make his debut as an on-screen action star.
Robin Soderling wins Roterdam as Mikhail Youzhny had to retire down 6-4 2-0 in the final. Youzhny had a great week upsetting the number two player in the world, Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
Juan Carlos Ferrero had little more than a practice session in destroying Lucasz Kubot 6-1 6-0 in Brazil.
Vera Zvonareva repeats in Pattaya Thailand, ousting Tamarine Tanasugarn 64 64
At the Paris Indoors Elena Dementieva knocks out Lucie Safarova. Dementieva must be tired, it took three sets for her to win all of her matches this week.
Game, Set, Match and “Hot Sauce”of the Day
Fernando Verdasco came back against top seed Andy Roddick to take the SAP Open 36, 64, 64. With the win Verdasco snaps a seven match losing streak against Roddick. He had also lost his last 15 matches against top ten players.