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The latest on the 2009 Pilot Pen tournament with tennis writer Jim Fuller and other New Haven Register contributors.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Board talk

The large video board in Stadium Court has been put to good use in recent years, showing replays, being utilized for player challenges, promoting advertisers but I have to question the judgment of what I saw on the big screen during Monday's Amelie Mauresmo/Ai Sugiyama.

There was a trivia question (nothing wrong with that) having to do with the favorite television show of a WTA star (still fine with all of that). But the player in question is world No. 1 Dinara Safina. Say what? Last time I checked, none of the 32 players entered into the 2009 women's singles draw in New Haven go by the name of Dinara Safina. Would it have been too much to ask for the subject a trivia question to be somebody actually playing in the tournament (Mauresmo, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Caroline Wozniacki, Flavia Pennetta, Agnieszka Radwanska come to mind). Just a thought.

I headed over to the Yale Bowl to check out the publicity stunt being put on by the WTA Tour featuring Pennetta and Wozniacki playing on the largest tennis court. Was a pretty interesting scene. Seeing Pennetta and Wozniacki attempting to throw a football makes me think that it was Wozniacki's first attempt at tossing a pigskin.

The WTA's choice of players for the public appearances so far has been spot on. Gisela Dulko was about as enthusiastic as any player representative I have seen conducting the draws. She wasn't even waiting for tournament officials, she was making the rounds with a glass bowl holding numbered chips and seemed to be having the time of her life. Wozniacki and Pennetta certainly got into the spirit of the event at the Bowl which I am sure was appreciated by tournament and WTA officials.


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