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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.

Tuesday
Sep152009

Teen Tennis Player Goes Hollywood

New on the scene tennis player Melanie Oudin is spending the first part of the week in L.A. doing the talk show circuit.  Fresh off her quarterfinal appearance at The U.S. Open. Oudin will appear on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" followed by a date with Conan O'Brien on "The Tonight Show with Conan O"Brien".  Other guests on with Conan tonight include Jennifer Aniston.

Oudin pulled out of the WTA tournament in Canada this week citing her injury from The U.S. Open.  She is expected back in action at the end of the month when the Asian swing starts. Oudin signed a lucrative endorsement deal with data mining company BackOffice while still competing in New York.  More endorsement deals are expected soon.

Oudin's world ranking has climbed this week to a career high of 44, up from 70 before the U.S. Open.

Tuesday
Sep152009

del Potro Breaks Through in New York

It was just a matter of time before Juan Martin del Potro broke through with a Grand Slam title.  It happened at The U.S. Open with an impressive victory over favored Roger Federer.  del Potro, who had Federer down at The French Open and had a great U.S. Hardcourt season took it to a frustrated Federer and claimed the title in a tough 5 setter.

I love del Potro's all court game.  I like his game on every surface but grass, and I think with a little work he can be a factor on grass.  Look for him to make a strong challenge to get into the top 3 in the next 6 months.  I little slip up by Federer, Nadal or Murray and del Potro will be right there ready to pass them.

Monday
Sep142009

Nothing "Fishy" about AT&T and Samsung at Lake Lanier

The Lake Lanier Striper Club, with help from AT&T and Samsung Telecommunications hosted the first major fishing tournament with the results determined by a "virtual" weigh-in.  No this is not some sort of Fish Tale, but new technology that allows participants to take a picture of,  and record the length of the fish, while wirelessly sending a multimedia text message back to officials to determine weights.

The device doing this is the Samsung Rugby, and using AT&T's 3G mobile broadband network, competitors can release their fish back into the lake faster than they could before. 

The Rugby is an amazing device.  The military certified handset will hold its own against dust, water, vibration, shock, humidity, and temperature changes, making this the perfect venue to test this do-it-all device.  The tournament winner will be determined based on pictures and measurements at the end of the day.  Samsung provided 50 Rugbys for the day that competitors could also use for GPS navigation and Push to Talk capabilities.

AT&T and Samsung's technology helped make it a memorable day at Lake Lanier.  This was the first event of its type, and other fishing tournaments are already inquiring about implementing similar procedures.

As an added bonus AT&T's 3G wireless network was used for keeping fishermen updated on current tournament standings and weather reports.  A great day for AT&T, Samsung, and The Lake Lanier Striper Club.

Sunday
Sep132009

Foot Fault Call Inconclusive

Let's go to the tape as they say...

This the the best image I could come up with and from the angle given it is impossible for me to tell if it was actually a foot fault.  Even John McEnroe said this morning if it was a foot fault it was miniscule.  Serena should not have acted like she did, but the foot fault should not have been called.

 

 

 

Sunday
Sep132009

A Super Sunday of Tennis

  • Day Session: 12:00 PM Start Time
  • 1. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[3] v. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)[6]
  • Not Before 4:30 PM Start Time
  • 1. Roger Federer (SUI)[1] v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[4]
  • 2. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[9] v. Kim Clijsters BEL


  • Mixed in with all the football games today is some supurb tennis.  All could be great matches, but I like Nadal, Federer, and Wozniacki today.  Weather look to be improved as well.