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Friday, November 30, 2007


RUSSIA IS GOIN' DOWN!


I cannot speak at this point, so all I can say is USA.........USA..........USA!!!! I gotta go to the hospital, James Blake gave me a heart attack!

Andy Roddick defeats Dmitry Tursunov 6-4,6-4,6-2 and James Blake does the same to Mikhail Youzhney 6-3,7-6,6-7,7-6

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Davis Cup: "This Baby Is All But Ours"

Thursday, November 29, 2007


At the last minute, today, Russia's Davis Cup Captain, Shamil Tarpischev, made a dramatic change in his lineup. He has, somewhat to my surprise, removed Nikolay Davydenko from the singles and teamed him with Igor Adreev for the doubles matches.

Now, this really shouldn't be shocking to anyone because Davydenko is having a whole host of issues from the mild physical to the very heavy mental. He's been dealing with the ongoing investigation into unusual betting patterns during a loss to Martin Vassallo Arguello of Argentina at a match in Poland in August. Betfair, an online gambling company, voided all bets on the match after unusually large amounts were wagered on the lowly ranked Argentine throughout the contest, even after he lost the first set 6-1. Davydenko retired with an injury in the third set.

Instead of Davydenko, Andy Roddick will now face Dmitry Tursunov in the opening rubber with James Blake following against Mikhail Youzhney. Tursunov and Youzhney are no slouches by any stretch of the imagination and present very serious competition for both Roddick and Blake. On the other hand, both Roddick and Blake are waaaay better than these two guys, they should murda 'em!

Thanks Tarpischev!

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Black Tennis Pro's Reader Meets Venus Williams

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
















Black Tennis Pro's reader Unit6109 had the pleasure of meeting Venus Williams during one her Steve and Barry's 'EleVen' clothing line stops. This is the original comment she posted after meeting Venus:

"I met Venus Saturday at Steve & Barry's in San Francisco! My "sophisticated" self (nod to Sheila) was so excited to meet her! First of all, let me say that Venus is stunning! A beautiful young woman. The short hairstyle she's wearing is very becoming and she looked fab in her matching denim vest and jeans. She was so gracious and sweet. When I told her that if I hadn't been in S.F. visiting my daughter, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet her, she said they were going to look into getting a Steve & Barry's where I live. I took the opportunity to tell her how proud I was of her and how appreciative we are of her intelligence and her heart. I told her she was a "Rennaisance Woman" and I knew that she was going to contribute so much good to this world above and beyond tennis. She took both my hands and thanked me so sincerely, I almost burst into tears. She signed a beautiful photo for me while my hubby snapped a few pictures. I'm still so thrilled and tickled!"
Thanks for sharing Unit6109...nice leather blazer girrrrl!

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Wordless Wednesday: "Themed Snowman"

Tuesday, November 27, 2007



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Low Post: Serena Williams On The Town

Monday, November 26, 2007


I saw this photo on Bossip, and I consider it a "Low Post" for Black Tennis Pro's because it is not my policy nor the nature of this site to portray any of the players in a negative light. However, this is not my doing, this is Serena's doing. Hopefully, seeing this photo plastered across the internet will keep her from appearing in public as such again. And we were all just applauding her stylish ways! Shame on you Serena. I still love you dearly, but shame on you.

And unless Common has taken to wearing "Cherries in the Snow" lip gloss, he really should keep a handkerchief handy.

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Davis Cup Finale This Weekend, November 30-December 2


Pictured before you is the U.S. Davis Cup Team. Yes, their ties suck, BIG TIME! But their high voltage megawatt smiles more than make up for the fashion faux pas. Rather dapper looking bunch if I might say so, not that it will help their tennis, but it won't hurt either.

With the WTA and ATP tour seasons being officially over, we tennis junkies need a fix and the Davis Cup finale is just the ticket.

I am so excited that the U. S. has made it thus far, and that we have such high quality players in Andy Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan, and a coach like Patrick McEnroe who is solidly behind each of the guys 100%. That's half the battle right there.

Crucial to pulling out this win will be two elements. First, will Andy Roddick have shaken off his year-end championships semi-final loss to Federer and secondly, which James Blake will show up? Both players experienced "interesting" seasons this year, nonetheless, I have no doubt about their talent or ability to come out on top this weekend. That said, neither Roddick nor Blake cloak their current mental or physical state very well, we will know immediately what's up with both players. If it's good, it's all good, if it's bad, we're in trouble.

Short of injury, the Bryan brothers are pretty consistent, we can count on them to hold up their end. So, not to worry about the twins and their doubles matches.

Now, if you'll all gather round and join me in prayer....................Amen. USA!........USA!..........USA!

Oh, yes, they do have an opponent, Russia. Igor Adreev, Nikolay Davydenko, Dmitry Tursunov, Mikhail Youzhny and coach Shamil Tarpischev. While certainly not writing off Andreev and Youzhny, if Roddick and Blake are in fine form, Davydenko and Tursunov will present the battle.


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Manic Monday: "Rank"

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A set of pipes all having the same tone quality is called a rank. The most characteristic organ sound is produced by metal flue pipes called diapasons or principals; pipes of this kind form the central core of classic organ sound. Because the lowest note on most organs (two octaves below middle C) is produced by an open diapason pipe about 8 ft long, ranks of pipes at normal pitch are spoken of as 8-ft ranks. Ranks sounding an octave lower than normal are called 16-ft ranks, and those sounding an octave higher, 4-ft ranks. Mutations are ranks of pipes sounding at pitches other than octaves above normal pitch, such as an octave and a fifth above normal (for example, two G's above a C). Mixtures are ranks of pipes of different pitches operated as a single unit (by a single stop). Mixtures often contain ranks sounding several octaves above 8-ft pitch as well as mutation ranks. The high pitches of mutations and mixtures blend together to produce the incisive, bright quality that is associated with organ sound.

On large organs the ranks are grouped together into several divisions, each controlled by a separate keyboard, or manual, and having one or more wind chests, airtight boxes that act as air reservoirs. The main division is called the Great Organ; the other most common divisions are the Choir Organ, the Swell Organ, and the Pedal Organ. The pipes of the Swell Organ are enclosed in a “swell box,” a chamber having a slat-covered opening similar to a venetian blind. The slats can be opened and closed by a pedal lever, allowing gradual changes in volume.


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Venus Williams Covers Black Enterprise Magazine

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Young, Black and Fabulous has acquired the various covers that Black Enterprise will release simultaneously for the first time in its 37-year history. Venus Williams is one of the features. Follow the link to read YBF's complete post.

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Have A Blessed And Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007



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Can't Think of Dessert For Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Well, there's no tennis right now, so I thought I'd talk about something very important, THANKSGIVING DESSERT!!

Still looking for a few ideas, or bored with the usual? Here are some pie suggestions,

Apple Meringue Pie


Frozen Citrus Pie


Pecan Chocolate Chip


Raspberry

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Have A Blessed Sunday

Sunday, November 18, 2007



The ultimate proof of God's existence will come through your own experience in meditation. Once you have found Him, in the cathedral of silent meditation in the depths of your soul, you will find Him everywhere.



~Paramahansa Yogananda

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Sunday Sunrise Sustenance


Good Sunday Morning!

Here's a small bit of food for the soul to start your day. These are just a few excerpts from the book "Meditations on the Purpose-Driven Life" by Rick Warren. I hope that everyone has a blessed and rich day today.

Fulfilling
Perhaps you've been trying to find your purpose in life through a career or accomplishments, or a relationship. These things alone, no matter how wonderful and fulfilling, are not your purpose, You were made for far more. You were made to last forever.

Foundation
If a building has no support and foundation it collapses. In the same way, you need support from other people and a foundation to keep you strong in your walk with God. You find that loving support when you join your brothers and sisters in Christ's church.

Fellowship
"If we walk in the light, as God is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:17

When you participate in God's family, by loving and caring for each other, that's called Fellowship. Fellowship is the second purpose of your life.

Why Does It Take So Long to change, get well, and grow up? There are several reasons: We forget what we learn and have to learn it again; We have to unlearn many wrong ideas; We are afraid to honestly face the truth about ourselves; Growth can be painful and scary; It takes time to develop godly habits.


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James Blake Happy To Play Davis Cup Finals At Home

Friday, November 16, 2007


Home advantage will give the U.S. a massive boost when they host 2006 champions Russia in this month's Davis Cup final, says singles mainstay James Blake.

The Americans, bidding for their first Davis Cup title in 12 years, will face the Russians on the indoor surface at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon from Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

"I think for Andy (Roddick) and myself it's a great situation," Blake said in a conference call on Thursday. "We love playing on indoor hard. We've had some of our best results there.

"We're feeling really good. We know we're going to have a raucous crowd on our side and I think this is the perfect situation for me to play some of my best tennis."

World number 13 Blake and fifth-ranked Roddick are the singles mainstays of the U.S. squad with the dominant Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, inked in to play the doubles.

"I think the Bryans could play on Pluto and still be the favourites," Blake added. "We could put it on just about anything and I like their chances."

Russia captain Shamil Tarpishchev suggested the Americans could be vulnerable in the singles matches when announcing his finals line-up earlier this week but Blake begs to differ.

"He's got to get them fired up some way," the New York native said. "He has to show he believes in them.

"Obviously we have a different opinion. We think our singles players are pretty impressive. I think we've got a very strong team and a team that is capable of winning this Davis Cup.

FEELING COMFORTABLE

"The way Andy has led us, the way he's performed in all his matches where he's needed to clinch, the way he's performed away and at home, especially at home, we feel comfortable."

Blake would love to have the opportunity to seal victory for the U.S. in the fifth and final match.

"I want to have that chance if I get there," he said. "I want to be the one that our team is counting on. I feel like I performed when needed.

"But I've never really been put in the position to be tested in that fifth match. Andy has been the best closer of all time for American tennis."

Russia, who beat Argentina for the title last year in Moscow, will be led by world number four Nikolay Davydenko in Portland. He will be joined by Mikhail Youzhny (19), Igor Andreev (33) and Dmitry Tursunov (34) for the three-day tie.

The Americans, hunting their first U.S. Davis Cup triumph since 1995 on clay in Moscow, will be hosting the final for the first time since they beat Switzerland in Fort Worth, Texas in 1992.

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It's All Venus, All The Time!

Thanks to the launch of her new clothing line 'EleVen', the launch party the night before and another black-tie gala, Venus Williams was on the scene this week.



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