Venus and Serena do compete in this game – the pursuit of knowledge.! They believe that an education is a life long experience, evidenced by their academic pursuits and continuing college enrollment.  Thinking hey would endorse my asking you to complete this News IQ test. After all there in a Presidential election coming up in 2012.  How informed  are you?  Put together by the Pew Institute, it is only 11 questions in multiple choice form.  Test just how much you are in the know about news and current affairs?  Check this out.  Your results are revealed immediately! 
This News IQ test rocks – like the Williams Sisters!
 Mikega1224 wrote:This is a terrific test. And it shows results in a number of ways. It sure indicates that the majority of Americans don’t know what’s going on. No wonder our politicians take such advantage. Interesting and simple test. It’s astonishing that so many people got less than half right. These results say that 80% of the (voting) public doesn’t have a clue and that’s pretty scary. There are no tricks here – just a simple test to see if you are current on your information.



Test your knowledge with 11 questions, then be ready to shake your head when you see how others did.

Tennis Commentators I’d Like to Throw Rocks at

I’ve been watching the fall tour and thinking how great it is NOT having to hear the same ole tired and opinionated voices droning on and on ad nauseum…especially the two in photos above!

Shriver is the nightmare that ESPN keeps forcing folk to relive; and thanks to the Tennis
Channel and CBS so is Carillo!

Oops I forgot to include these ole hags

James Blake best selling Author

“Breaking Back: How I lost Everything and Won Back My Life”

This book is one of the best sports related books I have even read and I am a voracious reader!  Released in August 2007, Blake’s book discusses his comeback after his unlucky 2004 season.  It debuted at Number 22 and reached No. 15 on the New York Times’ bestseller list.  I loved this book especially for its honesty and find it to be one of the most inspiring and remarkable tales of strength and determination! 

Don’t take my word alone, read the book reviews provided below.

People Magazine

No matter how many times you have watched James Blake do epic battle on the tennis court, no match can begin to give you as much insight into his character as this single, telling moment: He was once so saddened to see his cancer-ravaged father struggle to change his shirt that “I turned away – not in disgust, but to help him maintain his dignity.”

In his thoughtful memoir, Blake (who suffered from scoliosis and wore a back brace as a teen) recounts the painful events of 2004 – during which he fractured his neck on a net post in a freak accident, lost his father and was diagnosed with debilitating shingles – then spins the tale of his successful return to tennis in 2005. Non-tennis buffs may grow somewhat weary as he replays a few too many tournaments, but Blake serves up the rare sports memoir that actually has a heart. He cries, he mourns, he grows, he triumphs – and we cheer him on the entire way.


‘The Best Athlete Book I’ve Ever Read’ by Darren Rovell of CNBC

I spend much more time reading business books than sports books. That’s in part because I think books about athletes are usually downright awful. They tell us about things we already know about, they are for the most part badly written and, for this reason, only sell to hardcore fans who are willing to pay $24.95 in hopes of finding one story they haven’t heard before.

The new book written by tennis star James Blake, co-written by Andrew Friedman, is called “Breaking Back” and it’s quite simply the best athlete book I’ve ever read. Why was it so good? Because Blake’s story–his father’s death, contracting zoster, breaking his neck and his subsequent comeback–is so good that the tennis is the least significant part of the book. In fact, I counted a 60-page stretch in which not one tennis match was ever mentioned.






James Blake World’s Sexiest Athlete

In 2002, James Blake was named the world’s sexiest athlete by People magazine. If he wasn’t already a tennis player, his good looks could have made him a successful model. As it is, Blake has a modeling contract with IMG models, posed in GQ and Teen Vogue, and modeled fashions for DKNY and Kenneth Cole.

Named the comeback player of the year in 2005 after Blake overcame three devastating events to become one of the best tennis players in the world.  Blake again defied the odds in 2011.  Due to serious knee problems Blake began his 2011 comeback tour ranked out of the Top 150 for the first time since 2005.  His ranking plummeted to 175 only to rise to number 63 as of August 2011! 

It’s October 2011, and one thing remain the same,
James Blake is still
“Fine as Wine in the Summertime!”

Donald Young Rocks Too: Beats Monfils

Williams Sisters Rock and so did Donald Young against Gael Monfils in Thailand.  Rock on Donald!

Young wins thriller to reach first final in Bangkok
AP – Saturday, October 1, 2011
 BANGKOK (AP)—American Donald Young advanced to his first ATP Tour title, rallying to beat second-seeded Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) on Saturday in the Thailand Open.

The 55th-ranked Young trailed 4-1 in the final set before rallying to draw even at 4-4. He won the match on the Frenchman’s eighth double fault.

“Lately in the big matches that I’ve won, I’ve been down,” the 22-year-old Young said. “I just tried to fight and not give up. It paid dividends at the end of match.”

Young will face top-seeded Andy Murray or Gilles Simon in the final.

“It’s going to be tough either person I play,” Young said. “Hope I go out there and have a good match.”

The Frenchman Gael Monfils is a superb athlete, with mad tennis skills – explosive and expressive.  His parents come from the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. I have long been a big fan of his!  He also has great dance moves and did a smooth ‘Dougie’ after winning a match in Canada during the run-up to the US Open!  Of course the television tennis commentators had no idea what the dance move was, it was quite funny listening to them try and describe it!  Betcha Monfils remains stunned that the Donald Young he just faced has put his game and confidence in his game together.  That last time they met the Frenchman took Donald Down!  Trust me Monfils will win another day – not the day of October 1st!

Venus Elegance on the Court

Hopeful of seeing Venus soon grace the tennis court in her powerful, but elegant style!

Just had Venus on my mind today.
Keeping her in my prayers for a blessing of healthiness
as she continues treatment for the auto-immune disorder Sjgoren’s syndrome.
Although there is no cure for the syndrome, its symptoms which include fatigue are
treatable; and it can go into remission!

Venus the Bathing Beauty

Here is Venus making Sports Illustrated magazine look smashing!Tell me now…where did she get those long beautiful legs?  (Jealous – of course – but still I love me some Venus.)

Serena: What To Give A Beauty and A Birthday Girl Who Has It All

Thinking? Thinking? Thinking?  How to best send out “Birthday Wishes” to a beautiful, ambitious, multi-talented person, internationally renown tennis champion; and, someone who loves her family dearly? So I say to myself – Self – Just Say It!SERENAGLAMOROUS


SERENA 2010 Australian OpenAnd thank you for being an inspiration to women around the world – showing us and helping us to believe that all things are possible!  You have achieved great heights; and shown strength and faith as you endured your recent life threatening experience! You remain humble, fun-loving, a tennis fashion icon and one who gives back to the world community through your service endeavors.  And congratulations Birthday Girl on being selected the new International Ambassador for UNICEF.  phenomenal!

VENUSSERENAFIRSTPROMATCHCelebrate your 30th Birthday in grand ‘DIVA’ style.  After all, you and Venus brought the Style to tennis that made me a fan of the game – the power game, the vibrant colorful and fabulously designed tennis outfits – rocking earrings, braids and beads on the court – and bringing some much needed diversity to the WTA!  Heeeeeey!USA – 2014 Vanity Fair Post Oscar Party


CATIt’s time for some Serena-Birthday-Fun….besides the BOMB body, I did some searching around for some facts you may not know about Serena!  Inviting all readers to share other tidbits about the Life of Serena to this Blog in the Comment Section at the bottom of this Blog. Help me make necessary changes, edits and revisions.  Hopeful we can collectively celebrate and continue to send the love on this special day – Happy Birthday Serena!SERENAHAWT

serenaleather2Birth Name: Serena Jameka Williams

Birthdate: September 26, 1981

Place Of Birth: Saginaw, Michigan

Star Sign: Libra

Designer Clothing Label:  Aneres, her first name spelled backward

Birth Order:  Youngest of five girls

Awesome Accomplishment:  25 January 2003, won the Australian Open completing the ‘grand slam’ of women’s tennis

serenagrandslamCareer Grand Slam: Beat her older sister, ‘Venus Williams’, to win the 2002 French Open, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 US Open & the 2003 Australian Open. By doing so, she joined ‘Martina Navratilova’ , ‘Steffi Graf’ , Margaret Court and ‘Maureen Connolly’ as the only women to have won four Grand Slam titles in a row.

 Favorite Tennis Player: Pete Sampras

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Author: Maya Angelou

Most Memorable Experience: Winning Wimbledon in 2002

Self-described as: Very humorous with a great personality

Favorite place to visit: Italy

Won 1st Grand Slam: In 1999 at Australian Open, beating sixth seed Irina Spirlea

Gold Medal:  At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

Likes to listen: Mariah Carey and Brandy.

Residence: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA

Hobbies: Surfing, watching movies, football, skateboarding, playing guitar, reading, acting, talking on the phone, and spending time with family and friends.

Graduated 1999:  Williams graduated from high school in 1999, private school Driftwood Academy

Age Turned Pro:  In 1995, at age fourteen.

1st Year as WTA Competitor:  1997

SERENA ACTINGOutside of Tennis: Acting roles on television

Olympic Gold: a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia

SERENACORERESULTSInviting all readers to submit other interesting tidbits about the life of Serena in the
Comment Section at the bottom of this Blog Page.


I didn’t get to sleep until like 4:30-ish,” Serena Williams said. “I definitely think that’s not the best way to plan for the final, so yeah, it was [hard]. It’s definitely tough when you go to bed at 4.”

After Serena Williams’ stunning loss in the U.S. Open women’s final yesterday, with Samantha Stosur pulling off a 6-2, 6-3 upset, Williams’ father, Richard, didn’t blame the chair umpire’s decision to penalize his daughter for yelling during a game point. Instead, he told The Post it was a late night, poor USTA scheduling and her own stubborn streak that cost her a title.

Williams appeared lethargic and weary-legged in getting run ragged by an unheralded Australian who hadn’t won a single tournament this year. The way the USTA chose to reschedule after last week’s rainouts, Williams played three straight days while the men were spared that fate, with their final slated for today.

Stosur had to deal with the same hardship, but her Saturday semifinal was much earlier. Williams’ match didn’t start until 10:11 p.m, and finished almost at midnight, as she was extended to 6-4 in the second set by world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. And while Venus Williams politely declined comment, Richard said fatigue contributed.

“I just think Serena was tired,” Richards Williams said, which his daughter acknowledged. “She played a long match [Saturday] night, 6-4 second set. She didn’t start, didn’t get out there until after 10 o’clock. She didn’t get back until after 2 o’clock in the morning, get to sleep until after 4 in the morning.”

She still insisted on hitting the practice court hard yesterday — too hard, according to her father.

“She was already tired and wore herself out at practice,” said her father, who has been very philosophical about just being happy to have his daughter alive following her pulmonary embolism earlier this year. “I was telling her to come off the court and she wouldn’t. Stosur played [Saturday], too, but her match was so much earlier. She played well, but Serena was just dead tired.”

“The scheduling was bad. They talked about the men playing three days in a row, but what about the women? So the scheduling — and not listening — is why she lost.”

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First lady Michelle Obama visited the U.S. Open for the first time Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, to promote “LET’S MOVE”;  her campaign against childhood obesity.  The initiative encourages more children to become active and lead healthier lifestyles.   She also applauded the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for engaging millions of children in tennis, introducing tennis into thousands of elementary schools throughout the country, and building more than 2000 right-sized courts that provide a place for young people to play tennis.


The First Lady is pictured her with Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA Jon Vegosen, and former and current players who participated in the USTA 10 and Under Clinic:  MaliVai Washington, Billie Jean King, James Blake, Serena and Katrina Adams.

First lady Michelle Obama high fives a child who has joined
the LET’S MOVE campaign.





James Blake Another of My Favorite Players with the First Lady

Pictured here with tennis great Billie Jean King, First Lady Michelle Obama commented “I have been trying to get to the US Open my entire life. I am so incredibly excited to finally be at my first US Open, but I am equally excited and proud to be standing in partnership with the USTA and all they have done for hundreds of thousands of kids across this country. You are an example of what we can do when we put our minds to it,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.

Venus Announces Syndrome – Patrick McEnroe Shows Stupidity

I am watching ESPN2 the morning when Venus announces she is dropping out of the US Open and that she suffers from an auto-immune disorder.  Venus Williams pulled out of the U.S. Open shortly before her second-round match on Wednesday, saying she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.

Almost dropped my coffee cup when Patrick McEnroe keeps announcing in giddy-like-fashion, we will be talking momentarily with Lisicki the player who would have faced Venus in the second round.  Finally the interview begins and McEnroe while interviewing her is raving on and on about how this situation will benefit Lisicki’s chances going forward in the US Open.  What an a$$-hole!   He should be thankful I did not drop my coffee, because I love my java in the morning.  Besides…all I needed was one more reason to dislike this poor excuse of a tennis commentator!

The only human decency came from Lisicki and kudos to the young woman for being a caring and graceful human being.  It took Lisiski to wish Venus a healthy recovery and a quick return to the game of tennis. “She’s a tough girl, and I think she’ll come back. You know, it would be unfortunate if she couldn’t,” Lisicki said. “I hope she comes back.”  Patrick McEnroe has long been a pompous twerp.  He acts so entitled; being big time Mr. Tennis Commentator and Mr. USTA highly paid employee with his only qualification being John McEnroe’s little brother. Guess we know why PMac loves living in America.

As far as his behavior and communications in that interview…all I have to say is “Some people simply have not been raised right!”

In closing here are comments from someone who has been raised properly…So this, right now, I think will help me to feel grateful for everything that I have,” Venus said. “And at the same time it makes me want to get up and fight harder every single day.”