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Let’s Move: Lady O at The Open

10 Sep

A wife.  A Mother.  An Attorney. A First Lady.  An Athlete.  Michelle Obama always seems able to do it all, while in the process encouraging others to do the same.

Visiting the U.S. Open yesterday, Mrs. Obama was more than a spectator at the Men’s Quarterfinals match between Andy Murray and John Isner, but she was once again on the campaign trail, crusading for her ever popular Let’s Move! Initiative.

Becoming an active tennis player after completing her law degree at Harvard University, Lady O revealed that she always wanted to attend the U.S. Open, but never found the right opportunity to do so.  Friday afforded her the chance to not only enjoy some great matches, but to engage an audience of young tennis enthusiasts, and encourage them to continue to live active, healthy lifestyles.

Visiting the “SmashZone,” an interactive attraction at the U.S. Open, Obama joined a group of children in the 10 and Under Tennis League from the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program to discuss ways to combat childhood obesity, and play various tennis inspired games and activities.  Tennis greats such as Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Serena Williams and James Blake were on hand to join in the festivities.

And although she readily admitted that her tennis skills were questionable (having seen the video, I’d kindly beg to differ…I’ve certainly seen worse) Michelle Obama could be seen working up a sweat after several rounds of table tennis, some doubles action against Serena Williams, Wii Tennis and even trying her hand at Wilson ® Speed Serve, where she clocked a 55 mph serve.

But more than the face time and photo-ops, Mrs. Obama was truly engaging, endearing and engrossed with the 10 and Under group, and their response to her was equally as riveting.

Talk about leading by example.  Brava First Lady, Brava.

She’s Baaaaack: Serena (Cat)suits Up…Again

26 Apr

Well, it’s actually more “Pink Panther” than “Cat Woman” this go round, but in true Williams fashion (no pun intended), Serena has taken to the courts again after a brief hiatus, and this time has done so in all her Pepto Bismol finery.

Apparently, not even a blood clot could hamper the competitiveness (or apparently the fashion) of Serena Williams.  A little more than a month since the tennis phenom was sidelined with a pulmonary embolism, had to undergo emergency treatment and her return to tennis was projected at being at least a year away, Serena was recently spotted a couple of weeks ago looking healthy and getting her serve on in what could only be described as slinky pink long johns.

And, while I am not a fan of the Aneres Fashion Line (Serena spelled backwards…no, seriously), I must admit that I admire the fact the instead of rebelling by marching to the beat of a different drummer, Serena goes as far as to perform her own grandiose drum solo when it comes to her confidence and her clothing.  I mean really, it takes a special (and very self-assured) person to come out of the house looking as if she’s been slathered in Bubble Yum from head to toe, on purpose.

But to each his her own, right?

Personally, as much as I can do without seeing Serena and Venus’ peekaboo, skintight and barely there get-ups at just about every USTA Pro-Circuit event, I am not mad at the way that they’ve spat in the eye of convention; shaking up the old “gentlewomen’s” sport of Women’s Tennis as we’ve known it in favor of a more intense, empowering and entertaining experience for those of us who love the game and also for those who may have otherwise been disinterested in the sport had the braided, beaded and bedazzled glamazons not shown up on the scene.

Still, call it what you will, but with a fashion line almost a decade old, a highly sought after beau, a new video game…oh yeah, and like a gabillion Grand Slam Championships under her belt, the hit and miss fashionista is clearly doing something right!  And if the outfit is any indicator, it seems as if Serena is back to her old self.  I just hope she gets back to focusing on her game and quits trying to one-up her 2002 U.S. Open…ahem…ensemble, because at the rate she’s going, she’s clearly not going to be satisfied until she puts someone’s eye out!

Serena Says Sayonara to The U.S. Open

23 Aug

Having spent much of my weekend tending to a child who suffered a broken foot in a “freak” football accident, I was completely sympathetic upon learning that another athlete (a considerably more decorated and well known one) had to put her career and aspirations for another winning title on hold while currently on the mend. 

Serena Williams withdrew from U.S. Open competition last Friday, apparently due to an injury she suffered to her foot on broken glass while dining with friends a few months ago.

Now what would be a celebrity-athlete injury without a bit o’ drama and gossip from the rumor mill? Although it was alleged that there were some who were skeptical about Williams’ motives and decision to pull out of The Grand Slam, once she revealed that her injury would require surgery and pictures began surfacing of her hobbling all over creation with a booted right foot, the naysayers respectfully “fell back.”

“It is with much frustration and deep sadness that I am having to pull out of the U.S. Open…[it is] one of the most devastating moments of my career” Williams said in a statement released by her publicist.

With 16 appearances and numerous wins at major grand slam tournaments over the years, including three U.S. Open Championships under her belt, Serena hasn’t missed the big show since her absence from Wimbledon back in 2006.  The fact that anyone would question her intentions for withdrawing from the Open seems pretty ridiculous in my mind.

Personally, I always look forward to seeing the Williams sisters throughout tennis season and participating in the various tournaments each year, so the #1 ranked woman’s absence from the U.S. Open has certainly reduced my interest quotient (although, with yummy Rafael Nadal having earned the spot as the top-seeded man, I suppose I will be able to bear watching the rest of the tourney).  My disinterest however, isn’t because I am not riveted by the other world class athletes who embody skill and finesse whenever they step out onto the hard court.  The reality is that I was simply looking forward to Serena redeeming herself at this year’s U.S. Open after her epic meltdown during last year’s semifinals appearance against Kim Clijsters, where she went bonkers on a line judge over a foot fault call (later earning her a hefty $82,500 fine). 

At the end of the day though, while Oracine and Richard’s daughters are certainly great for the sport, I can guarantee you that as a true fan of tennis, I’d watch even if they weren’t playing.  Still, I wish Serena a speedy recovery, but would advise that she spend this brief hiatus intent on a full health revitalization and not teaching her newest bestie how to execute the latest dance craze.

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