The ol’ backhand must be getting a little rusty if Serena Williams is training for a second career as a nail tech. The tennis champ recently enrolled in a 240-hour program to become a certified mani-pedi giver. She claims to be launching a new line of nail polish with a company called HairTech. We certainly hope this career switch has nothing to do with her U.S. Open meltdown, but if the former is true, maybe all celebs should devote this kind of energy to their forays into beauty and fashion. [RadarOnline.com] Keep reading »
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I love Serena Williams. And I love her even more after watching this clip of her on “The Daily Show” last night, where she teaches Jon Stewart how to dance if he wants to pick up the ladies. (Scoot forward to :45.) She also reveals that she and Venus often have dance-offs. Glad to see the whole U.S. Open line judge incident hasn’t stuck with her. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
Serena Williams is under investigation by the International Tennis Federation for her outburst during the U.S. Open semi-finals last month and could be banned from two grand slams, including the Australia Open 2010 which she is expected to headline, under the tennis code of conduct. Serena has been asked to explain what prompted her to “threaten” the baseline judge with: “You don’t know me. You better be right. I swear to God I’m going to take this ball and shove it down your throat.” The lineswoman allegedly thought Serena had threatened her life. Serena was given a point penalty that cost her the match, and was later fined $10,500 for the outburst and smashing a racquet during the same event by on-site authorities. The ITF still has the power to fine her more than $500,000 in prize money and impose a ban. If she does receive a grand slam ban, Australia Open officials are expected to lobby for the ban to be served during nest year’s U.S. Open. [The Daily Telegraph] Keep reading »
ESPN is sexing things up with its first-ever “Body Issue,” which will feature six covers, each with a different athlete in the nude: mixed martial artist Gina Carano, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, tennis player Serena Williams, Orlando Magic basketball player Dwight Howard, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, and Sarah Reinertsen, the first amputee to compete in the Ironman Triathlon.
While this could go the way of that other sports magazine’s yearly provocative issue that features women in swimsuits, ESPN‘s special issue seems more like it’s honoring the work athletes put into developing their bodies for peak performance, rather than putting them on display in a sexual way. Though, we’re pretty sure some guys will be excited to see Williams in a new way. Keep reading for a look at triathlete Reinertsen’s cover. [HuffPo, USA Today] Keep reading »
I may be the only woman in America who guffaws out loud at those Tampax commercials with Mother Nature. You know, the one where the lady who sounds so much like my WASPy mom shows up with your “monthly gift” right before you’re about to have sex? Affection aside, it’s highly entertaining to watch Serena Williams nearly whack tennis balls at her Aunt Flo. Keep reading »
“It was a really tough point in the match and it was really close and got a really tough call that wasn’t the correct call. You know, things got a little heated and I had a conversation with the line judge that didn’t go so well. I couldn’t apologize any sooner, and then also I learned from my mistakes…Obviously, when you get a bad call, it’s like ‘What’s going on?’ When you’re in the moment, you are just there. You don’t really quite remember exactly what’s going on.”
Now, I don’t really watch tennis, though I did go to the U.S. Open once and it was funzies. But tonight I’m at home because it’s nasty outside and that’s how cool I am, so I’m watching a little bit because I think Serena Williams is rad. So all of the sudden, like, something happens and the referee on the side — a line judge I have read — makes a call saying Serena did something bad. In technical sports terms, the Los Angeles Times says Serena was called for a foot fault, whatever that means. But then the sports announcers were like, “Nuh uh, she didn’t do that.” Serena didn’t seem to believe it either because she started yelling at the line judge. Then the line judge was like, “Bitch, no you didn’t” and went to the main judge sitting in the big tall chair, and she told him what was going on and then Serena was like, “What? I didn’t say I would kill you!” Then the big judge docked Serena some more points and, lo and behold, Williams lost then and there to her opponent, Kim Clijsters. You can watch the whole thing above. I promise to put up a better quality video as soon as possible. Drama on the courts! [LA Times] Keep reading »
Will Smith and his TMI-spewing wife recently fired the headmaster of their private school. Allegedly, the educational feud with Jacqueline Olivier was over the curriculum for a “Study Technology” class at the New Village Leadership Academy. Will and Jada have denied that the school is all about Scientology, but the word is that Olivier wanted to do some tinkering with the course, even though it was designed by L. Ron Hubbard, which wasn’t cool with Will and Jada. Guess they’ll have to find a new headmaster to teach their kids science fiction?