Picket Fence Newsreel: Action Man.


1. In life, you can be a man of words, or a man of action. You can call for change, or you can – in the too-often quoted words of Gandhi – be the change you want to see in the world. By the same token, you can be a “World No 1”, or you can be a true leader.

Leading that charmed life of his, Roger Federer can be both.

With other players are busy nursing injuries or playing Mickey Mouse tournaments in 3 different continents, le Fed announced that he is embarking on a short trip to Ethiopia to visit one of his charitable projects.

I am on my way to visit one of the projects that I support in Ethiopia. But before I left home yesterday, the Austrian Postal Service presented me with a stamp. It was a nice honor.

Source: Facebook

It’s been said so often that we don’t think it’s necessary to say it anymore, and coming from me of all people, it probably doesn’t mean much, but: this man is good for the sport. When was the last time an ATP player initiated a visit to Africa in the middle of a tennis season?

2. He’s bbbbaaack? Not quite. Marat Safin will play the Champions Series event in Rio next month (March 12-14). In his own words, “it will be an interesting change to be one of the young guys on the tour again.

He’s doing a great job at convincing us that he’s sick of tennis, isn’t he? Sheesh dude, at least gimme some time to actually  start missing you.

3. Mentioning retiree exhos, this has somehow escaped my attention: Ivan Lendl is due to play his first exho against Mats Willy in Atlantic City on April 10. They’ll be joined by Venus (host), Andy Roddick and – yes it’s him again – Marat Safin. (Clickey)

I know I’m way too young to like him, but I totally have a thing for the sexy-fugness of Ivan Lendl. I don’t like to talk about it.

4. Del Potro is due to miss Dubai and the Davis Cup tie between Argentina and Sweden because of a wrist injury.

He sustained it on Thursday during a practice session, and has been bothered by tendinitis in that wrist since the start of the year.

Boo. No Soddercakes v del Poop.

5. If you haven’t read these already – Tignor and Bodo wrote about Roger and Rafa.

Only one of those two articles shed new light. I’ll leave it at that.

6. If you were Jelena Jankovic: you just lost in the third round of a slam. Again.

You haven’t made it into Week 2 of single slam since the US Open 2008. You’re on the verge of falling out of the top 10, and you spend half the time being overpowered and outhit by your fellow players.

Do you really think it’s a good idea to sack your coach right now and go solo?

7.It might be unexciting now to watch the top seeds crush their way through Mickey Mouse draws, but hopefully, we’ll catch some a semi-decent finals over the weekend.

In Pattaya, Vera Zvonareva advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Alberta Brianti of Italy. Since I can’t even pronounce half the names left in the draw, I’ll be mightily peeved if Vera doesn’t win this.

Melanie Oudin is having a good week after her Fed Cup run, defeating Nutty Patty in straight sets for a place in the quarterfinals. Life is also smooth sailing for Shahar Peer, who has become the Queen of WTA Tier II since late last year.

Verdasco and Roddick stay on course for a dream final in San Jose. Novak Djokovic claimed some Swiss scalp in his first tournament as the World No 2, beating Marco Chiudinelli 64 62, while Monfils, Misha and Kolya all progressed in straight sets. *Yawn*

We better get Djokovic v Davydenko and Verdasco v Roddick this weekend. I need my tennis high.

xx doots

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11 responses to “Picket Fence Newsreel: Action Man.”

  1. breadstix says :

    Feddy, is there a limit to your awesomeness?
    Marat could at least stay retired for a while before playing again. Sheesh…
    Bit pissed off about DelPo. 😡
    Ooohhhheeerrreeeee, articleesssss
    wtf JJ?
    We’d sure better get some tennis, life feels funny without yellow fuzzy balls. 😦

  2. Jack says :

    Maybe the reason JJ was doing so bad is because of her coach??

    Plus, if he taught her that new serve, then she’s better off solo!

    • dootsiez says :

      I dunno. JJ made it to No 1 with this coach. But I wouldn’t care if she wanted to “change” coaches, but she’s just decided to go without one. Not the smartest thing she’s done.

  3. Warwick360 says :

    Jelena’s fall from from the top of the rankings isn’t going to inspire any sympathy from me (although believe it or not she was my most favourite WTA player during the time when she won the wimbledon mixed doubles), especially after her somewhat hostile reaction to the comment fed made last year about how only a grand slam player should be eligible for the number 1 spot.

    And also I could not understand why on earth did this girl go on saying that safina didn’t deserve to be at number 1 because safina hasn’t got a good head-head with the williams sister. Someone needs to point this girl at her head-head against henin and also point her to a better coach and point her to a good PR management.

    • dootsiez says :

      Hehehe I love Jelena and have forgiven her for her little rant against Federer. I think it’s a sign of how much she valued his opinion that one comment in passing from Federer hurt her feelings enough to spark such a venomous reaction.

      • Warwick360 says :

        I would have probably been over her comments about federer, but the girl gave too little time to get over it. She added fuel to the fire by dissing safina off (for whom I do really have a sympathy right now, even though i’m not one of her biggest fan).

        Hopefully everyone will get back to what they do best and play tennis. While Brooklyn decker knows how to look sexy, ana looks like she needs a bathroom break in one of the SI pics.

  4. Warwick360 says :

    And lol at del potro’s new hair style……someone needs to point this guy towards the barber.

    • Warwick360 says :

      oh wait that pic is almost 3 years old right?…..cause i just happened to notice 2007…..

      • dootsiez says :

        Yup. It was back when del Potro first came on tour with the square bandana and and eyebrows joined together.

        So glad he started plucking them. Back in the day, I couldn’t even look at him without laughing at the unibrow.

  5. Liz says :

    Love that Delpo hair! He looks ready to put on some tight Spandex pants and join Spinal Tap.

  6. TennisAce says :

    Thanks for this. I had occassion to visit a couple of other blogs that I had never heard of over the last couple of days and the hate for this man just amazes me. How can you hate someone who does so much good and has been doing it for such a long time. The same thing with Roddick. Here is Federer a newly married father of 2, twins no less, and he finds the time to jet off to Ethiopia to visit orphanages that his foundation supports. I am only sorry that I cannot get RF merchandise where I live but I will definitely be finding out if they deliver to my neck of the woods. Go Roger. You da man

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