Fourhand: Sharapova gets CNN love, Zvonareva returns, more

by: Jonathan Scott | December 04, 2013

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Here's the Spin's latest roundup of top headlines and tantalizing pieces you may have missed recently:

MONEYMAKER  We all know that Maria Sharapova hauls in a variety of endorsements and other off-court earnings, as well as her actual tennis take. That landed her on CNN's list of "10 female entrepreneurs (who happen to be celebrities)" alongside the likes of Tyra Banks, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gwen Stefani. Not shabby company by any means.

GIMEL-HIT  Retired pro and TV personality Justin Gimelstob hosts his annual charity hit this Friday, December 6, and he has pals Andy Roddick, John Isner, and James Blake on tap to play with him. Patrick McEnroe and Alex Bogomolov will also appear. It's all in support of the appropriately titled Justin Gimelstob Children's Fund.

MISS THIS?  Word on this may have been lost for some o'er the Thanksgiving holiday weekend: Tennis fans the world over should be excited that Vera Zvonareva, a two-time Grand Slam singles finalist and former world No. 2, will soon return to the WTA ranks after a long injury layoff. Look for a "Missing Robin Soderling" styled piece here about VZ soon.

WAY BEYOND THE BASELINE  The Tennis Space put together a list of the sport's most notorious sex scandals and sideshow attractions. Of course juicier than most is Flavia Pennetta's dalliance with Carlos Moya, which became a relationship and ended, for her, in heartbreak. This subject matter drums up one of the Spin's loosely tennis-based book titles ever: Sex as a Sublimation for Tennis: From the Secret Writings of Freud.

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