Picket Fence Newsreel: Deserting the desert.

1. The withdrawal bug has hit Indian Wells: Del Potro and Gonzalez are officially out.

The former is still struggling with wristy business and the latter needs the time to raise money for the earthquake relief effort in his home country. I don’t know what Gonzo’s planning, but why couldn’t he have done what Zheng Jie did for the Szechuan earthquakes and donated his tournament winnings?  EDIT: WORD JUST OUT – Gonzo will be playing either Fed or Rafa in Miami to raise funds for Chile.

Davydenko and Federer are “technically” still on the entry list, although I wouldn’t be surprised if  we see a last-minute withdrawal from Dayvo.



2. We’ve all been touched by the tragedies in Haiti and Chile. The same rings true for many tennis players. The Hit for Haiti program in Indian Wells announced today that it will feature Steffi Graf, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin and Martina Navratilova in addition to Federer/Sampras v Nadal/Agassi. That’s 94 grand slams over 3 decades of arse-kickery. Smelling salts anyone? 

But as I tweeted earlier, what I’d really love to see is Roger and Steffi in mixed doubles. They remind me a lot of each other.



3. Mentioning Haiti, can you find a tennis player in this video?




4. The dramas within Tennis Australia make the snooty private girl school I went to look like a community of Buddhist monks. Stop the factionalism and get your shit together, TA.


McNamee, the former Australian Open CEO and a current Tennis Australia presidential candidate, has been credited with helping to smooth the rift between Hewitt and his talented heir apparent. The players recently shared a telephone conversation that both have said helped resolve differences, notably a practice-session snub at Wimbledon that Tomic has described as a ”misunderstanding”.

McNamee confirmed yesterday that he had played a role in the bridge-building, while refusing to divulge specifics on the basis that ”it’s just so good for the sport that it’s been sorted out”. Yet he was clearly bemused by Fitzgerald’s claim that Tomic had heard only from Hewitt and that no third parties had been involved.

”He hasn’t heard from Paul [McNamee] or anyone and I don’t know whether there’s any self-promotion around from any corners of the tennis community,” cup captain Fitzgerald said on Saturday. ”But all I know is that Paul hasn’t had anything to do with this Davis Cup team, not for the last 10 years and not now. I want to make that very clear.”

McNamee’s response: ”I was there, so that’s all I can say. If I’m there, I’m there. It’s extraordinary.”



5. It’s Oscar season and Serena Williams looks ready to hit the parties during her Indian Wells absence. She made a shimmery appearance at the Global Green pre-Oscar party. As the name suggests, eco-friendly is the new Avatar.





6. Since we’re talking flicks, Paradon Srichaphan’s been busy promoting his new movie, the historical thriller “Bang Rajan 2”.




A man of many talents, apparently.



7. Shock! Horror! Outrage!

No Federporn Friday this week. As you can see, I am Macbookless and stuck with a desktop PC 😦

xx doots

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13 responses to “Picket Fence Newsreel: Deserting the desert.”

  1. pban says :

    Good that you mentioned it doots I always felt Steffi and Rog shared a lot, especially their on court movement,both are the most graceful players the game has ever seen…. on and offcourt.Roger I feel just loves the game more, for Steffi it was an escape route (with Peter Graf around do you blame her)the only place where she could truly express herself uninhibited. Needless to say she was my all time favourite female player, stopped caring about WTA once she retired.

  2. jfK says :

    Was it Tsonga in that video?

  3. sharon says :

    Thanks for the news about Gonzo playing an exo in Miami, I wish all the best for Chile and him.

    Bugger… I needed my Friday fix of Federporn! You better do double duty next friday macbook or no!:-)

  4. Warwick360 says :

    For a moment i was expecting yannick Noah to appear in the video… :P….Atleast I was able to recognise Tsonga…. 😀

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I hope that there will be a good Hit For Chile at miami….with atleast 4 players…..

  5. Jack says :

    With no Federporn Friday this week, you may have a mutiny on your hands doots! 😀

    Also, it’ll be nice to see Steffi play again. First time I ever saw her play was at the Wimby exo last year……she retired before I knew what tennis was! 😦

  6. Dippy says :

    Friday Fedporn, doots? Roger/Steffi as double partner – yummy 🙂

  7. girl from michigan says :

    #3: omg, dootsiez, that was some powerful vid. I’ve never seen it before. While my French is woefully lacking, I did here ‘my mother’, ‘my father’, and ‘my family’ and I totally lost it. Thank you very much for sharing this.

  8. FortuneCookie says :

    Apropos of nothing,I just discovered this on YouTube and it made me laugh way too much to not post it here!It’s ‘Pete Sampras pining over Roger’s Wimbledon trophy’
    Talksport are known for doing these kind of spoof vids 😉

  9. sharon says :

    Check out Rogers fb page… he’s in IW already!!! 🙂

  10. pban says :

    Thanks for the update sharon,Ihave been searching the net for any news of him being in IW since yesterday .Thank God for fedfanatics like you who are so understanding of the worries of their fellow lunatics and share any available info as soon as it is available.

  11. TopSpin says :

    It’s funny. but I actually feel Fed and Steffi play quite differently – which to me would make such a partership more compelling.

    In any case it would be interesting to see how Federer handles the rare occasion of stepping out on court with someone that actually has MORE Slams than him!

  12. Chairman, Federer Puny Left Arm Society says :

    Chairman is disappointed that this blog did not cover the elephants choosing the draw pairing for the Australia-Chinese Taipei tie. The baby elephant was awesome.

    It is heartening to know that the elephants are tennis fans too.

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